Youth Theater

Truckee Community Theater Programs

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10 minute Play Festival

Instructor: Courtney Simson

Come try out for our 10 Minute Play Festival, featuring little plays complete in 10 minutes, start to finish! Comedies, tragedies, historical plays, slapstick plays, fantasy... every possible genre - Nine by local playwrights plus three published works. ONLY ONE REHEARSAL WEEK so this is ideal for busy local actors who don’t have time to commit to a full production. For more info - email TCT at 

Ages: 6-80    

Location: Community Arts Center    Fee: $30

Auditions: Wed, August 29th from 6-9pm

Callbacks: Thur, August 30th from 6-9pm

Rehearsals: Average one and a half hours per week to be arranged with the director of each play.

Performance Dates: Fri Oct 12th & Sat Oct 13th


Jr. Spring Break Camp - Alice in Wonderland

Instructor: Carrie Haines

Spend Spring Break with the Truckee Community Theater making new memories, new friends, and learning incredible skills that will serve you as a performer and student. Camp participants will perform a showcase for friends and family on Saturday, April 13 at 3:00pm. For more information, visit our website www.truckeecommunity or email Carrie Haines at

Ages: 10-18    

Location: Community Arts Center  

Auditions: Sunday, March 31. Register before March 30. Everyone gets a part.

Dates: 4/8 - 4/13, Performance is 4/13

Times: 9am - 2:30pm


Little Women The Musical

Instructor: Carrie Haines & Linda Saxton

Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteering a night filled with laughter, tears and a lifting of the spirit. The show will have plenty of great opportunities for female actors and singers ranging in age: 6 lead female roles for women ages 18-80, 4 lead/featured male roles for men ages 20+. Ensemble roles for up to 20. The powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache, and hope-the sounds of a young America finding its voice.  For more information, please visit our website

Ages: 18+    Location: Community Arts Center

Auditions: Tuesday, February 26 at 6pm. Prepare a song of your choice between 1-3min long. Actors will also be asked to read monologues & perform from the show. 

Callbacks: Thursday, February 28 at 6:00pm by invitation

Performance: June 14 & 15 at 7pm  •  June 15 & 16 at 2:pm

Dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 4/2 - 6/13

Times: 6:30pm - 9:30pm


Taming of the Shrew

Instructor: Courtney Simson

Never been in a Shakespeare play before?  No worries!!!  Come on, leap in and join the fun as TCT tackles the ongoing question of the power struggle between men and women.  Delight in the verbal and physical battles between the manly Petruchio and the strong-willed Kate.  Many excellent speaking parts for men and women.  And if you are cast in the Ensemble, you may also act in a 10 Minute play or “It’s a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play”!  

For more information, email us at

Ages: 14-90    

Location: Community Arts Center

Auditions: Tue, August 28th from 6-9pm (actors will read lines from the play and perform short scenes OR bring a prepared Shakespeare piece, preferably comedy, 1 min in length. Lines for tryouts will be posted by August 12th on the TCT Website:

Callbacks: Thur, August 30th from 6-9pm

Rehearsals: Leads: Tue, Wed & Thur 6:30-9:30pm, Ensemble rehearses as needed

Performance Dates: Nov 9th & 10th at 7pm and Nov 11th at 2pm



Instructor: Courtney Simson

Come join the cast of this darling show about the naughty little puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy.  All your favorite characters are here in this play version of the classic story, with speaking parts for 22 kids and dance, puppetry and non-speaking acting roles for 18 more!  This class will hone performance skills like projection, characterization, memorization of lines, and theatrical movement.  The class includes set painting and a fun art project.  Snacks are available for purchase at each class.  Enroll with TDRPD to secure a spot in this wonderful workshop for young actors and actresses! For more information, email TCT at, or visit our website this fall at

Ages: 8-12    Location: Community Arts Center 

Financial aid available through TCT

Auditions: All kids who sign up, enroll and pay will have a part in this performance-based class.  We will have auditions in early December for roles.  Check our website this fall for a day, time, and location for try outs.

Rehearsals: Fridays from Jan 18th – March 22nd from 3:45-6pm

Performance Dates: Friday, March 29th.  Enjoy a free showcase at the Community Arts Center for families and friends at 6 PM!


It’s a Wonderful Life 

– Live Radio Play & Christmas Chaos

Instructor: Courtney Simson

Ho, ho, ho, TCT is ringing our jingle bells again to beckon our wonderful talented actors of all ages to come join the cast of our 2018 Christmas show!  Lots of parts for kids, teens, and adults!  “It’s a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play” is a one-act reader’s theater piece staged with live sound effects as if it is being broadcast from an actual studio in the 1940’s.  Period costumes, music, and the best part of all...NO MEMORIZATION REQUIRED, as actors will read their parts!  “A Christmas Chaos” is a one-act slapstick comic takeoff on Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”.  An amateur company is hosting the Royal Shakespeare Company, who will be coming to perform the play for a large crowd.  But...but...they don’t show up!  And the hapless, disorganized troupe of community theater actors has to try to put it on FAST as best they can with two Tiny Tims fighting over the role, an actor playing two parts in the same scene, props that don’t work, and so on, utter madness, and tremendous fast-paced fun for actors and audience alike.  Don’t miss out  For more information email TCT at or visit our website at 

All Ages        Location: Community Arts Center

No additional fees for acting in both one-act plays. – Financial aid available through TCT. No fees due unless cast.

