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2014-2015 Youth Theater Season

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents its 2014-2015 Youth Theater season that includes the first revival of a play that debuted at Beck Center 2006, a classic story for children of all ages, as well as two Tony Award winning musicals, both of which became Academy Award winning films.

Tickets on Sale Now!


Mr Toad logoBased on The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Dramatized by Vera Morris; Directed by Russel Stich
November 7, 2014 – November 9, 2014; Mackey Main Stage
Student Matinee: Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Toad is an eccentric but likable chap given to “crazes.” His latest craze involves motorcars. Unfortunately, he smashes them up as fast as he gets them. He even steals one for a wild ride over the countryside and ends up in prison! While imprisoned, his home is trashed and taken over by the weasels. After serving his time, Mr. Toad and friends devise a clever scheme to recapture his home and save the day!


Hillbilly Holiday logoWritten and Directed by Rachel Spence
December 12 – 21, 2014; Studio Theater
No student matinee for this production

Weird things are going on in Tinsel, Texas. Junior is missing, weird lights are frequenting the night sky, and something’s messing with the radio reception at W-XMAS. It’s up to the locals to answer these unanswered questions: Are we alone in the universe? Is Elvis really dead? All this, a hoedown, and more will be presented in this wacky original comedy.



Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse; Music by John Kander;
Lyrics by Fred Ebb; Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Choreography by Caitlin Elizabeth Reilly; Directed by Jonathan Kronenberger
Presented by Beck Center Teen Theater
February 20 – March 1, 2015; Mackey Main Stage
Student Matinee: February 26, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a man and convinces her husband Amos to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream" - fame, fortune and acquittal.


Oliver show logoMusic, Lyrics & Book by Lionel Bart
Directed by Patrick Ciamacco
May 15 – May 24, 2015; Mackey Main Stage
Student Matinee: Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

”Please, sir, I want some more!" Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, this classic musical tells the story of Oliver Twist, an orphan boy raised in a London workhouse. After running away, Oliver is recruited into a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Unaware of such unlawful activities, Oliver soon discovers that he is unfit for a life of crime. Join Oliver on his quest for a family as memorable songs such as “Food Glorious Food” and “Consider Yourself” and plot-lines unfold.

*Students must be enrolled at Beck Center in the semester that the show performs to be eligible to participate in the production. You do not have to be enrolled at the time of auditions. Specific audition dates to be announced at a later date.

Illustrations by Pat Miller

FFL_Logo_SquareThe 2014/2015 Youth Theater season is proudly sponsored by First Federal Lakewood

Programming at Beck Center is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.

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