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!

Originally from Cary, NC, Hayden graduated from East Carolina University in 2018 with her BFA in Theatre Arts Education, BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Theatre For Youth, and a minor in vocal music studies. While in college, Hayden was the recipient of an Undergraduate Research in Creative Activities grant and the Outstanding Senior in Theatre Education award. Hayden was also the head drama, musical theatre dance, and acapella counselor for four summers at Keystone Camp for girls in Brevard, NC. Upon her college graduation, she moved down to Florida to participate in the Disney College Program. During her four years of making magic as a cast member, her favorite role was being part of the Animal Science Education team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She’s thankful that she decided to stay in the sunshine state because, otherwise, she wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to become a part of the amazing CFCArts family!

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:

Winnie the Pooh – Grades PreK-12 – Spring 2023 Youth Theatre Companies and Jr. Troupe Play

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. – Grades PreK-12 – Spring 2023 Youth Theatre Companies and Jr. Troupe Musical

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:

Winnie the Pooh – Grades PreK-12 – Spring 2023 Youth Theatre Companies and Jr. Troupe Play

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. – Grades PreK-12 – Spring 2023 Youth Theatre Companies and Jr. Troupe Musical

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:

Winnie the Pooh – Grades PreK-12 – Spring 2023 Youth Theatre Companies and Jr. Troupe Play

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. – Grades PreK-12 – Spring 2023 Youth Theatre Companies and Jr. Troupe Musical

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:

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins – Grades 3-12 – Spring 2023 Youth Theatre Troupe Musical

Vocal & Instrumental Programs

Young Artists Orchestra

Academy Lessons & Classes

More Opportunities

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

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

Student Advisory Panel – Click here to learn more!

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