Youth Theater

Mort November Philanthropic FundThe 2016-2017 Youth Theater season presented by the Mort and Iris November Philanthropic Fund.

Our 2016 – 2017 season brings a classic and beloved children’s story (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) , a world premiere comedy (Aargh!), a contemporary horror classic from our teen theater (Carrie the Musical) and a nostalgic celebration for children of all ages (Schoolhouse Rock Live!). “This season centers around imagination and the powers of the mind” shared associate director of Theater Education, Jonathan Kronenberger. “From the 10 year old Alice who ventures into a literal Wonderland of the mind, through the imaginative young adventurers of Aargh!!, into the psychological torments of high school with Carrie, and finally ending with a young teacher needing to apply all he has learned to his first job in Schoolhouse Rock Live!”

If you are a Beck Center student and would like information about audition for an upcoming performance, please visit our Audition Page.

November 4 - 6, 2016 | Mackey Theater

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland logo

  • Adapted by Tim Kelly
  • Directed by Russel Stich
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov 4
  • 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, Nov 5 & 6
  • STUDENT MATINEE: 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov 3
  • Rated G
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Follow that famous White Rabbit to a delightful, entertaining world of childhood fantasies. Alice adventures into a world of talking flowers, comic royalty, and continually circling races! Along the way Alice must deal with the Mad Hatter’s frantic tea party, the mysteriously disappearing Cheshire Cat, the eternal bickering of Tweedledum and Tweedledee, a plethora of kings, queens and knaves - before finally attending a trial - where she suddenly finds herself the accused!

Family and friends, if you know one of the actors, consider purchasing $5 Well Wishes. Submission deadline is October 21. Email TABC President Annie for more information and to submit your Well Wishes.


December 10 - 18, 2016 | Studio Theater

Aargh logo

  • Written by Rachel Spence
  • Directed by Rachel Spence
  • 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Dec 9 &16 3 p.m. Saturdays, Dec 10 & 17
  • 3 p.m. Sundays, Dec 11 & 18
  • STUDENT MATINEE: 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec 15
  • Rated G
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From the creator of It’s All Greek To Me, Once Upon a Decade, Hillbilly Holiday, and Going Medieval. This wholly originally script by resident Beck Center Youth Theater playwright, Rachel Spence, promises heaps of excitement on the high seas and a pirate’s ransom of silliness.

CARRIE the musical
March 24 – April 2, 2017 | Mackey Theater

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  •  Music by Michael Gore
  • Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
  • Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
  • Based on the novel by Stephen King
  • Directed by Jonathan Kronenberger
  • Music Direction by Larry Goodpaster
  • 7:30 p.m. Fridays, March 24 & 31 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 25 & April 1
  • 3 p.m. Sundays, March 26 & April 2
  • STUDENT MATINEE: 10 a.m. Thursday, March 30
  • Rated PG-13
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Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she is an outcast who is bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it …

Auditions open to Beck Center students ages 12 to 19. If you would like to audition please visit the Audition Page for more information.


May 12 - 21, 2017 | Mackey Theater

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  • Originally Adapted and Produced for the Stage by Theatre BAM
  • From the Series Created by George Newall and Tom Yohe
  • Based on an Idea by David McCall
  • Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating and Kyle Hall
  • Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg,Kathy
  • Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe
  • Directed by Patrick Ciamacco
  • Musical Direction by Ben Malkevitch
  • Choreography by Rebecca Frick
  • 7:30 p.m. Fridays, May 12 & 19 3 p.m. Saturdays, May 13 & 20
  • 3 p.m. Sundays, May 14 & 21
  • STUDENT MATINEE: 10 a.m. Thursday, May 18
  • Rated G
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Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set. Together, they show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such beloved songs as “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction.” This stage adaptation of the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series is fun for all ages!

Auditions open to Beck Center students ages 6 to 19. If you would like to audition please visit the Audition Page for more information.

Illustration 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.

The 2016-2017 Youth Theater season presented by the Mort and Iris November Philanthropic Fund.

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