Summer Theater Youth Program


How do you conduct a theatre troupe in the middle of a pandemic? Well, you use a lot of hand sanitizer, Lysol, and masks (and not the dramatic kind). You also put on a theatrical showcase. This is a variety of performances intended to teach and present the multiple skills and talents of our participants. Audiences will be entertained by acts ranging from monologues to group songs, and everything in between. There is no place to hide in the chorus or in the background. Each participant is in the spotlight and worked on being a main character in their scenes.

Each night will be a different set of performers, so a different show every night! Bring a chair, bug spray, your own munchies, and a mask. There is no entry fee, but a freewill donation is greatly appreciated. For your safety, the safety of our performers, and all involved, we also ask that you socially distance from anyone who is not part of your immediate household. We can’t wait to show you what these talented kids can do!

WHO: Students entering grades 4-12. No theatre experience required!

WHAT: Summer Theatre is a unique six-week program that offers students a fun way to gain theatre.

experience. In this time of a public health crises, we have modified our program for this year.  We are passionate and determined to provide our participants with a program that will give them an experience with theater in the safest way possible.  The safety of our participants, directors and community at large are of our utmost concern. As the summer progresses, we will continue to monitor the situation, adhere to state guidelines and be flexible and creative as theater people are!

WHERE: The first two weeks of our 2020 program will be online with various workshops and assignments with our directors.  The last four weeks will be in person in small groups spread throughout the large space of the Portland Community Theater (231 Maple St. Portland, MI 48875 or in outdoor spaces in the community weather permitting) culminating in a Theater Showcase for all participants at The Portland Community Theater or other outdoor venue.

PLEASE NOTE: At the current time live theater venues are to remain closed for any use per Executive order 2020-110.  We are hopeful for the ability to do in person sessions for small groups in July, however, this is a fluid situation and decisions will be made based on what our venue can do.

  • WHAT THE HECK IS A THEATER SHOWCASE?: Students will prepare a professional audition-quality performance per the guidelines of the International Thespian Society under the guidance of our directors. This is where students will be able to work in small groups or individually, to show off their skills or work on a skill they would like to focus on (drama, dance, music, etc) to improve on, and then show off what they have learned in a special performance.

WHEN: June 15th – July 26th, 2020 (Monday-Friday with Theater Showcase performances).

HOW: It’s easy! For your convenience, complete the digital registration form found on our website, and pay for registration via the PayPal link.

If you are unable to fill out a digital registration or pay via PayPal, please contact Sara Pohl at 517-647-0626.

We at the Portland Civic Players are passionate about making sure every young person has access to the arts. There are a limited number of need-based financial assistance packages available. If interested, please contact Sara Pohl at 517-647-0626.

DEADLINE: ALL applications must be submitted online by Saturday June 13th. This year with the COVID-19 crises, we have a hard cap of 45 students and students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All applicants beyond the available spots will be added to the waiting list. If your child is put on the waiting list, there is no guarantee they will be able to participate in Summer Theatre this year.

PLEASE NOTE: Your registration form must be completely filled out and your registration fee paid in order to be considered for admission into the program.

If your participant will be absent from the program for cumulatively more than a week, they cannot participate in Summer Theatre. Breaking this will terminate your ability to participate in the future.

Register via digital form by JUNE 13th to secure your spot!

See you at the theatre!!!

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(Subject to change based on enrollment)

A more detailed calendar will be sent home the first week!

  • WEEKS ONE and TWO will be online: June 15-26
  • WEEKS THREE through SIX, Participants will be divided into groups, to be determined. These groups will be no more than 15 in number and participants will be working in their own space throughout the theater or outdoor space around the community.

There will be no full shows at the end of week six this year.  This year participants will be doing Theater Showcases to allow for small numbers in groups and to stretch their wings a bit.

Theater Showcase Performances: July 22nd,  23rd and  24th (tentative)

We will not be participating in the July 4th parade this year.

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  • Perform in a theater showcase for the first time ever!
  • Custom program tee-shirt
  • Three amazing directors
  • Youth Membership to the Portland Civic Players
  • Meeting new friends and connecting with old ones
  • Three fantastic directors
  • Learning skills, tricks, and general know-how of all aspects of theater
  • Did we mention three amazingly fantastic (and humble) directors???

Some Other Important Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Participants will be required to wear a mask.
  • The cap is 45 participants this year. Not all participants will be in the space at the same time.  Groups will be 15 and spread throughout the theater.
  • Theater Showcases will be either 1) Live with a live audience (potentially at an outdoor venue), 2) Live streamed with a small, socially distanced audience or 3) Fully live streamed. The final showcase will depend on guidelines at the time.

Summer Theatre 2020 Directors:

Devann Hattis, Rory Miller, Sara Pohl

Questions? Contact Sara Pohl at 517-647-0626