March 15th & 16th, 2019 at 7pm

March 16th & 17th, 2019 at 2pm
March 22nd & 23rd, 2019 at 7pm
March 23rd* & 24th**, 2019 at 2pm
* “Pay-What-You-Can”
**ASL Interpreted Performance

The Performance Space at Wellstone Center
179 Robie Street East, Saint Paul, MN
For more info or to reserve a seat call
or visit www.youngartistsmn.org


More Coming Soon!


Lucas Skjaret (Director) is thrilled to return to YAI after directing last summer’s Mulan Jr. Lucas has worked with a wide variety of theatres, including Park Square Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company, Stepping Stone Theatre, History Theatre, Lyric Arts, Artistry, and many more. He is also the artistic director of Market Garden Theatre and will be directing Another Revolution in May. Lucas received a double BA in Theatre Arts and Norwegian from The University of North Dakota and studied abroad in Norway twice. Go Wild Cats! www.lucasskjaret.com

Andrew Turbiville (Stage Manager) is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Andrew is a freelance stage manager in the twin cities while also serving as Operations Supervisor at VStar Entertainment Group. Recent productions include Mulan Jr (Young Artists Initiative) & Baskerville (Lakeshore Players). Please enjoy the show!

Seth Bovis (Music Director) graduated magna cum laude from The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and has been working with YAI since 2017. Seth is the vocal music director at Highland Park Senior High School where he also conducts the pit orchestra for the Thespian Society. This year, Seth and his students have already performed at the world famous Carnegie Hall and are looking forward to their production of Into the Woods and singing at The Ordway this spring.
Jami Snively (Choreographer) is proud to be working with Young Artist Initiative on this awesome show! She has choreographed for Steppingstone Theatre, Fridley Community Theatre, and for several high schools throughout the twin cities. Jami has also danced with Collide Theatrical Dance Company, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble, and the Kate Jablonski Statement.
Josephine Everett (Costume designer) is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. In Theater Arts and Dance and is thrilled to be working with YAI for the first time. Josephine works around the Twin Cities as a costume and puppet designer. Some her most recent works includes Velvet Swing (Umbrella Collective), James and the Giant Peach Jr. (Children’s Theater Company Theater Arts Training), and The Birds; or Pete and Earl Want WiFi (An Alleged Theater Company). Josephine has also worked with Lyric Arts, Yellow Tree Theater, The Jungle Theater, and Pillsbury House & Theater. Enjoy the show!
Becky Raines (Lighting Designer) is excited to be designing her first show for YAI. A recent transplant to the Twin Cities, she has enjoyed freelancing as a designer, technician, and lighting, sound, and video programmer around the metro area. Recent designs include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Chameleon Theatre Circle and a co-design in HEIST with Sparkle Theatricals. She holds a BA in Theater from St. Olaf College and completed the apprenticeship program at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Timothy M. Payton (Set Designer) This is my third Y.A.I. production. I have been building and designed for over twenty years. I am the resident Set designer for, Saint Mark’s Community Theater for the past ten years. I am currently the Technical Director for Saint Paul Central High School . I have designed and built over forty sets over my career. I am a graduate of, Concordia University with a degree Theater Arts Degree.
Emma Davis (Props Designer) is working with Young Artists Initiative for the first time. Her select prop design credits include Guys on Ice and Shrek Jr. (Phipps Center For The Arts), If/ Then, Sense and Sensibility, Steel Magnolias, You Can’t Take It With You, She Loves Me, Superior Donuts, Plaid Tidings, Wait Until Dark, Always Patsy Cline, Anything Goes, Explorers Club, Urine Town, Shrek and Grease (Lyric Arts).  Her scenic design credits include Strega Nona (Phipps Center for the Arts), Silent Sky (Lyric Arts), and Grease (Stillwater High School). She would like to thank her close friends and family for their constant support.

Ian R Buck (Sound Designer) is a local podcaster and teacher focused on computer tech. He acted in several YAI productions as a youth, and now as an adult he is having a blast doing sound design!

