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2710 Wetmore Avenue Everett, WA 98201
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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
  • 2016-2017 Village Theatre Institute Overview

    Auditions: Auditions will be held May 2, 3, 9, 10, 2016. The audition is a general audition for acceptance into the Village Theatre Institute as well as for the KIDSTAGE summer shows. Callbacks will be May 23, 2016.

    Audition Info:

    • To set up an audition appointment, please email evksproductions@villagetheatre.org or call (425) 740-5035 x109 on or after April 4.
    • 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 photo and resume for each program you are auditioning for and one copy of your monologue. School photos and photocopies are acceptable.

    Foundation Classes: September 2016-May 2017, meets approximately from 4:00-9:00 PM on Mondays or Wednesdays.

    Tuition: $1,500.00 Tuition covers the three Institute Monday or Wednesday Foundation classes. Additional KIDSTAGE Classes are available to Institute students for an additional $25 fee. A monthly tuition payment plan is available. Tuition is required for the full 9 months regardless of a students’ attendance. KIDSTAGE school-year productions are encouraged but optional, and have a separate tuition. Institute students receive a discounted tuition on productions.

    Scholarships and Work Exchange: Are available for those who qualify on a limited basis. Please see the Financial Assistance Form on our Forms Page

    Evaluation: Students receive a placement evaluation following May auditions. During this time, students will receive feedback on their audition and if currently an Institute student, they will also review their progress in the program that year. The second evaluation will be scheduled as a student conference during the Winter-Spring session. In addition, there will be two written evaluations from each foundation class instructor, one for the Fall session and one for the Winter-Spring 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. Due to this, the number of spots available on either Institute day for new students does vary from year to year. If there is concern that a returning Institute student may have difficulty being accepted into the program the following year, they will be given notice.

    Communication: A monthly e-newsletter offering updates for families on the coursework and any helpful information will be sent.

    Open Class and Showcase: At the end of the first semester, students will share work and progress from their Monday or Wednesday coursework via a demonstration or open class format. Later progress in the year can be seen during our year-end Showcase. There is no additional charge for Showcase. Other opportunities for families to observe an open class or mock audition may be added.

    Curriculum: The Monday or Wednesday Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance, and Acting. Additional Electives and workshops are available at no additional charge during the school year. Institute students also will receive special discounts on additional KIDSTAGE classes.

    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 2016-17 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 strongly discouraged as they diminish the impact of the program and the student’s ability to progress. Tuition is required for the full 9 months regardless of a student’s attendance. A student must apply in writing for foreseen conflicts or a hiatus. The length of hiatus from class is at the staff and instructor’s discretion and may be extended beyond the student’s requested dates so as not to disrupt the work being done by the other students. Students may not take hiatus while rehearsing for any KIDSTAGE production program. KIDSTAGE values the Institute coursework over productions.

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

  • Pathway to Institute

    The Pathway to Institute program is open by audition for grades 5-12. This 23-week school-year program is designed to give students the foundational training needed to thrive in the Institute, while creating 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 the 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. We take time to give individual attention and focus on each student’s growth during the year, enabling students to track towards placement in the Institute.

    Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance, and Acting. Students will be placed in either the High School or Middle School section. Approximately 20 students are accepted into the program per school year.

    Example of Wednesday Foundation Classes*
    10:00-11:30AM - Dance Essentials
    11:30-1:00PM – Singing
    1:30 – 3:00PM Acting

    *Actual class times vary


    Foundation Classes: October 2016-May 2017, meets approximately from 4:00-9:00 PM on Wednesday or 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturdays.

    Tuition: $1,450.00 Tuition covers the three Wednesday/Saturday Foundation classes. Additional KIDSTAGE Classes are available to Pathway students for an additional $25 fee. A monthly tuition payment plan is available. Tuition is required regardless of a students’ attendance. KIDSTAGE school-year productions are encouraged but optional, and have a separate tuition. Pathway to Institute students receive a discounted tuition on productions.

    Scholarships and Work Exchange: Are available for those who qualify on a limited basis. Please see the Financial Assistance Form on our FORMS page.

    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 Fall 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: A monthly e-newsletter offering updates for families on the coursework and any helpful information will be sent.

    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 Wednesday/Saturday Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance, and Acting. Pathway students also will receive special discounts on additional KIDSTAGE classes.


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