Laguna Playhouse's Youth Conservatory (ages 9/10-18) is unique among youth theater programs in the area. In addition to participating in Conservatory classes which build a strong foundation, students are also invited to audition for Youth Productions on the Laguna Playhouse stage and may participate in additional workshops at no additional cost.
For younger students, the Junior Conservatory (ages 6-9) is the perfect introduction to acting.
The year-long conservatory consists of 3 sessions (Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024) with classes for different age groups running Mondays through Thursdays. Each session culminates in a final on-stage presentation for friends and family. Pro-rated tuition is available for students beginning their enrollment in the winter or spring session.
Every class is structured as an Acting Class where students learn the fundamentals of auditioning, studying, and performing. Guest Artists also come in to teach more specific subject matter such as audition techniques, movement, and stage combat. Students in the conservatory are invited to audition for the fall and spring Youth Productions. Additional workshops are added throughout the year and conservatory students are invited to attend at no additional costs.
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.
Fall Session: September 5 - November 7, 2023
Winter Session: January 16 - March 19, 2024
Spring Session: March 26 - June 4, 2024
LEVEL ONE and TWO Thursdays, 4-6 p.m. For serious and committed acting students ages 9-11, enrollment in this class is by audition only. Additional rehearsal time may be required. This is a yearlong commitment.Click here to Register! LEVEL THREE Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. For serious and committed acting students ages 11-13, enrollment in this class is by audition only. Additional rehearsal time may be required. This is a yearlong commitment. LEVEL FOUR Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. For serious and committed acting students ages 12-14, enrollment in this class is by audition only. Additional rehearsal time may be required. This is a yearlong commitment.
LEVEL FIVE Mondays, 6-8 p.m. For serious and committed acting students ages 14-18, enrollment in this class is by audition only. Additional rehearsal time may be required. This is a yearlong commitment.
Yearly Tuition: $1500 Individual sessions: $550 eachEarly Bird Discount (deadline 8/29/23): $1400Sibling Discount = 10% discount to each
Scholarships available. Click the button at the bottom of the page to apply.
See Audition Information for More Details on How to Apply for Our Conservatory Program.
This acting & theatre class for young students, ages 6-9, will have a focus on creativity, collaboration, and confidence. It will be tied to a fun central theme. The students will learn and grow together for 8 weeks and then there will be a short demonstration for family and friends, to show what they have learned, at the end of the 8-week session.
Classes will be held on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, with the final presentations on the Tuesday following the final class.
Winter session: February 3 - March 16, demo on March 19
Spring session: April 20 - June 1, demos on June 4.
Tuition: $400 per session
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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 our Youth Theatre Productions throughout the year.
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.
2023/2024 Youth Conservatory Season
Fall: A Midsummer Night's DreamNovember 17-18th, 2023
Spring: The Addams Family Musical May 10-12th, 2024
The Laguna Playhouse Conservatory is for students of all backgrounds and experience levels who want to explore the craft of acting and theatre. Acceptance into the program and level placement is by audition.
Laguna Playhouse Junior Conservatory (no audition needed ) is for ages 6-9. Register online here
Laguna Playhouse Youth Conservatory (levels 1-4) is for ages 10-18. Auditioning students need to be age 10 by November or in 5th grade. Click here to register for Level 1&2 Combo online!
Prospective students should prepare either: one monologue, or a monologue and a song, or two contrasting monologues. The monologue(s) should be 1-1.5 minutes in length, songs should be about 16 bars. (Once in the program, auditions for the Youth Theatre productions will be held separately).
Students can self-tape their auditions and email them to Joe Alanes, Director of Education, at email@example.com. If an in-person audition is preferred, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (949)497-2787 ext. 202 to schedule an audition appointment.
Class sizes are limited and fill quickly, so early enrollment is encouraged.
Scholarships are available for students who could not otherwise participate. To apply, email Joe Alanes at email@example.com
Refund Policy: Cancellations are accepted up to seven days prior to the first class. 75% of class fee will be refunded upon cancellation (25% administrative fee will not be refunded.) No refunds after the seven day deadline.
For more information about the Laguna Playhouse Education and Community Engagement programs, please contact Joe Alanes // firstname.lastname@example.org for details.