Auditions: Wednesday, August 29th at 6 PM at the Community Arts Center, where we will also be auditioning actors for the 10 Minute Play Festival.  Actors of all ages are encouraged to try out for all three productions, as time commitment for each is minimal. Lines for tryouts will be posted on the TCT website by August 12th.

Callbacks: Thur, August 30th from 6-9pm

Rehearsals: Rehearsals for “A Christmas Chaos” will be on Sundays from 3 to 6 PM and Mondays as needed from 6:30 to 8:30 PM beginning September 9th. For “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be 6:15 to 8 PM on Sundays beginning Sept. 30th

Performance Dates: Nov 30th at 7 PM, Dec. 1st at 1 PM and 7 PM, Dec. 2nd at 2 PM plus a special evening show at Squaw Valley on Dec. 18th as part of their “Merry Days and Holly Nights” festivities.


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Instructor: Courtney Simson

Mark Twain’s beloved tale roars to life on our TCT stage this spring with a multi-age cast and live musicians accompanying the action on banjo, guitar, and harmonica!  Life along the Mississippi in the 1840’s was slow and quiet, for the most part. Still, a boy growing up in those times could find adventure and excitement... if he was Tom Sawyer, that is. Tom’s antics and daydreams fill the play with action, humor, drama and pathos. Despite the constant efforts of his long-suffering Aunt Polly, Tom would rather play hooky and spend time with that “dreadful boy” Huckleberry Finn. For more information, email TCT at, or visit our website this fall at

Ages: Adults, Teens, & Kids 8+    Location: Community Arts Center             

Auditions: TBA, most likely in December

Rehearsals: Rehearsals will be held on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from March 10th through May 9th

Times:  Sundays 4 to 7 PM for lead kids and adults, Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:45 to 5:30 for Ensemble and lead kids and 5:45 to 7:00 for lead kids and adults as needed. 

Performance Dates: May 17th and 18th at 7 PM, May 19th at 2 PM, School Days show on Wednesday May 15th (actors are called from 8 AM to 3 PM and do three short shows)


Fiddler on the Roof Jr. 

Instructor: Courtney Simson

TCT Jr presents our annual teen main stage Production for students grades 6-12. Fiddler on the Roof has won nine Tony Awards and dazzled audiences for over 50 years! Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, his wife, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to marry off his daughters and instill in them a sense of tradition in the face of growing anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia. TCT Jr. is an incredible program for young performers. Make memories, make new friends, and expand your stage experience. Over 20 speaking roles plus a large ensemble! Students will learn singing, dancing, and acting skills. This show will be performed as the opening show of Truckee Community Theater’s 2019 season featuring fabulous costumes and elaborate sets. For more information, visit our website or email Director, Carrie Haines at

Ages: 11-18    

Location: Community Arts Center

(No fees due until the cast list has been posted.)

Auditions: Wednesday, September 12 at 4:00PM at the Community Arts Center. Actors will prepare a song and short monologue from the audition guide. Audition guide can be found on our website

Callbacks: Thur, Sept 6th 3:30-6pm CAC Aud

Rehearsals: Wednesdays & Thursdays 3:30-6pm CAC

Performance Dates: Jan 25th, 26th & 27th


The Mousetrap

Instructor: Courtney Simson

Agatha Christie’s legendary ‘whodunit’ is the world’s longest running play!  This popular production has been presented in 27 different languages in more than 50 countries around the world. The plot concerns a group of people gathered in a remote part of the countryside who discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment, the identity and the motive are finally revealed. A terrific plot and an irresistible treat for Community Theater actors!  For more information, email or check the TCT website in the fall at

Ages: 18        

Location: Community Arts Center

Auditions: TBA

Rehearsals: Rehearsals will be held on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesdays.  Start date to be announced | 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Performance Dates: April 26th, 27th at 7 PM, 28th at 2 PM


Melodrama One-Act Plays

Instructor: Courtney Simson

Come play ridiculous, over-the-top characters in two short melodramas

or perform a solo or duet from the Victorian era of parlor songs!  This is our second annual TCT melodrama fundraiser.  The audience loves to boo the villain and cheer for the hero and heroine.  One of the melodramas in this year’s program concerns a traveling troupe of Broadway musical theater performers, so join us if you like to sing and dance as well as act!  Lots of parts, lots of fun.  Join us! For more information, email us at, or check our website this fall at

Ages: 14+    

Location: Community Arts Center 

Auditions: TBA, most likely in early December

Rehearsals: Sundays from Jan 13th – March 3rd from 4-7pm

Performance Date: Saturday, March 9th at 7pm