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At the Everett Performing Arts Center
2710 Wetmore Avenue Everett, WA 98201
Box Office: (425) 257-8600 | Admin: (425) 392-1942




Institute


A Versatile School-Year Program

This versatile school-year program for grades 6-12 is open by audition for students who are ready to study, train and perform at an advanced level.

The Village Theatre Institute helps students reach their unique artistic and performance goals. Every aspect of this advanced program is taught and directed by some of the regions’ finest teaching artists, directors, choreographers, music directors, musical theatre writers and composers. Institute students will receive special attention for Mainstage and/or Village Originals performance intern opportunities.

"Institute is the highlight of my week!" Intitute Student

"I love it so much! Everyone values you and accepts you for your weird, quirky self." Intitute Student

"Great staff and teachers… very engaged and responsive… extensive experience and professionalism." Intitute Parent

"We love the connection to such an outstanding regional (and national!) theatre program." Intitute Parent

Institute/Pathway Forms

Institute Elective Registration
Institute Tuition Agreement
Institute Contract
Pathway Tuition Agreement
Pathway Contract


  • Curriculum Overview

    Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance, and Acting. Students will be placed in either the Monday or Wednesday track.

    Sample Monday Foundation Classes*
    4:00PM-5:30PM - Dance
    5:30PM-7:00PM- Singing
    7:00PM-7:30PM Dinner Break
    7:30PM-9:00PM- Acting

    *Actual class times vary


    Dance

    Students learn skills and techniques for controlling and using their bodies as actors and mastering challenging choreography. Dance classes provide tools to increase flexibility and improve core strength. Students learn essential theatre dance steps, and the fundamentals of turns and jumps. Students will explore acting through dance, specificity of movement, dancing with strength, and selling a dance number. The goal of Institute dance is to improve dance technique and performance skills, and prepare students for auditions, call backs, or any future musical theatre dance experience. Master teachers of various dance styles including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, partnering, and tap are brought in throughout the year. As students increase their dance skills, opportunities for choreography and peer-teaching increase. Additional Institute and KIDSTAGE dance and movement classes are highly encouraged.

    Sample 60 Minute Dance Class:
    10 minutes- Group Physical Warm Up
    10 minutes- Musical Theatre Dance Technique Focus
    15 minutes- Across the Floor (leaps, jumps, and turns)
    20 minutes- Learn and Execute Choreography
    5 minutes- Cool Down


    Singing

    Students will be placed in classes according to experience and demonstrated skills in music theory and sight-reading. We offer singing classes in the master class format that emphasizes theory, harmony, sight-reading, repertoire and musical theatre history. Older or more experienced students are offered opportunities for music directing experience or peer coaching. (Private voice lessons do not take the place of a master class and are highly encouraged.)

    Sample 60 Minute Singing Class:
    5 minutes- Vocal Warm Up
    10 minutes- Music Theory/ Composition
    15 minutes- Sight-Reading and Harmony
    30 minutes- Singing Practice (individual and group vocal coaching)


    Acting

    Institute students will develop acting techniques through classes that include character development, ensemble building, improvisation, audition/callback technique, and monologue and/or scene-study using contemporary plays, classical plays, and must-know theatre literature. Work in acting class will help students embrace the belief that “I am enough”. Classes will explore various acting methods and techniques throughout their years of study including: Meisner, Improvisation, Hagen, Strasberg, Stanislavski, and collective devised work. Our acting classes also incorporate voice and speech work and movement work, including Alexander, Commedia dell'arte, Lecoq, Viewpoints, and Suzuki.

    Sample 90 Minute Acting Class:
    15 minutes- Group Warm Up (Viewpoints or Suzuki Exploration)
    10 minutes- Focus Game/ Acting Improv
    15 minutes- Technique Focus- Rules of Improvisation
    20 minutes- Group Coaching and Practice
    20 minutes- Create/ Rehearse Ensemble Improvisations
    10 minutes – Perform and Share - Feedback


    Examples of Institute Electives and Workshops:

    Students participating in Institute (or Pathway to Institute) are offered Electives for no additional cost. Electives are typically offered about once a month, held on Fridays from 4:00-6:00 PM. Electives are chosen based on student interest and can also be student lead.

