Our young performers at the Plaza are nicknamed the Litefooters because our adults are called the Footeliters in honor of Pulitzer- and Academy Award-winning playwright Horton Foote, who was born in Wharton. Every summer we teach basic stagecraft and theatre discipline to youngsters age 6 through 16 at the Litefooter Summer Youth Workshop. The workshop culminates in a major production on the Plaza's main stage during the last weekend in June.
Auditions: Auditions are held in early May and the number of participants will be limited for the program. For those that receive a part and are accepted into the program, a registration fee of $50.00 covers t-shirt, snacks and supplies. Scholarships are available upon special request.
Auditions allow the director to assess skill levels and potential for the Litefooter program. Auditioners are given a page from the script to study and are called up in small groups to read lines. Those who cannot read are helped. The auditions are always fun and are structured to be a learning experience.
Special Note: Youth that participate in the Litefooter Summer Youth Workshop & Production will not be allowed to audition for other summer productions because of conflicting rehearsal schedules.
Rehearsal Schedule. Rehearsals usually begin in early June and run for three weeks, typically five evenings a week from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The schedule is subject to change depending on the specific requirements of the production. Download the 2017 Program Schedule >>
Performance Schedule. The production schedule for each season is posted on the Plaza website. Participants need to be at the theater two hours before curtain time for each performance for costumes, hair and makeup.
Volunteering. The Litefooter Summer Youth Workshop always requires volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, including snack preparation, backstage assistance, set construction, prop and costume fabrication, etc. If you?d like to assist in any way, please contact us.