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At Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street North Issaquah, WA 98025
Box Office: (425) 392-2202
Tuesday-Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm

AAt Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street North Issaquah, WA 98025
Box Office: (425) 392-2202 | Admin: (425) 392-1942


Class and Camp Descriptions


  • Early Acting

    Early Acting provides literature based exploratory classes that encourage confidence by building theatre and life skills in a fun and supportive environment. The process rather than the end product is emphasized. Developmentally appropriate exercises and activities teach beginning terminology and theatre skills in every class. Students also learn valuable life skill such as taking turns, listening, self-confidence, being part of a team, cultivating actor/creators, innovators, and creative collaborators. This all takes place in a safe atmosphere where it is easy to make new friends. Classes are offered year-round and have a different theme each session. A sharing or demonstration for family and friends is held on the last day of each class.

    Acting concepts over the full year of study include: stage directions, cheating out, staying in character, facial expressions, gestures, body language, audience behavior, learning lines, tableaux, character movement, character voice, environment, taking directions, blocking, focus, using creativity, projection, and diction.

  • Fundamental Acting/Level 1

    Fundamental Acting provides introductory exploration classes that encourage confidence by building theatre and life skills in a fun and supportive environment. The process rather than the end product is emphasized. Level I classes include developmentally appropriate curriculum with exercises and activities that teach terminology and theatre skills in every class. Students also learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, creativity, collaboration, imagination, public speaking, problem solving, and personal responsibility Classes provide a safe atmosphere where it is easy to make new friends. Classes are offered year-round and have a different theme each session. A class demonstration is held on the last day of each class.

    Acting concepts over the full year of study include: character, relationship, objective, obstacles, share/pull/give focus, strong choices, taking risks, improvisation, storytelling, levels, stage directions, cheating out, staying in character, facial expressions, gestures, body language, audience behavior, learning lines, tableaux, character movement, character voice, environment, taking directions, blocking, using creativity, projection, and diction.

  • Intermediate Acting/Level II

    Intermediate Acting classes build on students‚ previous development in acting skills and theatre terminology. Level II classes include further study in character development, acting methods and scene study. Students also expand valuable life skills such as ensemble building, self-confidence, problem solving, and personal responsibility. Increased emphasis is placed on developing student‚s capacities as actor/creators, innovators, and creative collaborators. Classes provide an atmosphere that encourages fun, commitment, and taking risks in a safe environment. A class demonstration is held on the last day of each class. We encourage year-round study.

    Musical Theatre concepts over the full year of study include: movement and dance – levels, pathways, rhythm, speed, energy, shapes, focus, swing, balance, lunge, grapevine, box step, pivot turn, ball change, ability to learn eight and 16 count combinations using vocalization. Singing – posture, breathing, support, projections, diction, facial expressions, blending, dynamics, and music reading fundamentals. Acting – see Fundamental Acting concepts.

  • Intermediate Musical Theatre

    Intermediate Musical Theatre classes build on students’ previous development in the areas of singing, dancing and acting for musical theatre. Class time includes learning music, staging, choreography, and rehearsal terminology. Level II classes include further study in the areas of character development, vocal style, storytelling through song and movement, choreographic concepts, ensemble skills, and scene study. The last day of the session includes a demonstration featuring the students’ continuing knowledge and skills. All classes have a different theme each session. We encourage year-round study.

    Musical Theatre concepts over the full year of study include: incorporates Fundamental Musical Theatre concepts (link to that paragraph) plus movement and dance – physicalizing character and story, plie, tondue, pencil turn, single turns, kick ball change, pas de bourre, chaines turn, and ability to learn 16 and 24 count combinations using vocalization. Singing – harmony, cutoffs, introduction to sight reading, music notation, and vocal style. Acting – see Intermediate Acting concepts,

  • Singing for Musical Theatre

    A complete song-learning class, designed to help young intermediate and advanced performers learn more about singing and music. Areas covered include vocal technique, music theory, breath control, rhythm, melody, and sight-reading. Rhythm, melody, and sight-reading. Students expand their vocal range, fine tune their ears, strengthen breathing, and learn new music, all in a small class of eight students maximum. (This class does not take the place of individual voice lessons, which should be taken privately, year-round for serious singers.)

    Dance I-II (beginning/intermediate: Classes provide tools to increase flexibility and improve core strength. Students work on "need to know" theatre dance steps, fundamentals of turn and jumps, and a foundation for partner dances. Each class, students learn a new dance combination and explore acting, communicating character and story through dance, specificity of movement, dancing with strength, and selling a dance number.

    Dance II-III (intermediate/advanced): Build on students’ previous dance training.

