2024 Youth Summer Program

Pre-Teen Musical Theatre Intensive

For students entering grades 4-8 in fall 2024.

Preteen YSP

Program Description

  • Three Weeks: July 22 – August 10
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Performances take place on Saturday, August 10.

A great fit for students looking for focused, fast-paced theatre training. The pre-teen program introduces students to the joy of participating in a show. Students work intensely with a director, choreographer and music director over the course of three weeks to perform a junior production of a Broadway show. Broadway Junior musicals are condensed, author-approved versions of classic musicals. Students attend daily classes where material from the show is used to teach them skills in areas of music, drama and dance. Two performances of a 60-minute Broadway Junior show are held at the end of the program.

Please note, this is an intensive program which works at a fast pace and expects students to be flexible, adaptable, responsible, focused and capable of handling a high sensory environment.

2024 Tuition

  • $1200 (non-refundable)

kids happily leaning on eachother in improv class.

Young students laughing and smiling.


Active conservatory students receive early registration access on Thursday, February 22 at 12 PM. Registration opens to the public on Friday, February 23 at 12 PM.

At the time of registration, you may choose to pay just the deposit or the full tuition. Please fill-in all requested information about your student online. Once you complete your order, you will have registered your student. Additional registration material requests will be sent via email. You can also register by phone at 877.571.7469.

Registration for Female Identifying Students is now full. Click below to join the wait list.


Thursday, February 22, 2024 at noonRegistration Opens for Conservatory Students
Friday, February 23, 2024 at noonRegistration Opens for the Public
Wednesday, May 31 Balances and Additional Registration Materials are Due

YSP Pre-Teen Schedule

Monday, July 22Program Begins -
Monday- Friday:

  • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Classes in Music, Drama, & Dance

  • 11:30 AM - 12 PM: Lunch (Students are asked to bring bag lunches)

  • 12 PM - 2:30 PM: Rehearsals

Saturday, August 10Performances at 2 PM & 6 PM


Auditions will take place during the first day of the program. All Broadway Junior shows have many featured male and female roles as well as ensemble casts of characters. All participants will be cast in the production. Cast size will be 30-40. Audition materials will be sent to registered students in June after all registration materials have been completed and submitted.

About the Show

Legally Blonde The Musical JR.
60-Minute Version

Book by Heather Hach
Music & Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin

Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde The Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show’s instantly recognizable songs are filled with humor, wit and sass — leaving cast members and audiences alike seeing pink!
Legally Blonde JR. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle’s boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she’s not “serious” enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate, Emmett, and spunky hairdresser, Paulette, along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive.  As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all.

Meet Our Educators

Jennifer Ivascyn-Dowdle

Jennifer Ivascyn-Dowdle (Director) is a Central Massachusetts native. Jennifer received her B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). She was a member of Northwestern’s first Musical Theater Program and trained alongside Heather Headley (Lion King, Aida), Jason Moore (Avenue Q), Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Love Simon) and Jason Winer (Modern Family). Jennifer has worked as an Actors Equity performer in Chicago productions of West Side Story, Guys & Dolls and The Will Rogers Follies. Favorite roles include Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors) and Graciella (West Side Story). Jennifer spent three years performing as a Radio City Rockette in The Great Radio City Spectacular with Paige O’Hara and Maurice Hines (Las Vegas) and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC). For the past 20 years, Jennifer has taught history, English as a Second Language (ESL), acting and dance in Worcester County public schools. She possesses a M.Ed. from Worcester State University and Massachusetts Teaching Certifications in Communication & Performing Arts, Social Studies and ESL. Jennifer has served as an adjudicator and clinician for the Central Massachusetts Show Choir Festival, and has directed and choreographed productions at Grafton High School and Worcester Academy Middle School.

Jared Field

Jared Field (Music Director) is a composer, conductor, music educator, and clarinetist. He has written several musicals with his sister Jessie, including Rachel (2018 JDT Lab Selection, Outstanding Musical – 2015 Fresh Fruit Festival, 2013 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Prize for Best Original Play), and La Maupin (2018 MUT International Competition Jurypreis Winner, Audience Favorite – 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival). In addition to his musical theater work, Jared has written classical chamber and choral music, as well as music for plays and dance pieces. His works have been read and performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Princeton Singers, Choral Chameleon, and by hundreds of students and campers across the country. Jared received his BA in Music Composition from Brandeis University, where he earned Highest Honors and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He received his MA in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Jared is currently the Director of Middle School Music at Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA, where he is a proud recipient of the O’Connell Award for excellence in teaching.

Jilanne Hobson

Jilanne Hobson (Choreographer) is a highly trained dance instructor in tap, jazz, musical theater and ballet with over 25 years of experience teaching all levels of dancers. She received her Bachelor of Performing Arts at Oklahoma City University under the direction of Jo Rowan. Jilanne then went on to work professionally in various settings, including the Costa Classica cruise line, at Opryland USA in Nashville and as a featured performer at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City for Anita Mann Productions. She trained at The Edge Dance Studio in Los Angeles and also assisted Tony Capolla on the Joe Tremaine Convention circuit. Besides being a dance instructor, Jilanne is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, who treats patients ranging from pediatric to geriatric in gross motor activity, balance, coordination and strength training. Jilanne is also a Les Mills Certified fitness instructor, teaching classes in Body Combat and Body Flow.

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