After having to cancel the 2020 program because of the Coronavirus, with new CDC guidelines and protocols in place, the 2021 Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater program is well into the planning stages and staff members are ready for this exciting educational experience in the live arts!
The program will run Monday through Friday from July 7 through August 8, 2021, culminating with performances of “Disney’s Moana Jr.” the first weekend of August with dates and times to be announced subject to state guidelines. The Youth Theater Program and the performances will all be held at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.
The program will break into two age groups limited to 25 students each with “Juniors” (7-11 years old) meeting from 9:30 am – 12 noon. The “Seniors” (age 11-17) will meet from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The cost for the Program is $60.00 per student. (A grant from The City of Twentynine Palms Public Arts Advisory Commission, 29 Palms Rotary, and private donors keeps our program fees low.)
The program will teach a wide variety of theatrical skills, including auditioning, acting, singing for musical theater, choreography, costuming, make-up, props, backstage skills, set construction, lighting, sound, and box office management.
5-7 students in each age group will be identified as “Stage Crew” and will be primarily responsible for building and painting sets, building props, and working backstage during the productions.
All students who are applying must agree to be in attendance for the entire month-long program. After an initial orientation session July 5th, parents/guardians will not be able to attend. Students will supply their own basic costumes; Theatre 29 will supply specialty pieces and other details for more complex costuming. Meals will not be provided; individual water bottles will be provided. Parents/guardian must agree to drop off students up to 15 minutes before the session and pick them up within 15 minutes of the end of the session. No cell phones will be allowed during sessions.
Students who are not vaccinated will be required to wear masks and maintain 3-foot social distancing. No masks will be required for performances which will be blocked to maintain a safe distance. Any adult staff not vaccinated will be required to be masked and maintain distance. Theatre 29 is investing in complete Covid safety protocols for students, staff, and audiences.
The Theatre 29 Summer 2021 Youth Theater Program has received permission from Disney to produce a DVD of the performance which will be made available for each student. They will also get a CD or Mp3 file of the music, their script to keep, a program T-Shirt, water bottle, wardrobe bag, and friends, memories and skills to last a lifetime! The last performance will culminate in a “Cast Pizza Party”.
The 2021 Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater Program will be presented by experienced Theatre 29 volunteers. Gary Daigneault is the Program Director. The Musical, “Disney’s Moana Jr.” will be directed by Daigneault for the “Seniors”, Char Childs will direct the “Juniors”. The Musical Director for the program is Bianca Stoker, Choreographer is Lisa Goldberg, Technical Director is Cole Subriar and Cindy Daigneault will coordinate the costuming.
Applications available at www.theatre29.org and must be turned in to an address on the application by June 18, 2021. Payment in full is due with the application. The first 25 applicants with payment will be notified via e-mail, late applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
If the fee is a challenge or a hinderance to attendance, apply for a scholarship on the application form, you will be informed if your application for a scholarship is accepted.
For any additional information about the program, e-mail Gary Daigneault at firstname.lastname@example.org.