Purple Door Youth Theater

A division of the Northfield Arts Guild Theater



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Purple Door Youth Theater students are led by our staff of theater artists to produce a quality theatrical production.Students receive training and hands-on experiences in acting, technical and administrative theater. Students may choose an acting or a technical theater track. In addition to mounting the show, PDYT emphasizes building character off stage with skills like collaboration, critical thinking, and citizenship.

Les Misérables School Edition:  Victor Hugo’s classic novel comes to life in this Tony Award winning sung-through musical opening March 9, 2018.

Click on this ticket to purchase seats foLes Misérables School Edition. 

The Show: Jean Valjean, known as Prisoner 24601, breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert.  Set in post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion. Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Miserables is an emotional masterpiece that has thrilled audiences all over the world.  Les Miserables School Edition has been abridged to a running time of just over two hours, while carefully maintaining the integrity of one the greatest musicals ever written. Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, Original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel.  Additional Material by James Fenton, Based on the novel by Victor Hugo.  PLEASE NOTE: This show is rated PG-13 and still contains some strong language and concepts.

The King’s New Clothes, by Kevin Holmstrom Bradshaw, is this season’s Project Purple Door production, opening on the Guild Stage on April 27, 2018. Project Purple Door is an extension of PDYT which focuses on ensemble-based storytelling, building productions through imaginative theatricality and minimal stagecraft. This production will perform in our theater, but will also tour to Laura Baker Services, the Northfield Public Library and others.

This is a delightful re-telling of the Hans Christian Anderson story directed by Rachel Haider and Stage Managed by Deb Clark. The King has a splendid new suit — the Queen and all their subjects agree. The problem? Not even he can see it. This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The King’s New Clothes is a funny and fast-paced parable about pride, delusion and human nature.  GREAT FOR ALL AGES.

Click on this ticket for seats to The King’s New Clothes.


Les Miserables (School Edition) performs March 9-18, 2018. Auditions and technician interviews were November 26 and 27, 2017. Rehearsals began on January 15,  2018.

Our touring version of The King’s New Clothes  tours April 20-22 and performs at the theater April 27-29, 2018. Auditions were January 31 and February 5, 2018. Rehearsals begin on March 12, 2018.


Ticketed performances for Les Miserables School Edition and The King’s New Clothes are at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West, Northfield.


Students are involved with every aspect of producing a show from Performing, to Designing and Building, to Marketing and Ushering in a safe and supportive environment. Our Actors will be part of telling the story onstage, and will be also involved in backstage training and work. Our Dedicated Technicians (for Les Misérables) are those who do not wish to act, and are particularly interested in working  with elements such as scenery, lights, costumes and sound.  Actors audition for roles. Dedicated Technicians interview for positions.

Who works with the students?  Rachel Haider manages, directs and teaches acting, character and production skills for both Les Misérables and The King’s New Clothes.  Additionally for Les Misérables, Liz Shepley will Music Direct and Jana Hirsch will choreograph. Tania Legvold is our costumer/educator, and Deb Clark is our technical director/educator.  Deb will also Stage Manage The King’s New Clothes.  Visit our instructors page to learn more.


Past Purple Door Youth Theater productions have included Alice@Wonderland, Robin Hood, You Can’t Take It With You: a radio play, and A Christmas Carol.

PDYT is a tuition and audition/interview based educational theater program.

Les Miserables (School Edition):  Guild member: $225; non-member: $250. Registration is only available to those in the cast or crew.  Scholarships may be available.

The Kings New Clothes:  Guild member: $112.50; non-member: $125. Registration is only available to those in the cast or crew.  Scholarships may be available.


“Thank you so much for providing such exceptional opportunities for kids. Northfield is blessed by having the Arts Guild in our town. Our kids are so lucky to be able to learn and grow from your classes and the community you provide is supportive and fun! Excellent work!”

“Thank you so much for this program – it was a very positive experience for my child and for our family. I was SO proud on opening night!”

“I think the PDYT is a really great organization that fits in so well with Northfield and the arts that this town provides. It’s a bonus that children who are elementary age can participate and that they learn so much about theater as opposed to just performing in a play. We also really liked the fact that professionals were teaching the children. This just adds to the experience. PDYT is fantastic!”

QUESTIONS?  We are very happy to help!

Please contact Rachel at rachel.purpledooryouththeater@gmail.com


The audition/interview process is fun and low-pressure.  However, the decision-making process begins the moment you walk through the door. Move and speak simply, clearly and with confidence.  Be prepared, be nice, (never smug) and enjoy the opportunity to show your stuff.   It’s okay… everyone is nervous.  Try to stay positive, have a good attitude, and enjoy the experience.

It’s important that we’re able to assess each student’s independent abilities. Unless a special circumstance or need demands a parent’s assistance, this is your young artist’s time to shine. Parents will be asked to stay in another area.

Actors should wear comfortable clothes and shoes in which they can freely move.

Previous acting or technical experience is not required.

We expect all artists in PDYT productions to be committed to doing and behaving their best – on and off stage.

The PDYT logo was designed by Louisa Lawler.  Check out her work at https://society6.com/louisalawler

More educational theater is available in the summer months with our Young People’s Theater Workshop. 

2017-18 Purple Door Youth Theater programming is sponsored by:

and by

 Kevin Ely and Jerry Fox who encourage you to shop at the Northfield Community Action Center’s Clothes Closet 


2017-18 Education programs sponsored by: