The Laguna Playhouse Youth Conservatory is unique in the region for its approach to theatre education for young people. It offers talented youngsters a small-enrollment, high-level program of instruction in theatre skills, taught by theatre professionals. The curriculum encompasses acting, theatre production and dramatic literature. A modest tuition fee is required but scholarship aid is available. Classes are held in the Green Room at the Moulton Theatre. Rehearsals are held at an alternate location. Youth Conservatory participants perform recital “Showcases” in the autumn and spring. The material they select is similar in content to PG-rated or PG-13-rated films.
Admission is highly selective and by annual audition. Current students are not automatically readmitted. A major commitment of time for intensive weekly classes and homework is required.
The Youth Conservatory is divided into four levels:
Conservatory 1 and 2 (for ages 10-13, intermediate and advanced)
Repertory 1 and 2 (for ages 14-17, intermediate and advanced)
The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre holds open auditions for plays and musicals. Auditions are by appointment only and occur over the course of the production season.
Youth Conservatory students form the core staff of the Youth Theatre Season and receive assignments for each of these productions as well as for our Theatre for a New Generation play. Youth Conservatory participants are not guaranteed acting roles and must audition in order to be cast. Non-acting assignments include stage management, lighting and sound operation, box office and house management, props-construction and stagehand work. Assignments are rotated in order to give students experience in all areas of the operation. Written parental permission is required for all young people intending to enroll in the Youth Conservatory.
For further information feel free to call or email Donna Inglima, Director of Youth Theatre, Education & Outreach at (949) 497-2787, Ext. 202.