Youth Programs

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    The Mikado

    Grades 4 - 8
    • Rehearsals

      July 7 – August 1

      Monday through Friday

      9am – 12pm

    • Tech Week

      July 28 – August 1

    • Performances

      Friday, August 1, 7pm
      Saturday, August 2, 7pm
      Sunday, August 3, 2pm

    Directed by Kelly Kitchens

    The popular collaboration with Seattle Opera continues with this manga-style production of The Mikado! One of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most accomplished and entertaining works, the story is set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, in which flirting is a capital offense. The Mikado tells the story of a wandering minstrel who falls in love with the fair Yum-Yum, who just so happens to be engaged to the town’s newly appointed Lord High Executioner. A deliciously intelligent satire, the Japanese setting allowed Gilbert and Sullivan to slyly mask their commentary on contemporary British society. Our colorful reimagining of this surprisingly modern tale of star-crossed lovers updates the traditional silk kimonos of ancient Japan with vibrant Harajuku fashions, and a wild, punky mix of colors and styles.

    • Cost

      $550

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 26

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    Children of the Corn King

    Grades 2 - 5
    • Rehearsals

      July 12 – August 16

      Saturdays

      9:30am – 12:30pm

    • Tech Week

    • Performances

      Saturday, August 16, 12:00pm

    Directed by Steven Sterne
    Written by Jennifer Dice

    This comic-tragic farce combines the finest elements of King LearThe Children of the Corn and The Omnivore’s Dilemma! When John Deere, King of the Iowa corn producers, decides to retire he must choose one of his three daughters to take over the family farm. The false dealings of those he loves drives him mad. But it’s not his fevered imagination that created the strange creatures discovered living on the property. They have a much more sinister history!  This production promises to be every bit as weird, and as fun, as it sounds; hope you can join us!

    • Cost

      $200

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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  • The Adventures of Don Quixote

    Grades 5 - 8
    • Rehearsals

      June 23 – July 10

      Mondays through Thursdays

      5pm – 8pm

    • Tech Week

      July 7 – July 10

    • Performances

      Friday, July 11, 7pm
      Saturday, July 12, 2pm & 7pm
      Sunday, July 13, 2pm

    Directed by Shawn Belyea

    The classic tale of chivalry and lunacy. The hilariously awful adventures of Don Quixote are a series of unfortunate events as a delusional madman believes himself to be a knight, and gets in all sorts of scrapes, brawls, and misunderstanding. Comedy, tragedy, and farce collide in this high-energy production.

    • Cost

      $380

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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  • Arabian Nights

    Grades 9 - 12
    • Rehearsals

      June 23 – July 18

      Monday through Friday

      1pm – 4pm

    • Tech Week

      July 14 – July 18

    • Performances

      Friday, July 18, 7pm
      Saturday, July 19, 2pm & 7pm
      Sunday, July 20, 2pm

    Directed by Shana Bestock

    Tales of love, madness, comedy, and dreams. Scheherazade’s cliffhanger stories prevent her husband, the cruel ruler Shahryar, from murdering her, and after 1,001 nights, Shahryar is cured of his madness, and Scheherazade returns to her family. With opportunities for singing, dancing, richly drawn characters, poetry and slapstick, this wonderful blend of the lesser-known tales from Arabian Nights is all about how the magic of storytelling holds the power to change people.

    • Cost

      $480

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      This class has filled. To be placed on the waitlist, please email Simon (admin@seattlepublictheater.org).

  • The Taming of the Shrew

    Grades 5 - 8
    • Rehearsals

      July 14 – August 7

      Monday through Thursday

      5pm – 8pm

    • Tech Week

      August 4 – August 7

    • Performances

      Friday, August 8, 7pm
      Saturday, August 9, 2pm & 7pm
      Sunday, August 10, 2pm

    Directed by Emily Purington

    This summer we’re taking Taming of the Shrew to the high seas – prepare for a wild voyage through one of Shakespeare’s earliest and most controversial comedies about a strong-willed couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to the play’s equivocal conclusion. There are many exciting questions to ask with this screwball comedy, and we’ll be answering with plenty of slapstick, gender-bending, and pirates!

    • Cost

      $475

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      This class has filled. To be placed on the waitlist, please email Simon (admin@seattlepublictheater.org).

