Froelich Young Actors Guild 2021

ATTENTION PARENTS: We have seen some confusion on dates for children’s theatre. We apologize for this. Here is all the information you need to know:

We will be holding a very important Parents Meeting on Wednesday, June 2, at 6:00 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House stage. Children are not required to be there.  You will have a chance to meet the committee members, directors, and staff, and receive important information regarding the camp.

Theater camp will officially start on Thursday, June 3, at the Matthews Opera House.   Group A (7th-12th grade) starts at 9 a.m.  Group B (2nd-6th grade) starts at 1 p.m.

Scripts will be handed out tomorrow night at the parent meeting.

After making the sad decision to skip a year due to the pandemic, we are so excited to announce that this summer we are continuing the tradition of summer children’s theatre! We are so excited to bring back the Froelich Young Actors Guild. This year, there will be two productions based on age group.


Registration will be open from April 6 through May 26. Please download the form below and return it to the Matthews Opera House gallery. You can also pick up a printed copy of the registration form at the gallery during business hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.


This group is for students entering 7th-12th grades this fall. They are performing “All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play” by Werner Trieschmann
Workshops: Starting Thursday., June 3 through Fri., June 24. They are held every week day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Mon-Fri). 
Performances: “All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play” Saturday, June 26 at 7 p.m. AND Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m.


This group is for students entering 2nd-6th grades this fall. They are performing “Once Upon A Shoe or The Rhymes and Mimes of Mother Goose and Her Traveling Troubadours” by Joseph Robinette.
Workshops: Starting Thursday, June 3 through Thur., June 24. They are held every week day from 1-4 p.m. (Mon-Fri). There is no rehearsal for Group A on Friday, June 25. 
Performances: “Once Upon A Shoe” Friday, June 25 at 7 p.m. AND Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m

Play Descriptions

“All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play” | Group A | Actors in grades 7-12 (entering these grades in Fall 2021)

Based on several disastrous theatrical experiences, “Bad Play” peels back a tattered curtain to examine the process of putting on a show that is less than good. A stuffy narrator (what bad play is complete without a stuffy narrator?) guides the audience through the whole sorry process. We go from the audition—where the director is more worried about roast beef than paying attention to the warm-up exercise, and the neurotic cast pretends to be bacon—to rehearsals—where a passive-aggressive stage manager gives everyone grief. There’s also a special meeting of the Small Part Support Group and a production of Romeo and Juliet set in a Starbucks with costumes of potato sacks and bowler hats.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

“Once Upon A Shoe” | Group B | Actors in grades 2-6 (entering these grades in Fall 2021)

Mother Goose sadly announces to her children that they must leave their home—a large, comfortable shoe—and move to an old sneaker “across the tracks.” The children decide to “put on a show” to save their shoe, and in the best Garlandooney tradition, they proceed to enact eight of Mother Goose’s best poems. In the audience, a stranger turns out to be the famous movie producer Cecil B. DeMillstream and, of course, he loves the show! The shoe is saved and Mother Goose and her troupe are off to Hollywood.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois


Some MOH Children’s Theater History

Gathering kids into the circle!
Gathering kids into the circle!

The Matthews has been home to our children’s theater since 2008 with the production of “101 Dalmatians.”

The plays throughout the years have been:
2008: 101 Dalmatians
2009: Sleeping Beauty
2010: Jungle Book
2011: Willa Wonka
2012: Aladdin, Jr.
2013: Little Mermaid, Jr.
2014: Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
2015: My Son Pinocchio, Jr.
2016: Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
2017: High School Musical, Jr.
2018: Little Mermaid, Jr.
2019: We Are Monsters/A Lonely Boy’s Guide to Survival (and Werewolves)

All of the shows have been KIDS versions except Willy Wonka. “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “My Son Pinocchio, Jr., and High School Musical, Jr.” are Broadway Junior versions of these shows.

Play materials are ordered from Music Theatre in New York. These materials include a script which has the lyrics and the score of every song as they appear in the musical. The cast and crew get to keep these scripts, along with the rehearsal CD of all the music in the show.

The casts and crews of each production are also children. They design and create everything from costumes to set and props and lighting. Also, this program has had many dedicated, talented adults who use the power tools and all kinds of equipment and expertise that is needed to perform a fabulous show.

In 2019, the name of the PB&J Players changed to the Froelich Young Actors Guild to honor long-time children’s theater director Ann Froelich. This change also broke the production into two plays: one for ages 2nd – 6th grade, and another for ages 7th – 12th.

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