TIP Youth 2019-2020


 We are proud to announce the dates for our tenth youth program!

TIP Youth aims to provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge and practical training in theatre and performing arts, culminating in performances of a fully staged musical. We believe that the experience gained from participation in the TIP Youth program will be beneficial in many aspects of both student and future adult lives, whether participants go on to perform professionally or not. Unlike an “acting school”, TIP Youth is an opportunity to perform in a production with others, as well as learn the 'total' theatrical experience.
Online registration
Sunday, October 6th  from 9:00AM
(Registration has closed)


Student & Parent Orientation*
Sunday, October 13th, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
A chance for parents and children new to TIP Youth to meet the directors and have questions answered.
*Everyone is invited to the orientation, but attendance is not mandatory.
Act 1 - -  ages 8 to 12, Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM
      November    2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December             7
   January        11, 18, 25
       February     1, 8, 15, 22, 29
March    7, 14, 21, 28
   April               4    
Act 2 - -  ages 13 to 17, Sundays from 9AM to 1PM
November    3, 10, 17, 24
December             1, 8
January        12, 19, 26
February     2, 9, 16, 23
March    1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April                    5
With very limited exceptions, rehearsals are held at Our Space in Hatagaya.
Production Week
Tuesday, April 7th through Sunday, April 12th, 2020
at Theatre Daikanyama
Thursday, April 9th in the evening
Friday, April 10th in the evening
Saturday, April 11th, matinee and evening
Sunday, April 12th, matinee and evening
Students in each group will alternate performance day and time.
During class, workshops are given on topics such as foundation, core, voice, movement, staging, safety, tech and much more. Students will learn a new glossary of vocabulary associated with acting and the theatre. They will develop public speaking skills and learn ways to handle self-consciousness and take pride in team achievements. TIP Youth offers students a supportive environment to experiment, try new things, make mistakes, and improve in multiple areas of development. Through hard work, combined with rehearsals and other fun activities, they will create a fantastic show that many others can enjoy. Students learn that it is the process as much as the end result that is important.
There are two age groups in the program. “Act 1” is for 8 to 12 year olds, and “Act 2” is for 13 to 17 year olds. Students must be 8 years old or older by the first rehearsal date to be admitted.
Please note that this is an English speaking program and we are unable to provide support for students in Japanese. All students are expected to be native or near-native speakers of English as a minimum requirement. Concerns about language ability may be discussed with the directors at orientation.
The full course of six months of professional level classes, workshops, intensive production week rehearsals, plus all costs associated with the production is ¥90,000. A TIP Youth t-shirt, access to photos and videos are included in this fee.
Payment, in full, should be made in cash at orientation on
Sunday, October 14th.
Bank transfers will also be accepted.
Please note that all director’s casting decisions are final and we will not be able to provide a refund if a student or parent is not satisfied with the role(s) assigned.
With very few exceptions, TIP Youth rehearsals and events are at:
Our Space in Hatagaya.
2-1-1 Hatagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0072
We look forward to seeing you at the Student & Parent Orientation on
Sunday, October 14th at 10AM at Our Space in Hatagaya!
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at tipyouth@tokyoplayers.org
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you choose students for TIP Youth?
Registration is first come, first served, then students and parents are invited to attend our Orientation on October 14th to get a better idea of how your child(ren) will fit in the program.  Enrollment is not confirmed until payment is made in full. We do not conduct an audition to enter the TIP Youth program.

How many students are in each class?
We can accommodate 20 students each in Act 1 and Act 2.  

What kind shows have you done before?
TIP Youth has performed musicals such as Fame Jr., Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr., Hairspray Jr., Disney’s Mulan Jr., Fiddler on the Roof Jr., Disney’s Peter Pan Jr., etc.  These Jr. titles are condensed versions of Broadway shows provided by the original producers and writing teams for performances by students.

Where is the registration link?  There is no place to click.
The registration form is not available online until October 6th at 9AM.

What do I do on the reservation form?
The online registration form only requires very basic information such as name, email address, child’s birthday, parent/guardian’s name, phone number, etc.  It is a very simple form, nothing complicated.

May I pay the class fee by bank transfer?
We will send bank transfer information in the registration confirmation email from October 6th.

My child is new to TIP Youth. We usually speak English at home, but he/she is not a perfect, native-English speaker. Is it enough?
To get a better idea of how your child will fit in the program, including his/her English proficiency, please register online and then attend the Student & Parent Orientation. Upon learning more about TIP Youth, families can make a decision at Orientation (or later) as to whether they would like to commit to the program by making payment in full.

Is it OK if my child misses only one performance? 
It is imperative that all students attend all production week rehearsals and performances for their show.  This is a minimum requirement for our program, so we publish these dates very far in advance. If your family has a scheduling conflict with the production week in April, including performances, we ask that you not join TIP Youth this season so another child could have the opportunity.  We’re sorry if our performance dates do not line up with your family’s availability, but the theatre reservation and the rights to perform the shows are only granted for those specific dates.