The Weston Playhouse Young Company is composed of Non-Equity actor/singer/dancers who are either attending or no more than one year beyond graduation or departure from a conservatory or undergraduate training program. The Young Company program is aimed at providing performance opportunities for young artists as well as offering a forum for sharing the expertise of Weston-related theatre professionals through a series of workshops, discussions, and interactive exercises. Information on our 2018 Young Company is not yet available. For an idea of what to expect, check out the 2017 information below.
Auditions for the Weston Young Company are currently limited to the following affiliated BFA musical theatre programs: Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, PACE Musical Theatre, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, and University of Michigan Musical Theatre. Because of staffing and travel limitations, we regret that it is not possible for us to consider candidates outside those programs at this time, and we are not able to accept or acknowledge submissions by mail, online or video.
- Young Company members normally spend the bulk of the summer season at the Playhouse (June 6, 2017 - August 19, 2017). Adjustments are occasionally made around the departure date to accommodate the schedules of those returning to school, if absolutely necessary.
- Young Company members perform in all after-hours Cabarets during their summer residency. They form the core company for the Cabaret, and its rehearsal and performance will be their primary responsibility. The general cabaret rehearsal commitment is between 10-16 hours/week. Typically, at least two hours/day are spent in Cabaret rehearsal on non-matinee days.
- This summer the Young Company members will all be performing the musical for young audiences, Really Rosie, under the direction of Tim Fort at the company’s OtherStages space at our temporary second stage at the Weston Rod and Gun Club.
- The first few weeks of the summer, while involving no public performances, will be particularly intensive because of two sets of rehearsals (Really Rosie and the first Cabaret).
- Young Company members are generally invited to perform in some aspect of the summer’s MainStage program. This summer all Young Company members will be performing in The Music Man with rehearsals beginning July 14th. When a Young Company member participates in a MainStage production, the rehearsal commitment for this work may be up to 42 hours per week. Young Company members earn Equity Membership Candidacy points for all MainStage rehearsals and performances.
- MainStage work may also involve some backstage and/or shift responsibilities. Young Company members are assigned to strike duties for all MainStage productions, under the supervision of the technical staff.
- In addition to cabaret rehearsal commitments, Young Company members will have various responsibilities for maintaining the cabaret space and its production elements (props, stage area, backstage, lighting, etc.). This cabaret production work will be scheduled whenever possible during times of light rehearsal responsibility for the Young Company and MainStage productions.
- Once they have opened the third MainStage show and cabaret of the season, Young Company members benefit from up to six hours of workshops, instruction, and discussion sessions in any given week, as their performance schedules permit. These sessions are coordinated by Young Company director Tim Fort, and often include master classes with theatre professionals such as composer Adam Guettel and voiceover artist Jennifer Server.
- Daily Cabaret calls, MainStage, and Young Company show rehearsal calls will be handled by stage management. Times for workshops, instructional sessions, and Cabaret production work will be established by the Young Company director.
- The entire Playhouse company is small and inclusive. The Young Company is a critical part of our operation, and we continue to seek feedback on how to improve the experience.