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Apprentice Program – ages 11 and 12
The Apprentice Program is for our youngest Summer Stagers. Participants must be 11 years old by the start of the program each summer, or finished the 5th grade. Apprentices participate in one of two three-week sessions offered during the summer. Classes are offered in acting, movement, music and storytelling from 8:30 to 11:30 am Monday through Friday. The sessions culminate in a small showcase of all skills learned.
Rising Stars – ages 12-13
Participants must be 13 years old by the start of the program each summer, or finished 7th grade, or must have completed a full session of the Apprentice Program. Rising Stars participate in one of two three-week sessions offered during the summer. Classes are offered from 1 to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and will culminate in a performance of a children’s musical performed for parents and friends.
Children’s Theater – ages 14-17
Participants must be 14 years of age or finished 8th grade by June 15, 2016 or must have participated in Children’s Theater last year. Children’s Theater participants will have the opportunity to become a cast member in one or two Children’s Theater musical productions. These productions are theater “for young people, by young people” – short musical theater productions, approximately one hour, targeted for children ages four and up. Our Children’s Theater casts rehearse up to six weeks during the day; the specific start and end dates depend on the show(s) selected during registration.
Mainstage – ages 18-28
Aspiring actors aged 18-28 along with our Children’s Theater “graduates” have the opportunity to audition for the Mainstage program. Mainstage members rehearse in the evenings during the summer, culminating in a full-scale production of a Broadway musical.
There are a number of programs that are open to all Summer Stagers. These programs have rehearsals throughout the entire summer, culminating in performances at the end of the summer.
Dance Troupe – ages 11-25
Cabaret – ages 16-25
Director’s Workshop – ages 16-28
All Summer Stagers are invited to audition for these opportunities.
Behind the Scenes
Technical Theater – ages 14-18
Summer Stage offers an outstanding technical theater training program and has placed many alumni in college technical theater schools and professional theater shops.
Participants must be 14 years of age by the start of the program each summer or finished 8th grade. Participants will receive training in set and props construction, painting, lighting and sound. An interview with the Technical Director is a requirement for admission to the program.