Summer Theater Youth Program

Tickets: $6 for general admission


Marvelous Squad

Dates: July 29 @ 7 PM and July 31 @ 3 PM

Synopsis: The world’s in trouble and superspy Nicky Fitz is making house calls to some interesting people, like Tonya Sparks in her Ironica suit, Dr. Burkle and his alter ego Smash, and All-American Cinderella Liberty straight from 1945.  Add Bow-Just, Thorm and the Brown Recluse and it’s not long before they’ve got a pretty marvelous group together. But can they work as a team to defeat the evil Thanikopita? Maybe with a little help from their friends – and their fans. Whether you’re a comics completist or you’re new to caped crusaders, there’s fun for all in this love letter to everything inspiring and silly about superheroes.


Dates: July 28 @ 7 PM and July 30 @ 7 PM

Synopsis: As the Clementine Sisters are about to sing the opening jingle, the action behind the scenes is infused with both excitement and drama. Head writer Roy plans to propose on air to assistant Polly. One of the radio actresses, Sarah, has helped him procure a ring and of course, Polly walks in just as Roy is down on one knee practicing his proposal with Sarah.  When Sarah ends up dead a few minutes later as she’s about to make her own shocking announcement on the air, all signs point to poor Roy.  By the time the night is over, two other on-air talents have also been murdered, and each time, Roy is a prime suspect.  It’s up to our creative writer to solve the mystery himself and reveal the actual killer through a live radio broadcast!

The Canterbury Tales, or Geoffrey Chaucer’s Flying Circus

Dates: July 27 @ 7 PM and July 30 @ 3 PM

Synopsis: You’ll meet many of the pilgrims whose tales are most likely to be studied in high school (along with a few Thanksgiving pilgrims that ended up in the wrong play!), including the knight, the miller, the parson, the pardoner, the nun’s priest and the friar. Even the wife of Bath has cleaned up her act for this adaption and is now a nagging woman who sells self-help DVDs! Them miller, too, makes an appearance, though nobody wants to hear anything he has to say! Game show host Alex of Trebek and talk show host King Larry contribute a huge dose of additional irreverent fun, as do Geoffrey Chaucer himself, Harry Bailey and his wife, the Stage Manager and Sign Changer.


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. The program integrates theatre games, improvisations, and exercises into a rehearsal process culminating in three full‐length plays.

WHERE: The Portland Playhouse (231 Maple St. Portland, MI 48875)

WHEN: June 20th – July 31st (Monday-Friday with weekend performances)

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

  • If you are unable to fill out a digital registration or pay via PayPal, please contact Sara Pohl at 517-896-5005
  • 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 517-896-5005

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.

See you at the theatre!!!


(Subject to change based on enrollment)

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

Participants will be divided into three sessions for the first two weeks of the program alphabetically. To ensure social distancing standards are met, participants will be divided into sessions after registration has closed. We will notify you which session your child is in via Remind text or email by Friday, June 11th. Session times are as follows:

    • June 20 – July 1, Monday-Friday
    • 8:00am-9:30am
    • 9:30am-11:00am
    • 11:00am-12:30pm
    • June 25 (Friday), 9am-12pm, All Participants.
    • If your child must be in a specific session for ride purposes, please let us know on your registration form.
  • WEEKS THREE through SIX (the sixth week’s schedule will be altered for dress rehearsals and performances with a required clean and strike on Sunday, July 31st)
    • More information coming soon!

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The cap is 100 participants this year. Registration will close when the cap is reached, or if not capped, June 10th.  If cap is reached before June 10, a waiting list will be implemented

Some Other Important Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Perform a full show for all your family and friends!
  • 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???

Summer Theatre 2022 Directors:

Sara Pohl
Rory Miller
Devann Hattis

Questions? Contact Sara Pohl at 517-896-5005