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Youth Theater Season 2015-2016

Beck Center for the Arts proudly announces the 2015-2016 Youth Theater season. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW (with the exception of Happily Forever After, date tba).

Click here to learn about the Audition & Rehearsal Process

November 5 - 8, 2015; Mackey Main Stage

  • Adapted by June Walker Rogers
  • From the story Sara Crewe by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Directed by Jenna Messina
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov 6 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, Nov 7 & 8
  • STUDENT MATINEE: 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov 5

Sara Crewe is one of the most beloved fictional heroines, and June Walker Rogers has brought her to life in this funny, sad, wonderfully imaginative adaptation. In this story, from the same author of The Secret Garden, audiences will identify with Sara as she begins her adventures in "Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies"; laugh with her as she brings happiness to others; weep with her as her fortune changes from rich girl to poor orphan; and rejoice with her when strange events bring still another reversal of her destiny.

Auditions open to Beck Center students ages 6 to 19.

December 11 - 20, 2015; Studio Theater

  • Written by Charlie Lovett
  • Directed by Rachel Spence
  • 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Dec 11 &18; 3 p.m. Saturdays, Dec 12 & 19; and 3 p.m. Sundays, Dec 13 & 20

Snow White, Cinderella and Goldilocks all got their happy endings. But happily-ever-after isn’t quite what they imagined. It’s just TOO happy with all the charm of their adoring princes! Meanwhile, Princess Wallflower is still hoping for her own happy ending. After Bad Bart kidnaps her, the princess pleads for a handsome prince to come to her rescue. When all the princes are out searching for her, Snow White, Cinderella and Goldilocks jump on the chance to get their lives back to normal. Will Princess Wallflower’s dreams come true? Stay tuned to see who saves the day!

Auditions open to Beck Center students ages 6 to 12.

Bright_Ideas_CircleBRIGHT IDEAS
February 26 - March 6, 2016
; Studio Theater

  • Written by Eric Coble
  • Directed by Jonathan Kronenberger
  • 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb 26 & March 4; 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Feb 27 & March 5; and 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb 28 & March 6
  • STUDENT MATINEE: 10 a.m. Thursday, March 3
  • Presented by Beck Teen Theater

How far would you go for your child? For Genevra and Joshua Bradley, the question is no longer hypothetical. Their three year old son, Mac, is next on the waiting list to get into the Bright Ideas Early Childhood Development Academy - and everyone knows once you're in there, your life will unfold with glorious ease. Josh and Gen have had to scramble all their lives to get this far…and now they are one fatal dinner party away from the ultimate success as parents: The Right Preschool. You may never look at preschool - or pesto -the same way again…

Auditions open to Beck Center students ages 12 to 19.

big_Circlebig THE MUSICAL
May 13 - 22, 2016; Mackey Main Stage

  •  Book by John Weidman
  • Music by David Shire
  • Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.
  • Based on the Twentieth Century Fox film Big
  • Written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg
  • Directed by Russ Stich | Musical Direction by Matt Dolan
  • 7:30 p.m. Fridays, May 13 & 20; 3 p.m. Saturdays, May 14 & 21; and 3 p.m. Sundays, May 15 & 22
  • STUDENT MATINEE: 10 a.m. Thursday, May 19

The classic 1987 motion picture fantasy bursts onto the stage in this unforgettable theatrical experience. Josh Baskin is sick of being an awkward kid. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become "big". To his shock, his wish is granted. After an understandably awkward beginning, Josh is forced to do "adult" things like getting a job and a girlfriend. In the end he discovers there's much more to being an adult than he's bargained for, and learns we all grow up at our own pace, in our own time.

Auditions open to Beck Center students ages 6 to 19.

Illustrations by Pat Miller


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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