At the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street N, Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202 | Admin: (425) 392-1942
Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-7:00pm

At the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street N, Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202 | Admin: (425) 392-1942


KIDSTAGE - Skills for Theatre...Skills for Life

KIDSTAGE is uniquely designed to use theatre to build critical life skills in each participant. In KIDSTAGE classes and productions, our techniques encourage creativity, collaboration, problem solving, concentration, public speaking, and a strong work ethic. While some students are on a path to Broadway, all students are improving their futures and increasing self-confidence through involvement in KIDSTAGE and our Theatre Apprentice Program (TAP).

Payment plans and financial assistance available for all programs.

Please ensure you have received notification of your financial assistance award BEFORE registering for a class, otherwise your credit card will be charged for the full tuition. If you applied and received assistance prior to August 1, 2018, you will need to re-apply at this time.

Click to browse the schedule of your choice:

New to our online registration process? Download step-by-step guide »

  • I'm New. Where Do I Start?

    Welcome to KIDSTAGE! All new students, even those with no experience in musical theatre (acting, singing or dance), are welcome to start by taking ANY class at their grade level. Our classes are designed to engage and build skills for students of various experience levels, whether they are brand new to theatre, or have been taking classes with us for years. Our classes have no pre-requisites, with the exception of Saturday dance classes Level 2 and above, which require placement.

    If you are new to KIDSTAGE, it might be helpful to know that our Fundamental Acting Classes will focus on building acting skills such as creating characters, collaborating in acting scenes, improvisation, stage direction, projecting our voices, etc.. Our Musical Theatre classes (the words, “Musical Theatre,” are in the title of the class) will be focusing on singing and basic dance for musical theatre. In these classes, students will typically sing and dance, as a group, in 2-4 musical numbers from popular shows.

    Additionally, we offer specific singing and dance classes for our students in 6th grade and up.

    There is a demonstration on the last day of class, where family and friends are invited in to see what their students have been working on in their class.

  • FAQ


    Online Registration: Registration has never been easier! Just select the quarter of your choice and follow the steps!


    Phone: (425) 392-2900 x101
    Mail: Download the registration form (PDF) and mail it to:

    303 Front Street North
    Issaquah, WA 98027

    Our Teachers

    KIDSTAGE hires highly trained professional artists and arts educators and provides them with additional training in child development and KIDSTAGE techniques. Most teachers have at least two years experience teaching youth in the performing arts before joining the KIDSTAGE staff. Instructors are also required to pass a Washington State Patrol check and complete the Village Theatre Conduct with Minors form and an extensive orientation before working with students.

    For more information, read about our instructors.

    What do students do in class?

    Classes use creative dramatics, music and movement, familiar story themes, games, arts and crafts, and lots of IMAGINATION to explore the fun of theatre. The KIDSTAGE class curriculums are designed to use theatre arts to encourage collaboration, teamwork and communication, respect for self and others, healthy and constructive behavior choices, as well as build self-esteem and confidence.

    Can parents observe classes?

    KIDSTAGE utilizes an open ear policy in our classrooms. Instructors will keep the doors cracked open during classes to allow adults to unobtrusively observe their students. However, parents are asked to stay outside the classroom, as their presence may be a distraction to other students.

    What can I expect in a final class demonstration?

    On the final day of class or camp, family and friends are invited to observe a small in-class demonstration that allow them the opportunity to see what students have been working on all session. Demonstrations usually include: theatre games used during the session to teach specific theatre concepts, student explanations of terms and skills learned, and a presentation of some form of a story (improvised, guided or scripted).

  • Tuitions and Financial Assistance

    Tuition is specific to each class and camp. Please check the class schedule grid for tuition details.


    10% discount when registering more than one student from the same family or when registering for more than one class. (Not valid with any other offers.)

    Financial Assistance

    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. So Village Theatre strives to ensure that all young people, regardless of financial circumstances, are able to participate in its programs.

    Thanks to generous donors, foundations and corporate support we are able to offer scholarships (tuition credits) ranging from 25% to 75% off the published tuition.

    The process for applying is easy and non-invasive! Families need only apply for financial assistance once per year. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to families whose incomes are 80% or less of the Area Median Income (per HUD income guidelines for Snohomish and King County). By signing the Financial Assistance Form, you are testifying to your income range and the associated tuition credit for which you qualify. Use the income worksheet to see where your household income, and family size, falls in our scholarship guidelines. There is no need to provide proof of income at this time. Village Theatre reserves the right to verify submissions.

    Limit 1 class or 1 production per session per student during Fall, Winter and Spring sessions.
    Limit 3 camps or 1 production per student in the Summer session.

    Scholarship Application Process

    You may complete the entire process online, or send hard copy forms by mail, or deliver them in person.

    Here’s what we need:
    1) Apply Online or download the Financial Assistance Form

    2) Once your Financial Assistance is awarded, we will contact you by email, and then you may:
    · Register online (see button above)
    · Register over-the-phone
    · Mail-in registration (see downloadable form)

    3) Deposit - $25 per class and camp and $50 per production.

    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available for Fall and Winter Sessions. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. Please call the KIDSTAGE office to arrange for a payment plan.

    Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations up to, and including the first day of class/camps will be refunded less a $50.00 cancellation fee. For all-day summer camps in Issaquah only, the cancellation fee is $100.00. No refunds will be given after the second class/camp in either location.

    Class Cancellations

    If a class does not fill, or if something unforeseen occurs, we reserve the right to cancel a class. We will notify you as early as possible, and a full refund will be made.

  • Institute

    A customized 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. Click here to learn more!


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Janet Cole Hamilton
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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.

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Box Office: (425) 392-2202

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