KIDSTAGE Originals: Writers
Make theatre magic! Join the writing/composing team of a brand-new original musical that you help create, from the initial concept to staged reading. The 2020–2021 KIDSTAGE Originals program will consist of four teams of up to six writers each, culminating in a KIDSTAGE Originals Festival.
Interested and committed writers, composers, and lyricists in grade 9–age 20 are invited to apply:
- Applications, including writing samples based on prompts (PDF), are due Monday, October 12
- Interviews will be held Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16
Writing sessions take place October 2020 through February 2021. Actors join the process in mid-February for staged reading performances at the end of March 2021.
Fall meetings will take place online. We will only meet in person if we deem it can be done safely, following all state and national guidelines. Even if we are able to gather, a virtual option will continue be available for anyone who is not comfortable attending in person.
KIDSTAGE Originals is an original musical project created by emerging theatre artists. Students generate 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.
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.
As part of the KIDSTAGE Originals writer application, each student will be asked to submit two pieces of work: one based on the provided writing prompts (PDF) and one creative writing piece of your choice.
The entrance process is designed for KIDSTAGE to get to know interested students, assess their readiness for the program, and place them on appropriate teams. All writing and prompt submissions are used solely to determine current skills in writing and storytelling. Perfection is not requested or expected—all writing can be improved, and the biggest hurdle most writers face is getting their ideas on paper!
Successful members of writing teams possess the following qualities:
- Passion for writing and telling stories
- Willingness to compromise on differing ideas
- Ability to manage and advocate for their personal schedule
- Motivation and time to commit to at least an hour per day of writing outside of writers’ meetings, either by yourself or with your fellow team members
- Access to a laptop with word processing software (Word, Google Docs, etc.). Writers will be asked to collaborate on scenes and/or songs online. Please let us know if you do not have access to a laptop at home, and KIDSTAGE can help procure one for your use.
- September 23–October 10: “How to Succeed in Writing a Musical” class, strongly encouraged for prospective applicants
- Monday, October 12: Writers’ applications due
- Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16: Writers’ interviews
- October–December: Writers meet 2–3 times per week
- January–February: Writers meet 3–4 times per week
- Mid-February: Actor auditions
- March: Writers meet 5–6 times per week, including attending actor and writer rehearsals
- End of March: Performances of final products
This season the KIDSTAGE Originals program has been expanded to include more teams, culminating in a KIDSTAGE Originals Festival. One or two teams may be invited to continue working on their pieces to be developed in a future year.
Village Theatre believes that experiential learning in theatre 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.
Tuition for the 2020–2021 KIDSTAGE Originals writing program is $500. Financial assistance is available.
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.