"There are the players."

Playmakers is the Festival's fun and exciting youth training program, including instruction from theatre professionals and a chance to perform in a special Playmakers production.

The 2017 Playmakers production will be Once on this Island, a highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale, "The Little Mermaid." It garnered eight Tony nominations for its Broadway run, including best musical, book, and score. 

Auditions will be February 7 from 3:15 to 8:15 p.m. in the Garth and Jerri Frehner Rehearsal/Education Hall at the Beverley Center for the Arts. Audition slots will be every 15 minutes, and children will be required to sing one of two songs from the show. You can register for the audition and download the music for the songs by clicking the links below.

Call-back auditions will be the next day, February 8, also in the Frehner Rehearsal/Education Hall.

To help children prepare, the Festival is offering an audition workshop for anyone interested. It will be February 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Frehner Rehearsal/Education Hall. The workshop is optional, but can be very helpful. 

Performances of the Playmakers version of Once on this Island will be in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre. School performances will be April 5, 6, 7, and 10. A public performance will be April 8. Exact times will be announced later.

Top photo: a scene from the Playmakers production of Honk!