Youth Theater

Our Youth Theater Program is designed to pique the interest of area youth and cultivate their knowledge of the theatre. All roles are cast solely on talent, which mean auditions are necessary to be part of the show. Auditions are by appointment only and actors are given a specific monologue to rehearse when they sign up to audition. All youth are welcome to audition or participate, and parents and siblings are encouraged to help out with costumes and scenery!

Theater is comprised of many elements aside from acting. Local youth also serve as the backstage and technical crew for each show. Sound and Lighting Technicians as well as backstage crew and stage managers are always needed and are just as important as the actors. If you’re interested in helping behind the scenes contact Craig Price directly by calling 495-8989 or emailing theaterdir@artsbonita.org.

This Season

Peter Pan, Jr

Auditions: January 31 & February 2, 2017; Tuesday & Thursday; 5:00 - 7:00pm (Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium.) Open to actors 8+. For the audition all actors should be prepared to sing, dance and act. You must bring in 16 bars of a prepared song, CD accompaniment is allowed without lyrics, or you can sing without music. Nothing complicated or fancy is necessary. The Music Director just needs to hear you sing, be prepared to also sing a song from the show. Please don’t be intimidated. Everyone is welcome to audition. Then you will be paired up with other actors and asked to read from the script for the Director. No advance monologue preparation is required. Come dressed to move and dance, no flip-flops, sandals, dresses or skirts because then your groups will learn a short dance routine with our Choreographer.

Rehearsals: February 13 thru May 11, 2017 and are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 5:00 - 7:00pm (Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium)

Performances: Friday, May 12, 2017, 7:00pm; Saturday, May 13, 2017, 2:00 & 7:00pm; Sunday, May 14, 2017, 2:00pm (Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium)

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Players are proud to present Peter Pan Jr. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up... Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero.

Seussical the Musical

Auditions: May 30, 31, June 1, 2017; Tuesday - Thursday; 5:00 - 7:00pm (Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium.) Open to actors 8+. For the audition all actors should be prepared to sing, dance and act. Actors must bring in 16 bars of a prepared song; CD accompaniment is allowed without lyrics, or you can sing without music. We just need to hear you sing. Please don’t be intimidated. Actors will be grouped with other actors and asked to read from the script. No advance monologue preparation is required. Come dressed to move and dance; no flip-flops or sandals, dresses or skirts. Actors will learn a short dance routine with a group taught by the Choreographer. Actors can expect their audition to last about an hour.

Rehearsals: June 5 thru August 10, 2017 and are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 5:00 - 7:00pm (Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium)

Performances: Friday, August 11, 2017, 7:00pm; Saturday, August 12, 2017, 2:00 & 7:00pm; Sunday, August 13, 2017, 2:00pm (Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium)

Seussical the Musical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! All of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters have been brought to life, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Theater Classes

Check out all the theater classes available at the Centers for the Arts right now. Click here for more information or contact the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 to register.

Workshops

Musical Improv Workshop for Teens and Adults
Thursday, February 23, 2017; 7pm
$25; Center for Performing Arts

Join the cast of Broadway’s Next Hit Musical as they lead you through improvisational exercises and games which illustrate the basic philosophy and rules of improvisation. They will also introduce you to the basics of musical improvisation, and lead exercises in creating an improvised melody and lyrics as well as introduce techniques to improvisational rhyme.