    Dance and Movement:

    • Partner Dancing
    • Period and Status Movement
    • Tap
    • Ballet
    • Jazz
    • Tricks, turns and gymnastics
    • Modern dance
    • Yoga for Actors
    • Stage combat (both armed and unarmed)

    Singing:

    • Creating Your Audition Book
    • Glee/Harmony Class
    • Composition
    • Musical Theatre Songs and Styles
    • Dialects and Character Voice Technique

    Acting:

    • Improvisation- Short and Long Form
    • Acting for the Camera
    • Clowning
    • Commedia dell’arte
    • Neutral Mask Work

    Specialty Electives:

    • Intro to Technical Theatre
    • Writing
    • Directing
    • Choreography
    • Theatrical Design
    • Audition Skills
    • Stage Make-up
  • 2017-2018 Village Theatre Institute Overview

    Auditions:
    May 7, 2017 – 12:00pm-6:00pm at the Cope Gillette Theatre
    May 8, 9, 11, 2017 – 4:00pm-9:00pm at the Cope Gillette Theatre
    May 13, 2017 – 4:00pm-7:00pm at the Cope Gillette Theatre

    NOTE: If you wish to audition for Productions and Institute, you MUST audition on either May 7, 8, 9, or 11. If you wish to audition for Institute ONLY, please schedule an audition for May 13.

    Audition appointments are scheduled online. See “Auditions and Opportunities” page of our website to schedule your appointment.

    Callbacks: May 15, 2017 – 4:00pm-9:00pm
    More information regarding the callback schedule will be announced when the initial callback list is released.

    Audition Info:

    • Actors need to prepare a one-minute monologue and 16-32 bars from a song. Actors also auditioning for summer productions should prepare two song selections, although they may be asked to sing only one.
    • Bring piano sheet music in a three-ring binder.
    • Bring one copy of a head shot photo and resume for each program you are auditioning for, and one copy of your monologue. School photos and photocopies are acceptable as head shots.

    Foundation Classes: September 2017 – May 2018. Institute meets approximately from 4:00pm to 9:00pm on Mondays or Tuesdays.

    Tuition: $1,575. Tuition covers the three Institute Foundation Classes (singing, dance, and acting) which take place on Monday or Tuesday evenings. All students who accept an appointment to the Institute agree to pay the full tuition for the program year. A monthly tuition payment plan is available, but this is not a pay-as-you-go program. Full payment of the entire tuition is required regardless of a student’s attendance during the year.

    Financial Assistance: Scholarships are available for those who qualify on a limited basis. Please click here to view Financial Assistance Form.

    Electives: Additional KIDSTAGE Classes are available to Institute students for an additional $25 fee per class.

    Productions: KIDSTAGE school-year productions are encouraged but optional, and have a separate tuition. Institute students receive a discounted tuition on productions.

    Evaluation: Students receive a placement evaluation following May auditions. During this time, students will receive feedback on their audition. The second evaluation will be scheduled as a student conference following the winter session.

    Placement: Students are placed into the program at appropriate level classes, based on their audition. Current Institute students must audition every year for placement. The number of spots available on either Institute class day varies from year to year, as does the number of students competing for those available spots.

    Communication: We send a monthly e-newsletter to families offering updates on the coursework and any other helpful information. Additionally, families have access to our weblog anytime, where they can find important updates and announcements.

    Open Class and Showcase: At the end of each semester, students will share work and progress from their coursework via a demonstration or open class format. There is no additional charge for these demonstrations. Other opportunities for families to observe an open class or mock audition may be added.

    Curriculum: The Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance and Acting.

    Singing: Students will be placed in classes according to experience and demonstrated skills in music theory and sight-reading. We offer singing classes in the master class format that emphasizes theory, harmony, sight-reading, repertoire, and music theatre history. (Private voice lessons do not take the place of a master class and are highly encouraged.)

    Dance: Students learn skills and techniques for controlling and using their bodies as actors and mastering challenging choreography. Dance classes provide tools to increase flexibility and improve core strength. Students learn essential theatre dance steps, and the fundamentals of turns and jumps. Students will explore acting through dance, specificity of movement, dancing with strength, and selling a dance number. The goal of Institute dance is to improve dance technique and performance skills, and prepare students for auditions, call backs, or any future musical theatre dance experience. Additional Institute and KIDSTAGE dance and movement classes are highly encouraged.

