KIDSTAGE Originals is an original musical project created by emerging theatre artists. Students in grade 9–age 20 generate their own material under the mentorship and guidance of a professional writing, composing, and directing team. The program emphasizes the process of creating a script from the initial concept to the stage. This year the entire process took place online via Zoom with the culmination of the KIDSTAGE Originals festival on March 27 and 28, 2021.
The KIDSTAGE Originals Festival consisted of four readings of in-progress scripts created by KIDSTAGE students. Each script reading was a creative combination of live reading, recorded songs, and other inventive ways to tell the story in a digital medium. Shows were presented as abridged works or as works in progress, with the goal of sharing these original stories in an engaging and informative presentation. Each reading culminated with a talk back with the writers about the show and process.
Click on the show name below to check out each reading! The live events have passed, but recordings and details are still available.
The KIDSTAGE Originals Writing Team is an original musical project created by emerging theatre artists. Students create their own original material under the mentorship and guidance of a professional writing, composing, and directing team.
Once the writing team has a completed script, student actors are added to the process and the show is shared with an audience for feedback regarding their script and story. This process is designed to teach students about process of creating a show from script to stage, and provide students the life skills of collaboration, compromise, communication of ideas, and receiving critical responses to creative endeavors, among many others.
The KIDSTAGE Originals productions are written by, for, and about teens, and can address some of the most important issues to teens today. Past KIDSTAGE Originals shows include: Last Exit, In Your Eyes, Save As…, Hot Mess, Playing Fair, This is What They Tell Me, Sincerely Yours, Out of Bounds, and All That Glitters – A Rock Legend
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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
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