UPDATE on Theatre Atchison's Youth Programs  ​ 


We have enjoyed an overwhelming response to our youth programming in the past few years, and we are excited to announce the expansion and re-structuring of certain programs.   These changes will take place with the first of the year, affecting Legend of Pocahontas and future programming.
In response to great interest and numbers of youth participation, we have decided to add another show to our season and split the age group for After School Players.  The After School Players program will now be geared toward students in Grades 2-6.  We will still have two casts, and the set-up of the rehearsal schedule will be the same as what we have used and found successful.  Also, we will expand the After School ELITE program, which will now take over the role of the ACTT program that was developed last year.  This year this group will not bring a traveling show to the elementary schools.  Instead we are re-formatting the group and adding programming for students in Grades 7-12.  The first show for this age group will audition in the first week of April, and have their first performances in the first week of May.  We are planning to continue to hold our Summerstage program as usual.

Limiting the ages of students in this way will help to give a better experience to all our students.  A closer age range with fewer numbers gives students the opportunity to learn in a way that is more tailored to their needs, and we can plan programming that will be more beneficial and challenge them to grow more.  The After School Players program will continue as a more “elementary” education in the theatre, fostering budding actors and establishing theatre etiquette and processes.  We intend to present the ASP ELITE with more challenging drama materials, opportunities to try out more areas of theatre, and create workshops that will also help them to expand their abilities.


With these changes in mind, we are excited to announce our upcoming youth programming for the 2017-2018 year:

Legend of Pocahontas, by Vera Morris.
Auditions (open to students in Grades 2-6): January 9 & 10
Performances: February 23-25

The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare
Auditions (open to students in Grades 7-12): April 3 & 4
Performances: May 4 & 5

Summerstage Dates (Shows still TBA)
Registration for Summerstage Opens April 1 (remember, there is limited availability)
Session 1: June 11-29; open to students going into grades 2-6.
Session 2: July 9-27; open to students going into grades 7-12.


Look for more information with future dates of youth workshops and other opportunities.  For more information on our Youth Programming, please do not hesitate to contact Theatre Atchison.  Our Business Office number is 913-367-SHOW.



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Congratulations on a Fantastic Show!!!


Thank you to everyone who came to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  It was a sweet success!  Congratulations to all the youth involved in putting together such a great show!  If you missed it, check out this video with information on our youth programs and a sneak peek at the show from our rehearsal process.




NEXT After School Players Production:


Legend of Pocahontas

Auditions for Legend of Pocahontas, by Vera Morris, will be January 9 & 10, 2018 at Theater Atchison.

Auditions are January 9 & 10, at 6:00pm. (You need only come to one audition date.)
Performances will be February 23-25


Set in and around Jamestown in the early 1600's, this play tells of the happy young girl with a big heart, Pocahontas.  There is fear and division between two groups of people, and this small girl, through patience and kindness bring them together.  This lovely show has plenty of opportunities for magic and fun!


Auditions are open to students in grades 2-6. Auditions will be cold readings from the script (no preparation necessary).  Parents MUST be present to fill out paperwork.

If your student is cast, there will be a participation fee of $15, due at the first rehearsal (January 15 for Mon/Wed cast; January 16 for Tues/Thur).


For more information about the show, or questions about auditions, contact Diane Holly at education@theatreatchison.org or call 913-367-SHOW.


Upcoming Youth Events:

Spring ASP Auditions (Legend of Pocahontas): January 9 & 10, 6:00pm

Spring ASP (Legend of PocahontasPerformance February 23-25, 2018

After School ELITE Auditions (The Merchant of Venice): April 3 & 4, 6:00pm

After School ELITE (The Merchant of Venice) Performance: May 4 & 5

Summerstage (Students Rising 2-6 grades): June 11-29

Summerstage (Students Rising 7-12 grades): July 9-27

Stay Tuned for more Workshops, Activites, and Performances.


Theatre Atchison's Youth Programs encourage confidence and creativity through a variety of theatrical activities.


We offer production opportunities, workshops, and activities for grades 2nd-12th.

  • During the summer, Theatre Atchison hold a youth day camp "Summerstage" in which students learn about the ins-and-outs of theatre, and produce a full-length show.  In June, we hold 2 sessions for students entering grades 2-6, and in July we hold 2 sessions for students entering grades 7-12.  Registration for Summerstage is April 1.
  • During the school year the After School Players produce two full-length shows and one traveling production.  In the fall and the spring semesters, students in grades 2-6 have the opportunity to be in a show, rehearsing after school hours.  Later in the spring, students can audition to be in the "After School Elite."  This group will produce a short show that travels to the three local elementary schools, giving them the chance to perform in front of all their peers.
  • After School ELITE is a group of students in grades 7-12 interested in learning more about theatre.  The produce a show annually with more challenging drama materials, and are given the opportunity to explore more areas of theatre.  Theatre Atchison hosts workshops and meetings for this group.

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For more information about any of these programs please contact Diane Holly, Theatre Atchison's Education Director.
Diane Holly