The Weston Playhouse Young Company is composed of 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 of 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 2019 “in residence” dates are from May 28 to September 2 (flexible for students returning to school).
- Young Company members perform in all after-hours Cabarets during their summer residency. The YoCo spends approximately two hours per day in cabaret rehearsal on non-matinee days.
- This summer the Young Company members will be performing in the annual musical for young audiences at the company’s new Second Stage, Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm (to be announced).
- All Young Company members will also perform in a musical on our Equity Main Stage (to be announced). 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 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 the Main Stage musical and 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 Artistic Associate/Education Coordinator Rachel Liff and usually include master classes with Weston-related theatre professionals such as composer Andrew Lippa and voiceover artist Jennifer Server.
- Daily cabaret calls as well as Main Stage and YoCo show rehearsal calls are handled by stage management. Times for workshops, instructional sessions, and cabaret production work will be established by Rachel Liff.
- 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.