Youtheatre is open to all area youth in grades 1-12. The mission of Youtheatre is to create an inclusive environment in which to inspire and enrich the lives of all youth, regardless of income or ability, by providing educational opportunities and promoting appreciation of the arts.


Mary Poppins Jr.

Performances: October 19-21, 2018

Director: Samantha Henry • Music Director: Zachary Thomas • Choreographer: Brenda Hoyt-Brackman • Technical Director: Isaac Steinhour • Costumer: Debra Searls

A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes. New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh. Adapted by iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.

Youtheatre returns this fall with a production of Mary Poppins Jr.! All participating actors must be in grades 6 through 12. Auditions are August 27 and 28, 2018 from 6-8 pm, no appointment needed and please attend one night only. Participants must stay for the entire two hours of auditions whichever night they come! Callbacks will be by invitation only on August 29.

Rehearsals are 6-8pm Monday-Thursday beginning August 30. We will also practice on Sunday, September 30, October 7 and 14 from 1-4 pm. Dress rehearsals will be held nightly during the week of the show and are mandatory for all cast/crew members. Students may not be needed at every rehearsal. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be released after casting which will attempt to comply with any listed conflicts.

WHAT TO PREPARE: Actors will learn music at the audition. Actors should be prepared to dance, so dress comfortable and you may be asked to read from the script. Please bring a list of any conflicts you may have with the above-stated rehearsal schedule.

AVAILABLE ROLES: Mary Poppins, Bert, George Banks, Winifred Banks, Jane Banks, Michael Banks, Mrs. Brill, Robertson Ay

ENSEMBLE & FEATURED CHARACTERS INCLUDE: Katie Nanna, Park Strollers, Statues, Neleus, Bird Woman, Honeybees, Clerks, Miss Smythe, Chariman, Von Hussler, John Northbrook, Vagrants, Buskers, Passerby, Mrs. Corry, Customers, Miss Andrew, Kite Flyers, Chimney Sweeps, Policeman and the Messenger.

*All conflicts must be listed on the Audition Form, and additional conflicts may not be added. Youtheatre strives to teach the importance of commitment, therefore, attendance and punctuality are documented and may affect future Youtheatre participation.

Please Complete and Submit the Audition Form Here!

*Students interested only in technical crew need not attend auditions, but please fill out form above!

PARENT COMMITMENT: Youtheatre is a family affair! At the parent meeting on August 30, parents will be asked to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours on pre-show and show-week parent committees. Committees cover every aspect of producing a show, including building and painting sets, costumes, backstage supervisors, dressing room supervisors, cast party and many more. Our shows would not be possible without the dedication and investment of each family!

All youth participating in the production (as an on-stage cast member or technical crew member) and their parents must attend a mandatory meeting on Thursday, August 30, at 6:00 pm at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Informational packets will be handed out and questions will be answered. All on-stage cast members will be measured for costumes. A read-through of the script will continue for the onstage cast members until 8:00 pm.

On Saturday, September 1 will be our first set paint/build day. Our warehouse is located at 1700 Fostoria Ave (Behind Brown Mackie College). Our sessions will be 9 am-12 pm and 1 pm-4 pm.

Participation Forms needed for any and all participants, please bring to auditions with you!

Consent Form

Emergency Medial Authorization

Behavior Standards Agreement & Photo Release

Stay tuned for information on Youtheatre’s Spring Production of Honk Jr. for Grades 1-5!

Auditions: January 7 & 8, 2019 • Performances: March 8-10, 2019

Night of One Acts for Grades 6-12

Auditions: January 6 • Performance: January 19

Directors: Julie Lane & Lindsay Taylor

*This is a two-week commitment, and you must attend all rehearsals.*


Youtheatre College Scholarship

The mission of Youtheatre is to create an inclusive environment in which to inspire and enrich the lives of all youth, regardless of income or ability, by providing educational opportunities and promoting appreciation of the arts. The Board of The Arts Partnership has established a scholarship to recognize students involved in the Youtheatre program as they graduate and move into a higher education institution in the subsequent year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a high school senior who has been involved with the Youtheatre program within the past 4 years. Applicants should plan to attend an accredited institution of higher education full-time to pursue any undergraduate field of study in the subsequent year.
  • Students must have earned a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • Students related to anyone on the Scholarship Selection Committee or employees/board members of The Arts Partnership are ineligible to apply.


2015- Isaac Dryden & Stephen Christiansen

2016 – Lena Kennedy

2017 – Jenny Fleck & Maggie Rucki

2018 – Olivia Christiansen, Mason Clouse & Carly Powell

Help keep this scholarship growing, make a donation today!

Youtheatre Alumni

Calling all Alumni! If you participated in Youtheatre, we’d love to stay in touch. We hope to plan some alumni events and have a newsletter with updates and information about Youtheatre events.

Join the Youtheatre Alumni Association

Fill out this form and we’ll be sure to tell you about what your fellow alumni are doing, keep you up to date on current Youtheatre events, and invite you to special events.