"“Every child is an artist…the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”
Hello! Thank you for your interest in Poison Apple Productions!
Whether you are are an experienced actor/parent, or you are brand new to the world of theater, Poison Apple is a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone to explore, imagine, create, and work together.
To the left is a 1 minute video to tell you a little bit about us, and how we began - as a dream of a 13 year old creative mind!
So you’ve got a dramatic kiddo…
Welcome to the club! We truly believe in the quote at the top of the page, and believe that children should all have the opportunity to participate in performing arts to build an appreciation of the form as well as learn the multitude of life lessons being a part of theater arts can provide.
If you are BRAND NEW to theater we suggest beginning in our “Apple Seeds Musical Theater Program” for participants ages 5-12 to learn the “Seeds” of theater. This program will give your child (and you) a taste of the experience without the pressures of auditioning, long rehearsals multiple times a week, and a supportive environment that is specifically designed for children to feel successful and confident.
There are two facets to this program: 1 for 5-6 year olds, and the other for 7-12 year olds. Both facets perform a show at the end of their class rehearsal process. They wear costumes, stage make up, and perform in our beloved playhouse space with real lights and a simply delightful set.
My child is experienced in theater…
You’re in the right space. We have over 500 children in our Poison Apple Space every “season” (fall, winter, spring, summer) and many of them come from diverse and impressive theatrical backgrounds. While not all schools offer drama programs many have participated in church productions, other recreational summer camps, community theaters, dance or music programs and recitals, and some even come from professional modeling or commercial acting backgrounds complete with agents. What we want you to know as a parent of an experienced actor is that your child is in the right space to be challenged and grow as part of our ensemble company.
Our staff is highly trained in theater Arts holding multiple Masters, Bachelors, Certificates, and Awards between us specifically in Theater Arts Directing, Acting, Design, Technique, and Theory. We love what we do and we have a lot to share.
If you are looking for a non-musical acting opportunity to hone dramatic and comedic (and Shakespearean!) skills, we recommend looking into our “Advanced Apple Performers” class. It’s two days a week in the afternoons and will stretch participants and challenge them to think of theater performance differently.
My experienced actor won’t stop singing Musical Theater songs…
Sorry (not sorry!) We have two Musical Theater Troupes that are cast by audition that your child will sing their heart out in. Auditions occur in Fall and Spring for these Award Winning Troupes who travel to Sacramento to participate in the Junior Theater Festival. There are two age brackets (with some crossover for 8th graders) in both these troupes. Both produce high quality productions in an intense but highly gratifying rehearsal and performance process led by Directors with Masters Degrees in the art-form.
My child is very creative and very interested in theater, but not in being onstage…
This is actually a common predicament, and we DO have a program offering to meet these needs! Our Young Writer and Director’s Program turns 15 this year! This is the program that offers quality training and support in writing and directing specifically for the stage - not film, that’s a different company’s job! Apart from writing and directing, we also train designers in this program, and technical training opportunities (like stage management, deck crew, and light and sound operators) come around by request, though age restrictions may apply. Want something we don’t offer? Let us know! We’re constantly growing!
“It’s communication - that’s
what theatre is all about!”
Communicate with us! Use the form below to contact us regarding your questions about classes, auditions, shows, and more! We love making new friends and welcoming your family to our community of storytellers!