The Laguna Playhouse gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Dana Klein and Jay Herron, who have established The Jessica Herron Memorial Scholarship Fund in loving memory of their daughter, a former student of The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre. This designated gift to the theatre’s permanent Endowment will provide annual scholarship assistance to talented young people seeking to expand their knowledge and skills through our youth conservatory.
If you would like information about The Jessica Herron Memorial Scholarship Fund, call Donna Inglima 949.497.2787, ext. 202.
Youth Theatre on stage now! (click here)
From its earliest days The Laguna Playhouse has recognized the value of offering plays for young audiences on our Main Stage. In the 1980s this commitment was formalized into a popular program called The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre.
Live theatre builds a sense of community, stirs the imagination, provokes thought, opens windows of understanding onto a larger world and helps individuals discover more about themselves. We are committed to providing young people with opportunities to experience theatre as entertainment, enrichment and enlightenment in different ways, depending upon their ages, interests, needs and abilities.
The Youth Theatre Season offers plays primarily aimed at children of elementary and middle school age. These may be existing plays or musicals based upon well-known, popular books or stories, but we also sometimes commission new stage adaptations.
Theatre for a New Generation for High School students and mature ‘tweens’ (parental discretion). Each year the Playhouse offers issue-oriented play performances for teens, parents and educators that include post-performance discussion with professionals in the field. Topics have included: bullying, cyber-bullying, teen Pregnancy, teen dating issues, cutting, school gun violence, family alcoholism, sexuality and the holocaust.
The Youth Theatre Season is unique in the region. The productions are directed and designed by theatre professionals and fully-mounted with the Playhouse’s technical resources. We have an open casting policy and casting is almost always “age-appropriate.” Young people play young roles. Local amateur actors generally play the adult roles but fully professional Equity guest artists may also be cast. The technical staff for each production is drawn principally from our Youth Conservatory Program
A note about the content of our Youth Theatre plays
The content of the plays is typically similar to G-rated or PG-rated films. There may be scary scenes and, depending on the subject, there may be depictions of violence, as in many fairy tales. Please refer to each play description for specific content of each play in order to determine suitability for your child. To ease any parental concerns we explain the content in advance marketing materials and at point of ticket purchase.
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An Interview with Donna Inglima