The Averitt Center's Youth Theater Program provides professional instruction that allows children to develop skills in a safe, nurturing environment. Directed by Mical Whitaker, the program offers a year-round class for elementary and middle school students. There is also an annual summer production for high school students with past performances including Hairspray! and The Wizard of Oz.

Check out this number from the 2012 production of The Wizard of Oz! WATCH VIDEO

Performances of the Statesboro Youth Theater for the 2013-2014 season are generously sponsored by Statesboro Ear, Nose, Throat and Sinus and Thigpen, Lanier, Westerfield & Deal.

Oliver! Statesboro Youth Theater Production

April 26, 2014

Orphaned Oliver Twist goes from mistreatment in the London workhouses to falling in with a gang of pickpockets led by the roguish Fagin, the kindhearted Nancy, and the menacing Bill Sykes, before finally finding a home, in Lionel Bart's musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel.

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The Velveteen Rabbit

May 2 & 3, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.

Margery Williams’ classic story of a stuffed toy rabbit made real by a boy’s enduring love is brought to life on stage. This musical captures all the tenderness and magic of the original story.

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Congratulations to The Velveteen Rabbit Cast

Andrew.............................Scott Caplinger

Nana.................................Mikelle Calhoun

Uncle Brad........................TBA

Mother.............................Melissa Wohlstein Read more...

The Lion King Field Trip Sold Out!

April 19, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.

Experience the phenomenon at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The most eagerly-awaited stage production ever will leap onto the stage. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you've ever heard.

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2014 Summer Theater Camps

Showmanship Camp

June 2-6, 2017

Do you enjoy performing, but just don't feel like you are the best with showmanship and pizzazz? Then this camp is for you. Enroll and take your performance skills to a whole new level. This camp will focus on showmanship and how to really shine on stage.

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Magical Fairytale Theatre

June 23-27, 2014

Join us in the world of fantasy, imagination and play! Camp will focus primarily on drama through structured acting/drama games, with the goal of creating an imaginative group adaptation of each story. Stories might include Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Snow White, The Princess and the Frog, Pinocchio and Jack and the Beanstalk to name a few.

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Jungle Book Camp

June 16-20, 2014

Join Mowgli and his jungle pals for this unique camp experience! This camp will take you through the entire process of producing a play with music in just five days! Join King Louie as you learn to walk like him, talk like him, and have a ball doing all the fun Jungle Book scenes.

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To Broadway & Beyond Theater Camp

July 7-11, 2014

Get ready to let your child’s star shine with this hands-on educational theater experience designed to encourage creative, dramatic interpretation! Learn audition preparations and improvisation techniques, as well as musical scores and other important aspects of being on stage!

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Oliver! Musical Theatre and Performance Camp

July 14-18, 2014

We will study acting, dancing and singing for musical theatre with a special focus on the scenes, songs and dances from Oliver! In addition, campers will have the chance to join the full company onstage for performances. Read more...

Broadway Revue Camp

July 28-30, 2014

Imagine yourself on the Broadway stage performing numbers from your favorite shows. The lights are bright and the shows are sold out. The Broadway Revue at the Averitt Center is open to singers, dancers, and actors ages 12 and up. We will be doing numbers from several shows that the participants will choose. Read more...

Creative Dramatics

August 5, 2013 - May 3, 2014

This year-round program for elementary age actors aims to prepare youth for participation in live theater productions. In a safe, nurturing environment, children will work on self expression, memorization skills, and learn improvisational games that develop verbal and motor skills.

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Theater Fundamentals

August 5, 2013 - May 3, 2014

This year-round program for theatrically-minded middle school students will develop skills in voice, movement, and memory-learning as we learn to express ourselves fearlessly and professionally on the stage in a safe, fun atmosphere. Theater is more than acting! This course also introduces students to behind-the-scenes technical theater components.

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Meet Our Director

Mical Whitaker holds a BFA in Theatre from A&T University. He spent over 20 years in the professional theatre industry in New York City where he developed his own theatre company, The East River Players, one of the NYC’s most important and influential African American Theatre voices. He and a few close friends also founded the Everyman Street Festival, now known as the Lincoln Center Out of Doors, an annual 20-day celebration of live theater now celebrating its 40th Anniversary.

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Averitt Center for the Arts
33 East Main Street
Statesboro, Ga. 30458
(912) 212-2787 (ARTS)

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Box Office Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.