Midcoast Youth Theater brings kids on stage. We find a place for every child who auditions regardless of experience. Each production is led by a team of producer, director, music director, choreographer, stage managers, and assistants. Theater helps children and teens develop social and emotional maturity, self-esteem, leadership and the ability to work cooperatively.

Tickets Available for Seussical


Purchase tickets online prior to December 15th and take advantage of individual, family and group discounts.

Show Dates:
Thursday, January 9, 2020, 7pm
Friday, January 10, 2020, 7pm
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 2pm
Saturday, Jaunary 11, 2020, 7pm
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 2pm

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https://mytseussical.brownpapertickets.com/

Tickets will also be available at the door on show nights pending seat availability.
16 November 2019
Posted by Meleena

Call For Directors


Call for Directors!
Midcoast Youth Theater
Summer and Fall/Winter 2020


Midcoast Youth Theater (MYT) is thrilled to announce it will be performing Seussical as its Fall/Winter show, January 9-12, 2020, directed by Edgar Hattrick.  MYT’s Spring 2020 show will be Cinderella,[1] directed by Tammy Dumont Verreault, show dates will be in May 2020.  Auditions for MYT’s spring show are likely to occur in February.

We are now seeking applications from experienced and/or highly motivated directors interested in leading creative teams for our Summer and Fall/Winter Musicals, 2020.  The director must work closely with their creative team[2]  and parent volunteers. All creative team members must be able to support the MYT mission of creating a nurturing theater experience for young people, and be able to work well with others. Directors and some members of the creative team will receive a stipend.

We are seeking directors for three separate musicals for children/youth, in Summer 2020 and one family show in Fall/ Winter, with a show run in December 2020 or January 2021. Applications may be submitted for Summer, Fall/Winter, or both. 

Summer Shows:
Auditions for all three summer productions will be held in May 2020, with rehearsals beginning within two weeks thereafter.  The show dates for the three Summer shows are TBD and will be dependent to some degree on the venue availability and director's schedule.
Younger Children K-3rd grade show: This show will be less than one hour long and will run as a “double feature” with the Middle Children’s show.  Rising Third Graders may choose to join this show or the Middle Children show.
Middle Children 4th-8th grade show: This show will likely be a “junior” version of a musical, in particular, Frozen Jr. or Moana Jr.[3]  The Middle Children’s show will be run as a “double feature” with the Younger Children’s show.  Rising Eighth Graders may choose to join this show or the High School show, however, due to the mature content of the High School show, written parent/guardian permission will be required for a rising Eighth Grader to join the High School show.

High School 9th-12th grade will perform Rent[4]
This High School show will run later in the summer than the Younger/Middle Children’s Show.

Fall/Winter Show:

Auditions for the Fall/Winter show will be held in September of 2020, with rehearsals beginning within two weeks thereafter.  The show dates for the Fall Winter show are TBD and will depend to some degree on the venue availability, but will occur in December 2020 or January 2021.

The show selection for the Fall/Winter family show has not been made and anyone applying for this position should include one or more show proposals with a brief explanation as to why the identified show is a good choice for MYT.


About Us:

Midcoast Youth Theater is a non-profit organization providing equal opportunities for all children to perform. .  We are an inclusive theater group, casting all children who audition.  We also provide financial scholarships for any who need it in order to participate in our programming.  We attempt to choose shows that accommodate our large casts, have expandable ensembles, and provide opportunities for children of different abilities.
Our summer shows are for children/youth only.  Our two annual family shows have grown over the last several years from 65-120 performers of varying age, experience, and skill levels. For the family shows, more than half of the cast will be children and youth. The primary focus of MYT is to create opportunity for actors to learn and grow, and to have fun while doing it.

Application Process: 
To apply, please email a resume and answers to the following questions to diane.smith.howard@midcoastyoutheater.org, subject: MYT Call for Directors” as soon as possible. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Please direct any questions regarding the application process to diane.smith.howard@midcoastyoutheater.org or call at (207) 522-2871.
Please provide a brief narrative of your theater background. Please list up to three shows that you have directed including performance dates, the size of the cast, the age-range of the cast, and the name of the organization or school that produced the show.  If you have directed three or fewer shows, please include relevant experience you have had that make you a strong candidate for directing a family musical, including your specific experience with the age-group you are seeking to direct. Director applicants must be over age 21.
MYT is a non-profit organization that relies heavily on volunteers and, therefore, depends on an atmosphere of mutual support and camaraderie.  Please describe what skills or experiences you have that will enable you to foster that atmosphere in your role as director.



[1] Subject to availability of licensing.
[2]MYT is responsible for selecting the members of the production team. The creative team includes:  music director, choreographer, set designer, stage manager, costumer, lighting, and sound.
[3] Subject to availability of licensing.
[4] Subject to availability of licensing.

