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YES (Youth Ensemble Studio) Jr. is designed for students with a passion for theater in grades 4 – 6. Throughout January and February they will meet twice a week for Yes Jr. Academy classes to prepare for their February Vacation Show. Over February vacation week, they will rehearse and perform a 30-minute play that focuses on acting technique. Students in this program will also attend 3 days at the theater – 2 YES productions and 1 Main Stage Play. This is the perfect program for young thespians who love to perform.

The Ugly Duckling
Director: Jaclyn Pageau (Education Manager) andd Kendrick Weingast (Education Fellow)
Cast: YES JR. Actors

Synopsis: This classic fairy tale tells the story of a baby bird who, when hatched in a nest of ducklings, is ridiculed and ostracized because they think he is ugly. He leaves in search of a place where he can belong, encountering colorful characters throughout his journey. Eventually, he meets up with a group of swans, and realizes that he too is beautiful.

Running Time: 30 minutes
Dates: Academy Days: Tuesday/Thursday, January 25 – February 10, 2022
Vacation Performance Week: February 14-18, 2022
Main Stage Days: 
YES The Skin of Our Teeth – Saturday, 10/2
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Sunday, 12/19
YES Frozen Jr– Saturday, 3/26 at 2pm

Registration Fee: $550

Scholarship and Payment Plans
In an effort to ensure theater education is accessible to all, Northern Stage offers need-based scholarships and payment plans for our education programs. If you would like to apply for a scholarship or set up a payment plan, please email and ask our staff to hold a place for you until the scholarship or payment plan process is complete. 

Click HERE to submit a scholarship application.
 Your scholarship application and accompanying financial paperwork MUST be received before the deadline, in order to be eligible. Scholarships for YES, JR. are due by Friday, January 7th, 2022
We are grateful to Janet Miller Haines, Heywood Alexander, Michael Aycock and Barry Baker, Education Fund donors, and our entire family of supporters for making YES scholarships possible. If you would like to set up a payment plan or have questions about payment options, please email