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.



The King’s New Clothes, a delightful re-telling of the Hans Christian Anderson story by Kevin Holmstrom Bradshaw, was 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 performed in our theater, and also toured to Laura Baker Services, the Northfield Public Library and the Northfield Area Family YMCA.


Les Misérables School Edition:  Victor Hugo’s classic novel was brought to life in this Tony Award winning sung-through musical  which ran March 9-18, 2018.


Les Miserables (School Edition) performed 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 performed 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.


“Thanks for a great experience and a hilarious show!”

“(My daughter) had an absolutely fabulous time, and it’s been great to see her so happy and learning so much!”

“The Purple Door Theater is a real treasure.”

“As a parent, I was beyond impressed and look forward to future experiences.”

“My daughter learned so much and made great friends! It is a safe and nurturing environment for her to take risks and try new things!”

“Seeing the friendships and cooperative spirit among the cast and crew was so inspiring!”

“The tour was a neat experience for the kids. The close friendships made/relationships built were a highlight. Wearing such elaborate costumes was fun. Leading audience members in activities after the shows gave the kids another chance to show their confidence.”

“For my child, performing in the theater was a big highlight as were costumes. She also enjoyed making new friends. For me, I was thrilled to see her confidence increase and for her to have the opportunity to perform in multiple settings for a range of audiences.”

“The children came together as a ‘family’. They learned from each other and had a great time!

making new friends, having fun, learning new things.”

“I volunteered several days “wrangling” the kids, and they listened well and knew what was expected of them.”

These kids are so fortunate to have this opportunity!You do wonderful things! These kids lives are molded by your belief in their abilities and gifts.”

“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: