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.
Students ages 5-17 are currently working hard to put together a wonderful production of Seussical JR.! This show brings the story of different Dr. Seuss characters to life onstage with great fun and imagination!! Packed full of excitement, great music, and the important lesson that a person's a person no matter how small, this hour long production is fun for the entire family!
We have two casts of talented actors, one performing August 6th at 6:00 pm and August 7th at 2:00 pm and another on August 7th at 6:00 pm and August 8th at 2:00 pm!
Tickets will be going on sale on Monday July 26th at 9:00 am !!
The Next Generation Theatre program is open to children, ages 5 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.
How do auditions work?
To audition, each student will need to prepare one song (one verse and the chorus will be good) of their choice. Older students may be asked to read a scene with the directors.
When auditioning in person, it works on a first come, first serve basis. Students will sing on the stage in front of the casting team and whoever else is in the room, and the directing team will ask you for your name, age, and what show you're auditioning for. Students will not need to stay the entirety of the audition time; most auditions normally take 5-10 minutes.
If sending in a video audition, state your name, age, and what show you're audition for before you start your song.
There are also papers that need to be filled out and emailed to us or brought in. You will find all of those further down on this page.
What is the cost?
Full tuition for the session is $255 per student, $235 for a second child (or 2nd tuition of a child participating in two shows), and $215 for a third child. A $50 nonrefundable deposit is due on the date of auditions, and this deposit is deducted from the total tuition fee.
Each child's tuition helps pay for the show royalties, scripts/chorus books, costumes, props, set pieces, backdrops, makeup, and any additional costs that may come up during each show.
What should my child bring to rehearsals?
All students should wear comfortable clothing and shoes that they can dance and move around freely in. Once they have received their scripts, they will need to bring them to rehearsal everyday. Students should also bring a pencil, highlighter, water bottle, and a snack or money to purchase one here (our prices range from .75-1.50).
Seussical JR. opens on August 6th!! We have shows on Friday at 6, Saturday at 2 and 6, and Sunday at 2!
Tickets go on sale on July 26th at 9:00am!
Lyrica is an 18-year-old graduate of Bangor High School. She has been involved with our theatre program for the past 11 years, and she has been a part of our leadership team for the past 5 years. Lyrica also participates in theatre at Some Theatre Company, and she has training in dance and vocal technique. Lyrica will be studying Media Arts Production at Emerson College in the spring!
Grace is a 17-year-old graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School. She has been involved with our theatre program for over 10 years, and she has been a part of our leadership team for the past 5 years. She also has experience in choreographing shows at her school. Grace is passionate about reading, theatre, and performing! This fall, Grace will be attending Fisher College with a major in Human Services!
Emma is a 17-year-old senior at Brewer High School. She has been doing theatre at Next Gen since 2017, and she has been on the directing team for 2 and a half years! Emma has voice training experience, and is passionate about performing, theatre, and art.
Brady is a 15-year-old sophomore at Hermon High School. He has been doing theatre at Next Gen since he was 8 years old, and he has been a part of the directing team for almost 3 years. Brady has voice training experience, and also participates in Show Choir through his school. He would like to go to school for business.
Annabelle is a 14-year-old freshman at Brewer High School. She has been involved with our theatre program since she was in the 4th grade, and has previous voice training. Annabelle enjoys playing field hockey, softball, and swimming. She also hopes to go to school for journalism, and she wants to be a screenwriter when she's older!
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.
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.