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.

Audition Sign-Ups & Information:

Singers Ages 14-18 Auditions for SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

Auditions for the Theater Ensembles will be on Monday, January 10th for Actors ages 6-9, 10-12, 12-14 and 14-18, email for more information

Special thanks to our 2021-22 Season Sponsors

The Stabler Foundation

Arethusa Designs

Upcoming Productions:


Children’s Theater Festival of Berks County

February 11-13, 2022

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education has served Berks County for nearly a century, pivoting programming to meet the needs of our community. The impact of Covid-19 was met with another pivot. The Yocum Institute, took on additional expenses to mitigate risk, keep teaching artists and performers employed while providing unique arts opportunities for small groups as well as performances (live and streaming.) Live Theater’s ability to foster connectivity between the performers, the audience and the community can not be understated. For February 2022 we are bringing to our community a celebration of stories of Friendship, Laughter, Dance and Music!

A Celebration of Stories and What Brings us Together… 

Friendship… Elephant and Piggie’s We are in a Play

Laughter… Improv Night and Pieces from 24 Hour Play Festival

Dance … Barrio Alegria

Music… Something Beautiful


PrimaryStages Productions presents Elephant and Piggie’s, We Are In a Play!

Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books for Children
Book and lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma

February 5, 2022 at 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
February 6, 2022 at 3:00 PM
School Day Shows offered February 9-11, 2022

Dates below are part of the Children’s Theater Festival of Berks County
February 11, 2022 at 7:00 PM PJ Party Night 
February 12, 2022 at 11:00 AM with Post show Piggie Dance Party

Get ready for a musical experience, ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’ beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, that will leave audiences doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long! In Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!”, Gerald and Piggie take to the stage in a rollicking adventure that is perfect for young audiences.

An elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, “bestus” (a word Gerald and Piggie made up that means “very best”) friends, but Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship. Piggie is not worried at all. She’s even happier and more excited than usual. That’s because she and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible.

Filled with beloved characters and lively songs, Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” is a perfect way to introduce young people to theatre.

Tickets: Adults $15.00, Students 3+ $10.00

Ticket link: Elephant and Piggie’s We are in a Play! Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (

Supported by the Berks County Community Foundation, Reading Music Foundation

*What is “sensory friendly?” It is a relaxed performance atmosphere with quiet areas to leave the theater, house lights on through show, lowered volume of overall performance, vocal “warnings” by cast before confetti cannons and flashing lights.

Performed with permission from MTI International

Supported by:




PrimaryStages Productions Performance at Gring’s Mill
Summer 2022

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
  • Berks County Community Foundation