Top 5 Places To Participate In Kid Theatre, Marin

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Taking children to the theater is a great experience, but participating is even better! Every year talented theater groups across Marin bring wacky, fun and critically acclaimed kid performances and this fall is no exception. Here are 5 of my favorite Marin theater companies committed to high quality youth and family theatre education holding auditions or classes this Fall.

23 Elephants Theatre Company

With their spectacular first season success, 23 Elephants continues to open opportunities for young actors from 5 to 18 years old, with great musical theatre!

LEGALLY BLONDE, ages 10-18. the sassy coming of age story of Harvard’s favorite Blonde, Elle Woods!

Casting & Singing: Wednesday, August 30, 3:30-7:30
Readings: Thursday, August 31, 3:30-7:30
Rehearsals: September 4-November 9, Mondays, Tuesday, & Fridays, 4:00-6:30pm
Performances: November 10, 11, 17, & 18 @ 7:30pm, and November 11, 12, 18, & 19 @ 1:00pm, at the Playhouse at San Anselmo, 27 Kensington Dr., San Anselmo

ELF JR., ages 8 to 12: This hilarious fish-out-of-water story is a great way to celebrate the holidays!

Rehearsals: Sat., 12:00pm-2:00pm, Sep.-Dec. 9, at the Studio, 100 Shaw Dr. San Anselmo
Performances: 12/15 & 12/16 @ 7:30pm, 12/16 & 12/17 @ 1:00pm, at Novato Theater Co., 5420 Nave Dr., Novato

THE LITTLE MERMAID, ages 5-7. A delightful update to the classic, designed for our youngest actors! 

Rehearsals: Sat., 10:00pm-11:30pm, Oct. 7-Jan. 20, at the Studio, 100 Shaw Dr. San Anselmo
Performances: Thursday and Friday Jan 26 & 27 @ 7:30, Saturday, Jan 28 @ 1:00 & 7:30 at the Playhouse in San Anselmo


ANNIE, ages 8-18. The world’s best-loved musical, ANNIE THE MUSICAL, returns to the Throckmorton Theatre after 8 years! Directed by Throckmorton’s new Youth Theatre Director, Amy Marie Haven, this iconic show will return to the stage in a brand new way!

Pre-Audition Meeting: Wednesday, August 30th from 6:00–7:00pm at the Throckmorton Theatre.
Auditions: September 6th and 7th  from  4:00pm–8:00pm. Auditions will be held in 30 minute increments.
Audition Preparation: Please prepare 32 bars of music ( be prepared to have accompaniment and bring sheet music). Bring a headshot and resume. Wear Comfortable clothing and shoes for choreography.
Location: Auditions will be held at Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave. Mill Valley


Disney's The Little Mermaid

Auditions: September 12th and 13th  from  3:30pm–5:00pm at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B. Street, San Rafael.
Rehersals: September 19-december 3, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 3:30pm-5pm.
Performance: December 1-3


A Christmas Carol – The Musical, a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens' most beloved story: the tale of curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is forced to face his selfish ways after three ghosts lead him through his past, present and future on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol offers a joyful performance experience for children, teens and adults. No experience necessary. Families are encouraged to participate together.

Auditions: September 11th & 14th
Callbacks: September 18th; Rehearsals begin September 25th
Performances: December 14-17, 2017 at The Playhouse, San Anselmo


Marin Theatre Company

Family Improvisation Class

Back by popular demand! Bringing families together in a fun, artistic, endeavor in which basic improvisational rules will be taught and skills developed in a friendly and creative atmosphere! Learn to think quickly on your feet and create full and interesting scenes to entertain guests. Onstage and off, improvisation is a skill that will help you learn to think on your feet and problem solve effectively… and often, humorously! This class is recommended for young people ages 10+ and their families.