Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre
Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre offers acting and musical theatre classes for ages 9 – 18, as well as fully produced theatrical productions. Designed for young audiences, these performances showcase developing artists from the program as well as professional actors. Classics like Boxcar Children and Wizard of Oz are produced seasonally, and family-friendly programming is also offered during our mainstage season and at the Holidays. Special performances available for school groups. See specific class sections below for dates and times.
Philosophy of the Conservatory
The Conservatory at Laguna Playhouse Education nurtures students in learning the professional skills and techniques that will guide them to success in theatre and life. This is achieved through two primary modes:
1) classes where we learn acting techniques/methods
2) performance/production work to get hands-on experience of theatre
This is a program for students who have a desire to learn professional skills, have fun, explore theatre with other students who are passionate and committed in participation, and explore their creative voice in the performing arts.
Classes meet once a week and include work to be completed out of class.
CONSERVATORY CLASS LEVELS:
Acting Intensive: Level 1 (formerly Conservatory I)
Grades 4 – 6 ·
Acting Intensive: Level 2 (formerly Conservatory II)
Grades 6–8 ·
Acting Intensive: Level 3 (formerly Repertory I)
Grades 8–10 ·
Acting Intensive: Level 4 (formerly Repertory II)
Grades 10–12 ·
Being able to apply skills in action and learn about all aspects of theatre creation is a vital part of the Conservatory training program. As such, all students will audition and participate in each of the three major productions of the Youth Theatre Program.
They may select to participate as an actor, running crew, or production personnel as fits their schedule and supports their growth.
Auditions for the plays are open to students who are currently taking class at Laguna Playhouse.
The Youth Theatre productions focus on giving opportunity for students to practice their technique in action through a professional rehearsals and performances. This may mean that young people portray adult characters. The goal is to provide many opportunities for students to stretch their acting range and apply skills they are learning and developing in class in a real life environment.
5 Classes on Saturday Mornings 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Through play, children learn the skills necessary to effectively participate in their world. In this class, students
will be introduced to creative drama techniques to build confidence and trust, stimulate imagination, release inhibition, and gain trust in themselves as well as others in their group. Using storytelling, music, dance and theatre, students will develop their sensory awareness, concentration, voice & body and role-play skills, to explore beginning acting.
SPRING: April 25th through May 23rd
8 Classes on TUESDAY AFTERNOONS 4:30-6pm
Learn acting secrets and skills through games, listening techniques, making character choices, performing scene work, and ensemble building improvisation.
Class size limited to 12 students each session
FALL: September 17th through November 5th
$206 Early Bird until August 31
$225 Starting September 1
WINTER: January 14th through March 10th (No Class on Feb. 18)
$206 Early Bird until December 31
$225 Starting January 1
SPRING: March 24th through May 19th (No Class on April 7)
$206 Early Bird until March 10
$225 Starting March 11
8 Classes on FRIDAY AFTERNOONS 4:00-6pm
Become a triple threat performer developing foundational skills in singing, dancing and acting. Learn healthy singing technique, breath support & placement. Develop confidence in dancing and movement. Learn how to “act your song.” Skills are developed through preparation of solo and ensemble numbers and scenes from musical theatre classics.
FALL: September 20th through November 8th
$225 Early bird until Aug 31
$250 starting on September 1
WINTER: January 17th through March 13th (No Class on Feb. 21)
$225 Early bird until December 31
$250 starting on January 1
SPRING: March 27th through May 15th (No Class on April 10)
$225 Early bird until Feb. 15
$250 starting on March 11