Launched in June 2009, My First Musical offers children (12 and under) and their parents, who may be faced with economic hardship, free admission to each production in Mercury's current season. All applications must be received in writing and will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come basis, and in consideration of qualifying income levels. Each show of our current Mercury season will participate in one non-public performance for the My First Musical program, and will consist of study guide materials, a pre-show interactive workshop with the various designers, an unabridged performance and a post-show discussion with the actors and director, and new this year, the opportunity to participate in up to three Saturday morning workshops with a focus on singing, acting and dancing. My First Musical is the perfect platform to unleash your child’s creative side.

Participating in My First Musical is easy! Please fill out the form below or contact 216.771.5862 if you would like to learn more, or be on the organizing end of the program.


Want to boost literacy? Teach your child to imagine the unimaginable? Cultivate curiosity?

Get thee to Mercury Theatre Company’s My First Musical nights, and bring your kids!


My First Musical is Mercury Theatre Company’s educational outreach program, designed to give underserved children from the school districts surrounding the Greater Cleveland community an opportunity to experience their first musical theatre show at no cost. The program, which includes admission to an unabridged performance of each show in the Mercury season, as well as educational and artistic interaction opportunities, will provide the initial theatre exposure a child needs to foster an interest and passion in the theatre arts for life.

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Seeking the area’s best musical theatre students!

The Junior Company

The Junior Company is an intense theatre education program for teens of Mercury Theatre Company. The program trains teen performers during the summer season to participate in the performances of a mainstage show alongside professional actors and crew. During the winter season, The Junior Company produces a show of their own that they then take to compete at theater competitions such as Disney’s National Performing Arts Festival or iTheatrics’ Junior Theater Festival. Participation in this program is by audition only.


Please check our audition announcements as there will be opportunities to audition for The Junior Company. For more information email



February 2017 National Performing Arts Festival


Produced by Walt Disney World and Brightspark Travel, The National Performing Arts Festival brings together talented actors, dancers and singers from across the country for a three day performing arts festival filled with competition and inspiration. Taking place at Walt Disney World Resort, this student travel event combines the best of Disney Performing Arts with high caliber competitions, workshops led by theatre professionals, a session with a Disney casting director and an inspirational Q&A with a Disney star.

The Junior Company cast of “Bugsy Malone” received a Superior rating and 10 Outstanding Awards, including Best Choreography and Best Female Vocalist.