We want our young students to have the opportunity to get as much experience as possible. We know there are loads of Youth Theatre Programs in Orange County (and it's surrounding areas), so we are here to help you make the right choice for you. We've started with North Orange County/Long Beach and we'll be adding to and updating this list often, so be sure to check back soon! Please keep in mind, we are not recommending any of these schools over any others. This is purely a database. Most of descriptions are compiled from info on each company's about page on their own personal websites.
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Save your “drama” for camp! A week long summer camp that celebrates creativity through drama skills workshops, ensemble building and a whole lot of fun! Every child gets their chance to shine at the end of the week with a showcase in front of a live studio audience (that's you).
Local musical theater company MYART brings its acclaimed program to the J, offering two different opportunities for kids to explore their musical and theatrical sides.
Their goal is to offer quality, affordable, talented performances in an intimate setting (87 comfortable theater seats) including a variety of plays and musicals- while showcasing the local talents of the many actors in Southern California who perform unpaid because of their passion to the art.
ADBA offers dance education under the disciplines of classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip-hop. Their specialty classes include musical theatre, turns & leaps, tumbling, and much more. Their 15,000 sq. foot facility features four triple-basket-weave sprung dance floors, and a full size tumbling spring floor. I have worked at this new studio since it opened 4 years ago and I am amazed by the growth of the musical theatre program and the ridiculously talented competition dance teams.
The Arts & Learning Conservatory is a non-profit organization committed to providing high quality theater and performing arts instruction to students ages 5-17 of all ethnic and social backgrounds. They believe that all students should have an inspiring and gratifying opportunity to experience the arts through active participation. Our programs provide a solid, foundational structure in theater, music, and dance. Each program (Introductory-Master) builds upon that foundation providing students with a personal challenge to maximize their full potential.
Braver Players Theater Company was formed as a place for teens and kids to be themselves. Or escape from themselves. Or both. The vehicle we use is theater. The result is a lifelong love of theater and an understanding of the discipline.
This well rounded studio has 2 locations and they offer the following classes. *Full-Scale Musical Theater Productions! Private Coachings for OCHSA and College AUDITIONS! * One-week Summer Musical Theater Camps! * Acting/Improv, GLEE Showchoir, and Vocal Workshop Classes!
In order to provided a place for families to watch live performances, they offer shows on weekends year 'round in a facility that caters to the young audience. We have a long term agreement with the historic Ebell Theater located in a family-friendly location, and produce one and two hour musical matinee performances featuring characters and stories recognizable by kids from ages three to ten. Their shows are performed by kids typically aged from eight to twenty, with auditions open to the public.
The Youth Theatre has been producing fully staged Broadway musicals since 1980. Over the years over 3100 young people between the ages of 8 to 18 have participated. Full length shows such as Peter Pan, Oklahoma, Wizard of Oz, Annie, Music Man, Into The Woods, Annie Get Your Gun, The Wiz, Oliver, Here's Love, Scrooge, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Annie, Honk!, Lil Abner , Guys n Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, Footloose and many others are presented with complete professional lighting, sound, full costumes and complete sets.
This is a pre-professional intensive musical theatre program for the seasoned or beginning performer. It provides top notch training in acting, voice, singing and movement and culminates with two performances.No audition is required, just the love of performing and the willingness to learn from the professional artists/staff of the Orange County High School of the Arts. Two performances in our Symphony Hall at 7:00 pm on July 25 and 26. For ticket price and information, call 714.560.0900, ext. 5630. Come and join us in a fun filled summer program.
The Music Theatre Camp, designed by Drama faculty at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, is a conservatory intensive to help hone students’ essential skills so they are prepared for the demands of a Broadway career. Campers will take part daily in intensive voice, acting, and dance workshops, and will have a “work in progress” showing on the last day of camp. UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Music Theatre faculty works closely with students, giving one-on-one feedback to address individual weaknesses and strengths.
Creative Kids Playhouse Children's Theatre of Orange County is a nonprofit organization committed to offering opportunities for children to experience the joy and fun of performing in a musical, and opportunities for the community to experience entertaining children's theater performances. Our excellent instructors are professionals in drama, dance and voice, intent on creating a fun, nurturing environment where kids can flourish.
The Fullerton Children’s Repertory Theater was founded in 1983 for the purpose of providing North Orange County youth an opportunity to experience American musical theater by actually performing in some of the most famous shows this medium has produced. Each year, summer and winter, a Broadway show is produced by the two directors, Vicki Schindele and Brian Johnson. Led by a professional paid staff, children play all roles, former members, now teenagers, act as technical crew, and volunteer parents support what has become known as the “Rep family.”Upcoming Shows
You must audition for the company in order to participate in FCRT shows. The next auditions will be in sometime this winter.
We provide a safe place for budding young artists to explore the arts and develop their skills. Through our fully-staged musical productions, young performers work with professional directors, musical directors and choreographers to create a fun, exciting, high-quality show. Kids, ages 8-18 learn about and experience theatre from audition to performance, both on stage and behind the scenes. Our performers learn to be responsible, considerate team players. We participate in our community through a variety of programs including after-school outreach programs and collaborations with schools and other youth and arts organizations. We are working to create a fun, safe and happy community of performers and future patrons of the arts.
Held2gether Kidmania is a 2-week day camp that uses the art of theatrical improvisation to offer kids a fun and exciting means of tapping into and expanding their imaginations. In an encouraging environment, they will enhance listening and cooperation skills, and learn to create life-size stories on the spot. The class will culminate in a graduation performance for family and friends at the Found Theatre.
