The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts

The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts provides elite theatre education in the form of classes, camps, workshops, and Teen and Youth Productions, taught by Broadway and Regional Theatre professionals, including Seacoast Rep's own Rep Company members.

Our mission is to create a supportive, all-inclusive environment, where students with diverse talents, interests and backgrounds can collaborate to create and perform theater. To instill in them the skills they will need to develop into the best performers they can be. To challenge, engage and inspire students to celebrate the power of the performing arts by finding the beauty in our own uniqueness and the strength in our differences to build a more conscious and compassionate society.



The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts based in the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, NH is holding auditions for our 2023 PAPA Jr. production of "Guys & Dolls Jr." and is seeking actors, singers & dancers between the ages of 9 and 16.

Directed & Choreographed by Shaina Schwartz

Music Direction by Emily Zentis

Hailed as the perfect musical comedy, this award-winning classic gambles with luck and love under the bright lights of Broadway. Set in Damon Runyon's New York City, Guys and Dolls JR. follows gambler, Nathan Detroit, as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown. Guys and Dolls JR. takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong.


WHEN: Monday March 6th from 4pm - 8pm (by appointment only) with Callbacks on Sunday March 12th at 6:30pm

WHERE: The Rep Studios located at 2800 Lafayette Road (in the plaza behind The Beach Plum)

PLEASE PREPARE: 1 minute of a song of your choice. Please bring background tracks for your song.

PLEASE BRING: Headshot & Resume

*There will also be a Dance Call during your Audition Time Slot so please make sure you can dance in the clothes/shoes you wear.


The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts offers classes in musical theater, dance, acting and voice. Classes are taught by Regional Theatre professionals, including Seacoast Rep's own Resident Artists & Company members. Classes are open to students from ages 10 and up.



PAPA History

In the beginning...

The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts was founded in 1985 by Eileen and Roy Rogosin of Los Angeles, who moved to the Seacoast to start a performance school and company. They established PAPA in the Button factory on Islington street. In 1986 they took up residency in a late 19th century brewery warehouse on Portsmouth’s historic Bow Street that housed the Theatre by the Sea, converted into theatre space by Joseph Sawtelle and the Bow Street Theatre Trust in an effort to improve the culture and economy of Portsmouth. In 1988 it became the Seacoast Repertory Theatre.

Questions? The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts is run by Seacoast Rep's Director of Education, Kristen Dalton, who will be happy to answer all inquiries!