About CFCArts Children and Youth Arts

The CFCArts Youth Programs are designed to train and educate young performers, age 3 through 12th grade, to become skilled in the areas of the performing arts through musical theatre, dance, choral programs and much more. The Children and Youth Arts program has grown into an artistic community where each young performer is given the tools needed to become a successful, confident artist and the means to carry those skills throughout life.

We want to provide the young people of Central Florida with a place to use their artistic talents, as well as be a venue for our children and youth to learn the value of giving back to the community, through the gift of music. Performers will participate in community events throughout the season and the funds raised during each performance will help provide summer music camps and outreach programs to children in underserved areas of our community.

About the Staff

Leah is originally from Columbus, Ohio.  After receiving her Bachelor of Arts and teaching certification in Theatre Education from Ohio Wesleyan University, Leah relocated to Naples, Florida to take the position of Director of Education at the regional theatre Gulfshore Playhouse.  While in Naples, Leah and her husband Jason co-founded Ave Maria Children’s Theatre, where Leah served as Managing and Outreach Director.  Leah is thrilled to be a part of the Central Florida community and the CFCArts family!

Seth is currently a student at the University of Central Florida, graduating in December of 2021. Once graduated, he will have a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies with a minor in Education. Seth has been heavily involved in theatre throughout his primary and secondary schooling and has developed a passion for it over the years. After graduating from high school, he started working with CFCArts, beginning with summer camps and the Troupe production of Matilda: The Musical. Seth is also a product of the internship program through CFCArts and UCF, which he fully recommends everyone checking out! Seth is extremely excited to be a part of the CFCArts family moving forward and he can’t wait to see what fun things are to come!

Youth Theatre Programs

Jr. Companies: Young Beginner to Intermediate

  • PreK-2nd Grade
  • Non-auditioned

Targeted towards our youngest performers, who are testing the waters of the performing arts and gaining vital theatre skills! Usually, they will be involved in one or two big moments, songs, or scenes of the show. Students learn age-appropriate vocal parts and dance moves, with a Teaching Artist to watch and follow.

Spring Opportunities:

Charlotte’s Web – Grades PreK-12 – Early Spring 2022 Youth Theatre Companies and Jr. Troupe

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. – Grades PreK-12 – Late Spring 2022 Youth Theatre Companies and Jr. Troupe

Companies: Beginner to Intermediate

  • 3rd-12th Grade
  • Auditions Optional

One step up from our Jr. Companies, this group is for students who want to experience being a part of a theatre production, but may not be ready for or desire a significant speaking or singing role. Companies students play ensemble and small featured roles in our theatre productions. Our Companies provide an inclusive, fun, low-stress environment for students of various ages and abilities to enjoy being in a show!

Spring Opportunities:

Charlotte’s Web – Grades PreK-12 – Early Spring 2022 Youth Theatre Companies and Jr. Troupe

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. – Grades PreK-12 – Late Spring 2022 Youth Theatre Companies and Jr. Troupe

Jr. Troupe: Advanced

  • 3rd-12th Grade
  • Auditions Required

Our Jr. Troupe is a great fit for students who are ready for the next step! These students have a passion for the performing arts and are building important theatre skills by playing lead or supporting speaking and/or singing roles in our all-ages productions. 

Spring Opportunities:

Charlotte’s Web – Grades PreK-12 – Early Spring 2022 Youth Theatre Companies and Jr. Troupe

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. – Grades PreK-12 – Late Spring 2022 Youth Theatre Companies and Jr. Troupe

Troupe: Pre-Professional

  • 3rd-12th Grade or 6th-12th Grade (depending on the production)
  • Auditions Required

Our Troupe is towards students who might want to pursue the performing arts in higher education and/or as a career. Students in the Troupe will be given more complex and challenging theatrical content to perform, including full-length shows, advanced new works, and more. This is the highest level we provide in our youth theatre programs, and students audition for all roles in these advanced shows in order to build their resumes and high-level performance skills.

Spring Opportunities:

From the Mouths of Monsters – Grades 9-12 – Early Spring 2022 Youth Theatre Troupe

Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida – Grades 6-12 – Late Spring 2022 Youth Theatre Troupe

Vocal & Instrumental Programs

Vocal Ensembles

Young Artists Orchestra

Music Exploration

Academy Lessons & Classes

More Opportunities

Parent/Guardian Advisory Panel – Click here to learn more!

CFCArts Summer Camps – for students entering Pre-K through Grade 12

How to Register

  • For new families – fill out an interest form, and our Youth Programs Administrator will contact you and talk you through process.
  • For returning families – email youth@cfcarts.com to let us know which program(s) your child would like to do this season, and complete registration by paying season dues or by signing up for an audition time.
  • Do you have questions? Email youth@cfcarts.com or call 407-937-1800 Ext 719. We would love to have you join us!

New Member?

Interested in joining any Children & Youth Arts Programs? Click the button below to fill out a membership interest form!
Youth Membership Interest Form