Actin' Up Theatre Troupe


The Actin’ Up Theatre Troupe is a year-round program designed for youth and teens, ages 8-17. This program helps young actors develop a well-rounded understanding of the various aspects of theatre and its process, resulting in a greater appreciation for the arts and film. Participants focus on applying the arts constructively to self-improve and advance their communities; utilizing theatrical techniques to spread positive messages and promote wellness. Upward Thrive Academy, Inc. is a member of the International Thespian Society (troupe# 10110); a middle and high school honors association and our troupe is facilitated by Thespian Alumni.

Theatre presents opportunities for youth to safely enhance critical-thinking and problem-solving skills as they are introduced to new challenges within storylines. Musicals and readings of plays written from antiquity to modern-day, help boost academic vocabulary aptitudes and encourage historical and cultural appreciation. Motivational incentives such as achievement awards inspire participants to aim high to attain program goals.

Performances are presented throughout the local community and on film which helps youth to develop stage presence, public speaking, and other communication skills.  This program is conducted through on-line and in-person trainings, workshops, and in-field events. 

 Sponsor our Troupe

Become a sponsor and receive numerous benefits for your business or place an ad in our production souvenir book.  There are a variety of opportunities available for you to show your support. Please contact us @ or (443) 924-6105.

We do not accept sponsorships from the following:
– Organizations promoting politically driven campaigns, parties, or subject matter
– Businesses promoting controversial topics, products, and/or services
– Businesses that we deem inappropriate for our youth programs

This Fall, Your Child is Welcome to "Act Up" With Us During Our "Actin' Up for the Holidays II" Session!


(Sept. 16, 2023 – Jan. 13, 2024)

Session Title: Actin’ Up for the Holidays II

Theme: Classic storytelling through musical theatre

“Actin’ Up for the Holidays II” is a dynamic fall session preparing participants for our holiday live performance, “Once Upon a Christmas Puppet:Pinocchio The Musical.”  Singing experience is a plus but not required. This session, each workshop is designed to help participants hone their acting voice and cast/crew skills on stage. Participants develop on stage presence, build confidence, understand the importance of “follow through” and improve public speaking, leadership, self-expression and team work. This is an awesome opportunity for participants to take their acting skills to the next level! Let’s “Act Up” and work together to produce a spectacular holiday show! Ages 8-17…WE. ACT. UP!

*COVID Policy: If a participant or any members of their household test positive for COVID and/or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms , the participant must refrain from in-person sessions until all members of the family test negative, and all related symptoms have exhausted. Masks are encouraged during in-person rehearsals.

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When: Saturday, September 16, 2023 – Saturday, January 13, 2024

Performance Date: Saturday, January 13, 2024

Rehearsals are held in-person with a few virtual dates. Saturdays are normally bi-weekly.

Meeting Dates & Times:

Saturday, September 16, 2023 (in-person 2pm – 4pm)

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)

Saturday, September 30, 2023 (in-person 2pm – 4pm)

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 (virtual 5pm – 6:30pm)

Saturday, October 14, 2023 (in-person 2pm – 4pm)

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)

Saturday, October 28, 2023 (in-person 2pm – 4pm)

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 (virtual 5pm – 6:30pm)

Saturday, November 11, 2023 (in-person 2pm – 4pm)

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)

Saturday, December 2, 2023 (in-person 2pm – 4pm)

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)

Saturday, December 16, 2023 (in-person 2pm – 4pm)

Wednesday, December 20, 2023 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)

Wednesday, January 3, 2024 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)

Saturday, January 6, 2024 (in-person 2pm – 4pm)

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 (in-person 6pm – 8pm)

****Performance: Saturday, January 13 (Time TBD)****

*In-person Rehearsal Address:
8 Jay Gould Ct.
Unit E
Waldorf, MD 20602

*Some sessions may be at an alternate location within Charles County.

In case of emergency, a parent/guardian must remain in close proximity during in-person sessions.

Mandatory Parent Orientation: In-person at the end of the first in-person session (September 16).

Actin’ Up Theatre Troupe is an Upward Thrive Academy, Inc. youth program. If your child loves to “act up,” register for “Actin’ Up for the Holidays II” now! Questions? Email

Registration Ends Sunday, September 10th

Join The Troupe

Don’t just participate, you can join the troupe. Click below for official membership benefits and eligibility.