Summer Youth Theatre in Madison!
Our annual Summer Youth Theatre shows, theatrical productions starring Madison and surrounding area residents, are a ton of fun! Every year, Writers Theatre, in partnership with the Madison Recreation Department, presents two summer plays, one for residents (and others) in 3rd through 8th grade and one for residents (and others) in High School. In keeping with our mission to create and develop new works, this year we presented a 4 A.M., a play which had only received two school performances in the past, and Throne Over, a brand new musical written and performed by the actors!
Senior (ages 14-21) Summer Youth Theatre Show: 4 A.M.
This year’s Senior Show was 4 A.M., a new musical with book by Jonathan Dorf and music and lyrics by Alison Wood. It is a dramedy that introduces us to several young people, all of whom – for different reasons – happen to be awake in the middle of the night and are unaware they are not alone. 4 A.M. is an exciting tale of love, loneliness, and confusion that tackles difficult issues like mental health and personal identity.
4 A.M. was presented on August 11th and 12th at 7:30 PM and August 13th at 2:00 PM. All performances were held at Drew University, in the Director’s Lab at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts.
Junior (ages 8-13) Summer Youth Theatre Show: Throne Over
This year’s Junior Show, Throne Over was an original devised musical created by the performers themselves through improvisation, acting exercises, and scripting, led by professional actor, musician, and teaching artist Jane Keitel! (you may remember Jane from our productions of Mom, A Rock Concert Musical, and Across the Wide and Open Prairie). Throne Over tells the story of a queen who happens to be a pretty awful wizard. When she accidentally turns the king into a frog, it becomes apparent that the only way to reverse the spell is for her to step down as queen. Her five daughters then decide to hold a princess election in order to decide who will take her place!
Throne Over was presented August 4th and 5th at 7:30 pm and August 6th at 2:00 pm. Performances were held at Drew University, in the Director’s Lab at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts. Production stills from the shows will be up soon! For a wrap-up blog post about Throne Over, click here!
Check this page often for news on the upcoming shows, as well as audition dates and times.