Play Anywhere is a two week after-school performing arts experience in which students learn choreography, blocking, and music technique in preparation for a 30-minute live theatre performance!  Utilizing trained Playhouse Merced teaching staff, the "Play Anywhere" program empowers students and staff across an entire campus to turn their cafeteria into a theatre and their students into Broadway stars!

The Magic In Me!

Magic In Me emphasizes how special each person is, with a gentle lesson on Anti-Bullying.  Equipped with nothing more than a toy shovel and pail, little Do-Nothing Dale appears to be a wizard in name only.  Through our story, Dale discovers just what it is that makes her unique. This highly imaginative story gently teaches while serving up a large portion of fun and folly, with three bright musical numbers to add sparkle to the story. Look closely; your students may even end up creating a little live band!

The Play Anywhere Program

What We Provide

  • Scripts, CDs, and T-shirts (digital access to rehearsal music also available)

  • Two weeks of rehearsal with 2-3 professionally trained Play Anywhere Theatre Instructors

  • A traveling kit of set pieces, lights, sound, costumes and props

  • One-Page programs for keepsakes

  • Up to 4 scheduled performances for students, staff, and parents

  • Packets with show specific resources, including daily handouts for parents

  • Permission slips to send home, giving Play Anywhere students to miss otherwise scheduled activities such as sports practices an after-school meetings during the two-week process

What We Require

  • A large, uninterrupted, space for 2-3 hours per scheduled rehearsal (The two week process is intensive and requires a student's full attention.  For this reason we ask that all possible arrangements be made prior to the audition date to ensure that Play Anywhere is the ONLY program being run in the designated rehearsal space)

  • Filled out and signed audition forms for every student plus an organized list of names

  • Access to a minimum of one outlet for multimedia resources during rehearsals

  • Minimum of one supervisory teacher or adult (school assigned) for emergencies

  • Storage for drops and boxes of materials

  • Set up and take down time before and after dress rehearsals and performances

  • Snack plan

25 hours from first read to final bow!

A theatre experience you will want to repeat again and again!


Beth Christensen

Education Director


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