Launched in June 2009, My First Musical offers children (12 and under) and their parents, who may be faced with economic hardship, free admission to each production in Mercury's current season. All applications must be received in writing and will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come basis, and in consideration of qualifying income levels. Each show of our current Mercury season will participate in one non-public performance for the My First Musical program, and will consist of study guide materials, a pre-show interactive workshop with the various designers, an unabridged performance and a post-show discussion with the actors and director, and new this year, the opportunity to participate in up to three Saturday morning workshops with a focus on singing, acting and dancing. My First Musical is the perfect platform to unleash your child’s creative side.
Participating in My First Musical is easy! Please fill out the form below or contact 216.771.5862 if you would like to learn more, or be on the organizing end of the program.
“Proven by the track record of success, we believe these programs are helping to attract and retain new audiences who are young, diverse, and nontraditional — continuing to build the next generation of theatre-goers. Making Mercury Theatre Company accessible to all allows a home for audiences of all backgrounds, creating a truly diverse and vital community in the heart of Greater Cleveland.”
- Pierre-Jacques Brault, Artistic Director
Want to boost literacy? Teach your child to imagine the unimaginable? Cultivate curiosity?
Get thee to Mercury Theatre Company’s My First Musical nights, and bring your kids!
My First Musical is Mercury Theatre Company’s educational outreach program, designed to give underserved children from the school districts surrounding the Greater Cleveland community an opportunity to experience their first musical theatre show at no cost. The program, which includes admission to an unabridged performance of each show in the Mercury season, as well as educational and artistic interaction opportunities, will provide the initial theatre exposure a child needs to foster an interest and passion in the theatre arts for life.
Explore all aspects of the theatre with other teens who love the stage as much as you do! My Mercury! Theatre Intensive is the arts camp that is more than a traditional summer camp.
Designed for students 10-19, the program is a comprehensive, one-week 9:00am-4:00pm intensive in the month of July, in which students get a chance to hone their skills in a fast-paced, creative environment.
Each student will not only STAR onstage in a full production, but will also contribute to the direction, choreography, set, lighting and costume design of the production. Students will be assigned a mentor from the Mercury Theatre Company staff, and will work as assistants on a specific “behind-the-scenes” area of their interest.
My Mercury! is designed to instill in aspiring thespians a deeper understanding about producing and participating in a first-class musical with working professionals. Tuition for My Mercury! is $200.00 and space is limited. All interested campers must audition for placement. Tuition includes one ticket for the teen night of each mainstage musical. Each of the teen nights will incorporate team building as well as parties.
The tuition cost of $200.00 which includes one ticket to all mainstage shows, a camp t-shirt and headshot. A $25 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of auditions.
My Mercury! offers the chance during the off-season to become a part of the Teen Board. The Teen Board is an organization by teens for teens. We promote a love and appreciation of theater for a younger generation, bringing together teens from all over Greater Cleveland area. Students fully plan their own events, including marketing, fundraising strategies and budgeting. They are learning the administrative side to creating fun things to do for a younger generation, as well as celebrating their love for theater!
Activities may include:
My Mercury! Teen Board is a fun way to meet new friends, plan exciting events and promote theater! This activity also benefits a college application and those who wish to enhance their resumes.
Send completed applications to My Mercury! Youth Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
"My Mercury! Theatre Intensive was the first show I've ever been in where what the teens had to say really mattered! It's nice to know our opinions and ideas are heard by the awesome creative team!"
“The most intense week of summer for me was My Mercury! Theatre Intensive. Having to go in on day one and know that in 4 short days you would be putting on a show for people to see was a frightening thought. However, with the help of the entire creative staff at Mercury, it turned out to be one of the best weeks of the summer, AND we pulled it off! My Mercury! taught me how to be efficient with my time, learn more about every aspect of theatre, and have fun. The entire experience is one I will never forget, and I hope teens out there interested in theatre, even just a little bit, will become a part of that process. I promise you'll make a ton of memories and have a great time!”
“I have participated in the My Mercury! Theatre Intensive for the past 2 years! I live over an hour away, but the drive has always been worth it. It's the craziest, most fun week of the summer for me. Doing a show in one week seems almost impossible, but by Friday everything seems to fall into place. The staff is always positive and motivating the teens to put on the best production we can. I've made some amazing friends from this program and I look forward to it every summer!”
Seeking the area’s best musical theatre students!
The Junior Company is an intense 3-session, pre-collegiate theatre program for high school students. The program prepares student performers during the summer session to participate in the mainstage shows alongside the professional acting company. During the second half of the summer session, students receive pre-collegiate training from the professors at Notre Dame College and artistic staff of Mercury Theatre Company. Classes include song study, acting, musical theatre dance and audition technique.
During the winter session, The Junior Company presents a show designed to compete at national musical theater competitions, such as Disney’s National Performing Arts Festival and iTheatrics’ Junior Theater Festival.
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National Performing Arts Festival
Produced by Walt Disney World and Brightspark Travel, The National Performing Arts Festival brings together talented actors, dancers and singers from across the country for a three day performing arts festival filled with competition and inspiration. Taking place at Walt Disney World Resort, this student travel event combines the best of Disney Performing Arts with high caliber competitions, workshops led by theatre professionals, a session with a Disney casting director and an inspirational Q&A with a Disney star.
2017: The Junior Company cast of “Bugsy Malone” received a Superior rating and 10 Outstanding Awards, including Best Choreography and Best Female Vocalist.
2019: The Junior Company cast of "Disney on Broadway" received 1st Place in the Junior Division and 2nd Place Overall and 12 Outstanding Awards, including Best Choreography and Best Female Vocalist.
iTheatrics Junior Theatre Festival
Produced by the Junior Theater Group and under the educational and artistic supervision of iTheatrics, the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival (JTF) brings students, teachers and Broadway professionals together to celebrate outstanding student musical theater productions.
2018: The Junior Company cast of “Fame Jr.” received the Best in Music Award.
2020: NEXT UP! The Junior Company travels to Atlanta January 17-19!
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