Children’s Theatre in Orange County

Broadway on Tour's version of The Wizard of Oz, 2002.

Summer vacation is rapidly approaching, and many of the families I work with are searching for children’s theatre in Orange County that their kids can attend. Some parents are hoping for pre-professional, audition-only workshops, while other parents are looking for lower-pressure ones that kids just starting out can be a part of. To help all of you Orange County parents with your search, I’ve compiled a list of 13 opportunities for children’s theatre in Orange County. The list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a great glimpse of what’s out there.

Fullerton Children’s Repertory Theater (FCRT):

Location:

Fullerton

Audition only?

Yes, two times. You must audition to be in the repertory company, and again for each show to determine which part you play.

Ages:

No specific ages, but the group accepts kids in 5th grade to the summer following 8th grade

Tuition:

Not published

Broadway on Tour (BOT):

Location:

Placentia

Audition?

Yes.

Ages:

8-19

Tuition:

Around $140 per production, but it varies.

Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County (MTA):

Location:

Newport Beach

Audition only?

Sometimes. The full-length musicals for the older kids (starting at age 10) are by audition only, but the younger kids can enroll in classes that end in a performance and are non-audition.

Ages:

4-18, but the full-length shows start at age 10.

Tuition:

Varies by the class, but it’s $1075 to be in a full-length show.

Orange County Children’s Theatre (OCCT):

Location:

Huntington Beach

Audition only?

Yes.

Ages:

5-19

Tuition:

$250 per show, $125 for the third and any subsequent siblings

Creative Kids Playhouse:

Location:

Lake Forest

Audition only?

Yes, but everyone gets in.

Ages:

3-14, but most shows require you to be at least 6

Tuition:

Typically $178 per show

Yorba Linda Spotlight Theatre:

Location:

Yorba Linda

Audition?

Yes, but everyone gets a part.

Ages:

7-20

Tuition:

$225

Buena Park Youth Theatre (BPYT):

Location:

Buena Park

Audition?

Yes.

Ages:

8-18

Tuition:

Not published

Stagelight Productions:

Locations:

Brea and Whittier

Audition?

Yes, but I think everyone gets in.

Ages:

Elementary school through the end of high school

Tuition:

Not published.

Theatre Experience of Southern California:

Locations:

Rehearsals are in Irvine, and performances are in Fullerton. There are additional locations in Claremont, Pasadena, and Conejo Valley.

Audition?

Possibly for the individual show, but everyone who registers gets a part.

Ages:

K-Adult

Tuition:

$235 per show

Musical Youth Artists Repertory Theatre (MYART):

Location:

Los Alamitos

Audition?

Possibly, but everyone gets in.

Ages:

K-college

Tuition:

$345 for 1 show; $680 for 2 shows; $995 for 3 shows.

McCoy Rigby Conservatory for the Arts:

Location:

Yorba Linda

Audition?

Yes.

Ages:

Kids and teens

Tuition:

varies by the show, but the most recent show is $275

South Coast Repertory (SCR):

Location:

Costa Mesa

Audition?

Yes.

Ages:

Grades 5 through 12

Tuition:

Not published

The Music Room (TMR):

Location:

Orange

Audition?

Yes, but everyone gets in

Ages:

5-18

Tuition:

The musicals are open to students who are part of the musical theatre program at the Music Room. Classes range from $60 to $150 per month.

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