Actors register for one of four groups, each of which will rehearse one or more scenes, one-acts, or monologues.  The primary focus of this workshop will be to refine acting skills, and will include a liberal amount of coaching, along with rehearsal time.  Groups will meet twice weekly, beginning September 3 or 4.  You choose your group upon registration.  The final performances will be outside in an amphitheater on October, 23, 24, and 25.


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Some stories are best told on the stage.  This workshop is designed to take the student from conception through execution of a short one-act play.  Each playwright's completed piece will be given a dramatic reading by students of the Playhouse at a date to be determined.  Classes meet on Saturdays October 10 through November 14, from 10:00 am. to 12:00 p.m.




Improvisation is a tool used by actors in their work, but it can also be a great deal of fun!  Students will meet for six Saturdays, and learn to hone the skills that will serve them both on and off the stage.  No experience necessary.  October 10 through November 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 


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Mirror, Mirror

On the Wall

Fairy tales may not have the magic of technology, but they do have magic!  And through the wonders of the magic mirror, even fairy tales can come to life for the virtual stage!  This is our first virtual theater production workshop.  Classes by theater professionals, as well as online rehearsals will result in a dynamic and creative performance of this fractured fairy tale available for purchase and streaming.

The Evil Queen wishes to be fairest of them all.  But when her Magic Mirror informs her that it is Snow White who is most fair, the queen is livid!  When asked how to find the princess, her mirror mentions that Snow White has run away.  The Evil Queen summons great magic in hopes of finding Snow White — she can now to look through all mirrors throughout the kingdom.  But there’s a catch...  the magic also allows everyone else’s mirrors to show them what they most wish to see. 

This workshop, for youth aged 5 through 18, will all take place via Zoom.  It begins Saturday, September 12, 2020, with auditions.  All registered youth are guaranteed a place in the cast or crew.  You will be contacted to schedule an audition time once your registration is confirmed.  If your actor cannot attend on this date, please make arrangements in advance for a private audition.  If your student is interested in a technical spot, we will have a very few spaces available.  Technicians will be meeting in person, so should be local.  Please contact us to see if there is space available.

Both the rehearsals and the performance will be online.  Rehearsals for production workshops are scheduled with participants' schedules in mind. You will be asked for a list of date and time conflicts (for weeknights 5 to 7) after you register, and you can make changes to that list up to September 12, 2020.  We ask that, once the schedule reflecting these blackout dates is completed, you and your cast/crew member commit to attendance at all scheduled rehearsals. Unexcused absences may mean the loss of a role.   The only days which are absolutely mandatory are rehearsals during Tech Week, (November 9 through 12, 2020), and performances. 

Eight virtual performances of Mirror, Mirror on the Wall will take place over two weekends through Zoom:  November 13 through 22, 2020.   (Fridays at 7:00 pm; Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:00 pm).  To confirm your place, pay online or mail us a check.  In the address line for your order, please give your child(ren)'s name.  We will follow up on your registration by email.

Black Box Youth Playhouse

113 South Princess Street, Shepherdstown

Post Office Box 1646, Shepherdstown, WV 25443