Theater Productions

Yocum Institute’s PrimaryStages Productions constantly looks at the seemingly every day and turns it into something magical through the transformative experience of live theater.

Our goal is to consistently provide a variety of excellent, quality performances that are accessible to the very young and entertaining to the entire family. From plays inspired by beloved children’s books, to jazz for kids, to holiday-inspired shows, to opera for children (in partnership with Berks Opera Workshop), our productions employ professional and up-and-coming professional actors, directors, musicians, scenic designers, and costumers from all over the region.

Through school tours, onsite performances, and performances in libraries and other partnering venues, PrimaryStages Productions have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of audience members throughout Berks County and beyond.

Upcoming Productions

Young Performers Series: Importance of Being Ernest
November 20 at 8:00PM and November 21 at 3:00PM and 8:00PM
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Young Performers Series: The Brave Little Tailor
November 20 at 6:30PM and November 21 at 11:30AM
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Young Performers Series: Manuelo the Playing Mantis & Dandelion
November 20 at 6:00PM and November 21 at 11:00AM
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Young Performers Series: Shakespeare to Go
November 20 at 7:15PM and November 21 at 2:00PM
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PrimaryStages Productions: A Christmas Carol
December 10th 7:30 PM Friends and Family Preview Performance 
December 11th 7:30 PM
December 12th 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
December 13th 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Seating will be assigned and is limited to 55 audience members.

All tickets $20. Tickets can also be purchased to livestream at home 12/11 at 7:30 and 12/13 at 2:00 PM
Ticket Link: On Sale November 22nd

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This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing
Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer

Seen around the world since its debut in 2011, this is a moving and irresistibly charming modern-day fable for the whole family.

What happens when your world is turned upside down and you have to find your own way? On a dark and cold night, triplet sisters are abandoned in a forest by their father and three resolutions are made. The first sister walks in one direction to find purpose, the second walks the opposite way to find adventure and the third stays right where she is, believing her life should be built from this spot. Over many years having grown forests, baked cakes, saved villages, sang songs, crossed oceans, fought Vikings and built homes… the sisters, now women, meet back in the forest where it all started.

The tenacious trio at the heart of this contemporary fairytale inspire audiences with their determination, faith in one another and in themselves.

Recommended for ages 6 and up. Pay what you will, reservations strongly recommended. Online Minimum $5.00. A Celebration of Women in the Arts Event.

Tentatively Rescheduled for January 6, 2021 – Stay Tuned for Details

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Alice in Wonderland

Performance at Gring’s Mill in 2021

Cast List:
Alice: Delaney Gable
Susan: Ariel Ulrich
Alice’s Mother (o/s voice): Laura Stewart
White Rabbit: Oliver Felding
Garden Flower 4/ Music: Emilee Koch
Garden Flower 2/ Music: Michael Dotterer
Garden Flower 1/ Music: Fallyn Smith
Card 4: Kiera Hegarty
Card 5: Marley Wolfe
Card 9: Ben Houck
Jack of Hearts: Arin Gray
Queen of Hearts: Amy Young
Alices 3/ Card 3: Sonja Smith
Alices 2/ Card 2: Marissa Smith
Alices 1/ Card 6: Ailey Albright
Alices 4/ Card 7: Julia Poe
Alices 5/ Card 8: Alexandra Nicholson
Garden Flower 9/ ACE: Madison Wolfe
Caterpillar: Samantha Grinage
Duchess: Sandi Trait
Cook: Laura Stewart
Cheshire Cat, Body: Sabina Houck
Cheshire Cat, Tail: Katie Kreska
March Hare: Katie Brendlinger
Mad Hatter: Ariel Ulrich
Doormouse: Chloe Smith
Humpty Dumpty: Nate Houck
Hedgehog for the Queen/ Garden Flower 6: Becca Kreska
Hedgehog for Alice/ Garden Flower 8/ Pig: Paul Head
Hedgehog for Duchess/ Garden Flower 5: Cami Conner
Hedgehog for King/ Garden Flower 7: Juliet Hunter

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Past Productions

*denotes Teen Theater Ensemble Performances

Past Productions Supported by:

  • Reading Musical Foundation
  • Yocum Trust
  • Rural Arts Programs
  • Donald B and Dorthy L Stabler Foundation
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
  • Diversity Alliance Endowment Fund of the Berks County Community Foundation