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At the Everett Performing Arts Center
2710 Wetmore Avenue Everett, WA 98201
Box Office: (425) 257-8600 | Admin: (425) 392-1942


Village Theatre Institute

Institute


A Versatile School-Year Program

This versatile school-year program for grades 6-12 is open by audition for students who are ready to study, train and perform at an advanced level.

The Village Theatre Institute helps students reach their unique artistic and performance goals. Every aspect of this advanced program is taught and directed by some of the regions’ finest teaching artists, directors, choreographers, music directors, musical theatre writers and composers. Institute students will receive special attention for Mainstage and/or Village Originals performance intern opportunities.

"Institute is the highlight of my week!" Institute Student

"I love it so much! Everyone values you and accepts you for your weird, quirky self." Institute Student

"Great staff and teachers… very engaged and responsive… extensive experience and professionalism." Institute Parent

"We love the connection to such an outstanding regional (and national!) theatre program." Institute Parent

Institute/Pathway Forms

Institute/Pathway Application
Institute Tuition Agreement
Institute Contract
Pathway Tuition Agreement
Pathway Contract
Institute/Pathway Attendance Policy


  • Curriculum Overview

    Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance, and Acting. Students will be placed on either Monday or Tuesday evening.

    Sample Monday Foundation Classes*
    4:00PM-5:05 PM - Unit 1 (Dance)
    5:05 - 5:10 PM Passing Period
    5:10 - 6:15 PM Unit 2 (Voice)
    6:15 - 6:45 PM Dinner
    6:45 - 7:50 PM Unit 3 (Acting)
    7:50 - 7:55 PM Passing Period
    7:55 - 9:00 PM Unit 4 (Artistic Development)
    Sample Tuesday Foundation Classes*
    4:00 - 4:30 PM Community Building/Professional Artist Development
    4:30 - 4:35 PM Passing Period
    4:35 – 5:50 PM Unit 1 (Acting)
    5:50 – 6:25 PM Dinner
    6:25 - 7:40 PM Unit 2 (Voice)
    7:40 – 7:45 PM Passing Period
    7:45 – 9:00 PM Unit 3 (Dance)

    *Actual class times vary


    Dance

    Institute students will develop musical theatre dance technique and performance skills that will prepare students for auditions, callbacks, and any future musical theatre dance experience. Dance classes provide tools to increase flexibility and improve core strength. Students will explore acting through dance, specificity of movement, dancing with strength, and selling a dance number. Additional KIDSTAGE dance classes are highly encouraged.


    Singing

    Institute students will develop skills in singing technique through a group class format that emphasizes theory, harmony, sight-reading, repertoire and musical theatre history. Students will also explore solo singing and artistry within group songs, song interpretation lessons and audition preparation units. Institute singing classes should not take the place of private voice lessons which are highly encouraged.


    Acting

    Institute students will develop acting techniques through ensemble-based classes. Techniques include character development, ensemble building, improvisation, audition/callback technique, and monologue/scene-study. Classes may also incorporate voice and speech work, movement work, Alexander Technique, Commedia dell'arte, Viewpoints, Suzuki and devised work.


  • Village Theatre Institute Overview

    Foundation Classes: September-April, meets from 4:00-9:00 PM on Mondays or Tuesdays.

    Tuition: $1,700. Tuition covers the Institute Foundation Classes which take place on Monday or Tuesday evenings. All students who accept an appointment to the Institute agree to pay the full tuition for the program year. A monthly tuition payment plan is available, but this is not a pay-as-you-go program. Full payment of the entire tuition is required regardless of a student’s attendance during the year.

    Financial Assistance: Scholarships are available for those who qualify on a limited basis. Please click here to view Financial Assistance Form.

    Electives: Additional KIDSTAGE classes are available to Institute students for 75% off of tuition.

    Productions: KIDSTAGE school-year productions are encouraged but optional, and have a separate tuition. Institute students receive a discounted tuition on productions.

    Placement: Students are placed into the program at appropriate level classes, based on their audition. Current Institute students must audition every year for placement. The number of spots available on either Institute class day varies from year to year, as does the number of students competing for those available spots.

    Communication: We send a quarterly e-newsletter to families offering updates on the coursework and any other helpful information. Additionally, families have access to our weblog anytime, where they can find important updates, announcements, and various class materials.

