Youth Workshop Productions are performed by youth (ages 7 – 16) and for youth! These productions give young actors the opportunity to perform for a public audience while sharing the stage and set with the current Mainstage show. Workshop performers learn that the human imagination is boundless and the audience leaves with a sense that “I can do this at home!” Shows are bright, colorful, and lively and are family friendly!


2018 Youth Workshop Season

February 17 – 25

April 7 – 15

December 8 – 16


Rehearsals generally take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm, and Saturdays from 10am-12pm.  During Tech Week (the week before the show) rehearsals will be every day from 3:30-6pm. There is a Brush Up Rehearsal scheduled from 4-6pm the Friday between show weekends.


Information on what to prepare for an audition can be found at the bottom of the page.

There is a small production fee of $125 to participate in Youth Workshop Productions. Scholarships are available on a need-based basis.


“Our daughter loves doing PAPA workshops more than anything else in the world. Her teachers tell us that they’ve seen her confidence grow tremendously since she’s been involved with the Seacoast Rep. We see a happy kid who can’t wait to get to theater for every rehearsal and performance!”
-Mary Bloser


“My 9-year old daughter participated in two youth workshop productions this year and loved every moment! The Seacoast Repertory Theater did a wonderful job introducing performance skills and utilizing children’s natural creativity in the process of creating a musical. I saw an increase in my daughter’s confidence as she learned her lines and sang on stage for a live audience. Thank you to the teachers for sharing your passion, talents, and compassion with seacoast youth.”
-Julie Derderian

The Adventures of Zap and Zam: A Superhero Story

Written by Christian Arnold

February 17-25th

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

Auditions Closed

Kid superhero Zap Zaperstein and his sister Zam are starting at a new school: Hero Academy. Together with classmate and fluffernutter enthusiast, Trevor, they discover a secret plot that will destroy the school and forever change Herodom. Will Zam finally get her big chance? Will Trevor finally discover his special power? And with the help of his friends, will Zap be able to save the day?

Cans: A Billy Goats Gruff Story

Written by Miles Burns

April 7-15th

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

Auditions Closed

When we last saw the Three Billy Goats Gruff, they had just saved the town and learned how valuable and delicious recycling can be. It’s now present day and the goats have gone to sleep surrounded by their prized cans. While dreaming away in the night, an unwelcome guest enters their home and steals from them what they love the most: their cans! The Goats awake and discover the terrible truth… the cans are gone.  With no help from the local authorities or judicial system, will the brothers be able to get through all of red tape, bureaucracy, and fake news to get their cans back? Only time and bravery will tell!

Saving Santa

Written by Miles Burns

December 8-16th

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

Auditions: Monday, October 29th 4:00-5:30

Rehearsals Begin: Tuesday, November 6th

Rehearses: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm, and Saturdays from 10am-12pm

Do you hear that? The jingle jangle of Santa’s Christmas Bells? You don’t, do you? That’s because Santa Claus is missing! He never made it back to North Pole after his Christmas ride… the elves don’t know what to do! Well, they do know one thing they have to do: save Santa Claus and bring him “ho-ho-home!”


What should your student prepare for a Youth Workshop Production audition?

We ask that your students prepare part of a song to sing acapella (no music) and a short poem or monologue to recite (something that shows character).

It is also very helpful to bring a headshot and resume with you to the audition (It’s okay if there aren’t that many things on the resume!)  The resume should have your student’s name, contact information, and shows they have been in with the roles they have played.

The audition location is at The Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH) unless otherwise noted. The auditions are by appointment and last 5 minutes.  Your students will audition in front of the Director, Assistant Director, and Stage Manager.  We try to keep the auditions relaxed and as stress free as possible!

Please make sure to bring any conflicts you may have within the rehearsal period.

If you have any other questions, please contact our PAPA Production Manager, Kristen, at