  • Early Acting Half-Day Camps (PreK-K)

    Early Acting provides literature based exploratory online learning that encourages confidence by building theatre and life skills in a fun and supportive, online environment. Celebrate the opportunity to connect with other young students and enjoy an hour of play and exploration with a skilled and engaging educator. The process rather than the end-product is emphasized. Developmentally appropriate exercises and activities teach beginning terminology and theatre skills in every E-learning class. Students also learn valuable life skill such as taking turns, listening, self-confidence, being part of a team, which helps them become actors/creators, innovators, and creative collaborators. A safe atmosphere is created in this online experience, fostering an environment to make new friends. Different themes are offered throughout the summer so students can choose to take multiple classes/camps. Guardians are encouraged to participate and help with the tech aspect of online learning.

  • Acting Half-Day Camps (Grades 1-5)

    Fundamental Acting provides introductory online classes/camps that encourage confidence by building theatre and life skills in a fun and supportive, online environment. The process and student’s personal growth are emphasized rather than the end-product. Theatre E-learning Classes/Camps include developmentally appropriate curriculum with exercises and activities that teach terminology and theatre skills.. Students also learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, creativity, collaboration, imagination, public speaking, problem solving, and personal responsibility. A safe atmosphere is established in this online creative experience, fostering an environment to make new friends. Different themes are offered throughout the summer so students can choose to take multiple classes/camps. Guardians are encouraged to be available in the event tech support is needed.

  • Musical Theatre Half-Day Camps (Grades 1-5)

    Online Musical Theatre classes/camps are for students ready to develop or increase skills in all areas of musical theatre. Classes/Camps are themed around specific Broadway show styles. Camp activities include learning music, staging, choreography, and rehearsal terminology. In the 1st-2nd grade level online classes/camps, the focus is on the process of developing various musical theatre skills and terminology while engaging in a creative way with other students. The 3rd-5th grade level online classes/camps feature student collaboration in developing a musical showcase of material with a highly skilled educator and music director. Celebrating personal growth and creative expression are our goals for students in all grade levels. Guardians are encouraged to be available in the event tech support is needed.

  • Production Camp (Grades 3-7)

    The production camp is geared towards students who want more of a production experience. Singing, dancing, acting, and character work are part of the rehearsal process. Strong friendships are formed, and actors practice the values of cooperation, teamwork, and problem solving. There is a formal final performance on the last day complete with lights and costumes.

  • Acting All-Day Camps (Grades 6-9)

    All-Day acting classes/camps build on student’s previous development in acting skills and theatre terminology. The online class/camp day experience includes further study in character development, acting methods and scene study. Students also expand valuable life skills such as ensemble building, self-confidence, problem solving, and personal responsibility. Increased emphasis is placed on developing student’s capacities as actor/creators, innovators, and creative collaborators. Acting classes/camps provide an atmosphere that encourages fun, commitment, and taking acting risks in a safe, online environment with skilled and engaging educators. Guardians can be available if tech support needed.

  • Musical Theatre All-Day Camps (Grades 6-12)

    All-Day Musical Theatre classes/camps are for students ready to develop or increase skills in all areas of musical theatre. Online camp activities include learning music, staging, choreography, and rehearsal terminology. Personal growth and collaboration are celebrated and emphasized. Classes/Camps are themed around specific Broadway show styles and feature student collaboration in developing a musical showcase of material with a skilled educator and music director. Guardians can be available in the event tech support is needed.

  • Private Coaching (Grades 4-Age 20)

    These private coaching sessions are perfect for the experienced performer. You will walk away with an expertly coached audition package, unique to your own audition needs.

    (No additional discounts. Please note, private coaching sessions are not part of the Institute and Pathway package.)

    *Each section is 30 minutes of individual coaching

  • Audition Workshops (Grades 4-Age 20)

    From time to time, KIDSTAGE offers one day workshops in various theatrical disciplines taught by Village Theatre professionals. The workshops are usually targeted towards a specific area in theatre such as auditioning, singing, dancing, or technical theatre.


Issaquah KIDSTAGE

First Stage Theatre
120 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
Office: (425) 392-2900

Angela Linder
Youth Education Administrator kidstage_
issaquah@villagetheatre.org


Janet Cole Hamilton
Education & Outreach Manager
jchamilton@villagetheatre.org

Faith Bennett Russell
Education Assistant Manager
frussell@villagetheatre.org

Casey Craig
Institute Manager
ccraig@villagetheatre.org

Joel Arpin
Production Manager
jarpin@villagetheatre.org

Suzie Bixler
Associate Director of Youth Education
sbixler@villagetheatre.org

Bailey Sipila
Education Assistant
bsipila@villagetheatre.org

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To provide a personal development program for young people which uses theatre arts:

  • To teach creativity and responsibility
  • To encourage teamwork and personal integrity
  • To foster self-esteem and appreciation for live theatre

Village Theatre KIDSTAGE believes that everyone benefits from an inclusive, multi-cultural environment of students, staff and programming. We welcome people of every ethnicity, race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, income and ability.

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Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202

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Everett, WA 98201
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