    Open Class and Showcase: At the end of each semester, students will share work and progress from their coursework via a demonstration or open class format. There is no additional charge for these demonstrations. Other opportunities for families to observe an open class or mock audition may be added.

    Curriculum: The Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance and Acting.

    Singing: Institute students will develop skills in singing technique through a group class format that emphasizes theory, harmony, sight-reading, repertoire and musical theatre history. Students will also explore solo singing and artistry within group songs, song interpretation lessons and audition preparation units. Institute singing classes should not take the place of private voice lessons which are highly encouraged.

    Dance: Institute students will develop musical theatre dance technique and performance skills that will prepare students for auditions, callbacks, and any future musical theatre dance experience. Dance classes provide tools to increase flexibility and improve core strength. Students will explore acting through dance, specificity of movement, dancing with strength, and selling a dance number. Additional KIDSTAGE dance classes are highly encouraged.

    Acting: Institute students will develop acting techniques through ensemble-based classes. Techniques include character development, ensemble building, improvisation, audition/callback technique, and monologue/scene-study. Classes may also incorporate voice and speech work, movement work, Alexander Technique, Commedia dell'arte, Viewpoints, Suzuki and devised work.

    KIDSTAGE Performance Opportunities: There are three performance opportunities during the 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 September, rehearses October, and has two performances in November. (No tuition)
    • TeenSelect is open to all students grade 9-12, auditions in the summer or fall, rehearses September-October and performs for three weekends in October. There is a reduced tuition for Institute students in the $500-$550 range. General Tuition is in the $600-$650 range.
    • Ensemble is open to all students grade 3-9, auditions in the fall or early winter, rehearses early March-mid April and performs for three weekends in April. There is a reduced tuition for Institute students in the $500-$550 range. General Tuition is in the $600-$650 range.
  • Pathway to Institute

    The Pathway to Institute program is open by audition and invitation for grades 5-8. The Pathway to Institute program is an eight-month program designed to teach the three elements of musical theatre (acting, singing, dance), to foster self-esteem, creativity and responsibility, and to encourage teamwork and personal integrity. Pathway students are enrolled in their own classes for three consecutive sessions, October until May, for acting, singing and dance, all on Wednesdays, from 4:00-8:30 PM. All students who audition for Institute are also considered for the Pathway program; this program may be preferred by students newer to theatrical training or new to one or more core area of study. Our teaching artists and administrative staff take time to give individual attention and feedback to each student, regarding their growth during the year, enabling students to track their progress toward possible placement in the Institute.

    Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance, and Acting. Approximately 35 students are accepted into the program per school year.

    Example of Wednesday Foundation Classes*
    4:00 – 5:30PM - Singing
    5:30 – 7:00PM – Acting
    7:30 – 9:00PM – Dance/Musical Theatre

    *Actual class times vary


    Foundation Classes: October 2019-May 2020, meet from 4:00-8:30 PM on Wednesdays.

    Tuition: $1,420.00 Tuition covers the three Wednesday Foundation classes. A monthly tuition payment plan is available, but this is not a pay-as-you-go program. Full payment of the entire tuition is required regardless of a student’s attendance during the year.

    Financial Assistance: Scholarships are available for those who qualify on a limited basis. Please click here to view Financial Assistance Form.

    Electives: Additional KIDSTAGE Classes are available to Pathway students for a nominal fee per class.

    Productions: KIDSTAGE school-year productions are encouraged but optional, and have a separate tuition. Pathway students receive a discounted tuition on productions.

    Evaluation: Students receive a placement evaluation following May auditions. During this time, students will receive feedback on their audition. The second evaluation will be scheduled as a student conference following the Winter session.

    Placement: Current Pathway students must audition every year for placement into either program. The majority of Pathway students matriculate into the Institute program, though placement is made on an individual basis.

    Communication: We send a quarterly e-newsletter to families offering updates on the coursework and any other helpful information. Additionally, families have access to our weblog anytime, where they can find important updates and announcements.

    Open Class and Showcase: At the end of each semester, students will share work and progress from their coursework via a demonstration or open class format. There is no additional charge for these demonstrations. Other opportunities for families to observe an open class or mock audition may be added.




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