TADA! produces original musicals, plays and dance pieces by both emerging and established writers, composers and lyricists, all performed by actors who are the same age as many of the audience members. TADA! allows children to discover live theater through performances by their peers and offers them the opportunity to explore and perform in a supportive and professional environment. Productions are based on themes relevant to children's lives.
TADA! Ensemble: Young people must audition to be accepted into this five-session—(four school days and a Saturday)—per-week program held at TADA!'s West 28th Street theater. Auditions require no previous training or experience. Children who are accepted into the ensemble receive year-round training. They perform in original musicals commissioned by TADA! from professional playwrights, composers and lyricists, as well as plays that have won TADA!'s annual playwriting competition.
Rainbow Stages: This less intensive program offers musical theater and drama classes for children and is generally held once a week after school or on weekends. There are also five-day sessions during school vacations.
The classroom comes to life in TADA!'s in-school theater residencies, such as Musical Theater Writing, Literacy/Theater Arts Integration and Musical Theater Skills Building, all of which culminate in shared presentations for the school community. TADA! works with faculty to design programs that meet each school's need, curricula and student population. TADA! also offers school groups discount tickets to special school-day performances of its mainstage productions. Auditions for TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble are held by request in schools. In addition, TADA! offers after-school programs that focus on musical theater skills building and drama workshops, and a free staged reading series for teens.