Youth and Children’s Theater Shows

PAA offers students in grades 2-12 the opportunity to participate in a musical theater production. Dramatic play and theatre performance not only prepare your child to step into the spotlight but they can also help your child’s development of life skills which will set them on a path for a successful life in which ever career they choose.

From flexibility & problem solving, to teamwork, to self confidence, your child will gain important life skills over the course of a semester.

This Fall, PAA performances will look different than they have in the past. As we navigate social distancing guidelines and gathering restrictions, we realize that a full-scale performance isn’t a realistic option. Instead, we are excited to offer Performance Classes.

Important Dates:

  • July 15 – Registration opens

  • August 17 – Rehearsals begin



New this fall, our Performance Classes will meet twice a week for 60 or 90 minutes, with either smaller casts or multiple casts, depending on the show. Working with these smaller groups allows us to: 

  • Meet gathering restrictions as dictated by the state
  • Extend more individualized instruction from our professional teaching artists
  • Provide more role opportunities for each student
  • Maintain adequate social distancing during rehearsals and performances.

In order to focus on the student experience, and in keeping with safety and hygiene practices as we continue to combat Covid-19, each cast will have a performance (live-streamed, recorded, or with a small audience depending on the show and gathering restrictions at the time), and will include minimal tech, sets, costumes and props. We are excited for the opportunities this new format will allow us in regards to student learning and engagement.

For all Performance Classes:

Placement auditions for all four performance classes will be held on Saturday, August 15 from 9 – 3:30 pm. A link to sign up for auditions will be sent to students once they have enrolled in the performance class. 

 Students audition prior to the start of the program, however, upon enrollment, every student has a place in the cast. The auditions allow the teaching artists to find the best role for each student.

Auditions have music, dance, and acting sections, and are structured to provide a supportive atmosphere where students are encouraged to be brave and show the artistic team engagement, willingness to learn, and a positive, collaborative spirit. No previous experience is needed.

Musical Theater

This Fall, we will have two musical theatre performance classes – one for Elementary students and one for Middle and High School students. Musical Theater classes will meet for 90 minutes, two times a week. We will enroll a total of 27 students in each class, and create three casts of 9 students for each show. Each of the three casts will rehearse at the same time, but may be broken into separate rooms, depending on gathering restrictions. In order to offer a safe experience for students and instructors, students will:

  • Maintain social distancing guidelines as required by state and local laws, 
  • Wear a mask as much as is possible, and always during any singing rehearsals.

2nd – 6th grades
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
Auditions: Saturday, August 15

A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live! The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, and math through clever, tuneful songs is lighting up stages everywhere.

The story follows Tom, a young schoolteacher, who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Memorable songs as “Just a Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction” bring his lesson plans vividly to life.

Rehearsals Tuesdays & Thursdays until December 8
Thursday, December 10 – NO REHEARSAL
Monday, December 14 – 5:00 – 8:30 – Tech Rehearsal (Cast A)
Tuesday, December 15 – 5:00 – 8:30 – Tech Rehearsal (Cast B)
Wednesday, December 16 – 4:30 – 8:00 – Performance (Cast A)
Thursday, December 17 – 4:30 – 8:00 – Performance (Cast B)

7th- 12th grades
The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee
Mondays 5:30 – 7:00 pm and Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Auditions: Saturday, August 15

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Sunday, December 6 – 1:30 – 5:00 pm – Tech Rehearsal (Cast A)
Monday, December 7- 5:00 – 8:30 pm – Tech Rehearsal (Cast B)
Tuesday, December 8 – 5:00 – 8:30 pm – Tech Rehearsal (Cast C)
Wednesday, December 9 – 4:30 – 8:00 – Performance (Cast A)
Thursday, December 10 – 4:30 – 8:00 – Performance (Cast B)
Friday, December 11 – 4:30 – 8:00 – Performance (Cast C) 

One-Act Play

This fall, we will offer a One-Act Play for 6th – 12th graders. The class will enroll up to 20 students and will meet for one hour,  two times a week. This hilarious play will give the students an opportunity to create fun characters and exercise their comedic muscles! 

6th-12th Grade
10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse by Don Zolidis
Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Auditions: Saturday, August 15

It’s the end of the world and hordes of rampaging zombies are about to kill you. What do you do? Try your hand at kung fu against the undead? Attempt to reason with creatures that would rather eat brains than use them? Turn to this handy and hilarious guide to survive the apocalypse! (Hint: sacrifice the weak is step number one.)

Monday, November 30 – 5:30 – 8:00 – Tech Rehearsal
Tuesday, December 1 – 5:30 – 8:00 – Tech Rehearsal
Wednesday, December 2 –  5:00 – 8:00 – Performance

Radio Play 

Before there was television, there was the radio! Students who enroll in the Radio Play performance class will have the opportunity to create character voices, learn how to build foley sound effects and develop the skill to deliver a purely acoustic performance. Designed for 6th – 12th graders, this class will take up to 20 students and will meet in person one day a week, and online one day a week. 

6th-12th Grade
Alice in Wonderland
Mondays from 5:30 – 6:25 pm and online Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:25
Auditions: Saturday, August 15

Using a script first created by the Columbia Workshop in 1937, students will be telling the story of Alice in Wonderland using only dialogue, music and sound! 

Monday, November 30 – 5:30 – 8:00 – Tech Rehearsal
Tuesday, December 1 – 5:30 – 8:00 – Tech Rehearsal
Wednesday, December 2 –  5:00 – 8:00 – Performance

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