YMCA youth actors on stage

February 6 the Countryside YMCA youth theater program performed their 2021 production of “Under the Big Top”. This show brought together 16 kids, ranging from ages 8 to 15. Click HERE to watch the production!

Frequently Asked Questions about Youth Theatre

We believe kids should have a safe place to explore their creativity and self-expression. When kids participate in the arts – especially theatre - they develop confidence, problem solving, perseverance, focus, nonverbal communication, and collaboration. And the teamwork involved in rehearsing and performing builds friendships, too.

If we don't answer your questions here, please contact Jaime Spurlock at 513 932 1424 ext. 226 or send her an email at jaime.spurlock@ymcastaff.org. She'll be glad to help! 

Auditions are open to youth ages 7 to 18. Every child who auditions will be cast in the show. Participants must be able to read and memorize the script.  

Auditions for Countryside YMCA’s production of "Stories Under the Big Top.” It’s a circus full of laughter and lively storytelling as the ringmaster and players perform a variety of well-known tales such as “The Bremen Town Musicians,” “The Billy Goats Gruff,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” “Monkey See, Monkey Do” and “The Magic Fish.” 

Youth auditioning should prepare a short memorized piece (song, poem, story, monologue) or be able to read a sample from a script we provide. Participants only need to come to 1 audition time and everyone who auditions will be cast.

Auditions will be held September 27 from 2:30PM – 4:00PM and on  October 1 frm 6:30 PM-8:00 PM. The final production will be in late January or early February, 2021.

No. Auditions are free. 

Countryside YMCA
1699 Deerfield Rd Lebanon, OH 45036

The final production will be in late January or early February, 2021.

Meeting times are Monday & Thursdays from 6:30pm -8:00pm, and rehearsal times for smaller groups may vary this season. A tentitive schedule will be available at auditions.

Yes, and you can view those protocol here

Our show this year allows us to run rehearsals with small groups, and the kids/director will be masked for the most part until we actually move onto the stage in January. 
We will also be limiting tickets for the final performance in order to meet the reduced capacity guidelines set by the governor. 

Register for Auditions and Join the Theatre Troupe Now!