Archive for 2015

January 2016 Auditions!

Jesus Christ Superstar AUDITIONS! 

January 8th at 6:00 PM and January 9th at 1:00 PM or 6:00 PM (three choices, choose one). Plan on arriving at the start time for some warm-ups. For more information click here.
07 December 2015
Posted by Julie Meyer


Midcoast Youth Theater presents Oliver! on December 3rd, 4th and 5th at 7 PM plus 2 matinees on the 5th and 6th at 2 PM at Crooker Theater in Brunswick. The cast of Oliver includes over 80 people ranging in age from 5 to 60 plus. Directed by Chris Holmes, Music Direction by Courtney Babbidge and Choreography by Linda Gardiner. Join the cast as they take you on a journey of longing and redemption.

On Thursday and Saturday night at 7 and Sunday at 2 Oliver is played by Brandon Ellis, Kobi Appleby plays the Artful Dodger, Lou Ford is Nancy and Fagin is played by Joseph McGrann. Bill Sykes played by John Rankins appears in all shows. On Friday night at 7 and Saturday at 2 PM, Oliver is played by Johnmarcus Willey, Lilly Gardiner is the Artful Dodger, Nancy is played by Annabelle Gardiner and Fagin will be Michael Millett.

Tickets are $10/adults and $8/students and seniors. Tickets available at the door or on line here.
15 November 2015
Posted by Julie Meyer

Season 2016

  Season 2016 is Here!

Family Show for All Ages: Jesus Christ Superstar. We had a great run! This show was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who participated. You are all Superstars!

Summer Program for Young People:
High School Show
    Addams Family, A New Musical   
    Auditions Saturday May 7th at 3 or  7 PM (choose 1)
    Rehearsals Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:30-9:00 and Friday         6:00-9:00
        starting May 23rd.
    Shows: July 28, 29, 30 at Orion Performing Arts Center   

Elementary School Shows
    Grades K-2
        A Year with Frog and Toad
         Auditions Friday May 13th at 4 PM or Saturday May 14th at             12 PM (choose 1)
        Rehearsals Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4-5 PM starting May         16th
        Shows: July 14, 15, 16 at Orion Performing Arts Center
    Grades 3-5
        Aladdin, Jr.
        Auditions Friday May 13th at 6 PM or Sat. May 14th at             2 PM (choose 1)
        Rehearsals Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:00-6:30 starting             May 16th
        Shows: July 14, 15, 16 at Orion Performing Arts Center

Middle School Show
    The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition
    Auditions Friday June 3rd  5-7 PM or Sat. June 4th 1-4 PM
    (choose 1)
    Rehearsals Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-6:30 and Wednesday             6:30-8:00
    Shows: August 11, 12, 13 at Orion Performing Arts Center

Family Show for All Ages: Beauty and the Beast: December 15-18 at Crooker Theater. Details will be posted late summer.


17 October 2015
Posted by Editor
Auditions for all ages for the musical Oliver! Friday September 18th at 6 PM or Saturday September 19th at 2 PM or 6 PM (3 choices--choose one). Auditions will be at the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main Street in Topsham. FMI see or call (207) 837-8567.
06 September 2015
Posted by Julie Meyer

Join Us for Our Last Show of the Summer!

Come join us for this fast-paced, fun journey down the rabbit hole! Thursday and Friday, August 13th and 14th at 7 PM and Saturday August 15th at 2 PM at the Chocolate Church Arts Center. Tickets, $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, available at the door or online by clicking here.
07 August 2015
Posted by Julie Meyer

Please Support our Sponsors!

Our last summer show will be Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Junior on August 13th-15th. We'd like to thank our show sponsor, Perreault and Daughters Construction whose support makes this show show possible. Please support our sponsors!
28 July 2015
Posted by Julie Meyer

A Witty Thriller: Thursday 7/30 thru Saturday 8/1

Midcoast Youth Theater presents High School aged performers in a dark and witty thriller: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This is a tale of loss, love, revenge and murder told with the dynamic, chilling, and compelling music of Stephen Sondheim. It tells the tale of an unjustly exiled barber of 19th Century London when, finally able to return, he seeks to exact his revenge. Sweeney Todd (Brian Sidders) teams up with Mrs. Lovett (Emma Berkowitz), the proprietress of an unsuccessful pie shop. Unable to punish the Judge who destroyed his family, Sweeney uses his barber shop to exact revenge against any customer who walks in the door. The resourceful Mrs. Lovett discovers how Todd’s penchant for murder can provide her with a secret ingredient for her pies. Suddenly her pie shop is a success. But success is not long-lasting. The duo is stopped. While it is arguably the most macabre tale ever set to music, the depth of it’s themes are matched by the extraordinary musical score and the talent of the performers. Joining Berkowitz and Sidders are Kobi Appleby as Anthony and Kaitlyn Prophett as Joanna, as well as a talented ensemble, and a 9 person orchestra. 

