Youth Programs

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    Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventures

    Grades 5 - 8
    • Rehearsals

      September 15 – October 8 (at Woodland Park Zoo)

      Mondays & Wednesdays

      4pm – 6pm

      Saturday 20 & 27 Zoo Days (at Woodland Park Zoo)

      9am – 12pm

    • Tech Week

      October 13 – October 17 (at Seattle Public Theater)

      Monday through Friday

      4pm – 6pm

    • Performances

      Friday, October 17, 7pm

      Saturday, October 18, 2pm & 7pm

      Sunday, October 19, 2pm

    Directed by Emily Purington
    Written by Vera Morris; from the story by Kenneth Grahame

    Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Public Theater’s Youth Program join forces in an exciting new partnership!​ ​Young actors explore the animal kingdom as they develop their characters in rehearsal for a full production at Greenlake’s Bathhouse Theater. Knowledgeable Zoo staff and professional theater artists ​lead a unique adventure combining theater arts and animal anatomy and natural habitat education.

    Join us for this classic story of friendship and adventure, based on Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows! Good-hearted Water Rat, shy and curious Mole, and sensible Badger team up to save the wildly impulsive and irresistible Mr. Toad. Will the animals be able to convince Mr. Toad to give up stealing human beings’ motor cars and return to being a simple Toad before the devious weasels, ferrets and stoats take over Toad Hall? The charm of the story and the love the animals share for their world is brought to life in this exciting new theatrical experience.

    • Cost

      $325

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 20

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    Open Carry

    Grades 6 - 8
    • Rehearsals

      October 13 – November 5

      Mondays & Wednesdays

      6:30pm – 8:30pm

    • Final Showcases

      Saturday, November 8, 2pm

      Sunday, November 9, 4pm

    Directed by Steven Sterne
    Written by Scot Augustson

    The constitution gives us the right to bear arms. But where do we draw the lines? And what if those arms were……tigers?

    This is a world premiere play commissioned especially for Seattle Public Theater’s Youth Program, from local playwright Scot Augustson. In Augustson’s humorous, slightly twisted and quirky perspective, we get to ask hard questions about guns and violence, and equip ourselves with the emotional resilience and intellectual perspectives to build a stronger, safer future. Theater is our language – let’s talk about something important – without losing our sense of humor.

    • Cost

      $250

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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    Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars

    Grades 3 - 5
    • Rehearsals

      October 7 – November 6

      Tuesdays & Thursdays

      4pm – 6pm

    • Tech Week

      November 10 – November 14

      Monday through Friday

      4pm – 6pm

    • Performances

      Saturday, November 15, 2pm

      Sunday, November 16, 2pm

    Directed by Shawn Belyea
    Written by Thomas Olson; from the story by Arthur Conan Doyle

    Sherlock, Elementary – from Jeremy Brett to Benedict Cumberbatch and back again to Conan Doyle. What is it about these stories and characters that delights and tickles our story-bones? Join us for a highly entertaining adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed detective story, combining mystery, romance, action, danger and laughter. The game’s afoot in this thrilling theatrical adventure!

    • Cost

      $325

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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    Theater Lab: Script Solutions

    Grades 6 - 9
    • Rehearsals

      September 15 – October 13 (at SPT Offices in the U-District)

      Mondays

      6:30pm – 8:30pm

    • Final Showcase

      Saturday, October 18, 4pm

    Directed by Kelly Kitchens

    Let’s get in the lab and experiment with scripts! Look at scripts under the microscope with master teacher Kelly Kitchens as she helps you analyze a character’s circumstance, objective, and obstacles. Combine all the elements, and see the action explode! Shake up your acting with these contemporary scenes, all chosen to reflect our season theme: “the moment that changed my life.”

    • Cost

      $175

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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    Theater Lab: Battle Royale

    Grades 6 - 10
    • Rehearsals

      September 16 – October 9 (at SPT Offices in the U-District)

      Tuesdays & Thursdays

      4pm – 6pm

    • Final Showcase

      Saturday, October 11, 2pm

    Directed by Amber Wolfe

    Join us for a Hunger Games-style mixed weapon stage combat battle. Students will begin the class by designing and building their own weapon, and continue by choreographing an epic, mixed-weapon battle. This class will focus on exposing students to basic armed and unarmed stage combat principles in a safe, controlled environment as well as teaching acting technique and dramatic structure. Appropriate for both beginning and intermediate students.

    • Cost

      $175

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

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    King Corn

    Grades 2 - 5
    • Rehearsals

      September 20 – November 8

      Saturdays

      10am – 12pm

      *Note: Rehearsal on September 27 will run from 1pm – 3pm*

    • Performances

      Saturday, November 8, 12pm

    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. 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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  • Lear

    Grades 9 - 12
    • Rehearsals

      September 15 – October 23

      Mondays & Wednesdays

      4:00pm – 6:15pm

    • Tech Week

      October 27 – October 30

      Monday through Friday

      4pm – 6:30pm

    • Performances

      Friday, October 31, 7pm

      Saturday, November 1, 7pm

      Sunday, November 2, 2pm

      Friday, November 7, 7pm

      Saturday, November 8, 7pm

    Directed by Shana Bestock
    Written by William Shakespeare

    “I love you as fresh meat loves salt”. Sometimes it only takes a moment to fracture a family, ruin a nation, destroy a mind. What on earth happened in that moment? Why can’t it be taken back or fixed? Who is to blame for the fatal consequences? A wrenching story rich in psychological complexity, told in Shakespeare’s glorious and powerful language.

