Young Company Acting Academy

Whether your child is an aspiring actor or just looking for a fun and creative opportunity, we can't wait to welcome them to our Young Company Acting Academy. We offer a diverse range of educational after-school classes and student productions that will allow your child to develop new skills, overcome challenges, and make new friends in a safe and encouraging production environment.
Our Acting Academy features:
  • A staff of professional teaching artists, eager to share their knowledge.
  • Goal-oriented curriculums that focuses on skill development, and celebrates their success.
  • Welcoming environments, which promote friendship, self-esteem, and self-growth.
  • End-of-session recitals and live performances for family, friends, and members of the public to attend.

Our Young Company Acting Academy is broken into two components: Ater-school classes and Student Productions. Keep reading to learn more.

After-School Classes

Whether you are a seasoned pro or newly exploring your theatre interests, our After-School Classes are the perfect place to stretch your creative skills. Our Afterschool Classes run in two 8-week sessions and feature a range of different classes for students ages 3-16 years old. 

Upcoming Sessions

Fall 2022
September 1 - October 27, 2022
The schedule will be released on August 1, 2022

Spring 2023
March 2 - April 27, 2023
The schedule will be released on Feb 1, 2023

Student Productions

Come on stage with OCT! Young actors will love taking to the stage as they work alongside their directors, adult actors, and technical staff, working to bring productions of full-sized adventure to life. Through a diverse and exciting production season, Young Company offers countless opportunities for children and teens to experience the excitement of the theatre as they hone their craft, develop new skills, overcome challenges, and make new friends in a safe and encouraging production environment.

James and the Giant Peach the Musical Jr.
Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. The possibilities for creative costuming and puppetry abound, and young actors will love playing the outlandish and larger-than-life human and insect characters.

Rehearsal Dates May 31 - June 17
This 3-Week production camp is part of our 2022 Summer Camps. Rehearsals are 9:00am - 4:45pm Mon - Fri.
Performances Wed, June 15, 7:00 pm - Friends & Family Preview Performance
Thurs, June 16, 10:30am & 1pm
Fri, June 17, 10:30 am & 1pm
Sat, June 18, 2:00 pm
Sun, June 19, 2:00 pm
Actor call time is 1 hour before performance time.
Cast Size 15 - 30 actors
Show Type Musical
Suitable for Ages 8 – 16. Limited roles for younger cast members may be available. May include adult actors in some principal roles.
Audition Information All actors are required to complete an Actor Profile and submit a video audition by May 20.
Auditions must include a 1-2 minute long memorized monologue, and 30-60 seconds of singing without backing music.
Sign Up Information Tuition costs $660.

Peter Pan

Ages: 8-16
Dates: 2-week summer camps, begins June 20

The classic tale from J.M. Barrie tells the story of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling's adventure in Neverland with the incredible Peter Pan. Along with the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, and Tiger Lily they must defeat the plans of the dastardly Captain Hook before it is too late.

Rehearsal Dates June 20 - July 1
This 2-Week production camp is part of our 2022 Summer Camps. Rehearsals are 9:00am - 4:45 pm Mon - Fri.
Performances Thurs, June 31, 10 am - Camper Performance (No outside audience members)
Thurs, June 31, 7:00 pm​
Fri, July 1, 10:00 am - Camper Performance (No outside audience members)
Fri, July 1, 7:00 pm

Actor call time is 1 hour before performance time.

Cast Size 15 - 30 actors
Show Type Non-musical
Suitable for Ages 8 – 16. Limited roles for younger cast members may be available. May include adult actors in some principal roles.
Audition Information All actors are required to complete an Actor Profile by June 13. Video auditions are not required but encouraged.
The audition must include a 1-2 minute long memorized monologue.
Sign Up Information Tuition costs $440. Enrollment opens on Feb 12, 2022.

Matilda the Musical Jr.

