SORT of Thing

Our Sort of Thing program builds on the work we do in our other programming by allowing students the opportunity to work alongside professional theatre artists in the creation of an original musical. These programs happen at two times throughout the year, the Summer Sort of Thing and the Winter Sort of Thing.

Upcoming production

Yes! And… Collaborative Arts’ Summer Sort of Thing presents:
Down With the Crown
Co-sponsored by the Pomona Cherokee Civic Council
August 22-24, 2018 Showtimes: 6pm
Kings, nomads, dragons, and a whole lot of medieval mischief and mayhem!


Wednesday, August 22 - 6pm
Thursday, August 23 - 6pm
Friday, August 24 - 6pm

Cost: FREE! (Suggested donation of $5)

Location: Holman Field - Enter either through Cherokee, just off Washington Lane or park in our lot on Washington Lane and enter through our parking lot.

Bring a blanket or chairs, your dinner, and your whole selves!

Join our summer outdoor musical theatre series, Summer Sort of Thing, as we once again spin a tale that cannot be imagined elsewhere! Bring your blanket, your folding chairs, and your dinner and join us at beautiful Holman Field for this amazing community event.

Through original songs and dance, the story of King Claude and his rocky relationship with his “loyal” subjects is told. Featuring the rocking anthem where our show received its title, Down With the Crown, is sure to please your young theatre-goer and the whole family!

A long time ago in a world not unlike our own, there arose a problem of royal proportions. The King stinks, and not just the under-the-arm kind, he’s really bad. Not evil, just awful, and the adults seem happy to do nothing about it. It’s up to the kids in the quiet hamlet of Blankety-Blank Bay to take matters into their own hands. But who knew revolution would prove so difficult?

The programs

Summer Sort of Thing

SSOT is a four week intensive summer camp program where students will work with profesional artists to bring a musical to life! The musicals chosen for production are shows that have already been performed in Winter Sort of Thing productions. There is no proir experience necessary for this program.

Winter Sort of Thing

WSOT is a six month intensive program where students that have attended other YACA programs can participate in the staging of a full-length musical. Students are educated further in all aspects of the theatre arts while attending organized rehearsals with professional artists for the production. The program culminates with the performance of an original student-conceived, staff-written/composed musical.

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Contact us:

Yes! And... Collaborative Arts 21 W. Washington Ln. Philadelphia, PA 19144
215-ART-GANG 215-278-4264 Contact Us Form

Sign up

Kids from 5th to 12th grade can register to be a part of this exciting program. Go to the Summer Sort of Thing page and fill out the registration form. Space is limited, act now!

Hallen Sort of Thing

Support the Sort of Thing program with a gift to our Hallen Sort of Thing Fund. When our mentor passed away in August of 2013, we set up a memorial fund in his honor in order to continue the program that he considered, "the single most important thing I do each year." Visit the Mark Hallen tribute page to learn about his legacy, his impact, and to donate to the Hallen Sort of Thing memorial fund.

Show list

Winter Sort of Thing

(2007 - Extra, Extra, PLAY All About It - workshop performance before WSOT officially started)

2008 - The Greatest SNOW on Earth

2009 - The Clean Green Machine

2010 - It’s About Time!

2011 - The Apparent Trap

2012 - All Hands on Deck

2013 - The Clean Green Machine (reboot)

2014 - Down With the Crown

2015 - It’s About Time! (reboot)

2016 - The Silliest Story Ever Told

2017 - Winter Sort of Thing: 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

2018 - The Song of Silence

Summer Sort of Thing

2016 - All Hands on Deck

2017 - The Clean Green Machine

2018 - Down with the Crown