    Be prepared to dive in to betrayal, loss, passion, insanity, calculation, fear, the activation of self and the loss of self – all with the best Shakespearean insults ever written.

    • Cost

      $350

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      This class has filled, but spots may open up in the future. To be placed on the waitlist, please email Simon (admin@seattlepublictheater.org).

  • Servant of Two Masters

    Grades 7 - 10
    • Rehearsals

      September 23 – October 16

      Tuesdays & Thursdays

      6:30pm – 9pm

    • Tech Week

      October 20 – October 23

      Monday through Thursday

      6:30pm – 9pm

    • Performances

      Friday, October 24, 7pm

      Saturday, October 25, 2pm & 7pm

      Sunday, October 26, 2pm

    Directed by Shawn Belyea
    Written by Carlo Goldoni

    “There’s luck! There are many that look in vain for a master, and I have found two. What the devil am I to do? I cannot wait upon them both. No? Why not? Wouldn’t it be a fine thing to wait upon both of them, earn two men’s wages and eat and drink for two? ‘Twould be a fine thing indeed, if neither of them found it out. And if they did? what then? No matter! If one sends me away, I stay with the other. I’ll try it. Whatever happens I shall have done a fine thing. Here goes!”

    When Truffaldino says “yes” to serving two masters, a hilarious farce is set in motion, about how a rash decision born of hunger can lead to terrific unforeseen consequences. This is a great opportunity to work on the craft of action – the style of high farce requires incredible energy and precision!

    • Cost

      $325

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      This class has filled, but spots may open up in the future. To be placed on the waitlist, please email Simon (admin@seattlepublictheater.org).

  • The 13 Clocks

    Grades 5 - 8
    • Rehearsals

      November 4 – November 25

      (no rehearsal November 27)

      Tuesdays & Thursdays

      4pm – 6pm

    • Tech Week

      December 1 - December 5

      Monday through Friday

      4pm – 6pm

    • Performances

      Saturday, December 6, 2pm

      Sunday, December 7, 7pm

    Directed by Shana Bestock
    Written by James Thurber

    “Once upon a time, in a gloomy castle on a lonely hill, where there were 13 clocks that wouldn’t go, there lived a cold, aggressive Duke, and his niece, the Princess Saralinda. She was warm in every wind and weather, but he was always cold. His hands were as cold as his smile, and almost as cold as his heart. ‘We all have flaws,’ the Duke said. ‘Mine is being wicked.’”

    Experience a story that shaped Artistic Director Shana Bestock’s childhood. Full of wordplay, poetry, puns, and featuring spies, monsters, betrayals, hair’s breadth escapes, spells to be broken and hearts to be thawed. With his own particular deadpan spin, James Thurber - celebrated American humorist and author of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – gives us a rousing concoction of adventure, humor and satire that defies any conventional classification.

    • Cost

      $325

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      Registration will open on September 29th.

  • Theater Lab: To Be or Not to Be

    Grades 9 - 12
    • Rehearsals

      November 3 – December 10

      Monday & Wednesday

      4pm – 6pm

    • Final Showcase

      Saturday, December 13, 12pm

    Directed by Kelly Kitchens

    The world of Shakespearean verse is a rich playground and treasure chest for the actor.  Learn the elements of scansion and what clues this close textual analysis offers the actor when making choices in characterization and playing a scene.  Then put your knowledge into practice studying and showcasing scenes from Hamlet.

    • Cost

      $210

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      Registration will open on September 29th.

  • Through the Looking-Glass

    Grades 6 - 10
    • Rehearsals

      December 8 – December 31

      (no rehearsal on December 24)

      Mondays & Wednesdays

      4pm – 6pm

    • Tech Week

      January 5 – January 9

      Monday through Friday

      4pm – 6pm

    • Performances

      Friday, January 9, 7pm

      Saturday, January 10, 7pm

      Sunday, January 11, 2pm

      Friday, January 16, 7pm

      Saturday, January 17, 2pm & 7pm

    Directed by Shana Bestock
    Written by Lewis Carroll

    “How curious everything is!”

    Our production of Alice in Wonderland was so successful last year, we had to continue the journey! As Alice moves across the chessboard, she discovers herself through a fantastic cast of characters – Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the imperious Red Queen and the scattered White Queen, Humpty Dumpty, the White Knight, mean-girl flowers, shy gnats, plus battles and feasts and poetry of all kinds. All this and much more bring the rich and marvelous world of Looking-Glass to life. Join us for an imaginative adventure to an alternate reality – or is it a dream?

    • Cost

      $325

    • Enrollment

      Min: 8 Max: 15

    • Registration

      Registration will open on September 29th.