Theater Experience

Youth Connection is excited to offer this year’s theater experience at Highcrest Middle School (HMS). This program provides Wilmette 5th to 8th grade students who are interested in writing for and/or performing on the stage with an opportunity to do meaningful, creative work.

Mudpie is a show written by children and performed by their peers.  Mudlark Theater Company will lead this after school program which begins with a writers workshop to draft the script.  The script will then be adapted into a play which includes three full theater performances on Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9 at 7:00pm and Sunday, December 10 at 2:30pm in the Highcrest Auditorium.

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Students can participate as writers; as cast members; in a COMBO role as writer and cast member; or as crew. No prior experience is needed to participate!

Registration is open from August 29-September 13.  All spots are offered on a “first come, first served” registration basis, and a wait list will be maintained.

Script writing takes place:Cast rehearsals take place:Crew rehearsals take place:
Sept. 13-Oct. 4
Oct. 5-Dec. 10
Nov. 8-Dec. 10
(10 slots available)
(10 slots available)
(3 spots available)
*7th & 8th graders ONLY
Register WritersRegister ActorsRegister Crew

Writer/Actor Combination
Sept. 13-Oct. 4: M/W 3:45-5pm AND
Oct. 5-Dec. 10: M/W/Th 3:45-6pm
(10 slots available)
Register Combo

Fees are due at registration. Please pay online. The cost of the production T-shirt is included in the participation fee.

After registering for Mudpie, please download the Mudpie Participant Packet and return the Participant Agreement at the initial Mudpie session or to HMS front office by 4pm September 13.

Contact YC Executive Director Cristina Castro or April Cesaretti with any questions.