25 October 2019
Posted by Meleena

Announcing Seussical Auditions


Oh the things you can think, if you’re willing to try…..Be a part of brining the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss to life.

Come out to audition for Midcoast Youth Theater’s production of “Seussical the Musical”



SHOW DATES AND REHEARSAL INFORMATION
Seussical the Musical will be performed on Thursday, January 9th through Sunday, January 12th, 2020 at Crooker Theater at Brunswick High School. Shows will be at 7:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 2:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Rehearsals will be held at Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church at 84 Main Street in Topsham on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 6:00-9:00 pm and Saturday 2:00-5:00pm. Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal. We try to keep the youngest performers to Friday and Saturday rehearsals, except during the last week before the show when the full cast will be called.

Please contact the Director, Eddie Hatrick, with any questions at eddie.hatrick@midcoastyouththeater.org.

TROUPE FEES
Troupe fees, paid by participants, help to offset some of the production cost. Troupe fees are $100 for the first performer and $80 for every additional performer in a family. Full or partial scholarships are available for those who need them. All information is kept confidential. Please bring a completed troupe fee form to the audition.



AUDITIONS
Auditions times are broken into separate slots depending on roles desired. Arrive ready to go at the start time of your slot. Everyone who auditions will be included in the show. The Director for this show, Eddie Hatrick, the Music Director, Courtney Babbidge, and the Choreographer KC Andreu, will help everyone who comes to audition to feel comfortable and participate in the process. Please inform them of any special needs ahead of time.

Please print out and bring or be prepared to fill out the audition sheet that will be posted. It requires that you list known scheduling conflicts.

Audition Form 


Friday, September 27th


*Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition start time to ensure you are ready to begin when the session begins.  We encourage you to print and complete the audition and troupe fee form prior to arriving to save time.  Forms will be available for completion at auditions.

5:00-6:00PM
ENSEMBLE ROLES: This time slot is reserved for those cast members who are mainly interested in being part of the ensemble, a small or large group of actors who perform on stage together. If you are interested in an ensemble role without vocal or dancing solos and features then the audition process will require a simple check of your vocal range and a group dance movement session. Unless trying out for a supporting or main role, all children in grades K-2 should audition during this time.

If you are interested in an ensemble role with vocal or dancing solos and features, then please join us for the Supporting and Main Roles audition from 6-9 PM.

6:00pm-9:00pm
SUPPORTING AND MAIN ADULT ROLES:

This time slot is reserved for those cast members who are interested in a lead or supporting role as described in the character descriptions. Please note that the age ranges in the descriptions are a guideline. We recognize that someone may be able to play a role much younger or older than their actual age.

Auditions for this group will include a song, dance, and acting portion. Unless your character does not sing any solos, come prepared to sing a song that you have memorized and that showcases your voice. You must sing with accompaniment from our Musical Director on piano and may not sing acapella. You may sing 32 bars or about 1 minute of a song of your choice. You may sing a song from the show, but keep in mind that sometimes the show's own songs are not the best audition songs. Please check with our Musical Director, Courtney Babbidge, if you are not able to supply sheet music for him to play. We will have all of the music from this show. He may already have what you are looking for, can easily access it, or will help make another suggestion. Courtney can be emailed at
cbm7b5@yahoo.com.

Please come ready to perform a dance number in small groups taught by our choreographer. Please stretch ahead of time and wear or bring sensible clothing and shoes for movement. Shoes are required in order to dance at auditions.

Acting will be reviewed through cold readings of portions of the script, usually in monologue form. You are encouraged to study those characters you are most interested in. Script material will be provided to you at auditions.

Sunday, September 29th

1:00PM-2:00pm
ENSEMBLE ROLES: See above description.  Note you only need to attend one of the two timeslots to audition.

2:00pm-5:00pm
SUPPORTING AND MAIN ADULT ROLES: see above description.  Note you only need to attend one of the two timeslots to audition.



CAST REQUIREMENTS

Cast members must be in Kindergarten and up to audition.  If you cannot be present at the audition, please contact the director
eddie.hatrick@midcoastyouththeater.org to arrange for a video audition.

Parent Meetings to include all teens and adult cast members will occur for 15 minutes on the first Saturday of the month beginning in November to allow the Seussical Crew and/or MYT Board members to communicate to the cast.

Facebook is our main way of communicating with the entire cast. Every cast member or their parent/guardian needs to have a way to access our private page where pictures and videos from rehearsal and important announcements will be posted. All information about our production will be easily accessed on this page. We strongly encourage everyone to be able to access this page so if you do not have a Facebook account we would ask you to create one just for use during this show. You could delete it afterward.

Vocal ranges are listed for those characters with significant solos. Other characters have a general vocal description. Other parts list no vocal range because the role sings in small groups or with the ensemble.