  • As You Like It

    Grades 9 - 12
    • Rehearsals

      July 21 – August 15

      Monday through Friday

      1pm – 4pm

    • Tech Week

      August 11 – August 15

    • Performances

      Friday, August 15, 7pm

      Saturday, August 16, 7pm

      Sunday, August 17, 2pm

      Friday, August 22, 7pm

      Saturday, August 23, 2pm & 7pm

    Directed by Shana Bestock

    Shakespeare’s comedy, set in 1990s Vegas, where Rosalind and Celia escape the monied cruelty of their high-rolling parents and run away to the idylls of the Burning Man festival. There, they encounter artists, musicians, and a different way of living and loving. All the world’s a stage!

    • Cost

      $480

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

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    The Wizard of Oz

    Grades 1 - 3
    • Rehearsals

      June 23 – July 3

      Monday through Friday

      9am – 12pm

    • Final Sharing

      Thursday, July 3, 11am

    Directed by TBA

    Glinda, Dorothy, the Wicked Witch, and the Cowardly Lion! Come skip through the Emerald City with Seattle Public Theater. In this one-week theater intensive we will explore the aspects of theater both on and off the stage, looking not only at character, but also setting, costumes and most importantly imagination. So come spin from Kansas to Oz and back again.

    • Cost

      $250

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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    Theater Lab

    Grades 8 - 12
    • Rehearsals

      June 28 – August 17

      Saturdays

      4pm – 6pm

    • Final Sharing

      Sunday, August 17, 4pm

    Directed by Shana Bestock and guests!

    Actors need to work out, to keep artistic muscles loose and limber, to practice risk-taking, and to be working on their craft even when they aren’t working on a show. This is a chance for intermediate and advanced actors to get the kind of workout you need at this stage in your artistic career. Always wanted to have an epic meltdown onstage? Do a scene in dialect? Bummed that you never get to do any “adult” plays, like Mamet or Williams or anything with small casts? Are you desperate to do Shakespeare in Elizabethan dress? Want to try directing? Need practice auditioning? Do you have a dream part that you’re running out of time to play?

    Now is your chance! Let Artistic Director Shana Bestock introduce you to challenging new material, prep you for that crucial audition, help you navigate the “real world” of being an actor, and remind you why you love theater and all its possibilities.

    • Cost

      $250

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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    Drama Years

    Grades 5 - 8
    • Rehearsals

      July 7 – July 25

      Monday through Thursday

      5pm – 8pm

      This class will rehearse offsite.

      There will be a single tech rehearsal at Seattle Public Theater on July 25, at 3pm.

      The final sharing will take place at Seattle Public Theater.

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, July 25, 5pm

    Directed by Amanda Keogh

    In this all-female ensemble, we explore how girls deal with expectations from friends, family and the world around them. What is “drama”? What is it that makes the drama in our lives so intriguing and yet simultaneously, so frustrating, upsetting?

    In this three-week dramatic writing and performance intensive we will share our experiences of drama both literal and metaphorical, and ask why adolescence can leave us with a feeling like life can be too much or not enough. What can we do when we feel we can only get what we want at another girl’s expense? How can we push ourselves as girls to succeed and triumph, while retaining the spirit of collaboration and play recently left behind on the playground? Is there a way to be a star without limiting those around you?

    This class will culminate in a performance of an original ensemble-written play for friends and family.

    • Cost

      $325

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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    Cat in the Hat

    Grades K - 2
    • Rehearsals

      July 21 – July 25

      Monday through Friday

      9am – 12pm

      This class will rehearse and perform offsite.

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, July 25, 11am

    Directed by Jessilee Marander

    That pesky Cat in the Hat is at SPT stirring up trouble! Come stumble, rumble, and rhyme your way into theater with this one-week drama intensive. In this class we’ll use our voices, bodies and imaginations to create a play pulling from the classics of Dr. Seuss. The class will culminate with a sharing for friends and family.

    • Cost

      $175

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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    Pirates!

    Grades 1 - 3
    • Rehearsals

      July 28 – August 1

      Monday through Friday

      9am – 12pm

      This class will rehearse and perform offsite.

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, August 1, 11am

    Directed by Jessilee Marander

    All hands on deck as we cast sail for Seattle Public Theater! Using our bodies, voices and imaginations we’ll hunt for treasure, become marauding pirates and damsels of the high seas. The camp will culminate in a final sharing for friends and family.

