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Posted on: September 11, 2020

Registration is Now Open for Temecula Presents’ Free Student-Led Musical Theater Internship

James Giant Peach

The City of Temecula invites middle and high school students (ages 13-18) interested in auditioning for an opportunity to perform and produce a musical to sign-up for this unique arts education opportunity!  Temecula Presents is pleased to offer a third session of the Student-Led Arts Education Internship Program that allows students to gain experience in the theater industry at no charge. Temecula’s free arts education program provides youth access to three months of mentorship from professional artists and expert advisors. This program encourages dynamic, innovative community building and learning through youth-focused arts and cultural projects.

This year, we present Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach.  This fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit features a wickedly tuneful score by the Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight; A Christmas Story; Dear Evan Hansen; La La Land; The Greatest Showman), and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka; The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley).  Critics rave that James and the Giant Peach is a "masterpeach!"

City of Temecula Mayor Pro Tem Maryann Edwards shared that, "Funding for the original program in 2018-2019 was supported by the California Arts Council’s Youth Arts Action Grant, in addition to Temecula Presents’ ongoing commitment to providing meaningful arts education opportunities.  We continue to grow this outstanding, student-led program to provide access for youth to engage in musical theater productions and experience public performances in a professional facility regardless of financial means."  

City Council Member and Temecula Community Services District President Zak Schwank added, "Student participation increased by 26% and attendance increased 115% from the initial pilot program to the second session.  Temecula’s Student-Led Arts Education Internship Program continues to receive a generous amount of positive feedback from the community.  This program plays a part in inspiring a new generation of theater lovers, and exemplifies Temecula’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access." 

This program is an excellent opportunity for students interested in acting, directing, choreography, musical direction, and other backstage positions.  Students can register to audition for a role in the cast or interview for a production team position.  Interviews and Auditions are scheduled for NOV 12, 13, & 14, 2020.  Participants cast will attend classes (via Zoom and/or socially distanced in person) each week that will teach valuable theatrical skills and provide collaborative production experience.  Rehearsals will begin DEC 2, 2020, at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Rehearsal Room.  Pending State health and safety guidelines, we may present four, public, ticketed performances on FEB 26, 27, & 28, 2021 on the Old Town Temecula Community Theater’s main stage at the end of the three-month program.  

For more details on times and locations, please visit, or call the Temecula Community Services Department at 951.694.6480.  #ExperienceTemeculaTheater