"Young Artists Initiative kicks off its 11th Season with 3 Musicals!”


April 24 Fundraiser dinner tickets for sale

Help Young Artists Initiative transform kids’ lives through theater at:

YAI's annual Boca Chica Fundraising Dinner!

Mark your calendars and tell your friends:
April 24, 7 - 9 p.m.
Boca Chica Restaurante y Cantina
11 Cesar Chavez St. , Saint Paul, MN, 55107
This important and fun event is a key opportunity to gather together to support YAI’s work providing access to excellent theater experiences for young artists and audiences in Saint Paul. This year’s event features dinner, silent auction, entertainment a la YAI . . and more!

Click HERE to Get your tickets now

Second audition opportunity for In the Heights

YAI is holding a second round of auditions for IN THE HEIGHTS! We're especially looking for more guys!
Saturday, April 12 • Noon-3PM
463 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106
(Please plan to stay the entire time.)
Great roles for boys and girls, ages 12-18 years old, from ALL walks of life, ALL backgrounds, and ALL experience levels! If possible, please prepare a 30-second monologue and 16 bars (approx. 45 seconds) of an upbeat song; rap/hip-hop/R&B/bachata is encouraged but not mandatory. We will also do vocal exercises, movement, and readings.

Auditions and rehearsals held at First Lutheran Church. Rehearsals are Sundays through Thursdays, beginning May 18 through July 9, from 6:30PM to 9PM. (No rehearsals July 2-5.) You must be able to attend all performances:

Thursdays, July 10 & 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Fridays, July 11 & 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Saturdays, July 12 & 19, 2014 at 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Sundays, July 13 & 20, 2014 at 2 PM

Performances at The Performance Space @ Wellstone Center.
(179 Robie Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55107-2360)

If you are cast, there is a $100 participation fee. Financial aid is available for all YAI programs.

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived By Lin-Manuel Miranda
Development of In The Heights was supported by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center during a residency at the Music Theater Conference of 2005. Initially developed by Back House Productions.
Originally Produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, Jill Furman Willis, Sander Jacobs, Goodman/Grossman, Peter Fine, Everett/Skipper. IN THE HEIGHTS is presented through special arrangement with R& H Theatricals:www.rnh.com

Register now for the summer show, Rodgers and Hammerstein's G2K Cinderella!

No experience necessary! No audition necessary! Just sign up! YAI’s Summer Theater Experience is open to actors ages 8-18. Click HERE for a registration form. Rehearsals and workshops for YAI’s Summer Theater Experience begin June 29 at First Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, near Metro State University. Program meets Sunday through Thursday evenings, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.(No rehearsals July 2nd - 5th.) Performances are Aug. 7 - 10.

Actors must be 8 years of age by the start of the first rehearsal to participate. Space is limited to the first 15 boys and 15 girls who register. If registration exceeds enrollment, families will be placed on a waiting list. Total cost for the program is only $80. Financial assistance is available for all YAI programs upon request.

Adaptation by TOM BRIGGS
Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett
Adapted for this edition by John Higgins
G2K... Collection fo Musical Adaptations Edited by Tom Briggs and Bruce Pomahac
G2K...CINDERELLA is presented through special arrangement with R& H Theatricals:www.rnh.com

We at the Young Artists Initiative believe that the arts should be accessible to all young people regardless of their race, beliefs or economic status. Too many young artists have been unable to participate in arts training because of the high tuition asked by other arts groups. We at YAI aim to provide quality programs and affordable prices. This is achieved through a large volunteer base of community members and professional artists. We also rely on the financial support of corporate and individual donations.