Youth Programs

City Stage

Founded in 1976, City Stage Co. sends original, participatory plays to reach family audiences in the neighborhoods where they live. Our participatory style of theater presents opportunities for family audiences to play roles on stage with our actors. We strongly believe that our interactive style is especially engaging to children and magnifies the surprises and excitement unique to live theater.

Each year, nearly 100,000 children and their families are introduced to the magic of Live Theater through our performances on KidStage at Boston Children’s Museum and in classrooms throughout the city!

If you are a teacher and you wish to have your class participate in City Stage, please contact our Box Office at 617.585.5678 ext. 6.

Bringing Our Stage to You

Book one of our shows:

“The History and Adventures of Tom Thumb” is a lively 40 minute comedy with audience participation.

“Folktales East & West” is a 30 minute show that dramatizes three traditional tales from European, Chinese and Native American cultures.

“Folktales North & South” is a 30 minute show that dramatizes three traditional tales from The British Isles, The Upper Amazon Region, and Nigeria.

All City Stage productions are for family audiences. They are performed by two professional, adult actors and have lots of participation from audience volunteers.

For more information about our touring shows, please email

Audiences and Actors of City Stage

Lyric First Stage is on hiatus and will not be held this summer while we reconfigure the program. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you.

First Stage

Lyric First Stage is our three-week summer program for young artists between the ages of 14 and 20 with a background or interest in musical theatre, including singing and acting.

Students will work with professional mentors who frequently perform in professional productions at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston in an environment that mirrors the challenges and rewards of working for a professional theatre. This program will be tailored to meet the needs of students from all ranges of experience.

This summer, our students will immerse themselves in works by and inspired by composer Stephen Sondheim, a musical icon and the ongoing focus of Lyric Stage.  In addition, related non-Sondheim material may be explored.

Program Directors Jon Goldberg (Lyric Stage productions of Assassins, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Sondheim on Sondheim, Road Show) and Leigh Barrett (Lyric Stage productions of Gypsy, Company, Sondheim on Sondheim, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, Follies) will work with a small group of young artists to workshop, develop, rehearse, and produce a fully-staged musical showcase to culminate this three week program.

Students will also take field trips to the nearby Northeastern University Department of Theater for workshops on subjects ranging from physical theatre, audition monologues, and the process of selecting an undergraduate university theatre program.

By the end of the program, it is our goal that the students will have a firmer understanding and practical experience in musical theatre production, from audition to rehearsal to polished performance, and have the opportunity to explore what might be the next stage in their theatrical lives.

If you’re a furloughed federal worker, come see a show on us. Bring your federal ID or proof of employment 30 minutes before any performance and we’ll give you a pair of tickets as long as we have space.