Foundation Classes: September-May, meets from 4:00-9:00 PM on Mondays (generally 9th grade
to age 20) OR 4:00-8:45 PM on Tuesdays (generally 7th-9th grade)
Tuition: $2,300.00 Tuition covers the three Institute Monday or Tuesday Foundation classes and
Institute elective courses. 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 one written evaluation from each foundation class instructor at the end of 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 quarterly 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 Tuesday 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: Institute students will development skills in singing technique through a group class format
that emphasizes theory, harmony, sight-reading, repertoire and musical theatre history. Students will
also explore solo singing and artistry through song interpretation and specialized master classes.
Institute singing classes should not take the place of private voice lessons which are highly
Dance: Institute students will develop musical theatre dance technique and performance skills that
will prepare students for auditions, call backs, and any future musical theatre dance experience.
Dance classes provide tools to increase flexibility and improve core strength. Students will also
explore acting through dance, specificity of movement, dancing with strength, and selling a dance
number. Master teachers of various dance styles are brought in throughout the year. Additional
KIDSTAGE dance classes are highly encouraged.
Acting: Institute students will develop acting techniques through ensemble-based classes.
Techniques include character development, ensemble building, improvisation, audition/callback
technique, and monologue/scene-study. Classes may also incorporate voice and speech work,
movement work, Alexander Technique, Commedia dell'arte, Viewpoints, Suzuki, and devised work.
KIDSTAGE Performance Opportunities: There are four performance opportunities during the 2018-19 school year. Most are open to all students, not just Institute.
- Sing it Forward is a benefit for the KIDSTAGE's annual fundraiser and is exclusive to the majority of the cast is selected from Institute students past and present. Some special guest alumni or instructors may also perform. Auditions in September, rehearses October, and has one performance in mid-October. (No tuition)
- TeenSelect is open to all students grade 9-Age 20, auditions in September, rehearses October-December, and performs for three weekends in December. The reduced tuition for Institute students is $530. General tuition is $650.
- Ensemble is open to all students grade 3-9, auditions in September, rehearses early March-mid April and performs for three weekends in April. The reduced tuition for Institute students if $530. General tuition is $650.
- KIDSTAGE Originals for 2018-19 is open to all students grade 9 up to age 20 who have an interest in writing, lyric writing, and/or composing. Students create their own musical "for teens by teens" with professional mentorship. Applications are due and Interviews take place in late September. The program runs November through the end of March.
Mainstage Auditions: Institute students 17 years old and older are encouraged to audition for the Village Theatre General Auditions in the spring.