Pathway to Institute
Pathway to Institute is an auditioned, school-year musical theatre training program open to grades 5–12 in Issaquah and grades 4–8 in Everett. It is designed to give students the foundational training needed to thrive in the Institute program while also creating an inclusive and focused community. Pathway students enroll for 24 weeks of acting, singing, and dance.
- Issaquah Pathway classes meet September – May on Mondays from 4:30-8:30PM (grades 5–6) or Thursdays from 4:00–8:45 pm (grades 7–12).
- Everett Pathway classes meet September – May on Wednesdays from 4:30–8:30PM (grades 4–8).
Auditions and Placement
All students who audition for the Institute are also considered for the Pathway program, which is geared toward students newer to theatrical training or new to one or more foundational areas of study. We take time to give individual attention and focus to each student’s growth during the year, enabling students to track toward placement in the Institute.
Village Theatre believes that experiential learning in theater arts is a powerful tool for building essential life and career skills including critical thinking, concentration, collaboration, discipline, communication and creativity. We strive to ensure that all young people are able to participate in our programs. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.
Pathway tuition for the 2022–2022 school year is $2,100 (on the payment plan: $210 a month*) in Issaquah and $1,600 (on the payment plan: $160 a month*) in Everett.
Additional Institute and Pathway Tuition Information
- *As a courtesy to our families, we offer the opportunity to divide Institute/Pathway tuition up into 10 equal payments (the first payment is a non-refundable deposit).
- We offer a 10% discount on tuition to multiple students from the same family.
- Monthly payments will be charged to the card used for the deposit unless other arrangements are made with KIDSTAGE staff.
- Tuition payments will be charged on/or after the fifteenth day of each month during the payment plan period (September-May).
- Institute and Pathway programs are not pay-as-you-go programs. Full payment of the entire tuition is required regardless of student’s attendance during the year.
- Participation in KIDSTAGE school-year productions is encouraged but optional, and these programs have a separate tuition.
- Institute students are often eligible for discounts on additional programs.
- Annually develop a rigorous curriculum to support individual student needs and learning goals, taught by expert instructors invested in the learning outcomes for each student
- Facilitate student-driven goal achievement, enlisting students as active agents in their own development as artists and citizens
- Provide foundational acting, singing, and dance training needed to thrive in the Institute program, as well as developing life and theatre skills in a focused, supportive, inclusive community
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.
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. Pathway and Institute singing classes should not take the place of private voice lessons which are highly encouraged.
Please note, we anticipate including a voice/speech and dialect unit in the fall of 2021 to replace in-person singing.
Students will develop musical theatre dance technique and performance skills that will prepare students for auditions, callbacks, and general dance experience. Dance classes provide tools to increase flexibility and improve core strength. Students will also explore acting/storytelling through dance, specificity of movement, dancing with strength, and choreography retention. Teachers of various dance styles are brought in throughout the year. Additional KIDSTAGE dance classes are highly encouraged.
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 varies from 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, new students will receive feedback on their audition and returning students will receive a review of their progress in the program last year. All students set goals to be reevaluated throughout the year. Individual check-ins can be scheduled as needed.
Issaquah: Example of Monday Foundation Classes (Grades 5–6)
4:30–6:00 PM Community Check-in/Acting
6:00–6:30 PM Dinner
6:30–7:30 PM Dance
7:30–8:30 PM Voice
Issaquah: 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
Everett: Example of Wednesday Foundation Classes (Grades 4–8)
4:30–5:00 PM Community Check-In
5:00–6:00 PM Acting
6:00–6:30 PM Dinner
6:30–7:30 PM Voice
7:30–8:30 PM Dance
Actual times may vary.
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 demonstration or Showcase.
There are four KIDSTAGE performance opportunities during the school year. All are open to all KIDSTAGE students, including but not limited to students in Pathway and Institute.
- Sing It Forward is KIDSTAGE’s annual fundraiser. The 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.
- Casting: September
- Rehearsals: October/November
- Performance: One performance in mid-October or mid-November
- TeenSelect is open to all students Grade 9–Age 20 (Issaquah only for 2021).
- Auditions: September/October
- Rehearsals: Late November/December
- Performances: December
- Ensemble is open to all students Grade 4–9.
- Auditions: December/January
- Rehearsals: Late February–April
- Performances: April
- KIDSTAGE Originals is open to all students Grade 9–Age 20 who have an interest in book writing, lyric writing, and/or composing. Students create their own musicals with professional mentorship. Additional students join the process to bring the characters to life in a staged reading.
- Applications due: September 22
- Interviews: October 6–7
- Writing workshops: October–March
- Actor Rehearsals: Late February/March
- Staged readings: Late March
Institute students age 17 and older are encouraged to audition at Village Theatre General Auditions each spring for Mainstage and Beta production 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
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.