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.
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.
2018 Summer Show
This coming Summer come join the Geneva Theatre Guild Youth Theatre for our double feature of Schoolhouse Rock and Schoolhouse Rock Too! This year’s productions will be directed by Jennifer Mitchell and Nicholas Goodman.
Check out our Facebook event! Youth Auditions
2017 Summer Show
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!
Schoolhouse Rock and Schoolhouse Rock Too!
Auditions: June 1 @ 5:00pm, June 2 @ 10:00am in the Geneva High School Chorus Room
Show: July 27, 28, 29 in the Geneva High/Middle Auditorium
Directed by Jennifer Mitchell and Nicholas Goodman
Schoolhouse Rock and Schoolhouse Rock Too
The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet
Alice in Wonderland
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman!
Dramatic Inventions: Roaring 20s
Les Misérables: School Edition
Youth! a Collaboration
High School Musical
Once on This Island
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat
The Pushcart War
Bye Bye Birdie
Animal Farm and Charlotte’s Web
The Wizard of Oz
Alice in Wonderland
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Once Upon a Mattress
Wind in the Willows
Aristophanes’ The Birds
Pirates of Penzance
The Music Man