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:
Auditions for the Theater Ensembles will be on Monday, January 10th for Actors ages 6-9, 10-12, 12-14 and 14-18, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Special thanks to our 2021-22 Season Sponsors
The Stabler Foundation
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!
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
February 13, 2022 1:00 PM *SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE
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
*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
PrimaryStages Productions Performance at Gring’s Mill
2021 - 2022
2020 - 2021
2019 - 2020
2018 - 2019
2017 - 2018
2016 - 2017
2015 - 2016
2014 - 2015
2013 – 2014
2012 – 2013
2011 – 2012
2010 – 2011
2009 – 2010
2008 – 2009
2007 - 2008
2006 – 2007
2005 – 2006
*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