The Echo Theater Company has provided pre-professional training and performance opportunities in aerial arts, acrobatics, and ensemble physical theater to youth for over 20 years. We currently support three performance groups:
The Knick Knacks are our entry-level youth performance ensemble (ages 8 – 14). The focus of this program is build skills in aerial arts (trapeze, silks, hoop, invented apparatus), acrobatics, and physical theater and to learn the fundamentals of ensemble choreography and performance.
The Tik Toks are our pre-professional youth performance ensemble (ages 8 – 14). Tik Toks explore more advanced aerial and acrobatic skills and learn to integrate those skills into a full-scale physical theater production, including costumes, props, script, music, and more. Tik Toks perform at local functions throughout the year and present their own original work in the Echo Theater in May.
The Zig Zags are our pre-professional teen performance ensemble (ages 12 – 18). This program is a year-long glimpse into the world of professional ensemble physical theater performance, from physical training to choreography, stage-craft, script-writing, costuming, sound design, and more. Zig Zags perform at local functions throughout the year and present their own original work in the Echo Theater in April. Zig Zag alumni have gone on to careers in circus arts, dance, theater, micro-biology, international law and much more!