Reaching more than 100,000 students across the state
The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse was founded in 1958
Helping over 70 districts take advantage of our program
The largest touring children’s theatre in Upstate New York and one of the largest in the country, The Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre reaches more than 100,000 students across the state through its curriculum based multi-discipline Sequential Dramatics Program.
Originally offering weekend drama classes for local youth under the name Auburn Children’s Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse was founded in September of 1958. In 1961, the children’s theatre instituted a semi-professional in-school program. Within four years the program began touring state-wide.
In 1974, the Youth Theatre became fully professionalized. In 1981, Producing Director Ed Sayles took over leadership of the corporation and the Youth Theatre began to grow in earnest. Today, the organization has blossomed into one of the nation’s foremost professional touring youth theatres in the country, offering performances, workshops and study guide materials tailored to each grade level through its Sequential Dramatics Program. We choose productions which complement the subject matter to help teachers and students in meeting Common Core Learning Standards.
Our program addresses state standards for the Arts, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, LOTE, and Career Development and Occupational studies. The program has been designed to provide programming to every child in your district, every year your district participates.
We understand the degree of commitment in providing arts education and we are equally committed to making our program available to any interested school district. Please contact us to discuss how the Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre can help your district join over 70 others in taking advantage of the Sequential Dramatics Program.
While most districts elect to participate in our full program, we do offer single bookings of our program components. If you have specific needs or interests, please contact us to discuss how the Merry-Go-Round can work for you.