Ages 8 – 12.
Since 2004, Jammin’ Music has provided Music Lessons (Guitar Lessons, Piano Lessons, Singing Voice Lessons) to thousands of students in the Long Beach, Lakewood and surrounding areas (guitar, piano, voice, bass, drums, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet and flute). In 2011 they relocated to larger facilities and added art classes and drama/musical theater instruction to become a full-fledged creative learning center!
Junior Thespian Productions (JTP) is a Catholic School based, educational theatre organization which provides young people (ages 5 – high school, and some adults) with the opportunity to participate in the musical theatre process as actors, singers and dancers. Through performances, students will grow in self-esteem, strengthen listening skills, learn to take direction, and establish new friendships. Learning self-discipline and responsibility enables the students to have a successful experience.
KIDS Musical Theater is a unique ministry that truly provides opportunities for recognition and development of God given abilities in a safe environment through acting, voice, dance, movement, staging, costuming and all other elements of theater production.
The Summer Youth Musical Theatre Conservatory is a performing arts education program for 7-17 year olds. Our main focus is to provide training in both process (geared toward individual students’ level and experience) and in product (the casting, rehearsal and performance of a fully-mounted musical). All campers will be given speaking, singing and dancing roles in the production of The Velveteen Rabbit offered on the Mainstage at the end of the 3-week camp. This is a wonderful opportunity for students of all experience levels to develop their creativity and confidence. Our Staff is made up of strong youth arts educators with years of experience in the Long Beach and Los Angeles areas.
The mission of McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts is to make a positive difference in the lives and dreams of our youth through professional training. They offer classes in Musical Theatre, Dance and Voice.
For over 25 years, Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County (MTA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit group, has been providing the youth of our community an innovative performing arts education program. Partial age appropriate casting will allow certain roles to be cast with seasoned professionals, giving the younger actors the opportunity to work with and learn from these artists.
Musical Theatre Orange County was born out of a desire to give the youth of our community a chance to experience professional theatre, and learn from working industry directors, choreographers, musical directors and technicians. We wanted to create a kind of Civic Light Opera that focuses on youth. Partial age appropriate casting will allow certain roles to be cast with seasoned professionals, giving the younger actors the opportunity to work with and learn from these artists. We will showcase these actors in major musicals with exceptional production values giving our young artists a taste of Broadway. Our Goal is to produce family oriented musical theatre with a superior production value
It shall be inclusive for all those involved. We shall strongly encourage theatre etiquette, a sense of teamwork and fun.
Founded in 1969, they are the oldest, continuous running children's theatre in Orange County, open to young people from age 5 – 19. Many students have moved on to professional careers in the theatre, while others have become leaders in business and their communities. Through the auditions process, they welcome children from all social and economic backgrounds. While they're dedicated to training each child in the crafts, and skills required for the theatre, paramount importance is placed on the development of each child's self esteem, and feeling of belonging at this theatre. Family values are always encouraged, by example, from the staff of volunteers, giving so generously of their time.
Pacific School of Music & the ARTS provides an integrated arts education program of the highest quality for students of all ages and abilities in an atmosphere of respect and care for the holistic growth of the student and the staff. We are committed to the development of creative expression and long-term promotion of the arts within the framework of the present and future needs of our communities. Students participate in weekly classes which focus on the fundamentals of vocal production and stage presence while producing 3 Broadway showcases per year.
RCT is the leading children’s theatre in Riverside County, California. Since 1957, RCT has introduced thousands of children to the magical world of theatre through participation in drama instruction and performance opportunities.Designed as a progressive multi-year program, each class is divided into three, ten-week sessions (fall, winter, spring). Students may enter in fall or winter. The spring session is for returning students only.
The skills developed and explored in our classrooms give students the ability—and the confidence—to become creative problem solvers, inspired communicators and innovative thinkers. These skills help them improve their school work today, excel in the job market tomorrow, and move successfully through life.
This musical theatre and dance studio in Tustin offers students a real chance to shine. They present new and well known shows all year round.
TMR has been in business for almost 30 years. They offer a wide range of dance classes and they have a full scale musical theatre program called “Show Biz Kids.” This is where I studied as a kid until I was 18 and I'm so happy to be back directing and teaching dance and voice lessons at this wonderful family studio.
There are two paths into The Performer’s Academy.
One option is for those that just want to have fun. Period. Classes in acting, improvisation and monologues build self-esteem, confidence, reading and reading comprehension skills – plus are a great way to left off some steam and have a great deal of fun! Creativity & confidence soars!
The other path is for those students, young and mature, who want to explore the possibilities of getting into the entertainment industry. Training here is always top drawer. The teachers all work in the entertainment industry every day of their lives. Most of them drive from the Los Angeles area to come to Orange County to teach at The Performer’s Academy. Their resumes are amazing. Their passion for teaching is equally amazing.
YaYa’s Performance Academy is a youth and family based program that provides the community with the opportunity to explore the art of musical theatre in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. YaYa’s guarantees a role in the production to all who enroll and complete the instruction; thus, providing the opportunity to all who are interested.
The Yorba Linda Spotlight Theater Company is a non-profit youth musical theatre program intended to educate and develop the talents of young performers from all over the area. We strive to produce high-quality performances that can be enjoyed by not only the family and friends of our performers, but the community as a whole. Our performers are taught to behave like professionals, no matter their age.