Litefooter Youth Workshop & Production

Our young performers at the Plaza are nicknamed the Litefooters because our adults are called the Footeliters in honor of Pulitzer- and Academy Award-winning playwright Horton Foote, who was born in Wharton. Participants are broken into two age groups: Litefooters (ages 13-17) and Litefooters Jr. (ages 6-12). Every summer we teach basic stagecraft and theatre discipline at the Litefooter Summer Youth Workshop. The workshop culminates in a major production on the Plaza’s main stage in late June.

This Season’s Production:

Seussical Jr.

a musical
book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
music by Stephen Flaherty
lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle
based on the works of Dr. Seuss
music supervised, adapted, and produced by Bryan Louiselle
presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI (
directed by Hailey Roberson & Camille Mund


Litefooters Jr.: Ages 6-12
May 12 & 14, 2024 at 6:00pm

Litefooters: Ages 13-17
May 19 & 21, 2024 at 6:00pm


Litefooters Jr.: Ages 6-12
June 20-23, 2024
Thursday & Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm

Litefooters: Ages 13-17
June 27-30, 2024
Thursday & Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm

About the Show: Seussical Jr. is a fantastical musical extravaganza that brings to life all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters in a heartwarming story of friendship, loyalty, and love. Horton the Elephant discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, and he must protect them from a world of naysayers and dangers. Along the way, he meets Gertrude McFuzz, a bird who helps him on his journey. Seussical Jr. is a fun and exciting show for the whole family, and it teaches us the importance of being kind, caring, and accepting of others.

About Auditions: Auditions are held in May and the number of participants will be limited for the program. You may attend both audition sessions for your age group, but only one is required.

Participants should be prepared to sing a musical selection of their choice, read from the script, and wear comfortable clothes for a dance audition.

For those that receive a part and are accepted into the program, a registration fee of $100 covers t-shirt, snacks, and supplies. Scholarships are available upon special request.

Special Note: Youth that participate in the Litefooter Summer Youth Workshop & Production will not be allowed to audition for other summer productions because of conflicting rehearsal schedules. 

Rehearsal Schedule:  The schedule is subject to change depending on the specific requirements of the production.

Performance Schedule:  The production schedule for each season is posted on the Plaza website.  Participants need to be at the theater two hours before curtain time for each performance for costumes, hair, and makeup.

Volunteering:  The Litefooter Summer Youth Workshop always requires volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, including snack preparation, backstage assistance, set construction, prop and costume fabrication, etc.  If you’d like to assist in any way, please contact us.