Summer Youth Theatre offers kids a chance to sing in the rain

Lumiere (Manuel Mendiola) was a crowd favorite in the March performances of “Beauty and the Beast” by Play Inc Arts.


Play Inc Arts may have just finished their biggest production ever, but that doesn’t mean they’re sitting back and relaxing. Just the opposite. There are a number of things coming up that Play Inc would like you to know about.

First up, over the course of 24 hours on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, Play Inc will host the 24-Hour Plays. This is the third time that Play Inc has sponsored this unique event, and after a short hiatus, they are excited to present it once again.

What are the 24-Hour Plays? Actors, writers and directors will meet on Friday evening at 7 p.m. After a short meet-and-greet, the writers will decide on how many actors they need and who they’d like to write for. 

Saturday morning the actors and directors will show up and see what shows they are a part of and will be given a script that was written while they were sleeping. After spending all day Saturday rehearsing, the audience will be invited in to see what has been accomplished in the past 24 hours.  

Next up is our youth choir performance on May 20. Ec3ho is a youth choir made up primarily of singers in 4th, 5th, and 6th graders from the Cambridge, Isanti and Braham area. This concert will be held at 4 p.m. on the 20th at Cambridge Lutheran Church. The concert will also feature the Prime Time Singers, as well as Cambridge Lutheran’s Celestial Bells.

Finally, it’s that time of year. Play Inc is excitedly organizing its 14th Summer Youth Theatre program. As usual, we have three groups for different ages:  the Little League Players (grades 2-4), the Junior Troupe (grades 5-8) and the Yaebo Players (grades 9-12).  

All programs meet on June 4 with a kick-off picnic (as well as auditions for the high school group), and then begin rehearsals the following week. 

The productions are varied and fun this year. The Little League will be taking us to the high seas with “Pirates! A Musical.” The Junior Theatre Troupe will take us to the golden age of movie musicals with the classic “Singin’ in the Rain.”  

Finally, the summer will wrap up with a much-requested return to a musical first presented in Cambridge with the Cambridge-Isanti High School drama department: “Godspell.” All three shows promise to be a ton of fun for students looking to perform. 

Registration is open right now, and programs are filling quickly.  The cut-off is May 4, so sign up soon.

More information about each of these opportunities can be found at the Play Inc webpage at

Aaron Knudsvig is artistic director/president of Play Inc Arts. 

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