2019 Student Works Season Planning

Help us plan our 2019 Student Works Season!


We are accepting submissions of Teen Cabaret themes, Original Shows, Production Proposals, and Event Proposals from PAPA students aged 13 through undergraduates. Student Works gives students the opportunity to develop and lead programming while working closely with adult mentors.

Please note that all final decisions are made at the discretion of Director of Youth Programming and Education, Seraphina Caligiure.


PAPA Teen Cabarets- submit here

We are looking for theme ideas, hosts, and organizers for next year’s Teen Cabarets (dates TBD).

Past themes include: Summer Lovin’, Dream On, and Time Flies. Past Adult Cabaret themes include: Tainted Love, Gender Bender, Block Party Summer, Duet Throwdown, Falling For You, A Very Broadway Holiday, It’s Too Darn Hot, It Takes Two, Broadway Rocks, and Sing For Your Supper.

Hosting duties include introducing the performers, communicating upcoming PAPA information to the audience, and keeping it fun! Hosts are encouraged to perform as well.

Organizing duties include contacting performers and musicians, coordinating rehearsals and setup for the event, and organizing a setlist.

Event Proposals- submit here

We are accepting proposals for new and exciting Student Works events.

Past Student Works events include Teen Cabarets, PAPA Playreadings, and a summer Teen Workshop production of the musical Smile. Applicants must be willing to assist in organizing the event.

Production Proposals- submit here

We are accepting production proposals for Teen Workshop or other productions, of existing plays or musicals.

Applicants must consider both actor and audience appeal, why the project is a good fit for PAPA, what opportunities the project provides for other students, and why they want to do this production. They must also include a budget analysis of how much it will cost to put up the show (include licensing fees, set, costumes, props, staff (if not volunteer), registration fees (what students pay to participate), and projected ticket income.

Original Shows- submit here

We are accepting submissions for Youth Workshop* productions, Day Camp* production, Teen Workshop productions and PAPA Playreadings. All original plays will also be considered for Playreadings. Submissions must include a short blurb, a detailed outline, a character list, a draft of at least the first three scenes, and (if a musical) a demo of at least three songs.
*To be considered for the 2019 season, Youth Workshop and Day Camp scripts must be submitted by September 30.

Youth Workshop productions are open to students aged 7-16, and typically consist of around 21 students. All students who audition are cast. There are 3-4 Youth Workshops throughout the school year. Youth Workshops rehearse Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm and Saturdays from 10am-12pm, with rehearsals every day during tech week. Performances are at 10am, and run for two weekends. To be considered for the 2019 season, Youth Workshop scripts must be submitted by September 30. More information on Youth Workshop productions can be found here.

Day Camp productions are open to students aged 7-14 and counselors-in-training aged 15-17, and typically consist of around 45 students. All enrolled campers are cast. Each of the 3 two-week sessions culminates in a fully staged production on the mainstage set. Camp hours are 9am-4pm, with a few hours each day dedicated to staging, music, and choreography rehearsals. The production team consists of the Day Camp counselors. Accepted applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to be a counselor. To be considered for the 2019 season, Day Camp scripts must be submitted by September 30. More information on Day Camp can be found here.

Teen Workshop productions are typically open to students aged 13-18 or 19, but this is open to the discretion of the playwright/director. Teen Workshops are not scheduled into the rest of the PAPA season and will be considered part of the Student Works season, so production and rehearsal dates would be arranged at a later time. Any scheduling is deferential to the Seacoast Repertory Theatre and RepNorth (rehearsal space) availability, and any Teen Mainstage productions. Productions do not have to be held at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre.

PAPA Playreadings give playwrights a chance to hear their work, and collect audience and actor feedback without/before staging a full production. Playreadings are free and open to the public. There will be a few rehearsals before the event(s), date(s) TBD. All submitted original plays will also be considered for a Playreading.