Theater at the Y

Welcome to the Warlick Stage!

At the Y, we strive to inspire youth ages 7 to 17 who are interested in developing the craft of acting and performance. Young performers learn theatre concepts and vocabulary while building confidence and self-esteem through theatre classes. Each class offers students an opportunity to join a supportive and talented arts community where every child is given a chance to shine. Classes introduce students to all aspects of theater from scripts and scenes to music and dancing. Theater at the Y allows both new and experienced actors an outlet for their creative juices.  For more information, please contact Rachel at


Theater Training: Acting

Experience the excitement of acting! This class introduces script work, improvisation, and character creation. Materials will introduce fun and new themes for beginning and returning participants. This class concludes with a Showcase performance for family and friends featuring the young actors.

Tuesdays 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Ages 7 – 17

February 4 – March 24


Theater Training: Musical Theater

Explore the art of musical performance! Students explore songs, scenes and choreography while stretching their acting skills through musical performance. Students gain the skills to be confident performers, and find their voice as an actor as they explore theater concepts that enhance performance skills and develop essential life skills – all while having fun and making friends!

Thursday 6:45 – 7:45 pm

Ages 7 – 17

February 6 – March 26


Meet the Directors:


Sarah Buckner has been teaching Theatre in public and private schools for the past twenty two years and has been teaching and directing at Northwest School of the Arts for the past eleven years. Sarah also served as Executive Director of impACT Theatre in Gastonia, NC for ten years. Sarah has been awarded “Excellence in Directing” awards from the North Carolina Theatre Conference six times and her students have won numerous acting awards and scholarships to prestigious university and conservatory programs. Mrs. Buckner has also been featured twice in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”. Some of Sarah’s students have gone on to great success, including Tony Nominated Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon), Abby Corrigan (Fun Home) and Phillip Johnson (Hamilton). 


Jonathan Buckner has been a professional theatre arts educator in Gaston County Schools (Ashbrook High School, Hunter Huss High School) and has been involved in Gaston County community theatre for the past twenty years directing, promoting, teaching, and acting in plays with the Little Theatre of Gastonia, ImpACT Theatre of Gastonia, and Belmont Abbey Players. Most recently, he has performed in CPCC’s 2018 Summer Theatre in Oklahoma! And Newsies. Some of his favorite acting roles include Father from Children of Eden, Curly in Oklahoma!, Archibald from The Secret Garden, and The Cat in the Hat from Seusical the Musical. He is a 1990 graduate from Ashbrook High School, holds a BA in Secondary English Education from Elon University (1994) and was certified to teach theatre arts K-12 from UNC-Greensboro (1996).


Class Registration

  • $100 due at the time of registration
  • Y Members – $50 drafted on 3/1
  • Program Participants – $75 drafted on 3/1