Mary Susan Whaley, vocal music teacher at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, is looking forward to sign-ups for Youth on Stage.

They will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. June 18 at the Miami Little Theatre building on North Main Street.

“Working with kids is what keeps me going, Whaley said. “I'm an educator, it's what I do.

Those middle and high school students interested in a musical will perform the school version of the modern classic, “Grease.

It is designed to be appropriate for youth in that age group, eliminating teen pregnancy etc.

Whaley will direct it, along with Lee Dell Mustain who will do the choreography.

Those who are younger, having completed first grade, and those who are not interested in a musical will perform, “A Fairytale Courtroom.

It will be directed by Pamela Catt and Jessica Stout.

Catt, who teaches in the Commerce Public Schools, calls the summer youth theater a learning experience for the students and the directors.

Rehearsals for all will be 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Performances will be July 19 and 20 at the Coleman Theatre.

Cost for participation is $50 per child with a discount for additional children in each family.

The maximum number of participants is 50 students.

“We're happy to provide an opportunity for students to learn how to perform live theater, Whaley said. “Miami High School is the only local high school that consistently presents an opportunity for students to learn the art.

One student who has already expressed interest in the workshop will be coming from the Joplin, Mo.-area.

“As a college teacher, I'm glad that my future students will have this experience, Whaley said.