KIDSTAGE Originals: Writers
The due date for writing team 2022–2023 applications was Wednesday, September 14, 2022.
Make theatre magic! Join the writing/composing team of a brand-new original musical that you help create! We are looking for interested and committed writers, composers, and lyricists to join the writing team to create an inspiring new musical.
This year’s KIDSTAGE Originals production will be a continuation of last year’s staged read of While They Last. We are looking to add 1-2 new writers to the team as the show gets developed from a one act into a fully staged developmental production. Writing sessions take place October 2022 through February 2023 in person in Issaquah. Actors join the process in mid-February for developmental production at the end of March 2023.
Interested in being an actor? Auditions for While They Last will be held in January 2023. Please check back in December 2022 for more information.
To submit your writing samples and submission form to the KIDSTAGE Originals Writing team, please click on the button below. As part of the KIDSTAGE Originals writer application, each student will be asked to submit two pieces of work based on the prompts linked below. For any questions related to the KIDSTAGE Originals writing team, application or process, please contact Moy Hinojos (email@example.com).
Interested and committed writers, composers, and lyricists in grade 9–age 20 are invited to apply.
- Applications, including writing samples based on prompts, are due Wednesday, September 14, 2022
- Interviews are held September 21, 2022
As part of the KIDSTAGE Originals writer application, each student will be asked to submit two pieces of work based on the prompts linked above. One piece is a short scene; the other is a song. For more information on the prompts, please check out the prompt link above.
The entrance process is designed for KIDSTAGE to get to know the interested students and assess their readiness for the program. All writing and prompt submissions are used to determine current skills in writing and storytelling. Perfection is not requested or expected – all writing can be improved, and the biggest hurdle all writers face is getting their ideas on paper!
Successful members of the writing team possess the following qualities:
- A passion for writing and telling stories or creating and composing songs
- The willingness to collaborate and compromise as necessary on differing ideas or viewpoints
- The ability to manage and advocate for their personal schedule
- The motivation and time to commit to one hour a day or more of writing outside of the writing rehearsals, either by yourself or with your fellow writing team members.
- Access to a laptop with a word-processing program (Google Docs, Word, etc.). Writers will be asked to collaborate writing 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 usage.
- Writer’s applications due: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
- Writer’s Interviews: September 21, 2022
- October–February 2022: Writers meet two to three times a week.
- January 2023: Actor auditions.
- March 2023: Writers meet four to five times a week, attending actor and writer rehearsals.
- End of March 2023: performances over two weekends
Writers will meet in person in Issaquah.
Village Theatre’s generous tuition assistance program ensures that everyone can participate regardless of financial circumstances. We believe 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.
Tuition for the 2022-2023 KIDSTAGE Originals writing program is $750.
While They Last Show Synopsis
The new KIDSTAGE original musical While They Last takes audiences on a journey through time. After the events of a school dance, a newly single Cri travels back in time to save her relationship with Lydia. With the “help” of a time company’s wild antics, Cri is somehow paired with Logan, a clueless optimist just trying to do the right thing. Cri and Logan race the clock to reshape time and fix Cri’s relationship while it lasts.
What is a Developmental Work?
Last year’s production of While They Last concluded in a staged reading, where actors performed the show holding scripts and with minimal design elements, blocking or choreography. The show was not memorized, and new pages and changes were made up until opening night.
This year’s production will be a developmental work. A developmental production adds design elements including costumes, props and lights. All designs are simple enough to incorporate changes to the script/score, but present and used to visually enhance the script. The show will be memorized by the actors and performed with choreography and blocking.
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.
Evenings Wed – Sat: 7:30 pm
Matinees Sat* – Sun: 1:00 pm
*performances at this time do not occur every week of the run
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.