Youth Performing Arts Programs

Tabard’s growing Youth Performing Arts Programs currently serve approximately 200 children and youth each year.

Youth Performing Arts Summer Camps

Tabard’s Summer Camps are fun adventures in musical theatre for youth of all skill levels! Each summer, we conduct two 1-week sessions and one 2-week session. Session I is for children ages 6 to 10, Session II is for children 7 to 12 and session III (two week) is for children/youth ages 8 to 14. Camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tabard Theatre.

Campers are given hands-on experience in many facets of musical theatre. In each session, morning workshops focus on an aspect of theatre, such as Improv, Acting, Music, Dance, and Set Design. In the afternoon, we rehearse a short review or mini-musical that campers perform at the end of the session.

Hot lunches are available for purchase for the week. Also, some need-based tuition assistance is available.

Your child’s imagination will soar!

Mentor Play

Each summer, Tabard produces a “Mentor Play” where young performers, ages 7 to 16, are cast in a fully produced musical play alongside adult actor/mentors enabling the youth to work with and learn from experienced actors.  All who audition are cast and there is a registration fee.  Rehearsals start in mid-June with performances the first weekend of August.  Rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Tuition-Free After School Programs

Tabard runs tuition-free after-school youth theatre programs for under-served children, grades K through 5, throughout San Jose through partnerships with Empire Gardens Elementary School, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley, and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara Valley. These programs are taught on the school or clubhouse campus.  For more information on this program contact Nick Nichols.

2018 Summer Program

Session I

June 18-22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Ages 6-10 years


About: The Circus is in town and there’s excitement in the air! But wait..the Ringmaster has come down with a case of laryngitis and they need to find a substitute, fast! Join the clowns, jugglers, dancing bears, lions and a host of other hilarious performers as they help one very sad clown smile again. And now…it’s on with the show!!

Camp:  $275 ($255 before April 1, 2018)
Lunch:  $60

Session II

June 25 – 29 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Ages 7 to 12 years

About: The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder. Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Camp:  $275 ($255 before April 1, 2018)

Lunch:  $60

Session III (two-week camp)

July 9 – 20 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Ages 8 to 14 years

About: Who can resist this all-time favorite fairy tale, told with fun and flair? Our acting troupe takes over the stage area, playing rhyming Narrators, singing Villagers, friendly Animals, charming Royalty, energetic Messengers, the haughty Stepmother and Stepsisters, the irresistible Fairy Godmother, and lovely Cinderella. Of course, once the charming Prince discovers the proper owner of that famous sparkling slipper, everyone lives happily ever after!

Camp:  $515 ($495 before April 1, 2018)

Lunch:  $120