Character Breakdown


THE CAT IN THE HAT, any gender, adult or teen, vocal range F2-F4
Our story's omniscient narrator, he is fun loving and enjoys rhyming. Pops up throughout the story to help the audience. Wise and attentive.  The essence of mischief, fun and imagination.  Strong comedic timing required.

JOJO, any gender, age 8-14, vocal range Ab3-C5
The Mayor's son, he is a Who that is always finding trouble. Bright, creative, and inadvertently mischievous. Possesses a wild imagination.  Can be played a little awkward, as a loner or as a rambunctious kid.

HORTON THE ELEPHANT, Male, adult or teen, vocal range A2-F2
Our story's main character, he is a compassionate and gentle elephant. Horton is a gentle giant who is steadfast, responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is imaginative and kind. Horton's view of the world never changes-he believes in its goodness.

GERTRUDE MCFUZZ, Female, adult or teen, vocal range F3-F5
Gertrude is sweet and timid. Though kind and loyal, she is self-conscious of her shortfalls. She is a bit naïve at times, but always is the voice of reason.

MAYZIE LABIRD, Female, adult or teen, vocal range G3-Eb5
The most beautiful bird in all of the jungle, but oblivious to her self-centered ways, she relies on her talent of manipulation, and intoxicating beauty, to navigate her way through life.

THE SOUR KANGAROO, Female, adult or teen, vocal range F#3-F5
The 'leader' of the jungle. She is loud, brassy, and stubbornly set in her ways. A caring mother, but unabashedly sassy and soulful.

YOUNG KANGAROO, Female, 8-12
She is Sour Kangaroo’s daughter and does whatever her mother does.  She is sassy with lots of attitude.

THE WICKERSHAM BROTHERS, male or female, 8 and up, vocal range varies
The Wickersham Brothers are not bad guys! They're simply a lot like kids who tease, play pranks, and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at others' expense. They enjoy hanging around with one another, making music together on the street corner, and playing off one another. Role requires heavy movement.

BIRD GIRLS, female, 12 and up
A clique of pretty, self-centered “back up birds” who do whatever Mayzie does.  They act as story tellers picking-up where the Cat left off. Must be strong dancers.

THE WHOS, male and female, all ages
The Whos are a lot like you and me, only so small as to be invisible. They live in fear that their planet is in trouble. Can include Cindy Lou Who, Max the Dog and other individual characters.

THE MAYOR, male or female, teen-adult
The Mayor and the Mayor’s spouse are Whos who are parents trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.

THE MAYOR’S SPOUSE, male or female, teen-adult
The Mayor and the Mayor’s spouse are Whos who are parents trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. They may get aggravated with JoJo, but they love him dearly and try to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.

THING 1 & THING 2, male or female
The Cat’s main helpers and an extension of his personality.  Essence of mischief, fun and imagination.  They assist the Cat in many ways, either playing small roles or causing havoc.

YERTLE THE TURTLE, Male, adult or teen, vocal range baritone/base
The King of the pond and thinks he is more important than he is.  He has a sense of entitlement. Presides as the judge at Horton’s trial.

GENERAL GENGUS KHAN SCHMITZ, Male, adult or teen, baritone
A Who General who is bursting with pride at the military academy he runs, and the boys he turns out. He is not mean; he honestly thinks he is doing the right thing and is making the world a better place.

JUNGLE ANIMALS, male or female, 7 and up
Must be strong, expressive dancers.  There will be room for individual characters in this group such as:
• The Eagle: precise and fierce
• The Eaglet: a flapper and leaper.
• The Zebra: proud
• The Gazelle: graceful, uses leaps and turns to travel
• The Lizard: slithers
• The Leopard: deliberate
• The Tamarin monkey: frisky
• The Poison Dart Frog: frog like in movements

CITIZENS OF NOOL
They live in the Jungle of Nool.  They side with the Sour Kangaroo.

THE CADETS
Cadets of General Schmitz’ Military Academy and Citizens of Who.  

HUNCHES
Featured dance group in “Follow your Hunch.”

CIRCUS PERFORMERS
Circus act performers at Circus McGurkus.

“THINKS”
Things that JoJo thinks up.

THE GRINCH, Male, adult or teen, baritone/bass
A fun mover with a distinctive physique.








