Ensemble Workshop Productions

STC’s Ensemble Workshop productions are led by professional directors and actors and offer students the experience of participating in a fully-produced musical or play with sets, costumes, and lighting on either the STC Main Stage or the STC Pollock Stage. Students learn warm-up techniques, theatre etiquette, vocal projection, diction, singing, dancing, and acting, as well as collaboration skills as they work together to tell great stories.

Auditions take place in September for the Winter Musical. Auditions take place in February for the Spring Play. Please be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early for your scheduled hour and remember that a parent must be present for the informational meeting at the top of the hour with our School of the Arts Director. Please expect to be here for a full hour, although it may take less time. The audition will take place at Sacramento Theatre Company.

For auditions, we require the following:

  • 1-2 minute monologue (memorized; you can also do a poem, story, or a joke if a monologue seems too daunting to memorize)
  • 1-2 minute song (memorized; please download the background music to your phone to play it during your audition)
  • Once we have solidified the full cast, you will be instructed to pay for the course ($390) before the workshop production begins.

Contact education@sactheatre.org or call 916-446-7501 ext. 116 for more information.

From the Huffington Post: Kids & Musical Theater: The Off-Stage Impact

Auditions: The Tempest for Kids

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, March 5th.

Performs May 10, 2019 – May 19, 2019

Please note: The Tempest for Kids is only available for children who are 7-13 years old.

Audition appointment times (8 auditions slots per hour):

  • Tuesday, February 5th: 3pm – 4pm, 4pm – 5pm, 5pm – 6pm
  • Wednesday, February 6th: 3pm – 4pm, 4pm – 5pm, 5pm – 6pm
  • Saturday, February 9th: 9am – 10am, 10am – 11am, 11am – 12pm

Auditions for The Tempest For Kids are now open!
If you are interested in auditioning for our production please click the bolded red link below and you will be taken to a registration to choose a time and date!

The Tempest for Kids Auditions

Contact: education@sactheatre.org or call 916-446-7501 ext 116 with any questions or inquries.

meet the creative team:

Michele Hillen-Noufer, Education & School of the Arts Director

michelle_hillen-neuferMichele Hillen-Noufer, M.Ed., AEA, SAG is the Education Director for Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) and oversees the STC School of the Arts which includes the Young Professionals Conservatory, the Pre-Professional Ensemble, Professional Internship Program, Camp Programs and the School Partnership Program (which she created in 2011.) She is a member of Actors Equity Association as well as SAG/AFTRA. Michele has been working as a professional actor for 25 years doing theatre, film, and television across the country and internationally. She has directed, taught, and choreographed professional theatre, as well as theatre for young people. Michele has a passion for helping young people achieve their goals in the performing arts as well as providing Theatre Arts Education to schools through STC’s School Partnership Program and arts integration during the day. Michele is an arts integration specialist and keeps her skills current by teaching at STC, local elementary schools as well as providing workshops and professional development opportunities for conferences and in-services for Educators. She has been a member of the Sacramento State University’s, Academic Talent Search faculty since 2012.

Karen Vance, The Tempest for Kids Director

Karen is a teaching artist originally from Portland, OR who recently received her MFA in Acting from Michigan State University. As a performer and choreographer Karen has worked with a variety of theatre companies in Chicago and Michigan and is a recent transplant to the Sacramento area. As an educator Karen has had the opportunity to teach and direct students ranging from pre-school to college. Arts education in both the aesthetic and practical application is a deep passion for Karen. She has had the pleasure of sharing her passion with students from all walks of life i.e. teaching competitive ice skaters about emotional vulnerability, coordinating musical theatre performances for under served communities or creating and performing in workshops to teach Fulbright fellows about sexual harassment, to name a few. Karen is ecstatic to be able to continue her teaching with the amazing programs available at Sacramento Theatre Company.

Megan West, The Tempest for Kids, Script Adapter & Stage Manager

Megan West graduated with a B.A. in Theatre from Harding University and moved to Sacramento for an internship at the B Street Theatre. While there she worked as an Assistant Stage Manager and Stage Manager for several shows, including Road Manager for the state-wide tour of A Walk In Our Shoes. Megan is now on her 5th full season with STC’s School of the Arts and loves getting the chance to teach the students about what it takes to bring a production to life, and seeing the growth in each and every student from year to year.

Rob Broadhurst, The Tempest for Kids, Musical Director & Composer

Rob Broadhurst (composer/lyricist/MD) grew up in Vacaville, California and attended UC Davis. After college, he moved to New York and received his MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In 2008, he was featured in William Finn’s Songs By Ridiculously Talented Composers You Don’t Know But Should concert at Joe’s Pub and Barrington Stage. His musical I’ll Be Damned, co-written with collaborator Brent Black, was produced by NYU Steinhardt in 2009 and enjoyed a limited Off-Broadway run with Tony award winner Mary Testa in 2010. He is currently the resident composer/lyricist for a children’s multimedia franchise called Mutasia The debut album, Nature Calls, is available on iTunes and Amazon. He has also authored or co-authored several children’s books with the brand and voices several characters on the albums and animated pilot. The Tempest For Kids marks his fourth collaboration with STC (Hamlet Thrill-Ma-Geddon, A Midsummer Nights Dream For Kids, and Twelfth Night For Kids). Later this year, his original children’s musical Bummer & Lazarus: A Dog Musical will premiere with Fogg Theater Company in San Francisco. Rob is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue writing music and teaching young performers.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids (2017):

Mulan Jr. (2017)


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2016)

The Velveteen Rabbit Photo by Barry Wisdom Photography

The Velveteen Rabbit (2015)


Pocahontas (2014)


Wonderland (2013)


A Year With Frog And Toad (2012)


Thumbelina (2010)

SHR Live Jr

School House Rock Live!, Jr. (2009)


You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (2008)