Youth Intern Opportunities Available (Contact Matthew@youngartistsmn.org)



  Anja Dengler – Jack Scott is a 9th grader at Upper Mississippi Academy in St. Paul. She first performed in the ensemble cast of Princess Nightingale with Teater mu and Stepping Stone Theater in the Spring 2018.
  Leah Eckardt – Chel Danforth is a senior at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She has appeared in shows at Frank Theatre, Fortune’s Fool Theatre,  Yellow Tree Theatre, Steppingstone Theatre, and will next be seen in Wildwood Theatre’s production of “HANDLED”. She is excited to be graduating high school, and to start working on her Acting BFA this summer.
  Andrew Didenko-Gamart – Troy Bolton is a junior at SPCPA and is proud to be back at YAI for High School Musical. Andrews recent musical was being in the ensemble at the History Theatre’s Lord Gordon Gordon. Andrew is glad to have such an amazing cast and artistic staff to share this awesome experience with. He sends thanks to his cast, his family and his friends and he hopes you enjoy the show!
  Tabby Haugen – Zeke Baylor is a freshman at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.  She enjoys dancing, thrift shopping, making tacos, pooping, hanging out with friends, and of course theater! Tabby has been in too many YAI shows to count and is ecstatic about this one specifically. High School Musical is her favorite movie series and was thrilled to hear they were doing it at YAI. She is very happy you are here. Good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight.
  Madison Neal – Sharpay is thrilled to make her YAI debut. She has previously worked with The Children’s Theatre Company, Mixed Precipitation, Ashland productions, Fidgety Fairytales,and Contra Theatre Company. She’s a member of the Pre-professional Institute, a four year training program at The Children’s Theatre.
  Peter Williams – Ryan is a junior at Twin Cities Academy, and is super excited to play this iconic role! This is his 7th show that he’s done, and his 6th with YAI specifically. He says thanks to his parents for driving him to rehearsals (since he doesn’t have his license yet), and his cast-mates for being so fun and supportive!
  Ella Martin — Gabriella is 14 years old and attends at Saint Paul conservatory for performing arts. She is very exited to be making her YAI debut in this show. She enjoys dancing, acting and singing very much. She has been in multiple shows throughout years ever since she was 3 1/2. She cant wait to be apart of the YAI community.
  Bimei Flores – Taylor McKessie was a part of last year production of Annie as ensemble. She Also had recently appeared in the Christmas carol at the Guthrie theater in 2018. This will be Bimei last production at YAI but she’s excited to graduate high school and start her career in theater.
  Taylor Sharp – Martha Cox is 15 years old and currently goes to Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She enjoys being active in the community. This is her first show at YAI, it has been a great experience. She did competitive dance for 9 years and has been doing theatre for 4 years. She is so grateful to have had this experience and get to meet all the wonderful people involved in YAI.
  Keilin Hibino – Kelsi Nielsen is a freshman at the Academy of Holy Angels highschool where she has been taking acting classes and growing her knowledge about theater. This is her first musical which she is very excited to be a part of. She thanks her Mom and Dad for being supportive throughout her experience.
  Kaylee Sitz – Ms Darbus is excited for her first show at YAI! She has been dancing for over 15 years and doing theatre for 8. She is currently studying theatre at Inver Hills Community College. Some of her favorite shows to do were Chicago, Anything Goes, Sister Act, and Little Mermaid. Enjoy the show!
  MC Nienow – Coach Bolton is a freshman at Central High school where she is in many clubs including student council. Mc’s favorite role she has previously played was Scar in the Lion King. In her spare time Mc enjoys singing, playing the flute, and softball. Mc thanks her family for the vital role they have played in supporting her, the free rides, and helping her edit this.
  Emilia Marenco Romanish – Jamie is a 6th grader at Sanford Middle School. She has appeared in “Annie” with YAI where she was the orphan, July. She thanks her  mom for allowing her to be in the show. She enjoys being in the show and hopes to be in more in the future.
  Tamsin Stockman — Susan is 10 years old and is a fifth grader at Woodbury Elementary. Getting through the process of the play was super exciting for her, exposing her to new experiences and different types of amazing people. She loves to sing, dance, and express her emotions, and aspires to someday become an actress. Tamsin hopes you all enjoy the show!
  Jordis Merseth — Cathy is 14 years old and attends Rosemount Middle School.  She has always wanted to be an actor. Jordis also loves to swim and hang out with her friends.  This is her first YAI production and she is very excited to be part of it.
