The Geneva Theatre Guild Youth Theatre is a summer theatre program by youth (Entering 5th Grade through graduating seniors) that was founded in 1986.
The goals of the Youth Theatre are to provide local youth with an opportunity to be involved in any and all aspects of the production of theatre; to provide the community with theatre that is both artistically and educationally challenging; to help local youth develop a better understanding of the potential of theatre for fostering human development, while also helping them understand the technical aspects of theatre; and to use theatre as a means of developing a sense of community. For many years now the Geneva Theatre Guild Youth Theatre has been very fortunate to receive a grant from the Wyckoff Family Foundation. Also in grants, in 2008, GTGYT was awarded a generous grant from the J.M. McDonald Foundation, located in Evergreen, Colorado. The grant was given in support of our summer musical as well as the Curvin Playground Players.
Each summer the Youth Theatre invites all area youth to take part in a production staged in late July or early August. All interested students are given a part in the production. Students also have the opportunity to work on scenery, lighting, make-up, or other production areas under the guidance of adult volunteers.
In 2013 Youth Theatre again held Dramatic Inventions instead of the summer musical. Dramatic Inventions was four weeks of intense theatrical endeavors including drama, voice, and dance. It was available to students in 3rd-12th grades. Friday’s Guest professions were invited to hold workshops with the participants. The four week program culminated in a night of improv, song and dance.
Through the years, Youth Theatre has produced Oliver! (1986), The Music Man (1987), and The Hobbit (1988), Pirates of Penzance (1989), Aristophanes’ The Birds (1990), Wind in the Willows (1991), One Upon a Mattress (1992), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1993/2000), Alice in Wonderland (1994), The Wizard of Oz (1995), Animal Farm & Charlotte’s Web (1996), Nicholas Nickleby (1997), Bye Bye Birdie (1998), The Pushcart War (1999). Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2000), Narnia (2004), Once on This Island (2005), Annie (2006), High School Musical (2007), Aladdin (2008), Grease (2009), and Seussical (2010), Youth! (2011), Les Misérables: School Edition (2012), Honk (2014), It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman (2015). In 1997 the Youth Theatre also added a second program, Dramatic Inventions.
The Youth Theatre is a community-based program that depends on the support of individuals, local businesses and the cooperation of the Geneva City School District in providing programs open to all area youth free of charge.
In July of 2017, Geneva Theatre Guild Youth Theatre put on “The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet.” Written by Peter Bloedel and directed by Nicholas J. Goodman, this was a whimsical reinvention of Shakespeare’s tragic love story, complete with rhymed couplets, creative wordplay, and fantastical machines — similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with if he ever had his way with the script…
All of our performers, crew, and even the director had a great time!
The 2016-2017 season has ended, but here are a few dates that you’ll want to keep in mind!
The deadline for proposing a summer production is normally around February 1.
Auditions are typically held mid-May; check in at auditions to be on stage or part of the crew!
Shows are generally held in late July.