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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

Upcoming Productions:

Special thanks to our 2021-22 Season Sponsor, The Stabler Foundation

24 Hour High School Play Making Festival (WORKSHOP INFO)
Saturday, October 16 – Workshops at Yocum Institute
Sunday, October 17 – Performance at the Miller Center

Flyer (PDF)
To sign up visit & complete the form at: https://bit.ly/3mLEGjW

You Are Here – Mini Play Fest (EVENT INFO)
Sunday, October 17 – Performance at the Miller Center

Join us as High School Students from across Berks County come together to present their 24-hour play making project!

Students were tasked to collaborate on a project that sparks dialogue, abstract thinking and fosters support of each other as humans.

Tickets are Pay What You Will, $5.00 Minimum or a canned good donation at the Miller Center.

Ticket link: You Are Here – Mini Play Fest Tickets in Reading, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)

Supported by the Berks County Community Foundation


PrimaryStages Productions presents Poe’s Unhappy Hour
Directed by Beverly Houck

You are cordially invited to visit the parlor of Mrs. Maria Clemm to enjoy an hour of entertainment and camaraderie. Mrs. Clemm is delighted that her dear nephew and son in law, the remarkable Edgar Allan Poe, has offered to share a recitation of some of his most remarkable works, including his ever popular poem “The Raven”.

Please join Mrs. Clemm, Mr. Poe and a few select guests for this memorable and thrilling event.

School Performances week of October 25, 2021
Public Performance Friday, October, 29, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Ticket link: Poe’s Unhappy Hour Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)


 An Evening with Corinna Sowers Adler
Cabaret Performance, Songs of Home

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM

If you sign up for our Cabaret Workshop a ticket to the show is included for free. 

Ticket link: An Evening with Corinna Sowers Adler Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)

Cabaret Workshop, Ages 12 – 18
Date: Saturday, November 6 from 1:00-3:00 PM   
Led by: Corinna Sowers-Adler
Workshop Description: Tony-nominated educator and acclaimed cabaret performer Corinna Sowers-Adler will teach young performers how to act a song and deliver an unforgettable musical performance. This workshop is for serious young musicians who are looking to elevate their technique and presence.

Price: $75 | $65 Yocum Members

Sign-up Link: Cabaret Workshop November 6th (Ages 12-18) Details | Customer Portal (iclasspro.com)


MTI Event – All Together @ Miller Center for the Arts
Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education, along with 1st Street Players, Genisius, Reading Civic Theater, Reading Community Players, Reading Theater Project, and the Miller Center, have announced that they will be joining thousands of national and international theatrical organizations in producing their own local production of Music Theatre International’s All Together Now!: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre. The theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) created this revue for theatres to use as a local fundraising event to be performed over the same weekend of November 12, 2021, thereby creating a global phenomenon.  
 
All Together Now! features songs from MTI’s beloved catalogue of musicals including Annie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Come From Away, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, Guys and Dolls, Hairspray, Into the Woods, Les Misérables, Little Shop of Horrors, Mamma Mia!, Matilda, My Fair Lady, Once on This Island, Rent, Waitress and many more!

For the first time EVER, the city of Reading’s local theater groups are teaming up TOGETHER for one full day filled with all of your favorite musical songs! 1st Street Players, Genisius, Reading Civic Theater, Reading Community Players, Reading Theater Project, and Yocum Institute are joining the same stage to put on 2 shows for an unforgettable day at the Miller Center. All ticket proceeds will benefit the six theater groups performing in the show. This will be a tremendous help after everyone being dark due to COVID. The show is funded by the Hawley and Myrtle Quier Fund of Berks County Community Foundation. 

Ticket link: All Together Now | Miller Center (racc.edu)


Play Me A Story: The Mitten by Jan Brett
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Children young and old are invited to join us as we bring to life the story The Mitten by Jan Brett. This read-aloud interactive story-time will be filled with on theme songs and activities.

Set your price, donations gratefully appreciated. Online minimum is $3.00.

Ticket link: Play Me A Story: The Mitten Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)


PrimaryStages Productions presents A Christmas Carol
Directed by Jody Repper
Based on the work of Charles Dickens

“Bah Humbug!” That’s how Ebenezer Scrooge feels about Christmas – until the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future decide to show the crotchety old miser the error of his ways. Together they travel through time, revisiting all the people who have played an important role in Scrooge’s life. And as their journey concludes, Scrooge is reminded of what it means to have love in his heart. This is a traditional retelling of the classic story that includes music and carols.

This classic tale of humor, kindness and the Christmas spirit features live music and a cast of all ages. It is sure to be a holiday treat for the entire family.

December 5, 2021 at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
December 9, 2021 at 7:30 PM
December 10, 2021 at 7:30 PM
December 11, 2021 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
December 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Ticket link: A Christmas Carol Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)

Supported by Reading Music Foundation

2021 Christmas Carol Production Page


Play Me A Story: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Willems
Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Children young and old are invited to join us as we bring to life the story Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Willems. This read-aloud interactive story-time will be filled with on theme songs and activities.

Set your price, donations gratefully appreciated. Online minimum is $3.00.

Ticket link: Play Me A Story: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Tickets in West Lawn, PA, United States (ticketleap.com)


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
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, 2021 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.

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

Supported by the Berks County Community Foundation


PrimaryStages Productions presents Alice in Wonderland
Performances at Gring’s Mill
June 24-26, 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