Meet the SFArtsED Players

Bringing Broadway’s best to San Francisco.

What happens when a hand-picked group of young performers, ages 9-14, collaborates with seasoned and passionate stage directors, choreographers, and vocal coaches….happily rehearsing nine-plus hours per week after school and on Saturdays?

The results of that discipline and dedication are fully realized productions of such classics as Oklahoma, Bells are Ringing, On the Town, Fiorello, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Annie to name a few, and revues dedicated to such luminaries as Harold Arlen and Irving Berlin. Legendary for their polish and professionalism, Players’ shows are performed at the Presidio Theatre over three weekends starting in February.

Extra! Extra! Read All About it! Here comes Disney's Newsies!

They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. The SFArtsED Players launch their 22nd season with Disney’s Newsies, the Tony Award-winning musical based on the beloved 1992 movie. Audiences and critics alike are calling it “a musical worth singing about!” (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance. Now is the time to seize the day with Newsies, the captivating story, based on true events, of a band of child laborers who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right and staying true to who you are.

Performing once again at the beautifully restored Presidio Theatre.

Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7pm (tickets are $25 general, $20 students)
Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 3pm and 7pm (tickets are $25 general, $20 students)
Sunday, April 23, 2022 at Noon – performance + closing day gala benefit celebration in the plaza (tickets are $100 general and $25 for students)

Tickets on January 11, 2023!

The audition process.

Becoming a member of the Players begins at our Broadway Bound Summer Camps, where students who demonstrate extraordinary enthusiasm, talent, and dedication are invited by our artistic staff to join the company. The Players are open to both public- and private school students—some ten percent of whom go on to audition successfully into the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School.

So you want to be a producer? Here’s how!

Some of our generous donors have a particular passion for the performing arts, and seek to support the extraordinary work of our student musical theater performers. Contributions help to defray the considerable costs of mounting a production, including the artistic staff, theater rental, rehearsal space, set and costume design, musicians, performer scholarships, and much more.

We call this wonderful group of humans our Producers Circle, and we invite you to become a member today. Please note: donors of $500 or more will receive two free tickets to the upcoming production!

Through the great generosity of Sharonjean and Richard Leeds, your donations can have twice the impact! The Leeds have pledged to match gifts of $1,968 or more (in homage to the year SFArtsED was founded) with a gift to the SFArtsED Performing Arts Endowment in the amount of $1,968. As the Leeds like to say, “One gift is for the present. The other is for the future.”