Greenbelt Youth Musical

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     The annual Greenbelt Youth Musical, now in its nineteenth year, is an open-enrollment musical theater program for teen actors in grades seven through twelve. The program gives teen actors the opportunity to work with professional theater artists and experience the fun of bringing original musical works to life, while building confidence and community. The environment is affirming, the process is fun, and the productions are excellent!

Click here for brief reviews of recent shows. 


     Homeward Bound is a rollicking musical based on The Odyssey by Homer. It tells the parallel stories of history’s most resourceful couple, Odysseus and Penelope. In his quest to return home after the Trojan War, the wily Odysseus surmounts challenges on land, at sea, and in the underworld. Meanwhile, shrewd Penelope must outmaneuver the Ithacan patriarchy to preserve her position, her independence, and her home. In addition to the questing hero and the besieged heroine, this fast-moving story features a runaway prince, scheming suitors, enchantresses, monsters, cannibals, giants, ghosts, a magic veil, a deadly whirlpool, and a shipwreck. Join us and help tell the tale that has enthralled human beings for 2800 years: An epic adventure, a domestic comedy, and an enduring love story.


     The Greenbelt Youth Musical is open to all interested performers in grades seven through twelve. Everyone who enrolls is cast in the show. Unlike many audition situations, our casting rehearsals are low-stress and fun!

     Attendance is required for all participants at our ALL-CALL CASTING REHEARSAL on Saturday, December 15, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. This rehearsal is devoted to learning and singing songs from the score and reading scenes from the script, so that we can assess our actors in a low-stress, supportive way for role assignment purposes. Participants also must be available for a follow-up SECOND-LOOK CASTING REHEARSAL on Sunday, December 16, from 6:30pm-8:30pm, when we will invite specific participants to act and sing with potential scene partners so that we can optimize the casting. After the casting rehearsals, we will take a break until Friday, January 4, when regular rehearsals will begin. In the interim, author-director Chris Cherry will be fine-tuning the script and score to make the best use of the talents of our cast. The casting will be announced in January, before regular rehearsals begin.

Click here for a link to a detailed Q&A resource about the casting process and how teen actors can best approach it.


     Our rehearsal process is well organized and laid out in advance, with no surprises. If you have significant conflicts with the rehearsal schedule, please contact Chris Cherry before enrolling. Occasional (or even recurring, but predictable) rehearsal conflicts are not necessarily a barrier to participating. The young actors involved in the program are typically engaged in other terrific activities, which we strongly support. We do not schedule the entire cast for every rehearsal, so as long as we have everyone’s schedule conflicts ahead of time, we can generally work around them pretty easily. Each cast member must fill out and submit the Actor Commitment and Conflict Form, noting their currently known conflicts (absences, late arrivals, and early departures), as well as any provisional conflicts. This form must be turned in at the All-Call Casting Rehearsal on December 15, so that we don’t inadvertently cast scene partners with incompatible schedules.

     Regular rehearsals take place for eight weekends from January 4 through February 24. Except for their pre-disclosed conflicts, actors are expected to be available to rehearse, if scheduled, during the following hours:

Click here for the full rehearsal schedule and the actor commitment and conflict form.

     • Fridays: 5:30pm - 8:30pm*
     • Saturdays: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
     • Sundays: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
     • Monday holidays (Jan. 21 and Feb. 18): 2:00pm - 8:00pm

     *Noon start time on Feb. 8 (P.G. Schools closed) for available actors.

     Every Wednesday evening during the rehearsal period, director Chris Cherry will e-mail the upcoming weekend’s rehearsal schedule to the entire cast, specifying the days and times each actor is scheduled for rehearsal. Actors who are not scheduled for a particular day are then free to make other plans. We strive not to schedule actors more often than they will be needed.

     In return for working around noted conflicts, we do expect each performer to commit to attending the rehearsals for which he or she is scheduled. We recognize, of course, that unforeseen obligations can arise even during our brief eight-week rehearsal period. If we are given notice before the weekly rehearsal schedule is distributed, we certainly accommodate as best we can. We simply ask parents’ cooperation in helping our actors make and maintain a commitment to the rehearsal process. If an enticing social opportunity arises suddenly, an actor may have to forego it in order to meet rehearsal obligations to cast mates.

     Note that attendance is mandatory for all cast members at all rehearsals from February 26 onward and at all four performances.


     On-line registration opens on November 26 for Greenbelt residents and on December 3 for our friends who live outside Greenbelt. Early registration is advised, as we do reserve the right to cap enrollment to keep the cast at a manageable size.

Click here for online registration.

Click here for a fillable registration form you can print out.

     Note: The activity number for the Greenbelt Youth Musical is 144230-1.


     Tuition is $173 for Greenbelt actors and $196 for actors residing outside Greenbelt. Generous scholarship assistance is available for Greenbelt residents from the Mary Purcell Geiger Scholarship Fund.

Click here for a scholarship application.


     Enrolling in the Greenbelt Youth Musical signals a commitment to participate in a collaborative artistic project with a company of other committed young performers. Please note that we do not issue tuition refunds in the event that an actor withdraws from the production after casting. We expect that all actors enrolling in the production are committed to participating in a fun and collaborative experience, regardless of role assignment, and we set the production budget, including hiring commitments to staff, based on the total tuition received.


     Christopher Cherry, Director and Author     Click here for bio

     Stefan Brodd, Musical Director                     Click here for bio

     Nicole DeWald, Production Designer           Click here for bio


Rehearsal and performance schedule and the actor commitment and conflict form. Click here

The Casting Process: A Q&A Resource with Director Chris Cherry for Parents and Young Actors. Click here

On-line Registration. Click here

Fillable registration form you can print out. Click here

Scholarship Application. Click here.


Christopher Cherry, Director, 240-542-2055 or

Ruth Campbell, Registrar, 240-542-2059 or

Greenbelt Community Center Business Office: 301-397-2208