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                   launching a theatre company specifically for 14-18 year olds

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Young people have always been important to our mission and our productions. And this year we're launching the Youth Ensemble - a sister company to our Main Stage theatre company of 14-18 year olds artists - who will perform and stage the award-winning production of Broadway play Peter and The Starcatcher for our 2021 10th Anniversary Summer Season!


  • Enrolled participants will be completely immersed in the professional theatre scene from auditions all the way through to performance.

  • They'll begin to build first-hand knowledge of theatre etiquette and will gain the valuable experience of putting on a show in collaboration with industry professional theatre-makers.

  • Participants will also have the opportunity to access masterclasses with our versatile, international company of professional main-stage performers

  • They will also have the opportunity to grow an industry based network of their own.

In a time where live theatre has been scarce, Scranton Shakes is optimistic of bringing a COVID-safe, educational, and pixie-dusted in-person experience to young artists who are passionate about exploring theatre and the performing arts as an important part of our cultural landscape, if not as a potential future career.


A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo.


At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.


Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life. 

Program Dates, Tuition Fees & Further Info

Program Dates

Application Closing Date: February 26th, 2021

Audition Dates: Starting January 17th, 2021

Program Length: 3 weeks, 4 days.

Program Dates: July 12th, 2021 - August 6th, 2021 (Working Monday through Friday 10am-5pm)

Show Dates: August 5th, 2021 - August 6th, 2021

Who Can Apply?

Students who will be 14 as of June 1st, 2021 up to graduates of the class of 2021 are eligible to apply for this program.

Tuition Fees

EARLY BIRD $250 per student (applications received before December 25, 2020)

$300 per student (Applications received after December 26, 2020)

Tuition fees are only payable after a student has auditioned and been offered a place on the program. 

Application Process

We have designed our applications process to match how things are undertaken in the industry, as closely as possible.

  • Students will submit an application for consideration.

  • All applications will be reviewed and assessed for suitability on the program.

  • Shortlisted students will receive an invitation to audition and meet with the program leaders. 

  • Successful students will be contacted and asked to enroll by February 1, 2021.


See our frequently asked questions section below. If your specific enquiry is not addressed, you can contact:



(570) 230-7277

SSF Mail

P.O Box 20116


PA, 18502

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