Staged Concert Series

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.

“Proven by the track record of success, we believe these programs are helping to attract and retain new audiences who are young, diverse, and nontraditional — continuing to build the next generation of theatre-goers. Making Mercury Theatre Company accessible to all allows a home for audiences of all backgrounds, creating a truly diverse and vital community in the heart of Greater Cleveland.”


- Pierre-Jacques Brault, Artistic Director


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 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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The Junior Company

Seeking the area’s best musical theatre students!

The Junior Company is an intense pre-collegiate theatre program for high school students. Students receive pre-collegiate training from the professors at Notre Dame College and artistic staff of Mercury Theatre Company. Classes include song study, acting, musical theatre dance and audition technique. The Junior Company presents a show designed to compete at national musical theater competitions, such as Disney’s National Performing Arts Festival and iTheatrics’ Junior Theater Festival.


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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.


2017: The Junior Company cast of “Bugsy Malone” received a Superior rating and 10 Outstanding Awards, including Best Choreography and Best Female Vocalist.


2019: The Junior Company cast of "Disney on Broadway" received 1st Place in the Junior Division and 2nd Place Overall and 12 Outstanding Awards, including Best Choreography and Best Female Vocalist.


 iTheatrics Junior Theatre Festival


Produced by the Junior Theater Group and under the educational and artistic supervision of iTheatrics, the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival (JTF) brings students, teachers and Broadway professionals together to celebrate outstanding student musical theater productions.


2018: The Junior Company cast of “Fame Jr.” received the Best in Music Award.


2020: The Junior Company cast of “Frozen Jr.” received the Best in Music Award.