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Young Performers Program

Our Young Performers Program offers several opportunities through the year for youth age 8 to 18.  Younger students will benefit from classes and workshops and showcases for family and friends, while older and more experienced students will be participating in full productions, both in our theater spaces, as well as in other locations around town.

Summer Musical

One of our best-loved programs is our Summer Musical, which is presented the last two weekends in June each year.  Our summer musicals always boast a professional production team, and professional musicians, so that the young performers are learning every step of the way, as they not only hone their stage skills, but build confidence, broaden their cultural awareness, and nurture wonderful friendships with their fellow cast members.  The musical is performed in our own  Z. Alexander Looby Theater.  All of our performance-focused programs require a placement audition, and often have a "participation fee" to defray the costs.  Please look carefully at the audition information below for the next audition date, and for details about costs, ages, rehearsal requirements and performance dates.

Cabaret Series

Our "Cabaret Series" allows young vocalists to improve their vocal performance skills in an elegant setting.  Our series began in 2009 at Two Rivers Mansion, and continued thru December of 2011 with our young song-stylists performing everything from classics like Gershwin and Porter, to the new and avant garde from John Bucchino and Lisa Aschmann.  And more exciting performances are in the works.  Our cabaret series re-ignites with our kick-off event on Feb 1, 2014, when several of the areas best-loved professional cabaret artists will perform in an evening of song-stylings that should not be missed.  Then our "WinterSong Cabaret" will return with performances by young vocalists on March 1, 2014 (auditions for WinterSong will be held on January 11, 2014, from 10am-12noon at the CBB; email carolyn.german@nashville.gov for more information).

Specialty Performances

Our staff keeps an eye out for additional opportunities for our students to perform and hone their skills.  Some of our past performances have included bringing excerpts from the Summer Musical to the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival.  We also are able to create performances that bring to light our music-education aspect, such as our "A Taste of the '20's" revue, which was performed for TPAC Education's Arts Appetizer.  Each chance that our young artists get to perform enriches them with continued confidence and skill-building, as well as helping them build bridges into diverse communities and new peer groups.

Classes

Our new  line-up of Theater Classes is registering now!  Click on "Classes" in the sidebar above, or see the Schedule of Spring 14 classes.

News and Updates

  • Auditions:  Jan 11, 2014 from 10am-12noon at the Centennial Arts Activity Center's CBB for "WinterSong Cabaret" for young vocalists ages 12-18.  Bring sheet music in your key, or accompniment track cd, for 2 contrasting songs in any style (preferably no Gospel and no Country) If you have questions about about how, or what, to prepare, simply email carolyn.german@nashville.gov  or phone 615-880-2281. Performance will be March 1, 2014.
  • New Class Schedule.   Includes a new "StoryTelling" class!  registrations taken beginning Jan 2, 2014 at 11am, by email or in person.  See Spring Theater Schedule 2014 for details.
  • Save the Date:  Feb 1, 2014. Event details coming soon for this kick-off show for our Cabaret Series. 

The musical comedy is never in short supply at our performances