Youth Academy

About PAYA

The Performing Arts Youth Academy is open to children and teens ages 7-17, and is geared towards students who already have performing arts experience and ability, but all interested students are encouraged to audition. We are able to accept up to 30 students in the program. Participants will be selected via the audition process. 

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Students will receive intensive instruction from mentors skilled and experienced in performing arts - theatre arts, music and dance.

The program will culminate with a performance of the selected show. The performance date and venue is still to be determined, but we are targeting a date in late-July.

Program Details

PAYA is a two-week summer program, and participants will attend for 3 hours each weekday morning. The location and specific dates will determined, but will likely be in July.

Audition Information

To avoid distractions, we ask that parents refrain from being present during classes / rehearsals. An adult member of the Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble Board of Directors will be present at all times.

All interested students must audition prior to registering for the program. 

Registration & Cost

Participants will need to complete the Registration Form. Tuition for PAYA 2019 will be determined and announced soon.

Program Director

The Director of the Performing Arts Youth Academy is Isaiah Mateas, a young director who has worked with hundreds of children in previous productions. Isaiah will be joined by other mentors who will assist with instruction and production tasks, and additional oversight will be provided by adult members of Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble's Board of Directors. 

Welcome to Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble’s inaugural youth program, Performing Arts Youth Academy (PAYA)! For our inaugural show, we produced the musical Seussical KIDS, a fun and whimsical collection of Dr. Seuss’s captivating works with “AMAYZING” music. Plans for our 2019 production are still in process, and will be announced here as soon as all is set.
  • To audition, students must make an appointment. 
  • Audition Information: Arrive at least 5 minutes before your song audition time to check in. Prepare a song or excerpt from a song that is no more than TWO minutes long and best shows off your vocal abilities. Plan to stay at least 15-20 minutes after your 5 minute audition slot for your dance audition (Wear clothes and shoes that are easy to move in.)
  • Be sure to download and read the Academy Information Packet
  • You'll also need to download, read and complete the forms contained in the Audition Packet.