Young Artists Program

In addition to a fully-staged production in the summer, Civic Theatre’s YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM (YAP) is a year-round series of workshops and seminars designed just for high school students interested in improving their skills in a professional setting and looking to prepare for college auditions and beyond.  All workshops are taught by performers and instructors with extensive experience locally, regionally, and in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

YAP also includes a seven-week summer program with intensive rehearsals and specialized workshops culminating in a fully-supported and professionally-staffed production on the Tarkington stage.  Training will focus on developing the skills needed to succeed in the world of musical theatre including character development, vocal coaching and advanced dance technique.

Summer 2017 YAP Musical: Grease

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin'”, “It’s Raining on Prom Night”, “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An 8-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world’s most popular musicals.

“A lively and funny musical-as well as the dancingest one in town. It’s a winner…the songs are dandies [that portray] the early rockers with zip and charm. The sheer energy of Grease carries all before it.” – New York Daily News

GREASE is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Bill Jenkins College Audition Prep Master Class

July 15, 2017| 2:00PM – 4:00PM| Students: $20| Parents: $10| Civic Theatre Rehearsal Hall | To Enroll, Click Here! 

College auditions are just around the corner! This one-of-a-kind YAP Master Class with Bill Jenkins, Chair of the Ball State University Department of Theatre and Dance, will provide priceless college audition prep information. Bill will lead the workshop with a 90 minute detailed breakdown of helpful tips and advice to have the best college audition possible. Following the lecture, Bill will take the last 30 minutes to answer any questions there about college auditions. Bill’s workshop is open to BOTH students and parents.  The cost is $20.00 for students and $10.00 for any parent who would like to join their children. Please bring something to take notes.


Here is a little more about Bill Jenkins:

Bill Jenkins is proud to be the Chair of Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance where he serves as a Full Professor of Musical Theatre, Directing, and Acting. Since arriving at Ball State, he has directed several shows including The Laramie Project (which was selected as the national alternate for the KC/ACTF Competition), The Drowsy Chaperone (with guest artist Sutton Foster), BabyNoises Off42nd Street, A Flea in Her Ear, A Little Night Music, Cabaret, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Doubt among others. Mr. Jenkins also annually directs Ball State’s “New York Showcase” with NY Casting Director Rachel Hoffman and the “Chicago Showcase” with Artistic Director of Drury Lane Oakbrook Bill Osetek.

Professor Jenkins is an active professional director who is a proud member of the Society of Director’s and Choreographers Union (SDC). His directorial experiences includes extensive work in Chicago with the Drury Lane Oakbrook (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Singin in the Rain), Noble Fool Theatre (Ruthless, Musical of Musicals: The Musical, Some Enchanted Evening, and Roasting Chestnuts), Famous Door Theatre Company (The Living, which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Production), and work with the musical theatre group Cabarrah including the 2006 Sondheim Celebration at Millennium Park, The Clarence Brown Theatre (Spamalot, It’s A Wonderful Life:” The Radio Play and Violet), Actor’s Theatre of Indiana (Always, Patsy Cline, The Fantastiks, and It Shoulda’ Been You), Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Complete Work of William Shakespeare Abridged, Knight of the Burning Pestle and Fifteen-Minute Hamlet, among others) and many, many more. 

Professor Jenkins received his MFA in directing from Illinois State University, and also holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in speech communications and acting. His greatest role is that of husband to his beautiful wife, Sarah and father to his beautiful daughter Catherine Rose and his little boy Teddy Ryan.

YAP Summer Express Workshops

The YAP Summer Express Workshop Series is a 15-workshop program designed for high school students at all experience levels to fill their summers with theater! All of the workshops take place right before GREASE and REVUE! rehearsals on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 5:00-6:15 pm. They are conveniently located at Civic Theatre, so there is no extra travel involved. We encourage everyone to participate in these workshops. Below, you will find information on pricing as well as the schedule for all 15 Express Workshops. If you are a member of the cast for GREASE or REVUE!, you will receive your first 2 summer workshops FREE OF CHARGE. For questions, please contact Civic’s YAP Coordinator, Anne Beck, at




15 Class Bundle — $65.00

  • If you are a cast member interested in taking all 15 summer workshops, this bundle is for you. This package includes your 2 FREE workshops and all other workshops at a discounted rate.

 A la Carte Option — $7.00 per workshop

  • If you are a cast member that cannot take all 15 workshops, you can select the ones you would like to take A la Carte.
  • **PLEASE NOTE: Your first 2 summer workshops will still be FREE OF CHARGE. All other workshops will then be $7.00 a piece**


15 Class Bundle — $120.00

  • If you are a non-cast member interested in taking all 15 summer workshops as a discounted rate, this is the package for you!

A la Carte Option — $10.00 per workshop

  • If you cannot take all 15 workshops, you can select the ones you would like to take A la Carte.



Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays | 5:00-6:15 PM | Civic Theatre Rehearsal Hall


Week 1:

Monday, June 12th @ 5pm – MUSICAL THEATRE WITH ANNE BECK

Tuesday, June 13th @ 5pm – JAZZ WITH MICHAEL WORCEL


Week 2:

Monday, June 19th @ 5pm – ACTING WITH CLAIRE WILCHER

Tuesday, June 20th @ 5pm – TAP WITH MICHAEL WORCEL


Week 3:

Monday, June 26th @ 5pm – ACTING WITH CLAIRE WILCHER

Tuesday, June 27th @ 5pm – HIP HOP WITH SAWYER HARVEY


Week 4:

Monday, July 10th @ 5pm – JAZZ WITH SALLY SCARBROUGH


Wednesday, July 12th @ 5pm – IMPROV WITH BROOKE DEBETTIGNIES

Week 5:

Monday, July 17th @ 5pm – HIP HOP WITH SAWYER HARVEY

Tuesday, July 18th @ 5pm – TAP WITH ANNE BECK

Wednesday, July 19th @ 5pm – IMPROV WITH BROOKE DEBETTIGNIES