Kids and Teens, if you’re looking for the best summer theatre experience in the desert, The Green Room Summer Theatre Conservatory is for you! Kids ages 8 to 12 will train mornings, and teens will train weekday afternoons in June at the extraordinary CREATE Center for the Arts in Palm Desert. Then in July the whole company comes together for two weeks of intensive rehearsals in the beautiful Performing Arts Center at Shadow Hills High School. Every student will perform for two exciting weekends in the “mid-century modern” Broadway classic, Damn Yankees, on July 15, 16, 22 and 23. Plus there’s a special showcase opportunity for kids ages 8 to 12 based on a popular story, entitled “The Bullfight that Wasn’t”.
The award-winning Green Room Conservatory offers training with top Teaching Artists regardless of students’ ability to pay. Students at every level are challenged to grow as artists and improve their skills. Small class sizes make instruction personal, fun and emotionally safe. Many students return year after year and become close friends through middle school, high school, college, and beyond. Green Room graduates have gone on to major in theatre at university, or are building successful careers in professional theatre and film.
We are a Career Pathway Program. That means the Conservatory offers sixty motivated students top-quality training in acting, dance, singing, improvisation, stage voice, script analysis, and technical theatre. High School Students – the Conservatory also hires and trains as many as six paid high school interns.
A note from Director David Catanzarite: Don’t try to judge Damn Yankees in advance by watching the old movie… Our production will be a fresh and fast take on the original Broadway musical, which ran for 1,019 performances!
About the Conservatory
The Green Room Summer Theatre Conservatory is the most comprehensive, intensive summer theatre program for kids and teens in the Coachella Valley. For thirteen years, the award-winning conservatory has offered training with top Teaching Artists regardless of students’ ability to pay. Each summer session culminates with a professionally mounted musical theatre production. Green Room’s summer shows delight large local audiences, and tickets are affordably priced for families. In the past thirteen seasons Green Room Conservatory has presented terrific, large-scale shows including Mary Poppins, Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun, Sister Act, and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, among others. Teaching Artists nurture a professional environment while creating a safe and fun summer experience for young artists. At the same time they challenge all students at every level to grow as artists and improve their skills. The Conservatory maintains an exceptionally low student-teacher ratio at or below 10 to 1, ensuring personalized instruction in a safe learning community.
Conservatory goals for 2022 are to offer sixty students ages 8 to 18 top-quality instruction in acting, dance, singing, improvisation, stage voice, script analysis, and technical theatre. The conservatory will also hire and train as many as six paid high school interns.
As a career pathway program, Green Room Conservatory also mentors students interested in pursuing careers in theatre, film, or design. Young Conservatory members have won multiple awards including the McCallum Theatre’s Open Call, The Palm Springs Young Playwrights’ Festival, Desert Theatre League Scholarships, and been elected Scheherazade at the National Date Festival. Graduates have found paid theatre work and majored in theatre at top colleges and universities; many are building successful careers in theatre or film.