Young people have always been important to our mission and our productions. Summer 2021 saw the launch of our Youth Ensemble, a sister company to our Main Stage theatre company, of 14-18 year olds artists. 20 students from 10 high schools in the greater Scranton area made up the inaugural Ensemble.
We performed the smash-hit play Peter and the Starcatcher, and led masterclasses in scenic design, dramaturgy, monologue audition prep, musical theater dance, and Shakespeare. Our students were able to observe rehearsals of Hamlet, serve as costume assistants, and even performed in the mainstage production of Ragtime!
This year, we are proud to present Heathers the Musical: Teen Edition for our Summer 2022 program.
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.
This year, we are excited to offer more opportunities for students interested in serving as production liaisons and assistants in areas of directing, design, and management.
Testimonials from our 2021 Youth Ensemble:
“This experience was so fun, by far the best time I’ve ever had! I always looked forward to coming into rehearsal and seeing all of the friends that I made. These people will definitely stay my friends far beyond the youth ensemble! I really hope to come back next year and do this again!”
“This was an incredible program and I really hope it can continue for many more years. I have never loved an experience this much and I have done a lot of shows in my life. This was the best ever!”
“This program was the highlight of my summer. I couldn't have asked for a better show and group of people to mark my first time in a lead role. It was an opportunity for me to learn about myself as an actor and a person, and make new friends along the way.”
THE MUSICAL : TEEN EDITION
Heathers The Musical: Teen Edition is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously handsome new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized butt... but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.
Note to parents and guardians
Please note that this production contains: references to suicide and eating disorders; bullying; moments of violence; and gunshots. The production is therefore rated PG-13. Scranton Shakes understands the maturity of the content of this production. The exploration and performance of this content will be approached in a safe and controlled environment. Please read an eloquent statement from the Indian Creek Upper School on ‘Why Heathers?’: https://www.indiancreekschool.org/news-detail?pk=945315#.
Program Dates, Tuition Fees & Further Info
Program Dates: July 5th, 2022 - August 5th, 2022 (Working Monday through Friday 10am-5pm. Final days before performance may see finishes at 10pm)
Program Length: 4 weeks, 3 days.
Show Dates: August 3rd, 2022 - August 5th, 2022
Who Can Apply?
Students who will be 14 as of June 1st, 2022 up to graduates of the class of 2022 are eligible to apply for this program.
$300 per student.
Tuition fees are only payable after a student has auditioned and been offered a place on the program.
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, 2022.
All applications are due by 5pm on March 7th, 2022.
Audition materials and information will be posted in early March 2022. We hope to conduct interviews and auditions in-person in Scranton.
Applicants accepted into the program will be asked to enroll after the audition process has concluded.
See our frequently asked questions section below. If your specific enquiry is not addressed, you can contact: LGumula@scrantonshakes.com
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, 2022 is eligible to apply for the Scranton Shakes Youth Ensemble. The program also includes recently graduated high school seniors of the Class of 2022.
Do I need experience in theatre to participate?
What is the time commitment of this program?
This program will run Monday-Friday from mid-morning to late afternoon from July 5th-August 5th, 2022. Additional evening rehearsals may occur for technical rehearsals. Show performances are August 3rd, 4th and 5th.
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.