Our actors come from across the entertainment industry, from television, film, theater, and improv. When we say you’ll be in good company, we mean it.


Tips and Tricks for Acting in a Big Show

You’ll be given a highlighted script and given absolutely no time to prepare. How fun is that!

1. Dress appropriately, both for movement and for youngsters. You’ll be moving a lot. And this isn’t an audition, so please dress appropriately for an Elementary School setting.

2. Act out the scenery. Bring everything to life, including the background. No lines in a story? Be a tree, a jock in the high school hallway, or a chirping bird. And be ready to jump into a role if no one else takes it.

3. Be loud. Nothing bores a roomful of 5th graders faster than not being able to hear you.

4. When in doubt, be fast. Don’t skip anything, but remember we often have a limited window of about an hour and a half before the bell rings, or before attention spans fade.

5. The role of Narrator is important. Give it your all. Also, you can dictate the pace of the script.

Some of the actors who have performed with YSF — but by no means all — include:

YSF Actors include Max Adler (GLEE), Dianna Agron (GLEE), Jennifer Aniston (Friends), Hank Azaria (The Simpsons), Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn 99), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Baby Daddy), Beau Billingslea (Just Jordan), Rachel Bilson (Hart of Dixie), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Nicholas Braun (Prom), Alison Brie (Community), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), Gia Caredes (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), John Cho (Harold & Kumar), Kristen Combs (Just Jordan), Rob Corddry (Daily Show), Darren Criss (GLEE), Andy Daly (Comedy Central’s Review), Beverly D’Angelo (Entourage), Tate Donovan (Damages), Trevor Donovan (90210), Mike Faiola (Awkward), Rebecca Field (The Client List), Ashley Fink (GLEE), Kat Foster (‘Til Death, Weeds), Dean Geyer (GLEE), Dana Gould (The Simpsons), Nolan Gould (Modern Family), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Judy Greer (13 Going on 30), Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch), Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man), Brian Huskey (Veep), Rashida Jones (Parks & Rec), Dot Marie Jones (GLEE), David Joyner (Barney), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Chelsea Kane (Baby Daddy), Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), Joey King (Ramona & Beezus), David Koechner (Anchorman), Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace), Rex Lee (Entourage), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Matthew Lillard (Scooby Doo), Leslie Mann (Knocked Up), Jessica Makinson (South Park), Jayma Mays (GLEE), William Mapother (Lost), Kevin McHale (GLEE), Ben McKenzie (Gotham), Curt Mega (GLEE), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Cory Monteith (GLEE), Rob Morrow (Numbers), Alex Newell (Glee), Oscar Nunez (The Office), Patton Oswalt (Reno 911), Cheri Oteri (Saturday Night Live), Danielle Panabaker (Shark), Kay Panabaker (Fame), Matthew Perry (Friends), Busy Phillipps (Cougar Town), Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars), Jeremy Piven (Entourage),  Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show), Matt Price (Men of a Certain Age), June Diane Raphael (Adult Swim’s NTSF: SD: SUV), Mary-Lynn Rajskub (24), Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Melissa Rauch (Big Bang Theory), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Naya Rivera (GLEE), Craig Robinson (The Office), Andre Royo (The Wire), Olesya Rulin (High School Musical), Mark Salling (GLEE), Miguel Sandoval (Medium), Fred Savage (Wonder Years), Campbell Scott (Royal Pains), Harry Shum Jr. (GLEE), Brandon Mychal Smith (Sonny with a Chance),  JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jason and Randy Sklar (United Stats of America), Raven-Symone (That’s So Raven), Todd Stashwick (The Riches), Skyler Stone (Walking with Dinosaurs), Iqbal Theba (GLEE), Derek Theler (Baby Daddy), Becca Tobin (GLEE), Jenna Ushkowitz (GLEE), Janet Varney (The Legend of Korra), Matt Walsh (Veep), Casey Wilson (Marry Me), Debra Wilson-Skelton (MAD TV),  and Constance Zimmer (Entourage).


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