Youth Programming


Disney's The Lion King Jr.

February 3–19, 2017

Based on the Academy Award-winning film, Disney's Lion King Jr. is the story of a young lion prince learning what it means to become king without letting life get him down. The show is adapted for the stage with a slightly shorter run time that makes it perfect for young audiences. By the time the show is over, the whole family will be in the "Hakuna Matata" mood. And that means no worries for the rest of your days – or for a night at least! Read more about the show

An appreciation from Denver Elementary

A letter of thanks from a Lion King Jr. parent
Disney's The Lion King Jr. 2017

Reflecting on the Success of EPAC's Kids4Kids Series production of "The Lion King Jr" from Director Irving I. Gonzalez

Camp Director
Irving Gonzalez
The Lion King Jr has been described as the "Hamilton of Lancaster County". This was evident by how difficult it was to get tickets for the number of sold out performances. Those who were fortunate enough to witness first-hand the amazing cast of 70 will agree this was no ordinary Kids4Kids production on the EPAC stage. From the moment you entered the theater, your "Lion King Jr experience" began. Patrons were transported to a jungle environment with background music, lobby décor, and red carpet step and repeat where masks and props were available as you took photos.

The Lion King Jr gave our audiences the insight of how musical theater can have a dramatic effect on the lives of our young performers. Each cast member took on the challenge to tell this story in a way that was genuine and authentic, allowing them to carry over the narrative component of The Lion King Jr. We believe this ownership by the cast was one of many ingredients to the success of the show. Another contributor were parents who volunteered their time and energy behind the scenes. To have both parent and child experience the process together is a gift.

Over the past six years, the Kids4Kids productions have certainly changed in their quality and standard of expectations. This would not have been possible without the continual support of our patrons and season sponsors, whose generosity has built our program to what it is now. Of course, I would be remiss if I did not recognize the amazing production team who share the same passion, dedication, and investment in the Kids4Kids Series. We applaud you.

From the beginning, we knew our journey was going to be filled with complexity and unchartered territory. The Lion King Jr transformed the lives of individuals on the stage and off the stage. The show awakened the endless possibilities and potential of our young performers. It also enriched relationships among the cast that will no doubt last a lifetime. Based on the talented cast, we were confident that this production had the potential to be among our greatest achievements on stage and would transcend the hearts of our audiences. And it did just that.

Many have asked me about next year’s production, "How are you going to top this?" My response: "You will just have to wait and see!"
Disney's Aladdin Jr.

Kids4Kids Junior Productions

Welcome to the Kids4Kids Family Series Junior Productions. Our junior productions cast on average about sixty to sixty-five youth from the ages of six to seventeen years old. Auditions are usually held in November with rehearsals running from December to February. Our Kids4Kids Junior productions have been compared to EPAC’s main stage productions. Here kids are exposed to intricate staging, vocal training, costumes, and elaborate lighting and set designs. Rehearsals are scheduled two nights a week with some weekend rehearsals. There are many opportunities for parents to be part of this experience by volunteering to assist in various capacities: ushering, concessions, costumes, parent ranger, cast party. Previous shows included Beauty and the Beast Jr, Annie Jr, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid Jr, and Aladdin Jr. We found that many of our young performers easily transition to main stage productions with confidence, with the fundamental tools to meet the expectation of being in a larger scale productions. We welcome those youth who would like to assist with the behind-the-scene mechanics, such as stage crew or spotlight operators. Whatever your strengths are, we will find a place for you.

Audition information about our Kids4Kids Junior Production are now available. You may also register online now .
At The Movies, Kids Cabaret 2016

Young Artist Cabaret Series

Our vastly popular Young Artist Cabaret Series has allowed our youth ages eight to seventeen to be part of an organic and less rigorous rehearsal process. Each performer is selected through auditions led by our Kids4Kids Series Director, Irving Gonzalez. Auditions are held in the fall. Various concepts and themes for the cabaret are developed in order to have songs specifically selected for each performer. Performers are not required to attend all rehearsals. Specific times and days will be scheduled; this is a one night event. Tickets can be purchased online or through the box office. Past cabaret themes have expanded from standard Broadway musicals to pop-rock and to our most recent cabaret entitled “At the Movies,” a revue of Hollywood classic films from stage to scene. Performers are exposed to singing in front of an audience and performing live with a three-piece band backing them up. A fun night for the entire family, this year's performance is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2017.

EPAC's Got Talent

A new addition to the Kids4Kids Series, EPAC’s Got Talent is open to any youth under the age of eighteen to audition for this one-night event. It is celebration of local youth as they display their best and brightest talents on the EPAC stage! EPAC's Got Talent is reminiscent of a talent show, each act showcasing the skills of a different participant hailing from Lancaster or surrounding counties. An open call will be held sometime near April with a total of three rehearsals prior to the performance date. Performance is scheduled for May 20, 2017.
Center Stage Camp 2016

EPAC's Center Stage Summer Theater Camp

EPAC's Center Stage Summer Theater Camp returns for its twelfth year, giving campers entering grades 1-7 in the fall a chance to experience the theatrical process with a newly designed hands-on approach.

EPAC's Center Stage Summer Theater Camp is designed to inspire creativity, exercise the imagination, promote artistic confidence, and explore unique and exciting ways to tell enriching stories through the theater arts. Our professional staff will nurture individual talents in an environment rich with creative collaboration and team-building concepts. This program is designed to help the young creative mind both onstage and in the classroom environment.

Youth Programming Internships

As part of EPAC's commitment to promote education in the arts, our Kid4Kids Series will begin to offer internship opportunities to any student entering high school who are interested in furthering their knowledge in theater or pursuing a career in the arts. This rich and challenging experience will provide hands-on exposure in the day-to-day workings of local theater. Interns have a unique opportunity to refine their appreciation and practical skills with close interaction with the professional staff and performers. Our youth interns must demonstrate a level of maturity and discipline, working effectively in a highly collaborative environment as an example to our younger performers. Anyone interested in interning for our youth programming should contact our Kids4Kids Director Irving Gonzalez at
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