The Would Be Players!

Why theater for youth?  

Theater, unlike anything else, can really help a child to mature. 


  • Theater is a "team-sport".  Everyone has to do his or her part in order to make a production work. 

  • It can create enormous pressure.  Getting up on stage and performing is notoriously nerve-wracking.  It can help pull a shy child out of his/her shell. 

  • It teaches discipline. You have to learn your lines or look foolish on stage. 

  • Each play has a message that a child can learn from. 

  • Theater takes a child away from the television, computer or mall and forces them to socialize with his/her peers. 

  • You can develop wonderful relationships between kids of all ages.  As we have seen time and time again, the older actors love helping the younger actors.

Most importantly, the things that a student learns in acting class will stay with him/her their entire life.  Math may be forgotten.  History may be forgotten, but each student will never lose their ability to stand up in front of a group of people and present themselves favorably.  Theater is one "stage" that you want your child to go through!


We are experiencing such large classes we will be adding a third class this Spring Season.


The "Stars" Class 6 - 11 yr old students - new to the stage.

The "Entertainer" Class will be for 11 - 14 yr old students.

The "Thespian" Class students 14 - 18 yrs will be reserved for more experienced younger students and the oldest WBP.

**Our Thespian Class will be on hold until Summer*

Listed below are the class times and performances dates:


NOVICE/STARS -Mon & Tues March 23-May 12  3:45-5:45pm

ENTERTAINER - Wed & Thurs  March 23 - May 12  3:45-5:45pm

THESPIAN - Mon & Tues   TBD



Our program:

  • Is open to all young people from 6-18 years of age.

  • Will last for 6-8 weeks

  • Will have rehearsals 2 days a week during that time span with a Tech rehearsal on Sunday preceding the   performances. 

  • Will provide training in all aspects of theater

  • Will end with a live performance open to the families of the actors


Cost is $125 per student - if you have more than one student there is a discount and we do offer some scholarships. We do have a limit of 20 students per class and we need you to preregister.

Please call the office to sign up 360.679.2237


So... if you are from the ages of 6-18 and you want to become a Star!  Come join us!

If you have questions or concerns please contact program directors directly: Shelby Montoya 


If you can help in anyway, please let me know.  Volunteers are always welcome!

We are thrilled for you to be apart of this exciting season with us... See You at the Theater!


STARS Lead Instructor: Shelby Montoya

STARS Assistant: Fernando Duran

ENTERTAINERS Lead Instructor: Kim Newcomb

ENTERTAINERS Assistant: Kenyon Sirak


The playhouse has been a piece of Shelby Montoya’s life for over a decade, most of that time spent on stage portraying characters, with the occasional backstage role. She took on a large production, Best Christmas Pageant Ever, last year and is looking forward to directing again this season with Elf Jr.. Shelby loves working with the playhouse and has been given the large task of heading up the Volunteer and Membership Committee. Shelby brings a positive and enthusiastic attitude in every role she takes whether producing, backstage, or directing.

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Fernando Duran is a professional working actor of over two decades, having started his career in 1996. Aside from working on stage, Fernando also works in film and television, having being cast in the feature film “Martingale” in the beginning of the summer, 2019. Fernando is a graduate of Beverly Hills Academy along with name-talent alumni and has studied extensively under predominant instructors such as Stella Adler, William Esper, Margie Haber and Amy Jo Berman. As a local to Whidbey Island. he has worked on stage here at the Whidbey Playhouse as well as Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Anacortes Community Theatre, all throughout Skagit, Snohomish County and Seattle

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Kim Newcomb has been with the playhouse for close to 2 years. She started helping while her daughter was in the Whidbey Players. She then helped backstage for The Little Mermaid and enjoyed getting to know the kids. She was in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever as a church woman, but the best role was The Grinch! That was her debut on the stage. Since then she helped backstage during the Lion King and is currently in The Addams Family which is coming up in October.  She is really excited to start teaching the Entertainers class for the Whidbey Player with Kenyon Sirak. She is looking forward to meeting and teaching this new group of kids who will be the future of the theater.

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Kenyon Sirak is 19 years old, and loves theater more than most other things in life. He has been involved with the Whidbey Playhouse throughout much of his youth, participating in the Would-Be Players and multiple Jr. productions, igniting his love for theater.  Over the last few years, he has performed in shows such as Beauty and the Beast Jr. Into the Woods, and Guys and Dolls. Kenyon is incredibly excited to be able to share his love and passion for theater, and give back to the Would-be Players program!