The Young Shakespeare Players


Much Ado About Nothing

Feb. 21, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29 at 6:00 pm

Feb. 23 and March 1 at 1:00 pm

Now registering for the following productions!

YSP’s Dickens Dramatic Reading Society: James Thurber’s The White Deer

open to both young people and adults!

Intro: February 9 at 6:00 pm

Flexible rehearsal schedule determined by the cast.

Performances: March 13-15

G.B. Shaw’s Androcles and the Lion

open to both young people and adults!

Intro: April 8, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Rehearsals: Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, April 11-mid June

Dress rehearsals and Performances: after June 10, last performance June 28

Focused Workshop: Shakespeare’s Figures of Repetition

open to both young people and adults!

Meetings: April 19, 21, 26, 28 at 5:30-8:00

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Young people 7-18 (or thereabouts)

Intro: May 28, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Readings: May 30, 9:00 am

Blocking Rehearsals: June 13 & 14, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Rehearsals: June 15-mid July, 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

(Actors will be assigned to one session of the other)

Dress Rehearsals and Performances: mid July-August 2


Young people 7-18 (or thereabouts)

Intro: June 18, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Readings: June 20, 9:00 am

Blocking: June 27, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Rehearsals: June 29-mid August, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm (morning rehearsals may be added if enrollment warrants)

Dress Rehearsals and Performances: Mid August-August 23

Actors’ Choice Workshop

open to both young people and adults!

Shakespeare scenes chosen by the participants!

Intro: July 20, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Rehearsals: Tuesday 5:00 pm-8:00, Saturday 1:00 pm-4:00 pm pm, July 26-early September

Dress Rehearsals and Performances: mid September

Email ysp@ysp.org with any questions. 

The Young Shakespeare Players (YSP), a non-profit theater program founded in 1980 by Richard DiPrima, invites youth, ages 7-18, to perform full-length, original works of Shakespeare, G.B. Shaw, and Charles Dickens. There are no auditions or rejections. Any young person who registers will receive one or more substantial speaking roles. Designed to show participants, their families, and the community that these plays are delightful, accessible, and fun, YSP is the only year-round program of its kind. Actors learn to appreciate both the language and the drama in these great works as well as the technical aspects of acting and stagecraft. Special programs are also available for veteran actors, ages 14-26, and adult actors.

YSP fully incorporates each participant in every phase of production: rehearsing, directing, memorizing, providing technical support such as make-up and stage management. Performances are always admission-free, offering an affordable cultural and creative experience to participants and audience members.  YSP furthers the emotional development of young people and provides them a community in which service and volunteerism is essential to the organization’s viability.