volunteer opportunities


We need:

Light Crew

Sound Crew

Costume repair

Set builders and painters

​Help with set up and tear down

We need you

We are looking for 30 committed, enthusiastic actors to make this production great. Enroll in August to make your Middle School performance dreams come true!


Join us for an exciting new production just for Middle School actors. We are busy finding the perfect play!

theatre for actors in grades 6 - 8 


Mondays and Tuesdays 
2:45 to 5:00 
Mattawan Middle School Cafeteria
Dates TBA
Tech rehearsals:
Dates  and times TBA
at Paw Paw Playhouse
Performances: TBA
Paw Paw Playhouse​​​

Coming in september

helpful information


All actors take part in table work, blocking, scene work, and character work during rehearsals on Mondays and Tuesdays from 2:45 to 5:00 at Mattawan Middle School. Each of these rehearsals are essential to the success of our show, and each actor is important to the rehearsal process. We are a team, and we rely on each other. Attendance is mandatory.   


Tech rehearsals are on Monday, Tuesday from 3:00 to 6:00 and Friday from 12:00 to 6:00 before the Saturday and Sunday performances. All actors and crew members are required to attend all tech rehearsals. These are the rehearsals where we put all the pieces of production together.  Full attendance is essential to a confident performance. Each person onstage and backstage effects all the others; we are a team! Please adjust your regular schedule for that week to allow your performer to be there.


"Call time" (the time actors and crew should arrive) on the day of the performance is one hour before curtain. Please have your child at the theatre early.

The house opens (that means the audience may come in) thirty minutes before curtain.

Curtain (the time the show starts) is at 3:00 and 7:00 on Saturday, and 3:00 on Sunday.


Middle School actors and crew are required to stay for strike after the closing performance. "Strike" is taking down the set including Opening Acts's sound and lighting equipment, putting away all costumes, props, and make-up, and cleaning the theatre. This is an important theatrical tradition and a valuable experience for all the cast and crew. We all work together on the show we have created to the very end. 


There are no extra fees for costumes, but you may have to provide a few costume pieces. We strive for "from-your-closet" costuming, so you can use things you already have or buy things that can be reused. We are always happy to help out if there is a piece you can't find. Anything you provide, you keep. Anything we provide, we keep. 


The play is directed by Jonathan Talmadge and produced by Angela Talmadge.



Scholarships are available. Please contact us if you are interested in one.