The Collingswood Youth Theatre, founded by Mrs. Barbara Lefkoe and sponsored by the Borough of Collingswood, began in the spring of 1995. The first show, “Unhappily Ever After”, had a cast of 40 students from third through sixth grades who performed during the last weekend in April in the CollingswoodMiddle School auditorium.
In the summer of 1995, the Collingswood Board of Education added the summer theatre workshop to its list of enrichment programs. Twenty-two students from grades 3 through 8 were involved in that first summer show, performed during the last week of July.
The purpose of the Youth Theatre is to provide experiential learning to elementary and middle school-aged children interested in the performing arts. Each child participates in the entire process of putting on a theatrical production including auditions, read-through rehearsal, approximately 15 rehearsals to learn the techniques of acting, dress and technical rehearsals, and of course, the performances!
Over the past 25 years, the Youth Theatre has performed many shows including “The Wizard of Oz”, “Enchanted Sleeping Beauty”, “Cinderella”, “Aladdin Jr.”, “Pocahontas”, “Annie, Jr.”, “Robin Hood” (with original music by Collingswood resident Tim Ward), “The Adventures of Pinocchio” (written and composed by Collingswood resident Jack Jeckot), “The Lion King Jr.”, and “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”. The cast size has grown to approximately 65 young performers per show. Collingswood & Oaklyn residents may register at the beginning of November for the spring show and the beginning of May for the summer show, at which time any slots left are available to residents of other communities. Registration is done on-line at www.collingswood.com for the spring show and at www.collsk12.org for the summer show. There is a tuition fee to cover expenses for the program. All registered children receive a part in the show.
Each production involves many dedicated and talented adult and youth volunteers. With committees dedicated to props, costumes, make-up, ticket sales, concessions, the cast party, and more, every show becomes something special. There is a need for talents of many kinds, and many members of our casts’ families become involved in the theater process.
Children of all ages are invited to see the young performers of the Youth and Summer Theatres create theater magic. So save our dates, the last weekend in April and the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings of the last full week in July, to support the efforts of our wonderful cast members and see a great show!
If you are interested in participating in the youth theatre productions, please contact Mrs. Barbara Lefkoe at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Youth Theatre productions, registration, etc., check out our website