2017-2018 Mainstage Productions

These fully-staged, professional productions set PYT apart from other performing arts schools. They feature professional adult actors, as well as children and young people, who perform for school and family audiences throughout the year. Participation is voluntary. Students must be at least 6 years old and enrolled in full-year PYT classes in either the Dance or Drama Division in order to audition for roles.


A Christmas Story, The Musical
Book by Joseph Robinett
Music & Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distibuted by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark,
produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Venture and Dalfie Entertainment

December 8th-17
Grades K-12

This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder.  Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his Christmas tree.  All the iconic scenes from the movie are here, and the delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers.   A Christmas Story, The Musical captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown ups alike!

12/8 7:00 PM
12/9 1:00 & 5:00 PM
12/10 2:00 PM
12/15 7:00 PM
12/16 1:00 & 5:00 PM
12/17 2:00 PM

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The Diary of Anne Frank

A Play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Base upon Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman

February 16th-18th
Grades K-12

In this transcendentally powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

2/16 7:00 PM
2/17 1:00 & 5:00 PM
2/18 2:00 PM

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

May 11th-20th
Grades K-12

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.  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 into 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.

5/11 7:00 PM
5/12 1:00 & 5:00 PM
5/13 2:00 PM
 5/18 7:00 PM
 5/19  1:00 & 5:00 PM
 5/20  2:00 PM

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