04 September 2019
Posted by Meleena

MYT Board Update Summer 2019



"Every Show for Every Child "

MYT is an inclusive, high quality community based children's theater group which produces at least four full length performances per year, and finds a place in every show for every child who qualifies by age.
MYT provides a fun, creative outlet for children and families to find the sense of community and self confidence a musical theater environment provides.  For this reason, MYT is growing very quickly.
In the past year, the MYT Board has been busy adapting the organization's structure to meet the needs of an increasingly large and successful theater company.  The Board's charge is to ensure the safety of the company members, and to ensure that the organization stays creatively strong and fiscally secure.
In addition to the everyday Board work, this year the MYT Board has put into place a number of innovations and new fundraising approaches.  We have worked hard to increase the depth of our director "bench" and to ensure good relationships with our performance venues while we grow.  We have added a Board youth representative to speak for actors and crew Age 18 and under.  MYT is now the annual recipient of a percentage of a week's proceeds at one local restaurant ("The Duck" at Highland Green in Topsham) and is seeking other similar opportunities, as well as applying for grants to cover additional troupe fee scholarships and production costs.
Some innovations under consideration include: 
          A new structure for summer shows
         A costume lending/donation program to assist other local troupes
         Apprenticeship programs to develop future leaders backstage, on stage, in the pit, and in the front of the House. 
Every day work of the MYT Board includes:  addressing safety concerns, managing the budget, contact with the media, ensuring sufficient insurance coverage, ordering show rights, arranging venues and sponsors, reviewing written materials, and updating policies and procedures.
MYT Board contacts are:
         Diane Smith Howard, President (diane.smithhoward@midcoastyouththeater.org)
         Meleena Sheffler, Vice President, Webmaster (meleena.sheffler@midcoastyouththeater.org)
         Rich Ellis, Treasurer  (rich.ellis@midcoastyouththeater.org)
         Brianne Martin, Summer Shows Coordinator (brianne.martin@midcoastyouththeater.org)
         Eddie Hatrick, Fundraising Chair (eddie.hatrick@midcoastyouththeater.org)
         Katie Alberico, Secretary, Winter Show Production Team Liaison (katie.alberico@midcoastyouththeater.org)

Please reach out with any comments, questions, or ideas! We want to hear from you! 
Thank you for your help in making all of this possible.
MYT Board

16 August 2019
Posted by Meleena

Tickets Now Available - Thoroughly Modern Millie JR

MYT Presents Thoroughly Modern Millie JR

Thoroughly Modern Millie Its 1922 in New York City, and a young Millie Dillmount has just moved to the Big Apple in search of a new life. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. Millie's wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage, and the man she actually falls in love with doesn't have a dime to his name or so he tells her. Whats a small town girl to do? Filled with fun flappers, dashing leading men and a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie JR. is a clever adaptation of the six-time-Tony-Award-winning Best Musical and the Academy Award-winning film. Thoroughly Modern Millie JR., is the high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston! ============= SHOW DATES Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7PM Friday, August 9, 2019 at 7PM Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2PM ============= TICKETS Tickets are available online or at the door for $15. Discounts are available for Seniors ($13), Students ($13) and Children under 5 ($5). Buy tickets online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4310785. We accept cash, check or credit cards at the door and all sales are subject to seat availability. Online ticket sales cut off at midnight, the day before the show. Tickets however may still be available at the door. To exchange online tickets for another performance, call brownpapertickets.com at 1-800-838-3006 or email them at support@brownpapertickets.com. Please note, when purchasing tickets online, make sure you select the performance you will attend in the pull down menu on the form. If you mistakenly select a different show, we will make all effort to accommodate an exchange at the door, subject to seat availability. ============= Midcoast Youth Theater is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. For more information, visit www.midcoastyouththeater.org.

31 July 2019
Posted by Rich

Tickets Now Available to Anything Goes



MYT Presents Anything Goes Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4298569



The S. S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colorful assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist, her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), and a second-rate conman named Moonface Martin, aka Public Enemy #13. Song, dance, and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life.
============= SHOW DATES Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7PM Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7PM Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 2PM ============= TICKETS Tickets are available online or at the door for $15. Discounts are available for Seniors ($13), Students ($13) and Children under 5 ($5). Buy tickets online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4298569 . We accept cash, check or credit cards at the door and all sales are subject to seat availability. Online ticket sales cut off at midnight, the day before the show. Tickets however may still be available at the door. To exchange online tickets for another performance, call brownpapertickets.com at 1-800-838-3006 or email them at support@brownpapertickets.com. Please note, when purchasing tickets online, make sure you select the performance you will attend in the pull down menu on the form. If you mistakenly select a different show, we will make all effort to accommodate an exchange at the door, subject to seat availability. ============= Midcoast Youth Theater is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. For more information, visit www.midcoastyouththeater.org.

17 July 2019
Posted by Rich

Tickets are available for our K-5 Double Feature July 11-13


Join us July 11th and July 12th at 6:30 and July 13th at 2pm for KidFlix, our K-2 production and School House Rock Live Jr. our grade 3-5 production.

Purchase tickets in advance here:  mytschoolhouserock.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.

Tickets for our Anything Goes, our High School Show and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., our Middle School Show will be available soon.
02 July 2019
Posted by Meleena

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