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.
All age groups are performing Beauty and the Beast Jr.!
Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
March 12th at 6pm March 19th at 6pm
March 13th at 2pm March 20th at 2pm
March 14th at 2pm March 21st at 2pm
$245 per student– includes script, complimentary poster, 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
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 $245 per student, $225 for a second child (or 2nd tuition of a child participating in two shows), and $205 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).
All ages are performing Beauty and the Beast Jr.!
Show Dates are March 12-14 and March 19-21.
Tickets will go on sale soon, so stay tuned for more information!
Lyrica is a 17-year-old senior at 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 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.
Grace is a 17-year-old senior at 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. Grace is passionate about reading, theatre, and performing! Grace wants to go to school for theatre management and drama education.
Emma is a 16-year-old junior 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.
Trinity is a 16-year-old sophomore at Hermon High School. She has been doing shows with us since she was in the 6th grade, and she has been part of the directing team for 1 year now. She is also involved with her school productions. Trinity loves hanging out with her cats, drawing, and planning her outfits. She also frequently changes the
Trinity is a 16-year-old sophomore at Hermon High School. She has been doing shows with us since she was in the 6th grade, and she has been part of the directing team for 1 year now. She is also involved with her school productions. Trinity loves hanging out with her cats, drawing, and planning her outfits. She also frequently changes the color of her hair! Trinity hopes to go to school for music education or musical theatre.
Brady is a 15-year-old freshman 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 eighth grader at the Brewer Community 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.