About the Program
- Annually develop a rigorous curriculum to support individual student needs and learning goals
- Facilitate student driven goal achievement, enlisting students as active agents in their own development as artists and citizens
- Provide instruction in specific life and theatre skills targeted towards fulfilling students’ goals after High School. This includes preparation for careers in a variety of fields including professional theater and/or college acceptance
- Provide training by expert instructors invested in the learning outcomes for each student
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.
Institute students will develop 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 – master teachers and various workshops are brought in throughout the year. Institute singing classes should not take the place of private voice lessons which are highly encouraged.
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.
Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance, and Acting. Students will be placed in either the Monday or Tuesday track.
Example of Tuesday Foundation Classes (Grades 7–9)
4:00–4:30 PM Professional Artist Development
4:30–6:00 PM Acting
6:00–6:40 PM Dinner
6:40–7:40 PM Voice/Dance
7:45–8:45 PM Voice/Dance
Example of Monday Foundation Classes* (Grades 10–12)
4:00–4:30 PM Professional Artist Development
4:35–5:45 PM Unit 1 (Dance)
5:45–6:30 PM Dinner
6:30–7:40 PM Unit 2 (Voice)
7:50–9:00 PM Unit 3 (Acting)
PATHWAY TO INSTITUTE
Example of Wednesday Foundation Classes (Grades 4–8)
4:30–5:30 PM Acting
5:30–6:30 PM Dance
6:30–7:00 PM Dinner Break
7:00–8:00 PM Voice
Example of Saturday Foundation Classes (Grades 5–6)
9:30–9:45 AM Community Building
9:45–11:00 AM Voice
11:00–11:30 AM Lunch
11:30 AM–12:45 PM Dance
12:45–2:00 PM Acting
Example of Thursday Foundation Classes (Grades 7–12)
4:00–4:15 PM Community Check-In
4:15–5:30 PM Dance
5:30–6:15 PM Dinner
6:15–7:30 PM Acting/Voice
7:30 – 8:45 PM Acting/Voice
*Actual times may vary
Students are placed into the program at appropriate level classes, based on their audition and callback. Current Institute and Pathway students must audition every year for placement. Due to this, the number of spots available for new students on either Institute or Pathway day do vary year to year. For Pathway, the majority of Pathway students matriculate into the Institute program, though placement is made on an individual basis. If there is a concern that a returning Institute or Pathway student may have difficulty being accepted into the program the following year, they will be given notice prior to placement.
Students receive an initial placement evaluation following May auditions. During this time, students will receive feedback on their audition and, if currently an Institute or Pathway 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 class session. In addition, there will be one written evaluation from each Foundation class instructor at the end of Spring session.
At the end of the first semester, students will share their work and progress from their 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 throughout the year.
KIDSTAGE Performance Opportunities
There are four performance opportunities during the school year. Most are all open to all students, not just Institute and Pathway:
- Sing It Forward is a benefit for KIDSTAGE’s annual fundraiser. A majority of the cast is selected from Institute students past and present, but all KIDSTAGE students are eligible to participate. Some special guest alumni or instructors may also perform at this event. Auditions/casting offers are in September, rehearses in October (Issaquah) or October/November (Everett) and has one performance in mid-October (Issaquah) or mid-November (Everett).
- TeenSelect is open to all students Grade 8-Age 20. Auditions are in September, rehearses September-October (Everett) or October-December (Issaquah), and performs for three weekends in October/November (Everett) or December (Issaquah). There is reduced tuition for Institute/Pathway students for this program.
- Ensemble is open to all students Grade 3-9. Auditions are in September (Issaquah) or December/January (Everett), rehearses late February-early April (Everett) or early March-mid April (Issaquah) and performs for three weekends in April. There is reduced tuition for Institute/Pathway students for this program.
- KIDSTAGE Originals is open to all students Grade 9-Age 20 who have an interest in writing, lyric writing, and/or composing. Students create their own musicals “for teens by teens” with professional mentorship. Applications are due and interviews take place in late September. The program runs from October/November through February/March. There is tuition for this program.
Institute students 17 years and older are encouraged to audition for the Village Theatre General Auditions in the spring for the Mainstage and Beta Series seasons.
Skills for Theatre… Skills for Life
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.