We are so excited to announce our upcoming production of:

Friday, August 2nd, 7 pm

Saturday, August 3rd, 7 pm

Sunday August 4th, 2 pm

                                                          Presented by The Main Stage Playmakers | Directed by David Endacott-Hicks 

Matilda The Musical! 

2 Act Musical

Rebellion is nigh in Matilda JR., a gleefully witty ode to the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story, of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires, will have audiences rooting for the “revolting children” who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson.

The Main Stage Playmakers aims to provide a theater experience for children *ages 7-15, and produces three plays and musicals throughout the year.

The Center is thrilled to bring live theater to our stage for our youth community. 

*Age range may vary depending on each production throughout the year.

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 17 years she has taught and produced theatre for young people in Nevada County. She is thrilled to be the Director of The Main Stage Playmakers productions which include The Velveteen RabbitSilver’s Secret: A Pirate Adventure, The Reluctant Dragon, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Emperor’s New Clothes. Paulette is also a regional freelance theatrical costume designer and proprietor of SANDbags. www.SANDbagsStudio.Etsy.com

"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."

David Endacott-Hicks, is the Artistic Director and the President of the Board for Lyric Rose Theatre Company. As Artistic Director, David has been able to give performing arts opportunities to adults and hundreds of children through out Nevada County and beyond through enrichment and outreach.

He is an Alumni of NUHS where he was very active in Theatre Arts and the Baggett Choir Program. He completed a Bachelor’s of Music from UOP, Conservatory of Music and then went on to do his graduate training at the New England Conservatory of Music, as a Vocal Performance major. 

He has been a Professional Principal Performer on and off Broadway, in East and West Coast National Tours and several Opera companies. Just this past Summer, David was contracted by the Festival of Italian Opera, to play the role of “Don Ramiro” in La Cenerentola for 6 weeks in Northern Italy. Most recently, he has been a soloist with Music in the Mountains, “Prince Charming” and the “Wolf” in Into The Woods, “Jamie Wellerstein” in The Last Five Years, “Davison Sheeney” in 1940’s Christmas Radio with Off Broad Street Theatre, and is happy to announce that he will be performing the role of “Roger” in RENT at the Nevada Theatre in May/June of 2024. Most recently at The Center, he directed the musical Mean Girls, which not only awed Nevada county audiences, but also provided theatre enrichment for middle school and high school youth.


A special thank you to EventHelper.com for their generous gift of $25,000 that directly funded the launch of our Children’s Theater Program.


Thank you to our annual youth arts sponsors