Musical Theater Camp

For a week each March, Poway OnStage and Missoula Children’s Theatre take up residency at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts to conduct a week-long Musical Theater Camp.

March 6-11, 2023

Auditions: Monday, March 6, 2023  4:00pm
Rehearsals: Mon-Fri, March 6-11, 2023 4:00-8:20pm
Performances: Saturday, March 11, 2023 3:00/7:00pm
Cost: Grant-Funded (No Cost to Participate)
Performance Tickets: $20/adults $10/youth

Pre-registration opens: Monday, January 9, 2023.

Pre-registration deadline: Friday, March 3, 2023 at 12pm.

Students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade will be selected to audition by a lottery process.
Students in grades 3-12 will have an open audition.

K-2nd Lottery Results will be announced on Monday, February 27.

K-2nd Lottery is now CLOSED
3rd-12th Register Here!

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For more than 20 years, Poway OnStage has partnered with the world-renowned Missoula Children’s Theatre to present its annual Musical Youth Theater Camp. Children K-12th grade will audition, rehearse and stage a full-scale musical performance in just six days! This year, local young thespians will perform an all-new version of the classic tale Rumpelstiltskin. Auditions and participation are free and open to the public as they are supported by Poway OnStage’s donor supported Arts in Education Initiative.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents RUMPELSTILTSKIN, an original adaptation of the classic children’s story. A strange little gnome appears from here, there and everywhere. He will spin your straw into gold…for a price. If his price is too steep, you must guess his name…RUMPELSTILTSKIN! Join in the fun of Festival Time and help Clara guess the mischievous little gnome’s name. You will also encounter a Jester, Villagers, Wizards, a Queen, a King, Knights and a band of busy little Bees. This heart-warming tale of mischief and friendship answers more questions than just “What is that little man’s name?”

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Monday: Auditions

On Monday at 4:00pm, MCT holds a two-hour audition on stage at the PCPA.  Over 100 children (K-12th grade) from across the North Inland San Diego County participate in this fun, low-stress group audition. Of those who audition, approximately 60 are chosen to attend the all-expenses-paid production camp after school that week.  

Monday – Friday: Rehearsals

Directly following the auditions, selected students begin rehearsing, learning lines, songs and dances to prepare for two shows of a contemporary and comedic production of classic works – in just 5 days!  Imagine a theater filled with laughter, learning and building a life-long love for the performing arts. 

Saturday: Performances

By Saturday, the students are fully prepared to present an all-new production of a classic work – with sets, costumes and HUGE smiles!


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