Youth Ensemble Studio (YES)

Ensemble cast of Dear Edwina JR. Photo by Kata Sasvari

Northern Stage of YES: Youth Ensemble Studio is an eight-month program designed to provide unique access to exceptional theater education for young people in grades 7-12. Company members participate in group nights at the theater with post show discussions and monthly master classes with cast members and creative teams of the main stage productions. The Youth Ensemble Studio rehearses and performs three productions throughout the course of the academic school year, culminating in a fully-produced musical on the main stage at the Barrette Center for the Arts.

Registration is now closed. If you purchased the YES Baseline Tuition, you will need to register your student for each YES project. To register, call (802) 296-7000.

YES Baseline Tuition Project Information:

Brown Girl Dreaming: $200
First rehearsal: Monday, September 25
Payment deadline: Sunday, September 24, 3:30pm

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: $300
Auditions: Sunday, December 17th from 10am-1pm
First Rehearsal: Sunday, January 14
Payment deadlines: Saturday, December 16, 6pm (for auditions), Friday, January 12, 4pm (for being in the ensemble)

Yo, Vikings!: $400
Auditions: Sunday, January 21st from 2-6pm
First Rehearsal: Saturday, February 24
Payment deadlines: Friday, January 19, 4pm (for auditions), Friday, February 23, 4pm (for being in ensemble)
Public Performances:
Thursday, March 22, 6:30 PM
Friday, March 23, 6:30 PM
Saturday, March 24, 10:00 AM
Saturday, March 24, 2:00 PM
Sunday, March 25, 2:00 PM

Master Classes & Nights at the Theater (all YES students will participate):

A Dolls’ House: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Master Class: 1:30-3:30pm, Pizza Party: 3:30-5pm, Performance: 5pm

Robert Frost: This Verse Business: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Master Class: 1:30-3:30pm, Pizza Party: 3:30-5pm, Performance: 5pm

Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Master Class: 10:30am-12:30pm, Pizza Party: 12:30-2pm, Performance: 2pm

Only Yesterday: Sunday, February 11, 2018
Master Class: 1:30-3:30pm, Pizza Party: 3:30-5pm, Performance: 5pm

Disgraced: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Master Class: 1:30-3:30pm, Pizza Party: 3:30-5pm, Performance: 5pm

Noises Off: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Master Class: 1:30-3:30pm, Pizza Party: 3:30-5pm, Performance: 5pm

Refunds and Cancellations: Please note that Northern Stage is not able to offer refunds. If you have any questions about your order, please contact the box office before purchasing.

Questions? Contact the Box Office at or (802) 296-7000.


Northern Stage Youth Ensemble Studio (YES) Fall Community Engagement Project

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Saturday, October 14, 2:00 PM at Wilder Club & Library, Wilder, VT
Sunday, October 15, 2:00 PM at Howe Library, Hanover, NH

Jaqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming is a powerful book of poetry about her childhood growing up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s. After reading the book together and discussing themes around childhood, race and family, Northern Stage’s Youth Ensemble Studio (YES) join local seniors in a cross-generational collaboration, interviewing seniors about their childhood experiences. With mentorship from Dartmouth students and Northern Stage Apprentices, YES actors adapt these stories into verse, inspired by Jacqueline Woodson’s poetic style, and will present them alongside excerpts from Brown Girl Dreaming at Wilder Club & Library on Saturday, October 14 and at Howe Library on Sunday, October 15. Chosen by Vermont Humanities to be the Vermont READS book of 2017, Northern Stage is excited to be one of the many organizations around the state to engage with this beautiful and life-affirming book. The performances are FREE, no reservations required.