The Mainstage Playmakers  aims to provide a theater experience for children ages 7-15, and will have 3 productions a year.

The Center is thrilled to bring live theater to our stage for the first time since the building remodel that was completed in March of 2020. * In 2021, The Center for the Arts received a generous gift of $25,000 from that directly funded the launch of our Children’s Theater Program.

Paulette Gilbert has worked with children for nearly 30 years as a teacher, actor and director. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University. Her extensive experience with professional companies across the country includes a national tour with the Missoula Children’s Theatre. For the past 15 years she has taught and produced theatre for young people in Nevada County. She directed seven Children’s Theatre Ensemble productions for Center Stage Dance Studio, performed at the North Star House. Paulette is also a professional Costume Designer, primarily for the B Street Theatre in Sacramento and locally for Sierra Stages.

"Theater is so impactful because it encourages and enhances a child's capacity for self-expression and their sense of self-esteem. To make this possible, the most important thing about being in a play- is that it should be fun! Beyond it being fun, it is exciting and rewarding for kids to be part of creating something memorable while working closely with others. Every child has something special to add to a theatrical production, and it is deeply fulfilling to explore possibilities and find out what those special things will be. As a director, I love to work on plays with children of all ages and levels of experience, and am always searching for the rich rewards that theater can provide to children and their families."

- Paulette Gilbert

Thank you to for their generous gift of $25,000 that directly funded the launch of our Children’s Theater Program.