Keystone Youth Theatrics is the branch of our organization that focuses on enchancing development of young performers in the theatre arts across Central Pennsylvania by providing performance and educational opportunities.
For summer 2020, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Keystone Youth Theatrics Online – FREE daily activities to keep the arts alive and thriving with our youngest performers. Check out our Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts daily for fun and educational activities!
Check out an intro video from our teaching artists, then click on the logo to the right to access daily, FREE activities!
About the Teaching Artists
Freddie Miller is a director, playwright, and dramaturg, born and raised in the Mechanicsburg area. A graduate of Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, PA, Freddie got his start as a performer before making the jump to producing his own work. An advocate for theatre education, Freddie has worked extensively with theaters like Keystone Theatrics to provide theatrical opportunities for children. Directing credits include: The Great Gatsby (2018 Hershey Theatre Apollo Award for Outstanding Play), Doubt: A Parable, Once On This Island, Mary Poppins, Emma: A Pop Musical, and Winnie the Pooh. Assistant directing credits include: Angels in America (Penn State), Caroline, or Change (Penn State), and Seussical the Musical (Allenberry Playhouse). Freddie has served as the production dramaturg for Penn State University’s productions of Angels in America, A Little Night Music, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Caroline, or Change. Favorite stage credits include: #HereToo, Dog Sees God (CB), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Duke Mahoney), The Little Mermaid (Jetsam), and Into the Woods (Jack). He penned the book and lyrics for Outcasts, a new musical receiving a developmental reading in New York City later this fall. Other works include Stage Moms and Weekend Visit. Freddie is currently pursuing a B.A. in Theatre Studies and a minor in World Literature at Penn State University.
Meghan Nardella is a rising junior studying Vocal Music Education at the Penn State School of Music. This is her second summer as a teaching artist for the Keystone Youth Theatrics summer workshops. She has previously served as the Assistant Vocal Director of last summer’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. At Penn State, Meghan is heavily involved with music and theatre groups on campus including the Penn State Concert Choir (secretary), the Penn State Thespian Society (MasquerAIDS Chair, Music Director), and the Penn State School of Theatre where she recently was the Assistant Music Director of The Lucky Boy. Additionally, she was awarded with Undergraduate Jury Recognition from the Penn State voice faculty this past fall and is a manager of the Penn State School of Music, Penn State Voice, and Penn State Concert Choir social media accounts. This fall, her original musical Outcasts (music, lyrics) will be receiving a developmental reading with Theatre [Untitled] in New York City.
Olivia Notto will be entering her junior year at Penn State and is thrilled to be returning for her second summer as a Teaching Artist for Keystone Youth Theatrics. She also was a Teaching Artists for two summers at Actors Professional Theatre Conservatory (APTC). Olivia danced for 15 years at Studio 91 (Tap, Ballet, Jazz, & Pointe) and competitively for three years with AthElite Dance (Jazz & Hip Hop). She has taught Tricks & Conditioning for the Intermediate dance group at AthElite Dance, as well as assisting with their Summer Intensive Dance Camp. Olivia has studied voice locally with Tara Savarino, Gregg Mauroni and at Penn State with Katie Travis. She is a two-time winner in the NATS vocal competition in the High School Women Musical Theatre category. Regional Theatre credits: Annie (Duffy) and The Sound of Music (Marta). Community Theatre credits include: Shrek! The Musical, Rock of Ages, White Christmas, and Alice in Wonderland. Cumberland Valley High School Musical shows: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Billie Bendix), The Little Mermaid (Ariel) and Mary Poppins (Mrs. Banks).
Rowan Young is a stage manager originally from the Carlisle area. She spends most of her time in the theater painting, stage managing, designing lights, or running the followspot. She is thrilled to be coming back to the Keystone Youth Theatrics team this summer. Rowan was a teaching artist for Winnie the Pooh and Emma: A Pop Musical last summer (you might remember her as one of dancing teachers in Emma: A Pop Musical). Rowan is a frequent emcee of both the in-person and online “Sunday Under the Stars” cabarets held at the Allenberry Resort. Having experience in all of the design disciplines (scenic, lighting, sound, and costumes), she is excited to share with you what she knows about the production side of theatre. Keystone Theatrics credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Spamalot, Mary Poppins, Anything Goes, and The Little Mermaid. Other theatre credits include: Streaming Passion, It’s Been Two Years, Hooded or Being Black for Dummies, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hands on a Hardbody and Caroline, or Change. Rowan is currently a rising senior pursuing her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology with a focus in Stage Management at Penn State University.
Lauren Koranda is a student at Muhlenberg College and is a double major in directing for theatre and business administration for the arts. She spent last summer in various roles at Keystone Theatrics and is grateful to return this summer as a teaching artist for KYT. Select credits include Lessons for an Unaccustomed Bride (Assistant Director, Muhlenberg), LOSTLOSTLOST (Stage Manager, Muhlenberg), Annie (Choreographer, St. Genesius Players) and Emma JV (Costume Designer, KYT).
May 21, 22, 23, 2021
Hairpsray Junior has been postponed until May 21, 22, 23, 2021, and we will keep you posted on all the information and updates.
It’s 1962, and spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has one big dream — to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When she finally gets her shot, she’s transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ, Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy’s new beat just might prove unstoppable.