Youth Group

The Whitby Courthouse Theatre Youth Group is an educational program that introduces young people to the world of musical theatre. Lead by a team of professionals, the program offers advanced training in all aspects of Theatre while learning teamwork and leadership skills simultaneously. The program runs every year from September to June. All applicants must audition in September each year, with specific audition dates, times, and information released in the summer.

Details About the Group

The Structure
Throughout the fall term (September-December) Youth Group members attend Saturday mornings from 9-12 and will participate in one of two educational streams. One will focus on Musical Theatre skills and workshops such as stage combat, improv, audition preparation, etc., aimed at building the skills needed for the Spring Musical and beyond. The other stream will focus on learning a classical theatre/Shakespeare play. This stream is designed for youth who already have experience in theatre and are looking to take their acting to the next level. A basic understanding of staging, acting, and Shakespeare is required for admittance into this stream. Both streams will perform in December for family members to demonstrate what they have learned. The Musical Theatre Workshop Stream will perform a cabaret the same evening as the Shakespeare stream will perform their play.

In December, all Youth Group members audition for a role in the June Musical Theatre Production (show announced in the fall after group selection). Each member is cast in the show which begins rehearsing Saturday mornings in January from 9am-12 noon. Then Monday/Wednesday evenings from 6pm-9pm are added starting in March and Sundays from 2-6pm are added in April until the show opens in June. The season culminates in a 2-week run from June 3-14, 2020. All members are required to attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances.

Family Members
Whitby Courthouse Theatre is a not-for-profit organization and all programs are run by volunteers. As theatre is a group effort, families are required to participate in the program by volunteering at least 15 hours of their time and skills leading up to the show and during the run of the show. Parent and family members will be able to volunteer in all areas of the theatre: set decoration, set construction, costumes, backstage, hair and makeup, front of house, props, lighting, and sound. Training will be provided for anyone interested in learning new skills. No experience necessary. Families are also required to assist with striking the set on the date of the final show.

Age Requirements
The age guideline is 10-18 years old, but exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

Associated Costs
Cost of the program is $215
fee is subject to change without notice.

For more information on our program, email our Program Director. 


Whitby Courthouse Theatre
416 Centre Street South
Whitby, ON L1N 4W2

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