The Weston Playhouse Young Company is composed of 9 Non-Equity actor/singer/dancers who are attending or no more than one year beyond graduation from a conservatory or undergraduate training program. The Young Company program provides performance training and experience and a forum for sharing the expertise of Weston-related theatre professionals through a series of workshops, discussions and interactive exercises.
Auditions for the Weston Young Company are limited to a list of longtime affiliated BFA musical theatre programs (including Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, NYU New Studio on Broadway, PACE Musical Theatre, 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 spend the bulk of the summer season in residence at the Playhouse. The summer of 2018 “in residence” dates are from May 29 to August 5 for students returning to their programs in August and from May 29 through September 2 for all others.
- Young Company members perform in all after-hours Cabarets during their summer residency. Typically at least 2 hours/day are spent in cabaret rehearsal on non-matinee days.
- This summer the Young Company members will be performing the musical for young audiences, Anne of Green Gables, under the direction of Tim Fort at the company’s new Second Stage, Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm.
- This summer all YoCo members will be performing in our Equity Main Stage production of West Side Story, also directed by Tim Fort, with rehearsals beginning June 19. YoCo members earn Equity Membership Candidacy points for all Main Stage rehearsals and performances.
- Main Stage work may also involve some backstage and/or shift responsibilities.YoCo members are assigned to strike duties for all Main Stage 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 YoCo and Main Stage productions.
- Once they have opened in West Side Story and the second cabaret of the season, YoCo members benefit from up to 6 hours of workshops, instruction, and discussion sessions a week as as their schedules permit. These sessions are coordinated by Young Company directors Tim Fort and Piper Goodeve, and usually include master classes with Weston-related theatre professionals such as composer Adam Guettel and voiceover artist Jennifer Server.
- Daily cabaret calls, Main Stage and YoCo 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 directors.
- The entire Playhouse company is small and inclusive. The Young Company is a critical part of our operation, and we seek constant feedback on how to improve the experience.