Dear Potential Students and Parents of SCT Summer Youth Program,

Being part of the SCT Summer Youth Program (SCT Jr. and SCT Jr. Crew) is an experience that young people will remember for the rest of their lives,

and it would truly be our pleasure to work with your child on this exciting experience. We want everyone potentially involved to understand both the benefits and responsibilities that go along with being part of SCT Summer Youth Program, so we have detailed some of the basics here.


First off, there are a number of great benefits to being in a musical, including:

Active Participation in the Arts

Participating in the arts provides young people with a chance to explore their creativity and imagination in a structured and safe environment. Musical theater is specifically remarkable because it is the only art form that combines all areas of the fine arts: acting, singing, dancing, and visual arts. Along with fostering the skills of stage craft, design, and construction of sets, props, and costumes.

Improving Literacy Skills

From reading scripts to memorizing lines to learning to tell a story, young people continually improve their literacy skills while rehearsing and performing in a musical.

Becoming a Confident Public Speaker

It takes a lot of guts to stand up and sing or dance in front of your family, peers, and what may seem like the entire community. Experience with public speaking at a young age gives students confidence that will be important to them for the rest of their lives.

Putting on a musical is a group effort and every member of the team must work together to make it happen. Throughout the rehearsal process, the students will learn to solve challenges as they arise. Students will learn to trust and depend on themselves and their cast mates. As with any group activity, every participant has responsibilities. Please look over the following items to make sure you and your child feel you can honor the commitment to being a part of a show.


Please look it over closely to make sure your child has no conflicts with the rehearsals or show dates. If there are conflicts, please let the production team know as soon as possible. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals. Due to the demand of the show only 2 excused absences are allowed. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program with no returns or refund on the child’s tuition.
Rehearsals: Rehearsals will start promptly at 12:00PM and run till 4:00PM each day and be held at Stockton Civic Theatre. Students should bring their scripts, a pencil, a snack, and wear appropriate closed toed-shoes and clothes for movement. Also, please make sure you have arranged for your child to be picked up on time from each rehearsal.


Students will have some homework for the show, including memorizing lines and songs, rehearsing their dances, researching their character, etc. Work with your child to create a schedule so they have time to finish their homework from the musical.


The rehearsal room and theater are safe spaces where young people can take positive risks and be themselves without the fear of being laughed at or alienated. This principle is essential to artistic growth and exploration. Participants are expected to respect these principles and are encouraged to remember it themselves when trying new things.

Finally, please remember a musical is a living, breathing entity. Things don’t always go exactly as planned, so changes in the plan will be made throughout the rehearsal process. We promise to give you as much advanced notice as possible on all changes that arise. If you have questions or concerns at any time throughout the process, please feel free to contact James Reed or John Thiel at or calling the SCT Box Office (209-473-2424) during business hours and we will be happy to help you.


James Reed
SCT Summer Youth Program Director