Alaska Theatre of Youth participants and audiences have a lot to look forward to in the 2012/2013 Mainstage Season of Plays. Below is the season's lineup.
Disney's Little Mermaid, Jr.
(from the award-winning musical)
October 12-20, 2012 | Auditions August 2012
Fri 7pm & Sat 2pm & 7pm | Sydney Laurence Theatre
Alaska Theatre of Youth presents Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. from the 2008 Broadway production, featuring hit songs "Part of Your World," "She’s in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea" and more! In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice.
A Christmas Carol (a play with music)
December 7-15, 2012 | Auditions October 2012
Friday 12/7/12 at 7pm; Saturday 12/15/12 at 2pm & 7pm | Sydney Laurence Theatre
Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol has gripped the public's imagination since 1843. It is as much a part of the holiday season as is mistletoe or stockings. Alaska Theatre of Youth brings back Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and all of your favorite characters in this traditional re-telling. Come along as the spirits take the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey where he learns the true meaning of Christmas.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 8-14, 2012 | Auditions October 2012
Saturday 12/08/12 at 2pm & 7pm; Friday 12/14/12 at 7pm | Sydney Laurence Theatre
By Barbara Robinson, a rip-roaring Christmas comedy! The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their wild interpretation of the tale has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year's pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever. Have some holiday fun with the Alaska Theatre of Youth!
Honk, Jr. (from the award-winning musical)
February 15-23, 2013 | Auditions January 2013
Friday 02/15/13 at 7pm; Saturday 02/23/13 at 2pm & 7pm | Sydney Laurence Theatre
HONK! became a stand-out by winning the 2000 Olivier Award (the British equivalent of the Tony® Award) for Best New Musical over The Lion King when both played in London. HONK! Jr. is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling with a charming and whimsical musical score that all are sure to love. The young actors of Alaska Theatre of Youth look forward to sharing with you their story of inner beauty, self-worth and friendship.
Wizard of Oz - The True Story (non-musical, true to the book)
February 15-23, 2013 | Auditions January 2013
Saturday 02/16/13 at 2pm & 7pm; Friday 02/22/13 at 7pm | Sydney Laurence Theatre
Elizabeth Anne Seaton School from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum comes a faithful adaptation of L. Frank Baum's famous children's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Come discover the original story come-to-life on stage and enjoy the antics of Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Wicked Witch, the Munchkins, and more, as they take on their fantastical adventure through Oz. Non-musical, literary adaptation.
Program subject to change pending final contractual agreements.
Alaska Theatre of Youth is supported, in part, by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Municipality of Anchorage and many youth and community-minded individuals and organizations.
ATY's Main Stage Season of Shows has enjoyed the hospitality of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts for several years producing fully-staged shows from October to May in the Sydney Laurence Theatre. It is a rare opporunity for young artists to perform in Alaska's most renowned facility that regularly hosts world-famous performers and professional Broadway companies.
Providing youth performance opportunities also allows ATY to provide youth audience opportunities! Special school-time performances are offered to the students of South-central Alaska. For more information, teachers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important to ATY that youth are able to experience the enrichment and empowerment that comes from taking part in theatre as a performer and as an audience member. When possible, complimentary tickets have been made available to special needs non-profit and service constituencies. Groups that have received complimentary admission (or ATY toured to their facility) include McLaughlin Youth Center, Alaska Children's Services, the Jesse Lee Home, Compeer, Boys and Girls Club, Alaska Gymnastics, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, among many others. Contact ATY to see if your community-based non-profit or service organization is eligible for complimentary tickets.