YES Academy

YES Academy

YES Academy provides year-long musical theater education, performance, and community engagement opportunities. Through YES Academy, students will engage in regular musical theater classes (including vocal, dance and acting) and masterclasses in other theatrical production elements. Participation in YES Academy is by audition. See below for audition and tuition information.

Who is Eligible to Audition?

  • If you have participated in a YES Company production and are currently in 7th-12th grade
  • If you have not participated in a YES Company production, are currently in 7th-12th grade, and agree to audtion for the upcoming YES Company production
  • If you are a current GCYA member, and are currently in 7th-8th grade, you may audition for YES Academy in addition to participating in GCYA

2022-2023 Season Auditions:

When: Thursday, August 18, 2022 from 4:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Gallo Center for the Arts
What to Prepare: 16-32 bars of a Broadway musical song and a one-minute monologue. These selections should highlight your specific skills and should be age appropriate. Please bring your sheet music with you.
Not sure what song to sing or monologue to prepare? See below for a few recommendations.


Peter Pan to Tinkerbell, Peter Pan
The Cat in the Hat, Seussical
Violet Beauregarde, Willy Wonka
The Wicked Witch, The Wizard of Oz


Put on a Happy Face, Bye Bye Birdie
Tomorrow, Annie

What to Expect: Be prepared to learn a short dance phrase with director Maggie Sniffen, so please wear appropriate dance clothing and footwear (Athletic wear, sneakers, dance shoes, etc.). Followed by performances of your song and monologue selections.

Click here to register for auditions:

Audition Registration

2022-2023 Season Schedule

Monthly Classes: Classes are held twice a month on the dates listed below taught by YES Company director and choreographer Maggie Sniffen and Music Director Phil Smallwood. All classes are held on Thursdays from 4:00 -7:00 PM with the exception of the masterclasses held four times a year. All classes are held at the Tom Changnon Education Center (TCEC) 1325 H Street, Downtown Modesto.

  • September: 8 & 22, 2022
  • October: 6 & 20 (masterclass), 2022
  • November: 3 & 17, 2022
  • December: 1 & 15 (masterclass), 2022
  • January: 12 & 26, 2023
  • February: 9 & 23 (masterclass), 2023
  • March: 9 & 30, 2023
  • April: 6 (masterclass) & 20, 2023

Masterclasses: Four classes a year, these masterclasses will be in place of a regular monthly class. All masterclasses are held at the Tom Changnon Education Center (TCEC) 1325 H Street, Downtown Modesto.

  • October 20, 2022 from 5:30-7:00 PM
  • December 15, 2022 from 5:30-7:00 PM
  • February 23, 2023 from 5:30-7:00 PM
  • April 6, 2023 from 5:30-7:00 PM

Community Performances & Engagement Activities: Additional dates to be added throughout the year.

  • Saturday, September 11, 2022: ┬áCommunity Brunch Fundraiser
  • Saturday September 24, 2022: Gallo Center for the Arts 15th Anniversary Gala
  • Saturday, October 22, 2022: Education Foundation of Stanislaus County 20th Anniversary Dinner
  • Wednesday December 7, 2022: Gallo Center for the Arts Donor Reception
  • December 2022: Sunrise Rotary Holiday Performance
  • March 2023: Stanislaus County Arts Education Month Reception
  • April 2023: Maker Hoopla

2022-2023 Season Tuition

$200/year, due in full on Friday, August 26th. Tuition, registration and contracts of commitment will be issued and collected after selections are made following the audition. Scholarships will be available.