Next Generation Theatre

Welcome to Next Generation Theatre! We are so excited that you are interested in our theatre program. Below you can find information regarding our current and upcoming sessions.

Theatre Information


Spring 2020

Auditions for all 3 Spring productions will be held on Wednesday, December 18th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. You do not need to stay for the whole three hours as one audition typically only takes 5-10 minutes. Each student should prepare part of any song (usually one verse and one chorus is enough) to sing for our directors. Students auditioning for the middle and teen shows may be asked to do a cold reading at the audition! We ask for a $50 deposit toward the total tuition of $245 on the date of the audition. Students cannot receive their script or CD until this deposit has been paid. 

Willy Wonka KIDS (Ages 5-11)

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale.  

Rehearsal Times: Wednesday and Friday 4pm-6pm (Start January 15th)

Show Dates: March 13th, 14th, and 15th 2020


Dear Edwina Jr. (Ages 11-15)

Dear Edwina JR. is a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up, from the creators of Junie B. Jones, The Musical. Written in a “show-within-a-show” format, Dear Edwina JR. is the perfect “girl power” musical for a new generation. 

Rehearsal Times: Wednesday and Friday 6pm-8pm (Start Jan 22nd)

Show Dates: April 3rd, 4th, and 5th 2020


Grease (Ages 14-18): To Be Announced

Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical 

Rehearsal Times: Saturdays 2pm-5pm (Start Jan 25th)

Show Dates: May 8th, 9th, 10th 2020

Upcoming Shows

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS

Friday, March 13th at 6:00 pm; Saturday, March 14th at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm; Sunday, March 15th at 2:00 pm

Tickets: $5 for Students, $8 for Adults (18+)

An adaptation of the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, this version contains the same fun elements that made the original story so beloved--with new added songs! Candy Man Willy Wonka is on the search for a new heir to his factory, and among a group of five insufferable brats, he finds hope in young Charlie Bucket. All children must learn to follow Wonka's rules--or suffer the consequences. 

Tuition Costs

$245 per student– includes free script, music rehearsal CD, and two complementary tickets to the show of your choice.
$225 for a second child from the same household (or 2nd tuition of a child participating in both)
$205 for a third child from the same household 

More about our Theatre Program

The Next Generation Theatre program is open to children, ages 4 ½ through 19, and sometimes beyond . Each session runs several weeks and ends with a spectacular show open for the entire community to enjoy. Each child learns many skills as they are exposed to every aspect of the theatre production process. Students begin to understand choreography, set design, acting, vocals, stage direction, as well as costuming and use of props. Over time, the children will have the opportunity to use their talents in different roles, thus gaining a greater understanding of the entire theatre process.

One of the most unique features of the Theatre Program are the directors. At Next Generation Theatre each production is led by not only an adult mentor but also one or more teen directors, all of whom are highly motivated natural born leaders. They each have high levels of talent and years of experience in dancing, singing, choreography, set design, and costuming. The teen directors make this program extra special; their age and experience allows them to bond and relate to kids in a way that bridges the gap between the students and adult directors. They also inspire the younger students to visualize themselves as the next teen leaders.

Our Directors


Hannah Nilsson

Hannah Nilsson

Hannah Nilsson

Hannah is a 17-year-old Senior at John Bapst Memorial High School. She has been involved with our theatre program for the past 8 years, and has been part of our leadership team for the past 6 years. Hannah is very passionate about music, theatre, performing, and working with her students. This past summer, she attended a theatre intensive at American Musical Dramatic Academy in New York City, NY. She also takes acting classes at Penobscot Theatre and her school. Hannah hopes to go to school for Acting and Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. 


Grace Galinski

Hannah Nilsson

Hannah Nilsson

Grace is a 16-year-old Junior at John Bapst Memorial High School. She has been involved with our theatre program for the past 10 years, and has been a part of our leadership team for the past 4 years. Grace is passionate about reading, theatre, and performing! Grace wants to go to school for theatre management and drama education.


Lyrica Marsh

Lyrica Marsh

Lyrica Marsh

Lyrica is a 16-year-old junior from Bangor High School. She has been involved with our theatre program for the past 10 years and has been a part of our leadership team for the past 4 years. Lyrica also participates in theatre at Some Theatre Company as well as classes at her school, and she has training in dance and vocal technique. Lyrica hopes to go to school for film production with a minor in technical theatre.


Jamie Fogg

Lyrica Marsh

Lyrica Marsh

Jamie is a 15-year-old sophomore from John Bapst Memorial High School. 

About Us


Past owner, Tracey Marceron founded Between Friends Art Center, home of Next Generation Theatre, with the help and vision of her daughter Lexi Marceron and her friend James Bartol. While still in high school, Lexi and Jamie brought their dream of a “year round” theatre program to life. They believed that for students, like themselves, who wanted a career in the Arts, a once a year summer camp theatre program was just not enough. With that in mind, they created the area’s first year round children’s theatre program and later that summer they opened a dance studio for kids of all ages and levels.

Next Generation Theatre was created with the key idea that “Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow.” With this in mind, Tracey decided to make her Arts program accessible to children from all socioeconomic backgrounds; to give all the children in the community an opportunity to experience the Arts firsthand

Our Start

Next Generation Theatre’s first class was taught in June of 2007.   It began with only 6 kids who later performed “The Velveteen Rabbit” in August of that same year. The first musical production, “Wind in the Willows,” had a cast of only 15 children. Today the Next Generation Theatre’s Children’s Program has  more than 450 students attending year round and has expanded to include  art classes for children as well as adults,  and a variety of dance classes. We invite you to come to Between Friends Art Center and “Dream Big.” 

Their foundation will always live on through our students.