TriArts Sharon Playhouse

Director of Youth Theatre and Education

Roxy Schoenfeld is a working director, teaching artist, and monologue/ song acting coach in New York City. She graduated Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in Theatre and Music. Currently, she is teaching in-school theatre programming to almost 400 4th-8th graders with a company called Stages on the Sound, and in addition teaches theatre with SparKidz, a program for kids with special needs. She has been the Theatre Department Head at Camp Robindel in New Hampshire, and has taught in many after school programs as well, in both public and private institutions. As a director, she is currently working on devising a new piece from scratch! She is also an acting coach for monologues and songs for both children and adults. Roxy is so honored and excited to be joining the team at the Sharon Playhouse as Director of Youth Theatre and Education!


Sharon Playhouse 2014 Summer Youth Theatre Programming

Via acting, music, and movement techniques, rehearsals, and performances, students will learn how to create art through teamwork. These experiences that challenge their imagination, focus, and dedication will boost their self-confidence in a way that only productive art-making can do. Consistently working towards goals specified by each program, the students will pick up new vocabulary, skills, and excitement for theatre!


Rising Stars

Designed for our youngest budding performers, this one–week program is a fun intro for students to discover their love of theatre! Participants will learn the basics of acting, music, and movement, while exploring what it means to be silly!

This program runs two times in 2014 – so you can choose the best week:
Rising Stars – Session A: June 23 – June 27: 10am – 1pm (Monday through Friday)
Rising Stars – Session B: July 21 – July 25: 10am – 1pm (Monday through Friday)
Ages 5 – 8
$149 for the one–week program

Rising Stars will culminate in one presentation of their new skills at 1pm on the final day of their program (Session A: June 27, Session B: July 25)


Junior Ensemble: Seussical Jr.

This two–week program is a mini version of the Core Ensemble, meant for two different kinds of students. Maybe you're not ready to commit to the four - week Core Ensemble yet, or maybe you want more focused attention in addition to your participation in Core Ensemble. Either way, Junior Ensemble is for you! Time will be split between training in acting, improv, music, and movement, as well as rehearsing for a staged reading of the whimsical musical, Seussical Jr.!

Seussical Jr. tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. See the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community emerge triumphant!

Week 1: June 23 – June 27: 2pm – 5pm (Monday through Friday)
Week 2: June 30 – July 2: 10:30am – 5pm (Monday through Wednesday)
Ages 9 – 13
$449 for the two–week program and performance

Junior Ensemble will culminate in a performance of Seussical Jr. at 5pm on July 2.


Devised Theatre and Advanced Improvisation Workshop

This advanced two–week program is for the serious theatre student. The focus will be on non-musical skills such as long-form improv and devising (collaboratively making a script from improv.) The focus will be on characterization, scene building, and material development, and the students will work towards creating and performing their own never before seen script!

July 7 – 18: 10:30am – 5pm (Mondays through Fridays)
Ages 14 – 18
$499 for the two–week program
Devised Theatre and Advanced Improv Workshop will culminate in a performance of improv and the script they devised on the evening of July 18.


Core Ensemble: Urinetown the Musical

This four–week program is the main event of the summer! With the largest class capacity, students of all ages will come together for combined sessions of acting, improv, music, and movement training with the goal of putting on a full production of the hilarious comedy, Urinetown the Musical! The Core Ensemble is for students of all levels- from just beginning in theatre to very advanced and ready to pursue it as a career. All students with a passion for theatre are welcome!

Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

July 28 – August 24: 10:30am – 5pm (Mondays through Fridays)
Ages 8 – 18
$999 for the four–week program and production

Core Ensemble will culminate in performances of Urinetown the Musical on the weekend of August 23–24.