Why participate in youth theatre?

There are many benefits to participating in physical activities like sports programs, but there are excellent benefits to participating in the performing arts. Some similarities to sports include teamwork, responsibility, discipline, collaboration and leadership.  Often the myths and stereotypes of the performing arts lead people to think of its education as being frivolous. Yet the statistics prove otherwise. Students in the arts consistently out score their non-arts peers on college exams, are more likely to achieve academic notice, hold school offices, win awards for writing and even enter science fairs. In addition, students in the performing arts learn academic skills that help them in college and at work such as analysis, problem solving, reasoning, abstract thinking, conceptualization, public speaking and creative thinking.  

Performing arts programs offer children and youth a benefit they usually do not find in an ordinary classroom, instead of just gaining knowledge about things, they gain knowledge about who they are and what they can do. This helps them grow into better adults, parents and citizens. The performing arts build cultural bridges, bringing greater understanding and communication in our society. This leads to youth forming stronger ties with the community and being more community minded.

Rutland Youth Theatre is proud to provide these benefits to its community members with its productions, workshops and classes. For the past decade we have made our programs available to children K-12 from all over Vermont as well as given opportunities for alumni and college grads to grow. We are proud of the collaborations we have built in the community, teaming up with other organizations to better serve the community.

Saskia Hagen Groom, Artistic Director/Producer – Rutland Youth Theatre

Rutland Youth Theatre is holding Open Auditions for its Summer Travelling Troupe - Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” on May 22nd ONLY at the Courcelle Building in Rutland.

Produced and directed by Saskia Hagen Groom, Hamlet is the story set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatises the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet's father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying his deceased brother's widow. Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play, and is ranked among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others."

Stage Manager is Barb Lassen.

Auditions are May 22nd ONLY from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (please note there is no audition on May 24th as previously stated) at Rutland at Recreation Department’s new home, the old Courcelle building, on 16 North Street Extension, Rutland. Rehearsals will be scheduled for Tuesdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 3-6pm.

Students entering grade 7 through (graduating) grade 12 may audition.

Performances will be held in July throughout the Greater Rutland Area by travelling to town and city greens for outdoor shows ala The Bard’s style.

Rutland Youth Theatre is part of the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department and is a non-for-profit organization. For more information on upcoming productions and workshops, please visit theatre or visit us on Facebook. 


Elf Jr the Musical Photos 

December 2015