Children's programming

Orpheus Theatre is proud to offer unique and exciting opportunities to the youth of the surrounding Oneonta area. 

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The Starstruck Players, Orpheus Theatre’s Youth Theatre Troupe, is a tuition-based theater program, with two semesters each year. Starstruck not only offers performance opportunities for area youth, but an opportunity for participants to learn theater skills and processes. Additionally, this program has proven to be a place where young thespians make friends, have fun, and grow artistically, socially, and individually.

Participants (aged 6-18) hone their acting skills by rehearsing and performing a fully-staged production. In addition to auditioning, staging, rehearsing, and performing; students work on theatrical exercises to build their skills, confidence, and ability to work as a team.
While participants audition for individual roles in each performance opportunity, each participant is given a part. As participants return semester after semester, their confidence and abilities grow; giving them better opportunities for bigger roles as they progress through the program. Bonds are also formed, and many of our kids are happy to find a “home” in theater and with their Starstruck “family.”
The Starstruck Players troupe is unique in that rather than segregating the multiple age groups, it combines them; allowing teenagers to be mentors to the younger actors and the younger actors to work with and look up to older actors. This unique aspect contributes to life skills, and provides a special opportunity to learn values, lessons, and certain skills that they might not otherwise be exposed to.


Orpheus Theatre offers theatre workshops twice per year.

Our Winter Break Theatre Workshop is an intensive designed for children in grades 1-6 during the school break each Winter (usually in February - based on Oneonta City School District break schedule).

Our Summer Musical Theatre Workshop is where participants spend the first three weeks after school is out, to rehearse and perform a fully-staged musical.

Both programs are tuition based, with scholarships available (summer only). When applicable, scholarship information will appear here.

Willy Wonka - coming in July of 2022!

Registration is open for Summer Musical Theatre Workshop. Register today as spots will fill up fast!