Merrimack Repertory Theatre Blog

April 26, 2013, 1:07 pm
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Lowell, MA– Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) will hold open house information sessions for its Young Company Summer Theatre program on May 15 & 16 from 7-8pm. The session on May 15 will be for grades 1-5, and May 16 will focus on grades 6-12. These information sessions will give parents and students the opportunity to meet members of the Young Company staff and learn more about the program. Each session will feature a short introduction about the theatre camps offered and showcase an example activity. Both Young Company open houses will be held at MRT’s rehearsal hall located in Bagshaw Mills at 132 Warren Street, Lowell, MA. For more information, please call Michael LaChance, MRT’s Young Company Administrator at 978-654-7551.


Formerly known as Young Artists At Play (YAAP), MRT’s Young Company is a successful summer theatre camp that offers programs for students entering grades 1-12.  Along with a new name, MRT’s Young Company has a new, updated schedule.  With the exception of Musical Theatre week, each Theatre Camp will run for two weeks. Each group will create an original theatre piece, rehearse it, and then perform it for family and friends!  Theatre Camps will run July 8- August 9. No auditions are required for any MRT Young Company programs. All programs are age appropriate and are led by professionals in the theater with strong education backgrounds.  Tuition ranges from $295-$650, and registration is limited to 20 students per class. For additional enrollment information, please visit or call Michael LaChance, MRT’s Young Company Administrator at 978-654-7551.


About MRT’s Young Company:  Begun in 1998, the mission of MRT’s Young Company is to utilize theatre to teach and reinforce the life skills of teamwork, problem solving, creativity, analysis, and critical thinking while promoting an understanding and appreciation of the theatrical art form. Age-appropriate programs are designed to spark the child’s imagination, encourage their social and listening skills, and build self-confidence. Theatre professionals and guest artists teach the collaborative process of theatre that requires these diverse and important skills. Children broaden their knowledge of theatre through a number of assignments, including reading and analyzing scripts (including content and character development), and working with fellow actors, directors, and designers to produce a cohesive final project. A final presentation for invited guests culminates each workshop.


MRT’s Young Company Scholarship Fund:  MRT’s Young Company Scholarship Fund offers scholarships for children from low- to moderate-income families in the Greater Boston, Southern New Hampshire and Merrimack Valley area. The MRT Young Company Scholarship Fund encourages families who would otherwise be unable to afford to participate to enroll their children in these workshops. Scholarship award criteria include financial need, a demonstrable intent to participate and artistic potential.  Individuals or businesses may donate to the scholarship fund by contacting Jeff Prescott at 978-654-7552.




Theatre Camp for Grades 1-3

July 8-19 9:00am-3:00pm

Let your rising star discover the magic of the theatre! Your child will experience the exciting world of theatre through games, arts and crafts, acting and other fun activities. We will create our very own short play, based on a story or a completely original idea, and perform it for family and friends on Friday July 19th.


Theatre Camp for Grades 4-5

July 15-July 26 9:00am-3:00pm

Experience it all in two weeks! Activities and workshops will help build the skills needed to create a production from the ground up.


Theatre Camp for Grades 6-8

July 22-August 2 9:00am-4:00pm

This program is designed to emphasize all-things theatre! MRT’s Young Company staff and participants will work to create an original play.


Theatre Camp for Grades 9-12

July 29-August 9 9:00am-5:00pm

A learning experience your die-hard theatre enthusiast will never forget! Daily classes and workshops will encourage participants to hone their strengths, explore new skills, and work as a team in the realm of all aspects of theatre. The ensemble will create an original piece of amazing theater and perform it on Friday, August 9th!


One-Week Musical Theatre Camp for Grades 6-12

July 8-12 9:00am-4:00pm

This week long workshop led by our professional musical director and choreographer will focus solely on musical theatre. Skills that will be covered include: warm-ups, cool-downs, audition technique, and group musical numbers. A great opportunity to learn all about musical theatre!


MRT’s Young Company is sponsored by Eastern Bank.  


For more information on MRT’s Young Company, the MRT Young Company Scholarship Fund, or for an application, please call Michael LaChance, MRT’s Young Company Administrator, at 978-654-7551 or visit



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