Theater Spotlight: Local theaters offer vibrant summer programs for children


School is out for the summer, but theatre keeps the learning and performing going by offering a variety of summer programs.

The Titusville Playhouse has a variety of programs for children ranging from first grade to recently graduated seniors.

During the past few years, Titusville Playhouse has grown dramatically. With Niko Stamos at the helm of the TPI Rising Stars and Steps to Broadway children’s program, it has done the same.

“Rising Stars strives to empower our students with confidence, creative thinking, teamwork and performance skills” Stamos said. “Throughout the program, students can discover their talents or take their talents to a new level.”

This summer, the Rising Stars program offers three musicals for all school children.

There are three offerings for children ranging from first to eighth grades.

The first is “The Little Mermaid Jr.” This Disney classic has been tailored for young performers, but still packs in all the classic tunes from the movie.

The second offering is a musical review called “The Magic of Broadway.” This Broadway review takes audiences on a journey through the history of musical theatre. It ranges from the golden age of musicals to today’s contemporary hits.

The third offering is “Madagascar — A Musical Adventure.” This show is based on the DreamWorks motion picture “Madagascar.”

“The Little Mermaid Jr.” will be performed June 3; “The Magic of Broadway” is scheduled for June 23; and “Madagascar — A Musical Adventure” will be performed July 7.

For older students in seventh through 12th grades, Steps to Broadway will perform “Carrie: The Musical.” Based on the classic cult horror flick, it will be a feast for the eyes and ears as the students of Brevard work hard to bring this show to life. This show will close the summer program with performances from July 19 to July 22.

These summer programs — as well as others around the county — should help young actors as they grow and learn as students. They will continue the tradition of fine theater in the years to come.