YPW: Winter Festival of Shows

Young Performers Workshop

December 8 - December 16
The Little Theatre

Featuring Godspell, Christmas is Comin' Uptown and The Wiz.

Young Performers Workshop is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, and serves as a venue for cultivating young theatre performers between the ages of eight and 18. The program is one of only a handful in the nation that offers both formal training and production experience for young people.

Tickets: $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for Children under 12





Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew
Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

The show is composed of various musical parables from The Gospel According to Matthew. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them various lessons through song and dance. Toward the end of the second act, the show begins to follow a more linear narrative and Jesus is betrayed by Judas and eventually crucified.

Sunday, Dec. 9 @ 5PM; Saturday, Dec. 15 @ 8PM; Sunday, Dec. 16 @ 7:30PM

Christmas is Comin' Uptown

Book by Philip Rose and Peter Udell
Music by Gary Sherman
Lyrics by Peter Udell

All those Dickensian characters dancing, jiving and swinging to a Harlem beat? Right on! Scrooge is a Harlem slumlord about to foreclose on an apartment house, a recreation center and a church when his late partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take him on their rounds. He comes upon his own grave after watching tiny Tim's burial procession and he's reformed.

Saturday, Dec. 8 @ 5PM; Saturday, Dec. 15 @ 2PM; Sunday, Dec. 16 @ 4PM

The Wiz

Book by William F. Brown
Music & Lyrics by Charlie Smalls

When Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy tries to save her do from a storm, she's miraculously whisked away to an urban fantasy land called Oz. After accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East upon her arrival, Dorothy is told about the Wiz, a wizard who can help her get back to Manhattan. As Dorothy goes in search of the Wiz, she's joined by the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion.


Sunday, Dec. 9 @ 7:30PM; Friday, Dec. 14 @ 8PM; Saturday, Dec. 15 @ 5PM; Sunday, Dec. 16 @ 1PM