Coffee & cocoa Houses

What is a Coffee House?

Each month, we partner with The Plaza Arts Center to present a Coffee House, a night of free entertainment provided by local talent. Coffee Houses are a great opportunity for youth to share what they have been working on - whether it be for school, competition, or personal enjoyment - with their community and get practice performing in front of an audience. With music, poetry, skits, dance, and more, Coffee Houses have something for everyone. Concessions of coffee, hot chocolate, and pastries are sold to raise funds for our summer youth programs, Camp Broadway, and The Broadway Intensive.

Coffee Houses feature high school and college-aged performers while the Cocoa Houses feature performers in grades 5th-8th. Additionally, the annual Mocha House features performers of all ages (when you mix coffee and cocoa, you get a mocha)! Students, teachers, siblings, retirees, and everyone in between all have a blast supporting each other during this event. 

**Note: Performers, stagehands, and volunteers receive service hours for Coffee/Cocoa House events**


2024 Schedule

February 9th Coffee House

March 8th Cocoa House

April 19th Mocha House

May 17th Coffee House


Stagehand Requirements

Stagehands are responsible for keeping the entertainment running smoothly by moving microphones, holding instruments, and whatever may be needed. If you are interested in being a stagehand, please fill out the Questions for Coffee House Form (below the "Virtual Submissions" section).

Act Requirements

An act can be a monologue, a short scene, a poetry reading, singing with a track or live music, an acapella group, a comedy act - you name it! An act should be no more than 10 minutes (they can be shorter - just not longer). We ask that all acts be family-friendly. Please check the age requirements for the event when submissions are being accepted.

Who can perform?

Coffee House (February 9th and May 17th) : Open to performers ages 14 (9th grade) to 25 

Cocoa House (March 8th): Open to middle school performers 

Mocha House (April 19th): Open to performers of all ages

Virtual Submissions

All acts must submit a preview video of at least 1.5 minutes of their act to by the due date listed on the flyer. At the beginning of the video, please slate with your name, age, school/place of employment, and grade (if applicable). Please also fill out the "Questions for Coffee House" Form.

Day Of

Stagehands, please arrive at the listed venue at 5:15 on the day of the event for set up. Performers, please arrive at the listed venue at 5:30 for a sound check/walk through.