Performing Arts Youth Academy (PAYA)

About PAYA

The Performing Arts Youth Academy is open to children and teens ages 7-15, and is geared towards students who already have performing arts experience and ability, but all interested students are encouraged to audition. 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 2020 program will culminate with performances that will comply with social distancing needs to ensure the health and safety of our performers, their families and the community. We are still working out the details, and will share them here. 

Program Details 

PAYA is a two-week summer program. The session will run on Monday - Friday mornings, from 9am - 12pm July 6 - 17, with performances on July 18th, and possibly on July 17th as well, depending on health regulations. Participants will learn singing, acting and dancing that follows the hero's journey through songs and scenes from Disney, Broadway, movies and books. All interested students will submit a video audition prior to registering for the program. For details about auditioning, scroll down to the Audition Information section on this page.

Welcome to Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble‚Äôs inaugural youth program, Performing Arts Youth Academy (PAYA)! For our 2020 show, we will be producing  Heroes & Villains, directed by Kathryn Lopez and student director Isaiah Mateas!
Be an actor.
Be a singer.
Be a dancer.
Be a hero.
Be a villain.
Many are wondering if we will be moving forward with PAYA in the wake of COVID-19. Based on recent statements from Governor Newsom, we understand that schools are in the process of planning their re-open dates, and that schools may start in July or August. As such, we are hopeful that PAYA can happen, since it is scheduled to begin in July. We are already planning for how we can incorporate social distancing into our program to ensure the health and safety of participants. Auditions are this month, and will be over Zoom. Of course, our plans are subject to change depending on updates from state and county health officials.
 Cast List

Ages: 7 - 15. Participants will be grouped according to ability.

Location: East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) 

3901 Walnut Blvd - Brentwood 

Cost: $195 per participant. If more than one family member will be participating, we are offering the discounted rate of $175 for each additional family member. Includes cast shirt, script and 1 free performance ticket. Payment plan available.

Our 2020 PAYA production of HEROES & VILLAINS has been cast! To view the cast list, click HERE!