Austinites have the good fortune to live in a city replete with artistic opportunities for youth and adults alike. One such staple in the youth theatre community is Summer Stock Austin, a tuition-free program that affords high school and college students the chance to perform in and mount multiple productions over the course of the summer, while collaborating with professionals in the area. Going strong since its introduction in 2004, the program's 11th season remains appealing, featuring productions of Guys and Dolls, Tortoise & Hare, and Stephen Sondheim sensation Into the Woods.
Summer Stock Austin has been a part of the Austin theatre scene since 2005. Annually, college and high school students from across Texas meet to mount several productions with professionals from Austin and around the country in a one-of-a-kind experience. They work as a traditional "stock" company; each member performs, designs, builds, and assists on the various aspects of theatrical productions. Similar programs charge high school students tuition, but Summer Stock Austin not only offers the experience to all participants free of charge, many of the college students work as mentors throughout the process. Led by a host of professionals with experience ranging from Austin to Broadway, students begin making invaluable connections as they embark on their professional careers and gain firsthand knowledge of working in a professional setting.