Plaza Players, Ltd. is a not-for-profit, 501 (C) (3) organization dedicated to the performing arts.

“Some children seem ‘born to entertain’ while others simply love to sing, act and express their creativity; there is an important place for everyone in Plaza Theatrical's Performing Arts Academy, Inc!”

~ Kevin Harrington, Producer – Plaza Theatricals

Performing Arts Academy

FALL and WINTER SEASON - 2018/2019

Grades 3-5

The Lion King Kids - Grades 3-5

Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now for the first time ever you have the opportunity to produce this one-of-a-kind musical in your your school. The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring coming-of-age tale.

Rehearsal Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:00*

Performance Dates: February 8 & 9, 2019

*Additional rehearsals will be scheduled closer to the performances.

Grades 6-8

The Lion King Jr. - Grades 6-8

Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now for the first time ever you have the opportunity to produce this one-of-a-kind musical in your your school. The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring coming-of-age tale.

Rehearsal Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-6:15*

Performance Dates: February 8 & 9, 2019

*Additional rehearsals will be scheduled closer to the performances.

Grades 9-12

Chicago - High School Edition - Grades 9-12

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, and acquittal.

Rehearsal Schedule: Sundays, 6:00-800 pm and Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm*

Performance Dates: February 9 & 10, 2019

*Additional rehearsals will be scheduled closer to the performances.

WINTER and SPRING SEASON - 2019

Grades 1-2

Plaza Theatrical Productions presents The Broadway KidsThe Broadway Kids - Grades 1-2

Friday afternoon fun has never been so entertaining!  Join the fun as our young performers  act, sing, dance, and shine. The program culminates in a thirty minute production, performed in our intimate Plaza studio for family and friends, featuring musical numbers and scenes from age appropriate Broadway musicals!    

Minimum number of participants: 10 / Maximum participants (approximately):  15

Rehearsals: Fridays 3:45-4:45
First Session: Friday, March 1, 2019
Performances:  May 31 (5:00 PM) and June 1 (11:00 AM)

Advance Registration Required! Call Plaza today to reserve your child’s spot!  (516) 599-6870

Grades 3-5

Beauty and the Beast Jr. - Grades 3-5

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

First Session:  Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Rehearsals: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00

Performances: May 2019 (exact dates TBA)

Grades 6-8

Shrek Jr. - Grades 6-8

In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who've been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task - if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him. But, a fairy tale wouldn't be complete without unexpected twists and turns along the way.

First Session:  Monday, February 25, 2019

Rehearsals: Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-6:15

Performances: May 2019 (exact dates TBA)

SUMMER - 2019

Grades 3-5

The Little Mermaid Jr. - Grades 3-5

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

Please check back for audition dates, rehearsal schedules, and performance dates!

Grades 6-8

The Little Mermaid Jr. - Grades 6-8

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

Please check back for audition dates, rehearsal schedules, and performance dates!

Grades 9-12

Plaza Theatrical Productions presents Mamma Mia!Mamma Mia - Grades 9-12

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Please check back for audition dates, rehearsal schedules, and performance dates!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the audition process? How should my child prepare?

Every child who is able to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule will be cast in the show.  We do NOT cut any child from the production. For the “audition” and “callback” process, we strive to make every child feel relaxed and comfortable.

Audition Process
The first “audition” is private.  Your child will sing for the director, stage manager, and musical director.  They can sing a song from a show they have already appeared in, they can sing a song they have learned in school, or they can sing a section of a song they choose provided they bring the sheet music for the musical director to play from (usually about 32 measures).  Song suggestions include the following age appropriate pieces: Do-Re-Me (The Sound of Music), My Favorite Things (The Sound of Music), I Won’t Grow Up (Peter Pan), Tomorrow (Annie), etc.

Callback Process
Every child will be invited to “callbacks”.  At the callbacks, which are held in small groups, students will be taught some musical excerpts from the show and will be asked to read some lines from the show.  The entire callback process is supportive and encouraging. It is NOT competitive.

Preparation
Although a child does not need to prepare for the audition and callback process, they may want to practice their audition song.  In addition, they can familiarize themselves with the music and dialogue by watching the movie version of the show.

What are the participation fees? Returning student discount? Discounts for multiple children in a family?

Participation Fees
The Broadway Kids Performance Workshop (Grades 1-2): $250.00
Elementary School Performance Workshop (Grades 3-5): $425.00
Middle School Performance Workshop (Grades 6-8): $425.00
High School Performance Workshop (Grades 9-12): $425.00
High School Studio Series (Grades 9-12):  $350.00

Discounts for returning students
The Broadway Kids Performance Workshop (Grades 1-2): $225.00
Elementary School Performance Workshop (Grades 3-5): $375.00
Middle School Performance Workshop (Grades 6-8): $375.00
High School Performance Workshop (Grades 9-12): $375.00
High School Studio Series (Grades 9-12):  $300.00

Discounts for Multiple Children in One Family
2 Children:
Broadway Kids $425.00
Broadway Kids and Performance Workshop (New):  $600.00
Broadway Kids and Performance Workshop (Returning): $550.00
Two Performance Workshop Programs (New): $775.00
Two Performance Workshop (Returning): $675.00

Are there any additional fees for costumes and tickets, etc.

Costumes
Although costumes are provided as part of the participation fee, students may have to supply basic items (shirt, shoes, socks, etc.)

Tickets
For the culminating performances for family and friends, each person entering the theatre must have a ticket.

Ticket Prices are:
Broadway Kids : $5.00
Performance Workshop (Grades 3-5):   $10.00
Performance Workshop (Grades 6-8):   $10.00
Performance Workshop (Grades 9-12): $15.00