Theater opens summer festival registration

Stoneham Theatre’s young company has opened registration for its Summer Festival. This summer, the theater expects to have 180 students in six productions. The Overture Program, offered July 8 to Aug. 11, is for students entering grades 1, 2, or 3. Each week of the program features a different theme and culminates in a short, original play with music and dance; students can select which weeks they wish to participate in. In addition to the Overture Program, the theater also is offering Act 1, for students entering grades 4, 5, or 6, and Act 2, for those entering grades 7, 8, or 9; these are five-week programs running from July 8 to Aug. 11. For older students entering grades 10, 11, or 12, the theater’s Summer Festival is offering Act 3, which will include three shows and run from July 15 to Aug. 18. The programs run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All actors are cast in a production and perform on Stoneham Theatre’s main stage. Theater company educators are Boston-area theater professionals who are assisted by current university students, many of whom are graduates of the program. “Just like on the main stage, we strive to bring our young actors and audiences a variety,” Caitlin Lowans, Stoneham Theatre’s director of education, said in a statement. “We’re doing world-premiere work and edgy, complex musicals that students won’t find in any other summer training program.” Aftercare/late pick-up is available for an additional fee to students in Overture, Act 1, and Act 2. Registration fees for the Summer Festival range from $325 to $1,325 per student, depending on the program. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis to families who demonstrate financial need. Payment plans also are available. For more information, call the Stoneham Theatre box office at 781-279-2200,visit, or e-mail