The TAU/HUB Youth Musical Theater Program offers three age appropriate divisions of production offerings; programs for grades 1-4, grades 5-9 and grades 9-12. There is a fall musical theater production, spring musical theater production and musical theater summer camps offered for each age group every year. The progression of the full program provides a graduated development of challenge to youth actors. The TAU/HUB program will soon be expanding to offering classes aimed at specific skill development. Signing up for TAU/HUB newsletters is the best way to keep up-to-date with production and audition information.
TAU/HUB theatrical productions are high quality, exposing young actors to professional sets, makeup, costumes, sound, lights and stage. Participants are held to high standards, yet with the understanding of their needs as youth actors. Every theatrical experience offers opportunities for development in many areas; dance & movement, vocal & music, acting & vocal projection, social, memorization and others.
This program is heavily dependent on parent volunteer helpers. There are many opportunities for parents to contribute, from help with sewing of costumes to helping with move-in of large set pieces. The theatrical productions always prove to be a strong community bonding experience. Participating on any level enhances the overall experience for both youth actors and their parents.
The Art Underground offers a class/production format for 1st-3rd grade performers. Students rehearse one time a week for 1 1/4 hrs. Each actor has the opportunity to audition and have plenty of stage time in the final production. Students will sing, act and dance in a final performance with full costumes and basic sets, sound and lights on the new HUB stage, starting Fall 2016.
Prior to auditioning, 2nd-6th grade actors are offered an optional audition prep class. Actors sign up for audition slots and audition before rehearsals begin. Every student who gets an audition time and who auditions will be guaranteed to be offered a part. Rehearsals run twice a week for 1 ½ hrs each rehearsal with an occasional additional rehearsal a week for some actors. The last two weeks before the performance, there will be additional required rehearsals.
Parent Backstage Volunteer Quote:
“I’m very impressed with how well the kids take personal responsibility for their own costume pieces.” -Carol
Students in 7th-12th grades are offered the opportunity to have a theater production experience that gives greater challenges to the more experienced actor. This age group thrives on working with age mates, and excels in all areas of musical theater skill development. They are given opportunities to do more in-depth character development, work with timing of comedic delivery, and are assisted in bringing more of themselves and their own creative interpretation to their characters.
Audience member quote:
“We as a family really enjoyed seeing The Drowsy Chaperone, such amazing young talent!” -Libby
People who grow up involved in theater know:
1. Success doesn’t come without hard work.
2. Getting into character teaches empathy.
3. Spontaneity is in their blood.
4. They are top-rate problem-solvers.
5. Thinking on their feet is their specialty.
6. Learning how to deal with disappointment (if not always getting exact role desired) taught them how to cope and that things can turn out well, even if certain circumstances are not expected.