  Avery Erb – Alice is 13 years old and a 7th grader at Open World Learning School. She loves performing and has participated in summer camps at Youth Performance Company and Steppingstone. She is a gymnast at Sokol MN and has performed as a trapeze artist with Circus Juventas. Avery was an Orphan extraordinaire in YAI’s production of Annie and was part of the ensemble cast of YAI’s production of Mulan. This is her 3rd YAI production and she is overjoyed to be performing in High School Musical!
  Madison Thomas – Cyndra is 14 years old and goes to Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, focusing mainly on vocal arts. This is her first YAI show. She thoroughly enjoyed this experience and has built important relationships with fellow actors and directors.
  Frida Ross – Kratnoff is celebrating her sixth show at YAI.  She was most recently in Mulan  and her favorite role was Annie in “Annie”  She wants to thank the YAI community for supporting her love of Theatre.  Hope you enjoy the show!
  Anders Mork – Ripper is 14 years old. This is his first production for YAI and I am very excited to be in it. I have been in past theatre productions at his current school, Open World learning (The Brothers Grimm Spectactulathon), and shows in his elementary school Four Seasons. Some of his other extra curricular activities are sports including basketball and cross country. In his free time he enjoys walking around with friends, watching old 80’s movies, and looking at sneakers.
  Adajia Torres – Mongo is 16 years old. She loves bing in YAI, this is her 7th show. She feels like she can be herself with YAI. She was last seen in Mulan JR. Because of YAI she is now a confident young woman. YAI made her a stronger person not only mentally but emotionally and physically. She feels at home with YAI, shoe loves this family. She would like to thank everyone who helps her through. She can’t wait until the next musical.
  Myruem Mwassa – Jason is 16 years old and is a 10th grade at SPCPA. He loves martial arts and specializes in Tae Kwon Do. He just started performing last year and this is his first YAI show and he is lovin it!  Get’cha head in the game is his favorite part of the show and he hopes you love it too!
  Elise Gross – Basketball Player is excited to make her YAI debut. She is an 8th grader at Nova Classical Academy. She comes to this role with 7 years of dance and music experience. “High School Musical” is her favorite movie, so she is thrilled to be in the play version. She would like thank her family for supporting and encouraging her.
  Adah Satre-Pratt – Performance Art Kid #1 is 14 and a freshman at Great River School. She has been in a few school performances. This is her first show with YAI and she is very excited about it.
  Thea Satre-Pratt Performance Art Kid 2 is a 11 years old and attends great river school. This is her second show at YAI ( previous show was Annie). She is very excited for High School Musical and hopes everyone enjoys it. Thea sends out love to all her family and friends who have supported her through the first audition to the last performance.
  Lela Zhou — Cheerleader is a freshman at Woodbury High School. Though she’s been on stage quite a lot, she hasn’t been involved in theater before. She’s loved the experiences she’s gained and the people she’s met through YAI. Lela’s been looking forward to being in this production since she’s seen the movies countless times, and her friends were even in the same musical last year. Lela’s excited about her first show with YAI, and hopes there will be a plethora of them down the line!
  Catalina Didenko-Gamart – Cheerleader is 10 years old and goes to nova classical academy. And is in 5th grade. She does has done piano for 2 years and ballet for 6 years. This is her 5th show with YAI and is exited to be in high school musical. She thanks her family for supporting her. And hopes you enjoy the show.
  Lauren Noggle – Brainiac is a 13 year old at Heritage middle school in West St. Paul. She’s been acting since she was 4 years old, but this is her first time with YAI. She is very excited to be in this production with all the new people she has met.
  Isabel Papa – Brainiac is 13 years old and attends St. Thomas More.  This is her 6th show with YAI and she just finished her first school production.  Isabel also enjoys playing basketball, volleyball and swimming.   She is very excited to be in her first winter show with YAI and thanks everyone for their support.
  Keira Lindsay – Brainiac is a fourth grader at Harambee Elementary in Maplewood.  Keira plays the ukulele, the piano, and loves to sing!  You may have seen (and heard) her this summer in the ensemble for YAI’s performance of “Mulan” or YAI’s New Works Piece “How Thing’s Stand” this past Fall.  In her spare time she also enjoys roller derby, video games and producing videos.




Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical that is being led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Disney’s High School Musical
 is fun for the whole family. Its large cast size and upbeat numbers make it the ideal show!

For more information about auditions or Young Artists Initiative please contact – Matthew@youngartistsmn.org

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