Children acting at Area Stage Company

2017-18 SEASON

We are proud to announce our 2017-2018 season! This season marks the last year at the Riviera Plaza, and it also marks the beginning of our re-envisioned Conservatory Training Program. Students who join any of our productions can also receive curriculum-based classes in all areas of the performing arts: voice technique, ballet, Broadway jazz, acting, improv, and scene study. In addition to those classes, we will be bringing creative teams from Broadway hits such as Mama Mia, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Cats, and many more.

To register for a production, please fill out our Spring 2018 Production Enrollment Form and bring it to ASC or email it to before rehearsals start.

Scholarships are available to students who have financial need, maturity as a person and artist, and overall merit as determined by the theatre directors. Awards vary and are renewable each production, provided that the recipient reapplies and continues meeting all eligibility requirements, including volunteer hours. Scholarships do not include production videos, merchandise, private lessons, or tickets. For more information about our scholarships and to apply, view the form here. Funds are limited, so make sure to apply as soon as possible. (For information on how to donate to our scholarship fund, click here!)

FALL 2017               


October  20 - 29 / Stage 1 (Ages 5 - 10)

Disney's Winnie the Pooh KIDS is a delightful show based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne, featuring favorite songs from the film, as well as new hits by the Academy Award-winning Robert and Kristen Lopez (Frozen). Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh and his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl, soon discover that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson!



November 11 - 20 / Stage 2 (Ages 11- 17)

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.



December 8 - 17 / Stages 1, 2, & 3 (Ages 10 - 25)

Based on Barbara Robinson's book of the same name, this play is an uproarious and unexpected take on the holiday spirit. Set in the 80’s with mullet haircuts, mom jeans, Gameboys, and awkward yearning, this play tells the story of what happens when everything and everyone seems to be in the way of the Bradley family putting on the best Christmas pageant ever at their local church. The show boasts a musical finale by Broadway choreographer Adam Cates, associate choreographer on the Broadway-hit Anastasia.



January 18 - February 4 / Professional

Eric Lane's poignant and hilarious play RIDE takes three teenage girls on a life-changing road trip. While Carrie and Molly would never hang out together at high school, the two form a fragile bond during their job at a local farm stand. Molly convinces Carrie to join her on an unexpected road trip, which deepens their connection. Sam, Carrie's eleven-year-old sister, joins them and creates the bridge the older girls need to move forward. All three girls are keeping secrets, which unfold over the course of their adventure. The girls' true selves begin to emerge; their ride is both a physical and emotional one.


February 16 - March 4 / Stage 3 (Ages 15+)

Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, the musical of Carrie hasn't been seen since its legendary 1988 Broadway production. Carrie White is a misfit and an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd and virtually invisible to everyone else. But Carrie has just discovered she has got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it. Book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award-winner Michael Gore (FameTerms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award-winner Dean Pitchford (FameFootloose).



March 9 - 18 / Stage 1 (Ages 5 - 12)

Auditions and Parent Meeting: Jan. 22 at 5:00 PM

Rehearsals start: Jan. 22 at 5:00 PM

Rehearsals: Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00 - 7:00 PM / Saturdays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Based on Lewis Carroll's famous novel, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland features updated songs from the animated motion picture. The ever-curious Alice begins her journey innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!



April 27 - May 6 / Stages 2 & 3 (Ages 12 - 17)

Auditions: Jan. 27 at 10:00 AM and Jan. 29 at 7:00 PM

Callbacks: Feb. 17 at 2:00 PM

Rehearsals start: Feb. 20 at 6:00 PM

Rehearsals: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 - 8:00 PM / Saturdays 2:00 - 6:00 PM

It’s 1922 in New York City, and a young Millie Dillmount has just moved to the Big Apple in search of a new life.  Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry: Millie’s wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage, and the man she actually falls in love with doesn't have a dime to his name.  What’s a small town girl to do? Adapted from of the six-time-Tony-Award-winning Best Musical and the Academy Award-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie JR. will delight audiences of all ages.


May 18 - June 3 / Professional

Auditions: Feb. 10 at 6:00 PM and Feb. 25 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Rehearsals Start: April

"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand--and his name is Shrek! Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek: The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.


Shrek The Musical JR

July 13 - 14 / Inclusion Theatre Project

Auditions: April 21 at 10 AM

Rehearsals: Wednesdays 5 PM, Fridays 4:30 PM, Saturdays at 10 AM

June 29 - July 1 / Stage 1 (Ages 5 - 10)

Auditions: June 11 at 9 AM

Rehearsals: June 11 - June 29, Mondays through Fridays 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

July 20 - 22 / Stage 2 (Ages 11 - 17)

Auditions: July 2 at 9 AM

Rehearsals: July 2 - July 20, Mondays through Fridays 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Once upon a time, in a swamp far, far away, 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 Princess Fiona, his swamp will return to normal. Shrek embarks on his quest to rescue Fiona, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

Cabaret (Orchestra)

August 3 - 19 / Professional

Auditions: Mar. 12 at 6:00 PM; Mar. 19 at 6:00 PM; April 19 at 7:00 PM; April 21 at 5:00 PM

Rehearsals: July 9 – August 3, Mondays through Fridays 2:00 - 8:00 PM

Cliff Bradshaw, an American author working on a novel in Berlin, encounters singer Sally Bowles at the seedy Kit Kat Klub. When she is fired by the club’s owner—her jealous boyfriend—she moves in with Cliff and the two fall in love. As the Nazis begin taking control of the government, the atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub and the lives of Cliff and Sally begin to change. Based on a 1939 novel by Christopher Isherwood and a 1951 play by John Van Druten, this musical features music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Shrek JR. Stages 1 and 2 are explained further in our SUMMER PROGRAMS page.