Sweeney Todd is presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler, Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Recommended for mature audiences. Tickets will be available at the door or on-line at Thursday July 30th and Friday July 31st at 7:00 PM and Saturday August 1st at 2 PM at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington Street in Bath. FMI 207-837-8567.
Posted by Julie Meyer

Double Feature This Week: July 16, 17 and 18, 2015

Our youngest performers take the stage this Thursday (July 16) through Saturday (July 18) with a double feature at the Chocolate Church Arts Center at 804 Washington Street in Bath. Thursday and Friday shows begin at 6. Saturday is a 2 PM matinee. Tickets can be bought at the door. 

"Goin' Buggy" is a musical comedy where insects demand respect. The show is directed by Merissa Madarasz and choreographed by Rowan Joyce, both longtime youth members of the theater group. The cast includes 6- to 8-year-olds from around Bath, Brunswick and Topsham. “Disney's Jungle Book, Jr.” is directed by Henry Eichman, founder of Midcoast Youth Theater. Courtney Babbidge is music director for the show, which features well-known tunes such as "The Bare Necessities" and "I Wan'na Be Like You." Thirty children between the ages of 7 and 11 comprise the cast, and Joyce and Pam Tondreau handle the choreography. 
15 July 2015
Posted by Julie Meyer

Why Multi-Age Shows?

Why does Midcoast Youth Theater produce 2 multi-age shows every year?

The multi-age shows add value to our overall mission because developing communication skills and team-work across different age-groups supports youth development. It is not uncommon to see adults and  older teens coloring in coloring books with the youngest members back stage or holding group sing-alongs during intermission.

These shows also bring family members together. While some of the adults in a multi-generational show may have years of theater experience, others are new to it, joining just because doing theater with their children is fun and builds closeness.
01 June 2015
Posted by Julie Meyer

MYT Mentors Young Musicians

Where can a young musician play live music with adult musicians? At MYT, our young musicians rehearse with and play live music during shows, side by side with an experienced, professional Music Director and teacher, as well as other adult musicians. The opportunity to work this closely with professional musicians and to learn and perform a musical score in accompaniment to live theater is a rare opportunity. Qualified musicians of any age are welcome.  Please contact us for more information.

Posted by Julie Meyer

Leadership Opportunities for Young People at MYT

Part of our mission at MYT is to foster leadership skills in our participants. Over the years, we have supported many young people in becoming accomplished directors and choreographers. 

When a young person takes on a new leadership role for a production, it is as part of a larger creative team with experienced, professional adults who are both excellent leaders and teachers. Providing adequate supervision and support ensures a successful outcome for all.  Please contact us if you're interested in learning more.

Posted by Julie Meyer

Welcome Local Business Sponsors!

All of the support that we receive from our community partners goes directly into our programming, which benefits over a 1,000 people in the Midcoast area each year. If you're interested in supporting young people and the arts, please contact us. Not only will your support make our programming possible, it helps us build a vibrant, multi-generational arts community.

A big thanks to our 2015 Season Sponsors!!

And big thanks to our show sponsors this season!!

Posted by Dave Palese

MYT: A Non-Profit, Youth-Focused Community Theater

Midcoast Youth Theater (MYT) is a non-profit arts organization founded in 2003.  We provide equal opportunities for all children to perform in full length musicals, without regard for past experience or financial resources.

We produce 2 multi-generational shows for all ages in the spring and fall and 4 youth-only shows in the summer.  The multi-generational shows give young people the opportunity to perform with family members and people of all ages. The youth-only shows give young people more focused opportunities to develop honed theatrical, dancing and singing skills as they practice team-work with peers. All productions are run by an experienced team of director, music director, choreographer, stage managers, producers and assistants. Young people have opportunities to work as creative team assistants and leaders, and qualified student musicians play in the pit during performances under the leadership of the music director, Courtney Babbidge.
Posted by Dave Palese

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