Performance Opportunities for Youth
Each year Chandler offers performance opportunities for youth, ages 7 to 18, in creative productions that celebrate a diverse array of regional talent. These productions have provided some of the most memorable moments in Chandler’s history. Some are even credited with inspiring current members of Blue Man Group and launching others in careers in technical theatre.
July 4th Youth Musical
2019 Youth Musical: Footloose
Thursday through Sunday, July 4-7, 2019
Rehearsals begin in mid-June. Auditions will be held March 10 for leads and March 17th for choruses and callbacks.
If you would like to be added to the email list that will receive announcements about auditions, please contact producer Emily Crosby.
Since 1999, more than 100 youth from the region have participated each year in Chandler’s July 4th youth musical presenting fully-staged productions of popular Broadway musicals under the direction of experienced staff.
This highly successful program is an effective way of serving a diverse population of youth, engaging them in meaningful activity overseen by qualified professionals. This experience empowers youth, fosters self-esteem, strengthens connections between families and communities, provides support to children and families in transition or crisis, and affirms the value of creative self-expression and working toward a common goal.
For the more than 600 youth that have participated since 1999, these productions have been intense and rewarding experiences that have offered a sense of community, sharpened stage skills, and opened a world of career or study choices. The friendships forged during these times are strong ones that weather time and distance, and coming back to Chandler is like coming home.
The Next Generation
11th Annual Concert, Friday, May 17, 2019, 7:30 PM
Auditions: April 7. Call Janet Watton at 802-728-9402 to arrange a time.
Chandler’s experience presenting NPR’s From the Top in 2007 inspired this annual performance by outstanding young musicians who have seriously studied classical instrumental or vocal music. The area’s top teachers recommend students whose accomplishments deserve special recognition and the performance features those students selected after an audition. The performance is a celebration of their talent and their inspiring dedication to its pursuit and development.
Mini Mud Variety Show
Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7 PM
As a way of furthering our mission of serving youth in the region, each year Chandler offers area youth an opportunity to perform on the main stage in a supportive and encouraging environment. Mini Mud was developed in 2007 in response to overwhelming interest in Chandler’s intergenerational Mud Season Variety Show. All featured performers are students up to 18 years of age. Students also provide important technical support backstage and serve as emcees for the production.
Other Opportunities for Youth
Student Technical Theater Program
Chandler has earned a regional reputation for its student technical theater program. Under the direction of Chandler’s Technical Director Seth Stoddard, students in grades 9-12 learn valuable technical theater skills which are put to use supporting a full season of performances at Chandler Music Hall. Many past participants have gone into successful careers in technical theater.
Techies are the real workhorses behind any theatrical production, concert, or anything else that involves performers or happens on a stage. They build the sets, find the props, dress the performers, aim, gel (color), and focus all the lights, and hang or place any microphones that are needed. They run the spotlights, the light and sound boards, and generally keeping things running smoothly backstage. They know a little about everything and a lot about a quite a few things.
The skills that these students learn in their work at Chandler are valuable outside the theater as well. The level of commitment varies and can be tailored to fit each student’s schedule. Self-motivation is required. Some kids volunteer 10 hours, others put in more than 500 hours each season. In addition to mechanical and technical work, students learn leadership skills, responsibility, time management, and teamwork.
Seth Stoddard has provided technical expertise ranging from small concerts and variety shows to large festivals and productions for close to 20 years. He worked as Chandler’s technical director from 1996 to 2004 and returned to the position in summer of 2016.
For more information about this program, please contact Seth by e-mail.