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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. 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.


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

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

Program Length: 3 weeks, 4 days.

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

$300 per student.

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 enrol by Mid March, 2021.

Audition Materials

For your audition, we will begin by asking some questions to get to know you. Please prepare one of the following monologues from Peter and the Starcatcher. We may also ask you to read an additional monologue.


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


Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible to apply for the Scranton Shakes Youth Ensemble?

Any high school student who will be at least 14 years of age on June 1st, 2021 is eligible to apply for the Scranton Shakes Youth Ensemble. The program also includes recently graduated high school seniors of the Class of 2021.

How do I apply?

After filling out our application due February 26th, 2021, you will be contacted to set up an appointment in January for an audition that will happen over Zoom. Applicants will be notified of their admittance to the program after all applicants have auditioned.

Do I need experience in theatre to participate?

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about learning more about theater, the performing arts, and storytelling. While past experience is helpful, it is not at all necessary to be admitted into the program.

Is this program happening in person?

We are planning on going ahead with a completely in-person, outdoor season that will comply with all CDC and social distancing guidelines regarding COVID-19. The festival will update applicants if any changes occur between now and the start of the program.

What is the time commitment of this program?

This program will run Monday-Friday from mid-morning to late afternoon from July 12th-August 6th. Additional evening rehearsals may occur for technical rehearsals. Show performances are August 5th and 6th.

What if I can’t afford the tuition fee?

Accessible theatre is one of the founding purposes of Scranton Shakespeare Festival. If you are in need of a scholarship to cover the cost of this program, please note in your application that you are interested in being considered. Only a limited amount of scholarships are available.

Will I be able to perform in Scranton Shakes’ other shows?

There may be potential opportunities for students to be considered for roles in Scranton Shakes’ mainstage productions. Please indicate your interest in your application. This additional opportunity is not included in the Youth Ensemble programming and is completely optional/separate. Students will be cast at the discretion of the director for that show just like any other professional production.

Will this program be COVID safe for me/my child to attend?

We will be following CDC and local government guidelines to make sure our working practices are as safe as possible for everyone involved. We will update participants closer to the start date what precautions will be in place.