Summer On Stage | Summer Backstage

Five Incredible Weeks

Summer on Stage is a five-week intensive training program in performance and technical theatre that culminates in two fully realized productions performed on the main stage at the Temple of Music and Art. Arizona Theatre Company staff and ATC-selected professional teaching artists lead students through immersive training that contributes to an experience that prepares young people for a creative and engaged life in the arts – or in any field!

Summer 2018 Dates: June 25 – July 29, 2018

The shows for Summer on Stage / Summer Backstage 2018 have been announced! This summer’s theme is…


By Naomi Iizuka

A visceral blend of mythological stories told through the eyes of American street youth.

Book by Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Mayer
Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong

The rock opera based on Green Day’s concept album explores the struggles of American teens finding their way in a post-9/11 world.

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Summer On Stage

Develop performance skills and experience a professional rehearsal process with Summer on Stage! ATC staff and teaching artists support an extraordinary summer learning experience, leading students through a variety of acting, voice, and movement classes in the morning, and afternoon rehearsals leading to fully produced performances – one play and one musical – on the stage at the Temple of Music and Art.

Summer Backstage

Summer Backstage is all about the magic that takes place behind the scenes. Participants take classes with our Summer on Stage students and learn from ATC’s team of professional designers and technicians about theatrical design and management in preparation for a role as a backstage crew member for the two performances.

Pricing & Registration

Pricing Information

Tuition prices for Summer on Stage / Summer Backstage 2018 are coming soon!

Registration Forms

Registration for Summer on Stage / Summer Backstage 2018 are coming soon!

Special Features For 2018

Special features for Summer on Stage / Summer Backstage are coming soon!

Prepare For Your Session

What should I bring each day?
You are welcome to bring backpacks / bags, paper, and writing utensils. You NEED to bring water every day!!

What should I wear each day?
Plan to dress for comfort and safety. Wear clothes you can move in and shoes that cover your toes.

Audition Information (for Summer on Stage students):

  • All audition materials will be provided.
  • Auditions will take place on the second day.
  • Everyone auditions for both shows.
  • Everyone will be cast in one show, either the play or the musical.

Audition Tips:

  • Wear something simple, comfortable, and professional. You should be able to move in it. No graphic tees or distracting writing.
  • Don’t forget to BREATHE.
  • Practice your slate (introduction).
  • Make bold choices with the cold reading of monologues. (Everyone is reading the same thing – STAND OUT.)
  • Don’t rush. This is your moment – own it.
  • Enunciate.
  • Use the space – but stay away from pointless wandering / fidgeting feet.
  • Be committed to your choices.
  • Project, but don’t strain your voice.
  • Sing from your diaphragm – support the sound.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Take care of your voice / throat: avoid coffee and dairy.
  • Remember, nerves are normal.
  • Harness that nervous energy and create adrenaline.
  • If you make a mistake, keep going!!
  • Everyone has to sing. Everyone has different voices. We want to hear everyone’s voice.
  • Warm up your body. Stretch beforehand, and keep your muscles loose.
  • We know not everyone is a trained dancer, and that’s okay! Show us your personality. It’s not about the execution, it’s about the energy. Try, try, try!!


“SOS helps understandings of a professional work environment, as well as the experience for a future job. Everyone is kind and helpful. You won’t regret it!”
– Mical Warren, Student

“Everything I learned from this program makes me better in real life … I’m learning how to be a better person and a better adult.”
– Adrianna Cota, Student

“I feel like I may have learned more and become more confident because I didn’t feel as though I was being walked through the process; I was fielding questions, making decisions and being overall responsible for my department.”
– Kat Polak, Intern

“I returned because I’ve learned so much, and I’ve made some of my best friends here. It’s a positive, loving, understanding environment.”
– Laura Leader, Student