Eltham Little Theatre has a long and happy tradition of working with youth in the theatre. Since ELT’s inception in 1958 there has been a production specifically for youth performers for nearly every one of those years.

It is only in recent times that we have been able to offer any sort of theatre craft education classes on a weekend. As you may imagine, due to the volunteer nature of our organisation, lessons we are able to provide depend heavily on individual member availability each year.

If you would like to be informed of upcoming youth activities at the theatre please email our youth coordinators.

Youth Classes – General information

Our courses are run for 10 to 18 year olds with separate classes for primary and secondary students. The program explores acting and role play, script reading, monologues and audition preparation. We also look at theatre craft and the importance of staging, lighting, sound, sets, costumes, props and how these things impact an actor’s performance.

When available, classes run within the school term for an average of 7 to 8 weeks in duration. Start times and days can vary but usually classes are held on a Saturday morning between 10 and 12 depending and run for 1 hour’s duration.

Lessons will be focussed on various aspects of theatre work each term including but not limited to the following subjects:

  • audition techniques and preparation

  • theatre craft

  • script reading

  • script interpretation

  • improvisation

  • acting techniques

  • musical theatre


Enrolment is via Trybooking and costs $40 per term. Each enrolled child must be a youth member of Eltham Little Theatre which is an annual cost of $15. Click here to become a member.

2020 ELT Youth Classes

Term 1 – Sat 1st February 2020 to Sat 14th March 2020

  • Class 1 Primary school age (min age is 10 years) 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • Class 2 Secondary school age (max age 18 years) 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Term 2 – NO CLASSES due to Youth Production

Term 3 – Sat 8th August 2020 to Sat 19th September 2020

  • Class 1 Primary school age (min age is 10 years) 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • Class 2 Secondary school age (max age 18 years) 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Term 4 – 10th Sat October 2020 to Fri 4th December 2020*

(No classes will be held on the Saturday prior to Melbourne Cup)

  • Class 1 Primary school age (min age is 10 years) 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • Class 2 Secondary school age (max age 18 years) 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon

* A youth item is traditionally performed at the Eltham Little Theatre Awards Night which is the first Friday evening in December each year. Depending on attendance numbers – time is taken during this term’s lessons to prepare for this event.



Youth Show Performance – General information

There are no youth classes held while a youth show is being produced due to limited volunteer resources. The performance of this show is determined by the ELT Committee. It is normally held over the School Holidays in July making the rehearsal period from late March to the end of June.

Eltham Little Theatre holds an open audition which means any child between the ages of 10 to 18 is able to take part. Being enrolled in an ELT youth classes is no guarantee of making it into the cast of the youth show.

Once chosen, the youth cast are expected to be available for all rehearsals and performances. This is a big commitment, not just for the child involved but also for the family. Rehearsals will be 2 and may be up to 3 times a week. Parents will be asked to assist with back stage and front of house duties during the performances.


There are costs involved with participating in an ELT youth performance. Apart from having to be a youth member of Eltham Little Theatre (annual cost of $15), each cast member is required to pay a show fee of $150.

2020 Term 2 - Peter Pan Jr

Youth Show Rehearsals and Performance

Eltham Little Theatre is presenting Peter Pan Jr in the July School holidays. Cast size will be approximately 35 and there are casting opportunities for both girls and boys.

Auditions will run over the weekend of March 21 & 22. More details will appear on the Audition page at this site closer to the audition weekend.

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