Summer Youth Theater Intensive

Presented by the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education and Community Program and PURE Theatre

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Students ages 13 – 18 of all skill levels are invited to study with members of PURE Theatre’s Core Ensemble of professional actors in a three-week performance intensive. The group of 15 actors will be cast in, study, rehearse, and perform Puffs by Matt Cox, the story of the kids who just happened to be there when a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. Puffs is basically a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. Is it funny and a whole lot of fun? Absolutely!

Classes will run July 5 – 21 and will focus on critical (and also fun to learn) performance skills: vocalization, characterization, motivations, movement, blocking and staging, and some cool conversations with the designers and technicians who make it all happen behind the scenes and backstage. We’ll even throw in a few theater games. Classes will be held off-site from the Gaillard Center at a downtown theater location, but students will have the exceptional opportunity to perform for their family, friends, and the Charleston community on the stage of the Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall for the debut of Puffs on July 21st at 6pm. Puffs is a 105 minute, one-act play. Content warning: this production includes strobe effects. 

Youth Theater Intensive
Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
Ages 13-18

July 5 – 9 (downtown theater space) 
July 12 – 16 (downtown theater space)
July 19 – 21 (Charleston Gaillard Center)
July 21 at 6pm – Final Performance (Charleston Gaillard Center)

Please join us for an evening of youth theater at the Gaillard Center. We are honored to partner with PURE Theatre and seventeen amazing students to present, Puffs. Please join us for this free family event on the stage of the Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall. 


PURE Theatre is a professional regional theatre in Charleston, SC that creates consequential theatre experiences by and for a diverse gathering of artists and audiences. PURE produces work that inspires thought, ignites dialogue, and heightens consciousness, and contributes to the urgent exchange of ideas, viewpoints, aspirations, and inspirations of our community. PURE Theatre is committed to the highest standards in theatre education and draws from the extensive training and experience of its 20 member Core Ensemble of professional actors and directors. Theatre training at PURE joyfully explores the creation of theatre by delivering peak educational experiences that reinforce confidence, amplify social-emotional aptitude, and develop critical “success skills” which students will utilize throughout their lives.