The PTPA Playground is a refreshed version of our Youth Arts Education Department (formerly known as PTPA Kids). The Playground offers at least two youth productions per season, including our fall and spring youth workshops, in addition to a summer program for young performers. Playground productions offer the youth of NEPA the opportunity to learn, perfect, and perform without being overwhelmed by the details of a larger mainstage production. This tuition-based program focuses on the educational rehearsal process with the use of games and character development exercises, alongside weekly acting, singing, and dance classes. Additionally, participating in our youth productions gives students the opportunity to play roles typically held by adult actors, allowing them to experience a wider variety of characters, and more opportunity for casting.
Periodically, PTPA presents mainstage shows that require children actors.
Playground students are always encouraged to audition!
For information about becoming a part of the Playground Performers,
Playground Performersis a youth rep group created to challenge and continue the training of our Playground students, even during the "off-season." Those who wish to be a part of the Playground Performers will be cast by live audition only. Once cast, performers will be required to attend regular rehearsals approximately 1-2 times per month. These performers will learn a fun repertoire compiled of solos, small group numbers, and full ensemble pieces with both vocals and choreography. They will be called upon to perform at special events and will be considered ambassadors for the PTPA Playground. We are excited to offer this special opportunity for our youth performers!
Meet OUR PTPA Youth Representative
As the youth representative, it is very important to me that our youth has a big part in the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts. I started participating in the PTPA when I was 5 years old. I remember going to practices, eager to be on stage, and have fun with my friends. The PTPA taught me how to be a confident, bubbly person. Without the PTPA, I would never have the confidence I have today. I see many kids struggle in school because they have trouble speaking in front of crowds. Through theater, children gain the tools needed to become the best version of themselves. I never found my niche in school, but the theater was my escape. I made my closest, life long friends at PTPA and I wouldn’t change it for the world!
- Isabelle Seratch, Youth Representative