YPW: Spring Festival of Shows

YPW Spring Festival of Shows

Young Performers Workshop

May 24 - June 2
The Little Theatre

Grease, The Clown, Once Upon a Mattress and Count to Ten

Young Performers Workshop is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, and serves as a venue for cultivating young theatre performers between the ages of eight and 18. The program is one of only a handful in the nation that offers both formal training and production experience for young people.





Book, Lyrics and Music by Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs

Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world's most popular musicals. GREASE Is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


Dates/Times: Friday May 24 @ 8PM, Sunday May 26 @7PM, Thursday May 30 @ 7:30PM, Saturday June 1 @ 8PM, Sunday June 2 @ 1PM


Book, Lyrics and Music by C. Robert Jones

The Clown is the story of Mumbles, a shy clown, who falls in love with the beautiful ballerina, Doria.  When Dr. Tutto, the jealous circus owner discovers this, he frames Mumbles with the theft of the circus money box, and Mumbles is banished. THE CLOWN is presented through the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.



Dates/Times: Saturday May 25 @ 2PM, Sunday May 26 @ 4PM, Saturday June 1 @ 5PM

YPW Count to TenCOUNT TO TEN (A Brand New Family Musical)

Book by Michael Blevins & Beth Clary
Music & Lyrics by Michael Blevins, Scott Knipe, Bruce Sacks, and David Wollenberger

Loner, and unemployed actor/writer Victor heads to Starwood Performing Arts Camp in the Catskill Mountains where he is forced into producing his unfinished original musical with a cast of adolescents. Madoc Dean, whose long unkept hair barely covers the suspicious look in his eyes, learns with Victor that no man can make it alone. Despite Victor's inherent distrust of women he eventually learns to love one, Claire the camp's ballet teacher. COUNT TO TEN is a high-spirited, toe-tapping, rich and satisfying musical that gets richer with repeated viewings. COUNT TO TEN is presented through special arrangement with Group Theatre Too.


Dates/Times: Saturday May 25 @ 5PM, Friday May 31 @ 8PM, Saturday June 1 @ 2PM, Sunday June 2 @ 7PM


Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer
Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by Marshall Barer

If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals.


Dates/Times: Saturday May 25 @ 8PM, Sunday May 26 @ 1PM, Sunday June 2 @ 4PM

Ticket Prices: Adults $12.50, Child (-12) $10, YPW Alumni $5.00