2023 Youth Summer Program

Pre-Teen Musical Theatre Intensive

For students entering grades 4-8 in fall 2023.

Preteen YSP

Program Description

  • Three Weeks: July 24 – August 12
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Performances take place on Saturday, August 12.

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.


  • $1200 (non-refundable)


  • A $300 non-refundable deposit must be made at the time of registration.
  • The balance of $900 is due no later than May 31 and is also non-refundable.
  • Payment plans can be arranged by calling 877.571.7469.

kids happily leaning on eachother in improv class.

Young students laughing and smiling.


Active conservatory students receive early registration access on Thursday, February 23 at 12 PM. Registration opens to the public on Friday, February 24 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 in April. You can also register by phone at 877.571.7469.

Please note that at this time, we are at capacity for Female Identifying Pre-Teen Youth Summer Program.


Thursday, February 23 at noonRegistration Opens for Conservatory Students
Friday, February 24 at noonRegistration Opens for the Public
Wednesday, May 31 Balances and Additional Registration Materials are Due

YSP Pre-Teen Schedule

Monday, July 24Program 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 12Performances 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

Fiddler on the Roof JR.

60-Minute Version
BOOK BY Joseph Stein
MUSIC BY Jerry Bock
LYRICS BY Sheldon Harnick

Based on the award-winning, iconic Broadway classic of life in Czarist Russia, this universal drama is a true musical theatre tradition. This special adaptation of the nine-time Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof JR. follows Tevye the milkman as he tries to protect his daughters and his way of life from a changing world.
Created by Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof JR. tackles the universal theme of tradition in ways that reach across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.
Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to marry off his daughters and instill in them a sense of tradition in the face of growing anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia.
Fiddler on the Roof JR. is a great introduction to the world of musical theatre. Young performers will love its humor, warmth and honesty.

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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