Apprentice Program

The Surflight High School Apprentice Program is designed to allow talented young people the opportunity to work directly with theatre professionals and gain first-hand experience in professional theatrical production. An Apprentice is a student that is entering 9th grade through just graduated High School and who has an interest in theatre. Love to Sing or Dance?  Want to learn Sound or Lights? Like Box Office or Publicity? There are opportunities for you!!! Students are given a sense of professionalism and tools to help them follow through on commitments, plan time wisely and meet deadlines and responsibilities. As a result of their participation in the program, Surflight apprentices have an advantage to go on to successful careers in various areas of theatre or through the valuable skills instilled by our program, successfully pursue careers in other areas which are non-theatre-based. One of the major goals of the program is to teach the advantage of hard work and working together as a team. This program is completely tuition free for eligible candidates.


The Program will begin Monday, July 2nd and conclude the week of August 25th for a duration of 8 weeks. This a full-time program and students accepted into the Apprentice program will generally have sessions Monday through Friday from 10 am until 5 pm, with a one hour lunch break. Sessions include time in the various shops, classes, field trips, performance classes in acting, singing and dance and will culminate in an Apprentice Production: The final and exciting Apprentice Showcase will be held the week of August 25th. 

Program Benefits

• Interact with other talented young people from different schools and communities
• Work closely with Surflight professional actors and production staff

• Hands-on-training in acting, set, props, costumes, theatrical painting, lighting, sound and stage management
• Professional theatrical experience working backstage for season shows
• Free tickets to Surflight Mainstage productions
• Community service credits and/or school-to-career credits
• Letter of recommendation for college application and/or National Honor Society
• Well-rounded theatrical education and training comparable in all areas including acting, backstage crew, set, costume and prop construction, stage management and sound
* Possible performance opportunities in Children’s Theatre and Community Events

* Special topic/project opportunities, workshops in resumes, audition techniques

Program Requirements

The Apprentice must:

  • Be a 9th thru 12th grade student

  • Complete a personal interview with the Education Director

  • Provide a Teacher recommendation

  • Complete 16 hours per week working in the shops or on lights or sound

  • Work backstage on one or more Mainstage Shows

  • Help with the strike of each Mainstage Show (one hour per show)

  • Be fearless and hard-working when learning new skills (especially the skills that do not come easily)

  • Participate in the Apprentice Showcase (either on stage or backstage)