It’s that big first night

Later that night . . .

“Oh yes, it’s morning

At Castle Codwallader!

Do you suppose there’s anything to eat?”


Then out of the hat . . . video

TADA! Youth Theater is a pre-professional training company with a resident youth ensemble between the ages of 8 and 18. Artistic and Executive Director Janine Nina Trevens takes every opportunity to train these young actors and teach them what it is like to work in a real, professional show.

That includes a lot of rehearsal! Up to the last minute on the day of opening, the cast worked hard polishing choreography, tightening up lines, sharpening timing.

Opening day looked a little like this.


As opening approaches . . .

You can tell it’s almost opening when the posters start appearing on the wall.



(Is this a “Where’s Phooey?” kind of thing?)

Four weeks, you rehearse and rehearse . . . video

As the writer, I only got to join the rehearsal process half-way through. It was fun to watch director Janine Nina Trevens and choreographer Joanna Greer put the youthful cast through its paces. Here’s where we were at that point.

Still had some work to do!