Education & Outreach

Acting Technique Youth Workshop / February 2020

The Weekend Theater will host an acting technique workshop for youth on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the theater, 1001 W. Seventh St.

The workshop is designed for youth ages 12-18 and will be led by Michael Scott, a Little Rock professional improvisor, former theater teacher, and actor and director in theatre and film.

Both beginners and veterans stand to gain valuable lessons on listening, maintaining focus, and working with fellow actors and directors, all while holding fast to what makes them unique as people.

The cost is $10 per student, and the class is limited to 15 participants. For more information, email

Register Here.

ACT UP Educational Seminar / December 2015

The Weekend Theater presents Act Up (ACT↑), an educational seminar for young people, on December 5, 2015.

The Weekend Theater (TWT) proudly presents Act Up (ACT↑), an educational seminar for young people ages 10 to 24 years of age. The seminar will be on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at The Weekend Theater on 7th and Chester Streets (1001 W. 7th St., Little Rock, AR 72201). The seminar is designed to showcase acting tips, confidence/esteem building, theater etiquette, and script science: goals, obstacles, and tactics.

ACT↑ registration is $10.00 and will be limited to the first forty (40) registrants.  A snack will be provided.

This will be a tag team workshop hosted by Candrice Jones and Steven Juain Young.  Candrice Jones is a poet, playwright and Arkansas native.  She is a 12th grade English teacher at Little Rock Central High School with a passion for writing and theater.  Candrice is the author of two full length plays and the creator of Re-Imagining the Self, a ten-minute play showcase recently presented in collaboration with TWT.  Steven Juain Young has over 15 years of instructional and educational experience with the Little Rock School District. He is founder and Artistic Director of the Community Theater group of S. Juain Young and Artists United.  Steven also acts as an Anti-Bullying spokesman who has been recognized locally and nationally for his work with helping youth.

Candrice and Steven are ecstatic about being a part of TWT Education Committee ACT↑ Seminar!  Candrice has portrayed the character of Anne Vanderguild in The River Niger and Martha Loomis in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at TWT.  Steven has years of acting, directing, writing and production experience.  He has shared the stage at TWT in many shows including ParadeBig RiverRagtime and Caroline or Change….. as well as several shows at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and other venues.

Children’s Audition Workshop / November 2014

The Weekend Theater will hold an audition workshop for children — ages 6 to 18 — interested in auditioning for our mid-season musical, The Sound of Music, but the skills learned can be applied to any audition. The workshop will be held at The Weekend Theater, located at 1001 W. 7th Street, on the corner of Chester Street, in downtown Little Rock, AR, from 9am to 12pm on Saturday, November 15th, 2014; the cost is $5 per child. For more information, and to reserve your child’s spot in the workshop, call (501) 374-3761 or register online.

The Children’s Audition Workshop will help young performers become familiar with the audition process. They will have an opportunity to participate in a mock audition so that they know what to expect when the real thing comes along! Participants should wear comfortable clothes that they can move around in easily, and come prepared to have a great time! Parents are welcome to stay and observe. This workshop will focus on musical selections from The Sound of Music.

The Sound of Music will run February 13th through March 1st, 2015. Performances will be Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm. Rehearsals will begin mid-January and be held Monday through Thursday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

This class will offer young actors a unique opportunity to learn the audition process from two of The Weekend Theater’s gifted directors, Matthew Mentgen and Ryan Whitfield. The class size is limited to 25, so reserve your child’s spot soon so as not to miss out!


Matthew Mentgen recently directed Caroline, or Change at The Weekend Theater. He was also the Musical Director for Baby and The 1940s Radio Hour Christmas Carol, and appeared as “Bob” in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, at The Community Theatre of Little Rock. In addition to directing, acting, and music, Matthew enjoys the technical side of theater. He has been the Set Designer for multiple shows at The Weekend Theater, including Blu, The Water Children, Joe Turner’s Come & Gone, and Tuesdays with Morrie.


Ryan Whitfield has been working with The Weekend Theater since 2008, starring in various roles in shows like Southern Baptist Sissies, Good Boys and True, Next Fall, and Tuesdays with Morrie. But what Ryan really enjoys is directing shows. He has directed The Outsiders, Blu, and, most recently, A Quiet End at The Weekend Theater. Ryan is also involved with other theater venues around town, such as The Community Theatre of Little Rock, where he directed The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

Summer Theater Classes / June 2013

The Weekend Theater is thrilled to announce that, for the first time ever, we are offering summer classes for youth ages 8-12 and 13-16! Classes include:

Playmakers: June 14, 2013 for Ages 8-12
Students use a combination of improvisation along with well-known stories or fables to create their own unique stories and scenes.

In The Moment: June 20, 2013 for ages 13-16
Using improvisation as a guide for character development.

Classes will be held from 1pm – 4pm at The Weekend Theater located at the corner of 7th and Chester streets in downtown Little Rock and will be taught by TWT’s own Hannah M. Sawyer.


Hannah teaches competitive drama & speech at Cabot Junior High South and has her MALT from Lipscomb University. You may have seen Hannah on stage here as Kathy in Company, most recently. Other favorite TWT roles include: The Miracle Worker (Annie Sullivan), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Gypsy (Dainty June), Our Town (Emily Webb), Dying City (Kelly), Jesus Christ Superstar (Ensemble). Or you may have seen Hannah’s portrayal of Shelby in Community Theater of Little Rock’s production of Steel Magnolias.

For more information about Ms. Sawyer, please check out her webpage at

To enroll and reserve a space in a class, parents/guardians must complete a registration and release form for each child who plans to attend and submit with registration payment. Spaces are limited and cannot be held without all completed forms and registration fees. Registrations will be subject to class size and availability. Classes may fill up quickly, so we encourage you to get your registration in as soon as possible.

Class Fees

  • Registration fee if received before the date of the class (non-refundable): $20
  • Registration fee if received the day of the class: $30

Cancellation Policy

  • TWT reserves the right to cancel classes if necessary. If one week prior to class, the minimum number of students is insufficient, then that class will be cancelled. If a class is cancelled, all fees will be refunded.
  • Due to teacher preparation for the class number and purchasing supplies, class enrollment fees are non-refundable.
  • Fees will not be prorated for students who wish to attend only part of a class.
  • Absences are non-refundable.

Confirmation of Class
An email will be sent to the students registered in a class a few days before the class starts.

Class Procedures
Classes will begin at 1 p.m. You may drop off your child 15 minutes before class starts. Children will not be accepted before that time. Students shall be picked up promptly at 4:00pm.

Discipline Policy
Students attending TWT summer classes will follow our Credo, located on the TWT website under “About Us.” Essentially, we attempt to be a true community of people dedicated to the teaching, learning and practice of kindness, respect and honor, and therefore we expect this type of behavior from students. We reserve the right to dismiss, without a refund, any student whose conduct becomes inappropriate, disruptive, or unsafe.

A mid-afternoon snack will be served along with a drink.

Dress Comfortably
Student should plan to wear comfortable clothing in which they can move comfortably.

Completed forms and fees may be submitted by mail or in person at The Weekend Theater. If you choose to mail the registration, please send completed forms and payment to:
The Weekend Theater
Attn: Executive Director
P.O. Box 251130
Little Rock, AR 72225-1130