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.

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Upcoming Productions

No Good Things Dwell in the Flesh
By Christina Masciotti
Director Alice Reagan

Set in a tailor shop in Queens, NO GOOD THINGS DWELL IN THE FLESH is a new play about a Russian master tailor whose skill and perfectionism have amassed a clientele she can no longer sustain on her own. She enlists the help of a protégé who is talented, but also conflicted about putting her personal ambition ahead of settling down to start a family. The tailor staggers through this uncertainty, embellishing her sewing lessons with political conviction, striving to not only pass on a dying art, but also ensure the next generation is not as hampered by oppressive cultural expectations as she was. The re-emergence of her own deranged, former suitor further threatens her plans and forces her to confront the kinds of limits she’s faced her entire life and shrewdly turned to her advantage by sheer strength of will. For Adult audiences. Reservations recommended for this final workshop before world premiere. A Celebration of Women in the Arts Event.

Friday, March 6 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 7 at 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 PM

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Animal Dance
What do kids (baby goats) and kids (not-so-baby people) have in common? Animal Dance will answer these questions with the help of some curious goats and their animal buddies. It’s a story of the similarities we share with our animal friends in the quest for self-expression and ultimately, understanding. So stomp your hooves, clap your paws and expect the unexpected.

Saturday, April 4th at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 5th at 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 11th at 2:00 PM

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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.

Saturday, May 16th at 11:00 AM
Saturday, May 16th at 3:00 PM
Sunday, May 17th at 7:00 PM

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Choose Your Own OZ
The Wizard of Oz meets Choose Your Own Adventure in this fresh and fast-paced retelling of the L. Frank Baum classic in which the audience plays playwright and gets the chance to change everything from Dorothy’s footwear (silver slippers or ruby red…clown shoes?) to Toto’s species (lion, tiger or octopus?—oh my!) to the Witch’s flying footmen. A delight for children of all ages, Choose Your Own Oz reminds us all that at the end of the day, there really is no place like home.

Friday, June 5th at 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 6th at 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM

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Alice in Wonderland

Performance in June at Gring’s Mill

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