We are launching a series of online programming for your enjoyment. Please stay tuned as we prepare to share exciting artistic experiences via our website and social media platforms. We continue to wish for everyone's safety and hope we can add a little joy to your days.
Attention Parents — In response to COVID-19 and our desire to continue to offer education and enrichment to our youth this summer, we have transitioned to online classes to continuously cultivate creative minds.
The Young Performers Program (YPP) is for young people ages (6–17) who want to explore their creative and artistic talents. Since 1983, more than 3,000 Houston area youth, including some who are now professionals on Broadway, film and television, and a variety of other successful career paths. We combine the study of theatre, dance, music, arts education, technical skill, creative dramatics and performance for a well-rounded educational experience. Four sessions are held throughout the year: Spring Break (one week), two month-long Summer Break sessions, and Winter Break (one week).
The program offers an introductory overview of the arts through theatre, dance and music motivating youth to use theatre as a means to explore and inspire.
Each session culminates in a production that encompasses all of the taught disciplines.
Introduces students to role playing, creative exercises, improvisation, physical movement, breathing, vocal warm-ups, various aspects that go into a theatrical production and other basic performance techniques.
Explores acting styles through historical information, critical thinking, character analysis, monologue and scene execution.
Introduces breathing techniques, coordination and motor skills, balance, muscle tone, stretching and awareness of others working in an ensemble setting, dance terminology in various disciplines (ballet, hip hop, contemporary, African and jazz), and body position on stage.
Strengthens diction and breathing techniques and their relation to music composition, vocal performance and instrumentation. Students will also learn how music influences the mood and action in a play.
Past Shows Performed by our Young Performers
I Thought You Knew
A Broadway Revue
Back 'N The Day
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
The Emperor's New Clothes
Nzinga & The Festival of Gifts
Through the Eye of a Child
How to Eat Like a Child
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Here are some of the Young Performers who have gone on to make a name for themselves:
Troy Cleveland — Little Giants, Fallen with Denzel Washington
Wayne Bell — National & Regional Television commercials
Dequina Moore — Broadway, Little Shop of Horrors
Tanisha Eanes — (Lynn) All My Children
Ashley Davis — (Tamar) recording artist, Grammy Nominee
Robyn Troup — American Idol, Grammy Awards Performer