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Teen conservatory program

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The following teen conservatory camps are available for teens at the Raleigh Little Theatre complex, 301 Pogue Street, Raleigh.

Use the links below to jump down to specific sessions, or just scroll down.

The programs on this page are displayed in order of age group of each camp.


Teens on Stage

For ages 13–18

This intensive six week theatre program culminates in six performances of Public Works' The Tempest, an exciting new adaptation of William Shakespeare's play adaptation, music and lyrics by Todd Almond and Originally Conceived and Directed by Lear DeBessonet. TOS students attend conservatory classes which include: acting, voice, improvisation, and training in how to analyze and perform Shakespeare's text, as well as rehearse for the production.

About the TOS Play: In The Tempest, former Duke of Milan, Prospero, lives on an island with his daughter Miranda. When Prospero's enemies wash up on shore, he uses his black magic to seek revenge and restore himself to power. Shakespeare’s last play is full of magic, humor, love and forgiveness. This new version includes music and aims at connecting the community to the work on stage. The cast of characters and learning how to perform Shakespeare make this a ‘can't miss’ opportunity!

About the TOS Auditions: Entrance will be by audition only. Auditions are February 20 & 21 at 7:00 pm (choose one night) with callbacks on February 22 at 7:00 pm. Read about the roles and other details.

Evening Music Rehearsals: June 19-23
Camp Dates: Mon–Fri, June 26–July 21 (no July 4), 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tech Saturday: July 15, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Performance Dates: July 21-30

Cost: $665

Tickets go on sale April 1st!

Once you have been accepted into the program, we will provide you information on how to register online.


Teens Backstage

For ages 13–18

Teens Backstage is an opportunity to learn from industry professionals both in a classroom and through a hands-on environment. Students will go through the process of what it takes from start to finish to put on a full scale production of Public Works' The Tempest. Some specific areas covered are Safe Shop Practices and Tool Usage, Scenic Design and Construction, Lighting, Basic Costuming, Basic Rigging, Basic Sound and Beginning Scenic Painting.

Camp Dates and Times:

  • Tue, Wed and Sat, June 13 - July 15, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Mon-Wed, Tech Week, July 17–19, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thur and Fri, Tech and Opening, July 20 & 21, 9:00 am – 9:30 pm

Cost: $455

About the TBS Interview: Approval by the TOS Production Manager is required for acceptance into this exciting program. All applicants should complete a TBS Interest Sheet. Please email to schedule an interview between March 14 and April 30.

TBS Performance Opportunities: TBS students will serve on production running crews for Public Works' The Tempest as needed. Performances are July 21-30 and call times are as follows:

  • July 22: 6:30-9:30pm
  • July 23: 2:00-5:00pm
  • July 28: 6:30-9:30pm
  • July 29: 6:30-9:30pm
  • July 30: 2:00-5:00pm; Strike to follow until 8:00pm

Once you have been accepted into the program, we will provide you information on how to register online.


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