Youth Programming


Willy Wonka Jr.

February 2–18, 2018

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. is a Kids4Kids musical production based on the beloved book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. When poor Charlie Bucket finds himself in possession of a golden ticket, he and his Grandpa Joe get the chance of a lifetime. During their tour of the famous chocolate factory, Charlie and Grandpa Joe travel through Mr. Wonka's world of pure imagination. But they’re not the only ones on this exclusive tour! The other four winners are gluttonous Augustus Gloop, spoiled Veruca Salt, gum-expert Violet Beauregarde, and TV-obsessed Mike Teavee. It turns out this tour is more than just a PR stunt, as Mr. Wonka has a secret agenda. The five children will be tested on more than just their sweet tooth. They’re in for a dangerous adventure through a wacky and unexpected world! Read more about the show

Message from EPAC's Center Stage Kids4Kids Youth Programming Director

On behalf of EPAC's Kids4Kids Youth Programming, we would like to thank you for visiting our webpage. Our mission is to provide our young performers not only a creative outlet but a diversity of opportunities to grow, perform, and awaken their artistic potential. Over the years, we have seen an enormous growth in our youth programming that have allowed many of upcoming youth performers to find their own voice and an exploration of vessels through wonderful experiences. Here at EPAC, we are very proud to offer our youth varies opportunities to gain the spotlight such as our Kids4Kids Junior Productions, EPAC's Got Talent, The Young Artist Cabaret Series, and our successful Center Stage Summer Theater Camp.

As we move forward ahead to 2018, we are excited to kick our Kids4Kids series with Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Junior with performance dates February 2nd - February 18th . Often time our productions are compared to the main stage productions. There our youth performers gain real-life experiences by working closely with top professionals from the areas. We are confident that our youth programming is a never ending revolving door of new experiences, helpful tools and guidance, educational mentorship, and where kids are encouraged to discover their own hidden potential. So rather you are a parent, friend, teacher, or want to get your name in lights, there is a place for you among our young programming.

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 production of Mary Poppins Jr .
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 Fri & Sat, Sept 21 & 22, 2018.


EPAC's Got Talent

We are thrilled to have Carly Ludwig and Brett Devlin as this year's hosts at our third annual EPAC's Got Talent. Both individuals begin their musical journey at EPAC performing in the popular Kids4Kids Junior Productions and Young Artist Cabarets. With their perfect balance of quick thinking and slapstick humor, we are confident our audiences are going to be entertained throughout the evening.

EPAC is also excited to have one of our own rising stars, Maya Burdick, last year's EPAC's Got Talent winner, be our featured headliner. EPAC's Got Talent will feature young performers ranging from 6 to 18 years old. This is one-night event to be held on Saturday, May 19, at 7:30pm.

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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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