KIDSTAGE Production Programs
Youth theatre productions at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE are a special experience! Student-focused yet housed within a professional theatre, our shows are high-quality fun.
Most KIDSTAGE productions (with the exception of Summer Independent) are directed and designed by theatre professionals, and performed by students. All of our youth theatre productions strive for a top-notch educational experience. Rehearsals are handled with skill and patience and designed to educate participants about the professional approach to producing theatre. General grade/age ranges are listed for each program and may vary slightly from year to year, depending on what is most appropriate for the selected production.
Students participate in all areas of KIDSTAGE productions. Students seeking behind-the-scenes roles may be involved through TTP (Technical Theatre Program), working in management, direction, design, orchestral performance, or technical theatre. The technical staff of Village Theatre’s Mainstage shows supports the directors and designers of the KIDSTAGE productions. All students involved in KIDSTAGE productions must go through either an audition or interview process.
What’s happening during Covid-19?
The pandemic has made 2020–2021 a season of experimentation and flexibility. Although we can’t offer the typical KIDSTAGE slate of in-person productions, the virtual shows must go on!
What happens in a typical year?
The following KIDSTAGE youth theatre productions, normally offered in person at both our Issaquah and Everett locations, are on hiatus or have been adapted to online formats until we are able to gather again.
TeenSelect is a school year production for our older, more advanced students. Directed, designed, and produced by adult theatre professionals, the intensive rehearsal process includes script analysis, character development, learning choreography and staging, and strengthening the vocal instrument. The result of this program is a fully-produced show.
Ensemble is a school year production program for our younger and newer students. Directed, designed, and produced by adult theatre professionals, the intensive rehearsal process includes learning the fundamentals of performance, such as script analysis, character development, and creation, learning choreography, staging, and vocals, and experiencing each phase of the production process through technical rehearsals and performances. The emphasis is on the performer.
KIDSTAGE Originals is a program where students create their own musical with guidance of professional writers and composers. The emphasis is on the performer/writer/composer.
The program and schedule will take various shapes from year to year depending on the writing and teaching artists we commission. There will typically be two ways to be involved: as writers and composers and/or as actors and creators. The schedule and tuition differs depending on program location, year, and involvement as writer/composer or actor/creator. Writer/composers typically meet 2–3 days a week for up to six months. Actor/creators typically meet 2–3 days a week for up to three months.
There is a tuition for this program. All participants will meet more frequently leading up to the final staged readings (or workshop productions) which will take place in spring.
SummerStock provides an opportunity for over 40 young people, ages 10–18, to join together to perform on the Francis J. Gaudette or Everett Performing Arts Center stage with the support of Village Theatre professionals. SummerStock is the perfect answer for the passionate performer looking to stay happy and very busy in the summer. The musical is fully directed and designed by theatre professionals and features a live orchestra, beautiful sets, costumes, lighting, and sound. SummerStock also provides a number of non-acting opportunities for students through the Technical Theatre Program (TTP) in Orchestra Performance, Direction, Design, and Management.
*Graduated seniors are able to participate, but college students are not eligible.
Artistic Team Age: May be up to age 25 if also currently pursuing a related college undergraduate degree.
Performers Age: Ages 16–20
The Summer Independent program is a professionally mentored program unique to Village Theatre. It the pinnacle experience for students who come with a background in live theatre, and it provides autonomy, resources, and mentorship to select, mount, and produce their own full-scale show from start to finish. Students take on every aspect of production, from performing, directing, and stage management, to designing and building sets, creating costumes, running sound and lights, marketing, production management, and more. Village Theatre’s entire professional staff—from the shops to the marketing office to the stage managers and beyond—are involved in mentoring the artistic team, all of whom are considered professional interns. The Summer Independent program is an entry point to professional theatre for the entire production team and Summer Independent performers are challenged with the goal of reaching the highest professional standards possible.
The program is a breeding ground for tomorrow’s top talents. In the last few years, many have gone on to work professionally both locally and nationally at venues such as Village Theatre Mainstage, Seattle Opera, The Paramount Theatre, ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and On and Off-Broadway.
The Summer Independent artistic team members, ideally, have previously participated as TTP students and/or have some experience working on productions at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE or Mainstage.
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.