    • Cost

      $175

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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    The Hobbit

    Grades 2 - 6
    • Rehearsals

      August 4 – August 15

      Monday through Friday

      9am – 12pm

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, August 15, 11am

    Directed by Emily Purington

    “In the hole in the ground there lived a hobbit…” Thus begins J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic story of adventure and discovery. Come join Bilbo, Gandalf and all the dwarves for this magical, two-week-long theater intensive. The class will culminate with a sharing for friends and family.

    • Cost

      $280

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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    Solo

    Grades 5 - 9
    • Rehearsals

      August 4 – August 8

      Monday through Friday

      1pm – 4pm

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, August 8, 3:30pm

    Directed by Amanda Keogh

    Being alone can be difficult; from sitting alone at lunch, to being left home alone. Flying solo can be either frightening or empowering. In this one-week playwriting and drama intensive we will explore how we can better approach the daunting, yet freeing experience of being solo. The class will culminate in a collaboratively written student play, which we will workshop and share with friends and family.

    • Cost

      $175

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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    Playwriting in the Park

    Grades 6 - 10
    • Rehearsals

      August 11 – August 15

      Monday through Friday

      1pm – 4pm

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, August 15, 3:30pm

    Directed by Wayne Rawley

    Unleash your inner Shakespeare this summer! Working alongside award-winning local playwright Wayne Rawley, this class will have you play with character, structure and voice to hone your own writing style. Discover the power, freedom, and fun of storytelling! Draw on your own experiences, or create something amazing from the wilds of your imagination. Where will your ideas take you?

    • Cost

      $175

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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  • The Spear Carriers

    Grades 4 - 8
    • Rehearsals

      August 18 – August 22

      Monday through Friday

      9am – 3pm

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, August 22, 3pm

    Directed by Steven Sterne

    When aging actor and convicted embezzler Victor Duke is released from prison, he is determined to get revenge on the Broadway producer whose testimony landed him behind bars. To do so, he calls upon friends from both his criminal and theatrical past and plans a daring heist that will take place onstage before an unsuspecting audience. But are all of the gang members going to play their parts – or is one of them planning to steal the stage and pull a double-cross? This new play by Jennifer Dice is a crime caper for those who enjoy action, humor and backstage intrigue.

    • Cost

      $260

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      This class has filled. To be placed on the waitlist, please email Simon (admin@seattlepublictheater.org).

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    Speak

    Grades 7 - 12
    • Rehearsals

      August 11 – August 21

      Monday through Thursday

      5pm – 8pm

    • Final Sharings

      Wednesday, August 20, 7pm

      Thursday, August 21, 7pm

    Directed by Amanda Keogh

    Based on the award-winning book by Laurie Halse Anderson. A tough, tender, and darkly funny story of a teenager who retreats into self-imposed silence after a horrible incident at a party. Isolated and outcast, she finds compassion from her art teacher, and eventually finds her own voice and inner strength.

    • Cost

      $250

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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    Trickster Tales

    Grades 1 - 3
    • Rehearsals

      August 25 – August 29

      Monday through Friday

      9am – 12pm

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, August 29, 11am

    Directed by Jessilee Marander

    Explore mischief, mayhem and music while learning about trickster characters in folklore. This class will culminate in a sharing for friends and family.

    • Cost

      $175

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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  • Roles You’ll Never Play, And Songs You’ll Never Sing, From Shows We’ll Never Do

    Grades 6 - 12
    • Rehearsals

      August 25 – August 29

      Monday through Friday

      12:30pm – 5:30pm

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, August 29, 5pm

    Directed by Taylor Niemeyer

    For years, students have asked us to do wildly ambitious productions. Here’s the class where we say “YES” to the impossible! Want to do a number from Newsies? Sing a duet from Wicked? Do a scene from Les Miz? Do that awesome monologue from a character way out of your age range? The only limit is your imagination! This is your chance to dream the impossible dream – and perform it!

    • Cost

      $250

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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    Myth and Magic

    Grades 1 - 3
    • Rehearsals

      August 18 – August 22

      Monday through Friday

      9am – 3pm

      This class will rehearse and perform offsite.

    • Final Sharing

      Friday, August 22, 2pm

    Directed by Jessilee Marander

    Who lives on Mount Olympus? Time to strap on your winged sandals, ready your lightening bolts, and tighten your bow-strings! In this class we’ll use our voices, bodies and imaginations to  journey to the land of the Gods. Together we will look at different Greek myths and bring to life a myth of our own creation. This class will culminate in a sharing for friends and family.

    • Cost

      $280

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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