Summer Youth Theatre + Summer Dance Ensemble

Summer Youth Theatre & Summer Dance Ensemble are performance-based theatre & dance programs for youth.  Professional directors, choreographers, musicians, and theatre technicians observe Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Theatre Education Standards while working with youth to produce high quality shows performed for enthusiastic, often sold out audiences.  Most importantly, SYT youth have fun, make new friends, and create memories that last a lifetime!


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Auditions:  Prepared audition is expected.  Please call the Arts Center, 785.843.2787 to sign up for a one hour time slot in advance.

Actors/Singers Grades 4-12:  2PM, 3PM, or 4PM

Actors/Singers should prepare a monologue under 1 minute and 16 bars of a Broadway or popular song.  Accompanist will be provided; please bring sheet music.  Dress freely with dance or tennis shoes.  All Actor/Singers will participate in dance audition.

Summer Dance Theatre Auditions: 1:30-3:30PM, in Studio 206



Grades 4-12:  May 1 | 5-9PM

Grades 4-12:  May 2 | 5-9PM

Grades 4-12:  May 3 | 5-9PM




Summer Youth Theatre

For over 35 years, the Lawrence Arts Center’s Summer Youth Theatre has provided intensive training in all aspects of dramatic theatre.  Using Broadway musicals, classical dramas, and original works, students learn by doing.  Performers receive training from visiting and resident artists:  professional directors, musical designers, stage managers, choreographers, actors, and dancers.

Students may also choose to participate through our technical theatre track, focusing on making summer productions happen from behind the scenes.  Students build, paint, learn sound, lights, props, stage management and run performances as crew and crew chiefs.

The benefits of performance education are many.  Watching and participating in theatre fosters literacy, stimulates interest in a wide variety of subjects, introduces diverse cultures and characters, and encourages compassion and tolerance.  Children who participate in theatre classes and performances are often more at ease in public speaking and tend to be more comfortable communicating ideas and opinions with others, including adults.  Theatre is a great place for kids to gain self-confidence and a feeling of acceptance.  Studies show that kids who are involved in drama and music do better in math, reading, history, geography and citizenship.

For more information about SYT, browse, call 785.843.2787 or visit 940 New Hampshire Street in downtown Lawrence, Kansas.




Enroll today!SYT Junior: 4th-8th grade
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Directed by Ric Averill

Rehearsals: 4 weeks, June 6 – June 30, 1-5 PM
Performances: Thursday, June 30, 7 PM
Friday, July 1, 7 PM
Saturday, July 2, 3 PM & 7 PM

Enroll today!Summer Dance Ensemble: 4th-8th grade
Choreography by Melissa Mendl

Rehearsals: 2 weeks, June 20 – 24, 9 AM – 12PM
June 27 – 30, 1 PM – 5 PM



Performances: Thursday, June 30, 7 PM,
Friday, July 1, 7 PM, Saturday, July 2, 3 PM & 7 PM


Much Ado About NothingEnroll today!SYT Senior: 8th-12th grade

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing Directed by Elizabeth Sullivan

Rehearsals: 3 weeks, May 31 – June 15, M-F 4-10 PM

Performances: Thursday, June 16, 7:30 PM, Friday, June 17, 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 18, 7:30 PM, Sunday June 19, 3 PM







PrintEnroll today!SYT Junior: 4th-8th grade
Midsummer Night’s Dream:  The Movie Directed by Trish Averill Neuteboom
From Shakespeare by Will Averill

Rehearsals: 3 weeks,  July 5-July 20, 1-5 PM

Performances: Thursday, July 21st, 7 PM,
Friday, July 22, 7 PM
Saturday, July 23rd, 3 PM




Into the WoodsEnroll today!SYT Senior: 8th-12th grade
Sondheim’s Into the Woods Directed by Ellen Anthony Moore,

Rehearsals: 4 weeks, July 5 – July 27, M-F 4-10 PM

Performances: Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM,
Friday July 29, 7:30 PM
Saturday July 30, 7:30 PM
Sunday July 31, 3 PM





PrintJUNE SYT Rookies: 1st-4th grade

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Directed by Becky O’Keefe

Rehearsals: 2 weeks, 9am-12 noon
M-F, May 31 – June 10

Performance: 11 AM, Saturday June 11

Enroll today!



PrintJULY SYT Rookies: 1st-4th grade
The True Story of Three Billy Goats Gruff, by Ric Averill Directed by Jeanne Averill

Rehearsals: 2 weeks, 9am-12 noon, M-F July 5 – July 15

Performance: 11 AM, Saturday July 16

Enroll today!