Ages: 8-16
Dates: 3-week summer camps, begins July 5

Rebellion is nigh in Matilda JR., a gleefully witty ode to the the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the "revolting children" who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson. Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence... and special powers! She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace! Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda JR. is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Rehearsal Dates July 5 - 22
This 3-Week production camp is part of our 2022 Summer Camps. Rehearsals are 9:00am - 4:45pm Mon - Fri. No rehearsal on July 4.
Performances Wed, July 20, 7:00 pm - Friends & Family Preview Performance
Thurs, July 21, 10:30am & 1pm
Fri, July 22, 10:30 am & 1pm
Sat, July 23, 2:00 pm
Sun, July 24, 2:00 pm
Actor call time is 1 hour before performance time.
Cast Size 15 - 30 actors
Show Type Musical
Suitable for Ages 8 – 16. Limited roles for younger cast members may be available. May include adult actors in some principal roles.
Audition Information All actors are required to complete an Actor Profile and submit a video audition by June 20.
The audition must include a 1-2 minute long memorized monologue, and 30-60 seconds of singing without backing music.
Sign Up Information Tuition costs $660. Enrollment opens on Feb 12, 2022.

A Christmas Story

Ages 8-16 (Limited roles for younger cast members may be available)
Dates: Nov 5 - Dec 23

The Christmas classic follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more.

Rehearsals This production includes Saturday morning rehearsals as well as full-day rehearsals during our Winter Break Camps.
10am - 1pm Saturday Rehearsals: Nov 5, 12, 19 & Dec 30, 10, 17
Winter Break Camps: Mon - Friday, Dec 19-23: 9am - 4pm
Performance Dates

December 22nd & 23rd, 7:00pm

Cast Size 13 - 16 actors
Show Type Play (non-musical)
Suitable for Ages 8 – 16. Limited roles for younger cast members may be available. May include adult actors in some principal roles.
Audition Information New actors may be required to submit a video audition.
Sign Up Information Enrollment opens on August 1, 2022. Tuition $400. Financial aid may be available for eligible applicants.

The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Ages: 8-16
Dates: June 2023.
Full dates release Jan 2023
Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's quintessential children's book of fractured fairy tales. Everything from "Chicken Little" to "The Gingerbread Man" gets a complete makeover. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, and enough stinky cheese to go around.

Rehearsals June 2023. Full dates released Feb 1, 2023
Performance Dates June 2023. Full dates released Feb 1, 2023
Cast Size 15 - 30 actors
Show Type Play (non-musical)
Suitable for Ages 8 – 16. May include adult actors in some principal roles.
Audition Information New actors will be required to submit a video audition.
Sign Up Information Enrollment opens on Feb 15, 2022.

Twice Upon a Time

Ages: 8-16
Dates: June/July 2023. 
Full dates release Jan 2023

Rehearsals June 2023. Full dates released Feb 1, 2023
Performance Dates June 2023. Full dates released Feb 1, 2023
Cast Size 15 - 20 actors
Show Type Play (non-musical)
Suitable for Ages 8 – 16.
Audition Information Auditions are encouraged but not required
Sign Up Information Enrollment opens on Feb 15, 2022.

Shrek the Musical Jr

Ages: 8-16
Dates: July 2023. 
Full dates release Jan 2023
Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. With abundant opportunities for imaginative sets and costumes and a host of over-the-top roles for an expandable cast, there's a part for everyone in this dazzling adventure story.

Rehearsals June 2023. Full dates released Feb 1, 2023
Performance Dates June 2023. Full dates released Feb 1, 2023
Cast Size 15 - 30 actors
Show Type Musical
Suitable for Ages 8 – 16. May include adult actors in some principal roles.
Audition Information New actors will be required to submit a video audition.
Sign Up Information Enrollment opens on Feb 15, 2022.

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Questions?

Want to know more about our process, how we work, or what to expect? Contact our education team at (405) 208-6200 or email reception@oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

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