Tonight our 10 year old was in a play put on by Missoula Children's Theatre. Each year they come to town and put together a production in a single week, starring around 50 kids from Kindergarten through high school. Their system is pretty amazing to watch - how they select kids, how they practice so they're ready for the production, and so on.
I know this doesn't make much sense without the story line, but I'm tired, so you'll just have to take my word for it that it was a good show with an interesting story, and the kids did a great job. Our son really enjoyed his first experience with acting and definitely wants to do it again. He'll have plenty of opportunities too, since these guys come around every year, and we also have a community theatre group that does more involved productions (our oldest was in The Sound of Music with them 5 1/2 years ago. I remember that date because I had our five year old the week of their production and only got to go to the first night's performance because of that).