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Stageworks Youth Theatre Company

Connecting Youth and the Arts since 1994
Shadows of Shakespeare, May-June...Please make a Tax-Deductible Donation!


Constance Welsch
Theatre For Youth Award 2007
Stageworks Youth Theatre


Upcoming Auditions!
Stageworks Youth Theatre is collaborating with Cape Fear Shakespeare on the the Green for the performance of the Youth Shakespeare Company's 
Shadows of Shakespeare
Stageworks is directing the 2nd Act of this performance, which is a
one-act version of The Tragedy of Macbeth
performed in full shadow puppet & mask!
AUDITIONS for ages 12+
Saturday, April 6 @ 10:00 am-11:30am
& Tuesday, April 9 @ 5:00 pm-6:30pm

Please bring a prepared piece from Shakespearean literature, maximum 2 minutes, does not have to be memorized.  A current photograph/resume is helpful. 

Stageworks is seeking actors to perform shadow lights, wear shadow masks, operate shadow puppets and scenery, perform character voices, and create sound effects.  If you play an instrument, we would love for you to be involved, even if you are not interested in acting!
Please contact us at if you have questions. 
You can also audition at the same time for the 1st Act of Shadows of Shakespeare, which is a collection of various fascinating characters from Shakespearean literature. 
Youth ages 6-11:  We have special opportunities for younger children who wish to be involved, please contact Cherri McKay of CFSOTG for more information. 

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'Twas the Night Before...
Stageworks Youth Theatre & Journey Productions is excited to bring you this collaborative collection of holiday legends, stories, and classics with music, dance and puppetry!

written by Zach Hanner, Aimee Schooley,
Gina Gambony, and Cherri McKay

Thalian Hall Studio Theatre
December 6, 7, 8
13, 14, 15, 16
Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday at 3:00pm
$12 General Admission
Discount Family Night: Thursday 12/13 all tickets $7!
For Reservations, call Thalian Hall Box

Previous Performances...

Peer Gynt-May 1
The original story of Peer Gynt was adapted from a Norwegian fairy tale by Henrik Ibsen.  While Ibsen's work is a bit tragic, our adaption of the story is closer to a fairy tale: light-hearted and appropriate for all ages.  The most popular facet of Peer Gynt is the music composed by Edvard Grieg, including In the Hall of the Mountain King and Morning Mood.  

Our performance will be staged with a lovely collection of puppets we received from the estate of California puppeteer, Betty Stewart. We are considering adding a little dash of shadow, too! We will be performing at Kenan Auditorium with live accompaniment from the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Sunday, May 1 at 4:00pm
FREE for everyone. 

Read more about the WSO Here.  Read the Star News Article Here.

Cirque de Ballet-May 14
A contemporary ballet and circus performance featuring the Wilmington Ballet Company and Stageworks Youth Theatre.  Puppets and an unusual circus tale is integrated with gorgeous dances, all to groovy 60's music! 
Performance Date:  Saturday, May 14
Tickets $18 in advance, $20 at the door.  Read more about the Wilmington Ballet here.

Please consider making a donation or purchasing an ad to support these upcoming projects!  

 Many thanks to Wilmington for a great 2010!

"The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe" at Kenan Auditorium (April) and Thalian Hall (May)

"The Reluctant Dragon" (July) at Kenan Auditorium as a part of  the             Puppeteers of America Southeast Regional Festival (The Port City Puppet Festival)

"Shadowy Tales from Unusual Minds: Poe, Kafka, & Percy" (October) at the Cameron Art Museum in connection with  PUPPETART, an exhibit from Bread & Puppet and the Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta

We couldn't have done it without the support of The Landfall Foundation, the NC Arts Council, The Wilmington Star News, The Beat Magazine, Encore Magazine, WHQR Public Radio, Shakespeare on the Green, Big Dawg Productions, the Hannah Block USO, and so many others, including YOU, our audience.  THANK YOU!


As the shadows grow longer and the spiders start their weaving in the corners of the kitchen, what better time to explore the dark recesses of the puppetry!

Shadowy Tales from Unusual Minds:
Poe, Kafka, & Percy click here to see pictures from the show!

"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
"Before the Law" by Franz Kafka
"The Tree" by Benjamin Percy

Cameron Art Museum
Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 24 at 3:00 pm

Three unusual tales exploring the shadowy places in our hearts and minds: madness, existential terror, and the dark loneliness that lies
at the center of desire.  
Performed in Shadow & Bunraku-style Puppetry


Featuring the performance artistry of Steve Vernon, Steve Coley, Bob Workmon, and Vince Stout.  Directed by Gina Gambony.

Appropriate for Ages 12+
due to some scary, bone-chilling content...

$8 Youth/Students/Cameron Art Museum Members
$14 Adults/General Public
Running time: approximately 60 minutes
Arrive early and enjoy the incredible exhibit PuppetArt at the Cameron Art Museum!  Free admission to the Exhibit with your theatre ticket!
Note from the director....
Poe & Kafka need no introduction, but I am pleased to introduce you to Benjamin Percy if you are unfamiliar with his work. An award-winning contemporary author, Percy's stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2006; Poe's Children; Surreal South; and American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s until Now--among many other publications. "The Tree" is being published in the upcoming Contemporary American Flash Fiction 2010.

When I heard Mr. Percy's reading of "The Tree," I knew it had to be performed in Shadow. You can hear this recording on WHQR here (skip the first 13 minutes of the recording to get to the story), or you can read the story in the fall issue of the Ecotone Journal.   


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