    Acting: Institute students will develop acting techniques through classes that include character development, ensemble building, improvisation, audition/callback technique, and monologue and/or scene-study using contemporary plays, classical plays, and must-know theatre literature. Work in class will help students embrace the belief that “I am enough”. Classes will explore various acting methods and techniques throughout their years of study including Meisner, Improvisation, Hagen, Strasberg, Stanislavski, and collective devised work. Our acting classes also incorporate voice and speech work and movement work including Alexander, Commedia, Lecoq, Viewpoints, and Suzuki.

    KIDSTAGE Performance Opportunities: There are four performance opportunities during the school year. Most are open to all students, not just Institute.

    • Sing it Forward is a benefit for the KIDSTAGE Scholarship fund and is exclusive to Institute students past and present. Some special guest alumni or instructors may also perform. Auditions in September, rehearses October, and has two performances in mid-October. (No tuition)
    • TeenSelect is open to all students grade 9-12, auditions in September, rehearses November–early January, and performs for three weekends in January. There is a reduced tuition for Institute students in the $500-$550 range. General Tuition is in the $600-$650 range.
    • Ensemble is open to all students grade 3-9, auditions in September, rehearses early March-mid April and performs for three weekends in April. There is a reduced tuition for Institute students in the $500-$550 range. General Tuition is in the $600-$650 range.

    Hiatus: Hiatuses and absences are discouraged as they diminish the impact of the program and the student’s ability to progress. However, we recognize that professional and school productions are of benefit to our Institute students, so we do offer a maximum of a one month hiatus once during the school year. Tuition is still to be paid in full, regardless of time away on hiatus.

    Mainstage Auditions: Institute students 16 years old and older are encouraged to audition for the Village Theatre General Auditions in the spring.

  • 2017-2018 Pathway to Institute

    The Pathway to Institute program is open by audition for grades 5-12. This 22-week, school-year program is designed to give students the foundational training needed to thrive in Institute (our advanced school-year training program), in an inclusive and focused community. In the Pathway program, students enroll for three consecutive sessions of classes from September until May. Class offerings include dance, singing, and acting. All students who audition for Institute are also considered for the Pathway program; this program may be preferred by students newer to theatrical training or new to one or more core area of study. Our teaching artists and administrative staff take time to give individual attention and feedback to each student, regarding their growth during the year, enabling students to track their progress toward possible placement in the Institute.

    Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance, and Acting. Approximately 20 students are accepted into the program per school year.

    Example of Wednesday Foundation Classes*
    4:00 – 5:30PM - Singing
    5:30 – 7:00PM – Acting
    7:30 – 9:00PM – Dance/Musical Theatre

    *Actual class times vary


    Foundation Classes: October 2017-May 2018, meet approximately from 4:00-9:00 PM on Wednesdays.

    Tuition: $1,300.00 Tuition covers the three Wednesday Foundation classes. A monthly tuition payment plan is available, but this is not a pay-as-you-go program. Full payment of the entire tuition is required regardless of a student’s attendance during the year.

    Financial Assistance: Scholarships are available for those who qualify on a limited basis. Please click here to view Financial Assistance Form.

    Electives: Additional KIDSTAGE Classes are available to Pathway students for an additional $25 fee per class.

    Productions: KIDSTAGE school-year productions are encouraged but optional, and have a separate tuition. Pathway students receive a discounted tuition on productions.

    Evaluation: Students receive a placement evaluation following May auditions. During this time, students will receive feedback on their audition. The second evaluation will be scheduled as a student conference following the Winter session.

    Placement: Current Pathway students must audition every year for placement into either program. The majority of Pathway students matriculate into the Institute program, though placement is made on an individual basis.

    Communication: We send a monthly e-newsletter to families offering updates on the coursework and any other helpful information. Additionally, families have access to our weblog anytime, where they can find important updates and announcements.

    Open Class and Showcase: At the end of each semester, students will share work and progress from their coursework via a demonstration or open class format. There is no additional charge for these demonstrations. Other opportunities for families to observe an open class or mock audition may be added.




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