We are now accepting audition appointments for the our year long training program: the Institute. This year we are accepting 36 students for our Monday evening programming and 24 for our Wednesday evening programming. All students (including current Institute Students) will have to audition and fill out an application. Application due on audition day.
Auditions: Auditions will be held May 4-6, 2014 The audition is a general audition for acceptance into the Village Theatre Institute as well as for the KIDSTAGE summer shows.
- To set up an audition appointment, please email email@example.com or call (425) 740-5035 x105 now.
- Actors need to prepare a one-minute monologue and 32 bars from a song.
- Bring piano sheet music in a three-ring binder. Bring your photo and resume. School photos and photocopies are fine.
September 2014-April 2015, meets approximately from 4:00-9:00 PM on Mondays or Wednesdays.
$1,440. Tuition covers the three Institute Monday or Wednesday Foundation classes and Institute elective courses. A monthly tuition payment plan is available. Tuition is required for the full 9 months regardless of a students’ attendance. KIDSTAGE school-year productions are encouraged but optional, and have a separate tuition. Institute students receive a discounted tuition on productions.
Scholarships and Work Exchange:
Are available for those who qualify on a limited basis.
There will be two evaluations each year. The first is a placement evaluation following May auditions. During this time, students will receive feedback on their audition and if currently an Institute student, they will also review their progress in the program that year. The second evaluation may be scheduled anytime from mid-December to early April according to the desire of the student or staff.
Students are placed into the program at appropriate level classes, based on their audition. Current Institute students must audition every year for placement. If there is concern that an Institute student may have difficulty being accepted into the program the following year, they will be given notice.
A monthly e-newsletter offering updates for families on the coursework and any helpful information will be sent.
Open Class and Showcase:
At the end of the first semester, students will share work and progress from their Monday or Wednesday coursework via a demonstration or open class format. Later progress in the year can be seen during our year-end Showcase. There is no additional charge for Showcase. Other opportunities for families to observe an open class or mock audition may be added.
The Monday or Wednesday Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance, and Acting. Additional Electives and workshops are available at no additional charge during the school year. Institute students also will receive special discounts on additional KIDSTAGE classes.
Students will be placed in classes according to experience and demonstrated skills in music theory and sight-reading. We offer singing classes in the master class format that emphasizes theory, harmony, sight-reading, repertoire, and music theatre history. (Private voice lessons do not take the place of a master class and are highly encouraged.)
Students learn skills and techniques for controlling and using their bodies as actors and mastering challenging choreography. Dance classes provide tools to increase flexibility and improve core strength. Students learn essential theatre dance steps, and the fundamentals of turns and jumps. Students will explore acting through dance, specificity of movement, dancing with strength, and selling a dance number. The goal of Institute dance is to improve dance technique and performance skills, and prepare students for auditions, call backs, or any future musical theatre dance experience. Additional Institute and KIDSTAGE dance and movement classes are highly encouraged.
Institute students will develop acting techniques through classes that include character development, ensemble building, improvisation, audition/callback technique, and monologue and/or scene-study using contemporary plays, classical plays, and must-know theatre literature. Work in class will help students embrace the belief that “I am enough”. Classes will explore various acting methods and techniques throughout their years of study including Meisner, Improvisation, Hagen, Strasberg, Stanislavski, and collective devised work. Our acting classes also incorporate voice and speech work and movement work including Alexander, Commedia, Lecoq, Viewpoints, and Suzuki.
KIDSTAGE Performance Opportunities:
There are four performance opportunities during the 2014-15 school year. Most are open to all students, not just Institute.
- Sing it Forward is a benefit for the KIDSTAGE Scholarship fund and is exclusive to Institute students past and present. Some special guest alumni or instructors may also perform. Auditions in December, rehearses January, and has two performances in mid-January. (No tuition)
- TeenSelect is open to all students grade 6-12 (age 20 if in Institute), auditions in August, rehearses September–early November, and performs for three weekends in November. Tuition for Institute students: $325, General Tuition: $395
- Ensemble is open to all students grade 3-12, auditions in December, rehearses early February-mid April and performs for three weekends in April. Tuition for Institute students: $325, General Tuition: $395
Hiatus: Hiatuses and absences are strongly discouraged as they diminish the impact of the program and the student’s ability to progress. Tuition is required for the full 9 months regardless of a student’s attendance. A student must apply in writing for foreseen conflicts or a hiatus. The length of hiatus from class is at the staff and instructor’s discretion and may be extended beyond the student’s requested dates so as not to disrupt the work being done by the other students. Students may not take hiatus while rehearsing for any KIDSTAGE production program. KIDSTAGE values the Institute coursework over productions.
Mainstage Auditions: Institute students 16 years old and older are encouraged to audition for the Village Theatre General Auditions in the spring.
Pathway to the Institute: The Pathway to Institute program is open by audition. It is an 8 month program designed to give students more exposure to the upper level KIDSTAGE classes. In the Pathway program, students commit to enrolling in three consecutive sessions of KIDSTAGE classes from October until May. Class offerings include dance, singing, and acting. We will work with each student to customize a schedule. We take time to give individual attention and focus on each student’s growth during the year.