For almost 40 years, Little People’s Repertory Theatre has provided a unique, low-cost high quality summer musical theatre program for children 8-14. LPRT is the most affordable children’s theater program in Santa Cruz County.
Since 1998, LPRT has offered children the unique opportunity to do “non-traditional” theater. We present an original rock musical tailor written for a cast of 70 children. We take a traditional fairytale or folktale and rewrite it with a contemporary twist. We parody classic rock and pop songs and performers. Every child sings, dances and has a spoken part.
In addition to serving 8-14 year-olds, LPRT also serves young children and teens through our Junior Players Program and our Teen Mentorship Program.
- The LPRT Junior Players Program is a Creative Dramatics program serving approximately 20 to 25 Children each summer from 3 to 8 years of age. Janinne Chadwick, an early childhood educator at Cabrillo College, has designed an age appropriate program to foster an interest in the performing arts for children too young to participate in the summer musical. Youngsters in the Junior Players Program have an opportunity to open the show with a few musical numbers, giving them an introduction to the stage, costumes, and a real audience.
- Our Teen Mentorship program serves approximately 15 to 25 teens each summer. We offer paid internships to teens and young adults. Teens are trained to work with younger children as rehearsal-assistants, in a camp-counselor style capacity. Our mentors have been directors, lighting designers, choreographers, assistant musical directors and musicians in our pit-band.
LPRT productions are truly collaborative. We have a strong supportive community with a large involvement of parents, community members and teen alumni cast members who help out with all aspects of putting on a show, from set construction and costuming, to technical direction and videography. A rock band made up of parents and teen alumni accompany the cast at all performances.
- Little People’s Repertory Theatre received a Congressional Award of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to the Community in August 2003 from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo.
- LPRT is sponsored by The San Lorenzo Valley Youth Council.
- LPRT has received grants and donations from:
Santa Cruz County Parks and Open Spaces, The Lillian Simon Foundation, The Carol Anika Memorial Foundation, Los Gatos Morning Rotary, Plantronics, Santa Cruz Medical Foundation, and many generous individuals and families.