Young Artist Initiative Presents

Lean On Me: An Original Online Show


Experience a way to perform safely through the medium of theatre and art. Work one on one with Professional Directors to produce a virtual experience showcase where you will have the opportunity to sing, dance, act, and much more while learning what it takes to put on a successful virtual production and still be able to enjoy the summer! 


Materials Needed: A way to connect to Zoom, headphones or earbuds, video recording device (phone, computer, camera) 

(please contact us with concerns about materials needed) 


Rehearsals: April 26th-June 10th, 2021

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:30-8:30pm CST

(Rehearsals will be group work and one-on-one coaching)

Performances: June 24th-27th, 2021 (Online performances)

Participation Tuition: $75 ( Pay Here: )

Instructors: Sarah Kraning, Erica Hoops, Carolyn Solberg, and Matt Berdahl



This year with in-person performances and rehearsals not being a possibility to do safely YAI has opted to do a virtual cabaret entitled Young Artists Initiative Presents Lean On Me: An Original Online Show Celebrating Community and Creativity. This is an experience open to any child between the ages of 8 and 18 to participate in. It will include eight full weeks of “Zoom” rehearsals with opportunities to participate in group songs as well as an individual piece with the show running online for four full days June 24-27th, 2021. Each child will have the opportunity to work with the directors one on one during the rehearsal process in preparation for the show. The registration fee for a child to participate is $75, but please feel free to reach out if the fee amount is a concern. We want all kids to be able to participate whatever their situation. YAI is very excited about this and we hope your child is able to be involved. 


This showcase will include three group songs as well as each child having the opportunity to do a solo piece. This can include a song, dance, monologue, storytelling, stand up comedy set, or showing off a piece of visual art. We are open to all mediums of art so if you have a different idea for a solo piece please come talk to us. This showcase is suitable for students with all levels of theatrical experience. They will have the experience of working one on one with Professional Artistic Directors and develop the knowledge and experience of putting together a virtual show that will have the potential to be viewed by hundreds of people. If you’re new to theatre, or a long standing veteran we are sure that this is for you!


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