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




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 is a musical theatre training program for Grades 6-Age 20, designed for disciplined students ready to strengthen their theatre and life skills. This versatile school-year program is open by audition for students who are ready to study, train, and perform at an advanced level. Institute will help develop the self-discipline required for a professional career in theatre or any other vocation. Every aspect of this program is taught by some of the region’s finest teaching artists, directors, choreographers, music directors, and musical theatre writers and composers. Institute students who meet casting requirements for certain Mainstage and/or Beta Series productions may occasionally receive special attention for 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
Letter of Recommendation
Institute/Pathway Tuition Agreement
Institute/Pathway Contract
Institute/Pathway Absence Policy


Village Theatre Institute Program Goals
  • Annually develop rigorous and flexible curriculum to support individual student needs and learning goals
  • Facilitate student driven goal achievement, enlisting students as active agents in their own development as artists and citizens
  • Provide instruction in specific life and theatre skills targeted towards fulfilling students’ goals after High School. This includes preparation for careers in a variety of fields including professional theater and/or college acceptance
  • Provide training by expert instructors invested in the learning outcomes for each student
  • Sample Schedule

    Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance, and Acting. Students will be placed in either the Monday or Tuesday track.

    Example of Monday Foundation Classes* (Grades 9-12) Example of Tuesday Foundation Classes (Grades 7-9)
    4:00 - 4:30 PM Professional Artist Development 4:00 - 4:30 PM Professional Artist Development
    4:35 - 5:45 PM Unit 1 (Dance) 4:30 - 6:00 PM Acting
    5:45 - 6:30 PM Dinner 6:00 - 6:40 PM Dinner
    6:30 - 7:40 PM Unit 2 (Voice) 6:40 - 7:40 PM Voice/Dance
    7:50 - 9:00 PM Unit 3 (Acting) 7:45 - 8:45 PM Voice/Dance

    *Actual class times vary


    Pathway:

    Example of Thursday Foundation Classes (Grades 7-12) Example of Saturday Foundation Classes (Grades 5-6)
    4:00 - 4:15 PM Community Check-In 9:30 - 11:00 AM Voice
    4:15 - 5:30 PM Dance 11:00 - 11:30 AM Break
    5:30 - 6:15 PM Dinner 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Dance
    6:15 - 7:30 PM Acting/Voice 12:30 - 2:00 PM Acting
    7:30 - 8:45 PM Acting/Voice

    *Actual times may vary

  • Curriculum Overview

    Dance

    Institute students will develop musical theatre dance technique and performance skills that will prepare students for auditions, call backs, and any future musical theatre dance experience. Dance classes provide tools to increase flexibility and improve core strength. Students will also explore acting through dance, specificity of movement, dancing with strength, and selling a dance number. Master teachers of various dance styles are brought in throughout the year. Additional KIDSTAGE dance classes are highly encouraged.


    Singing

    Institute students will development 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 through song interpretation and specialized master classes. 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.


    Examples of Institute Electives and Workshops:

    Students participating in Institute (or Pathway to Institute) are offered electives and workshops as part of their training at no additional cost. These speciality classes are offered during regularly scheduled programming as well as select Fridays throughout the year.

    Dance and Movement:

    • Partner Dancing
    • Period and Status Movement
    • Tap
    • Ballet
    • Jazz
    • Tricks, turns and gymnastics
    • Modern dance
    • Yoga for Actors
    • Stage combat (both armed and unarmed)

    Singing:

    • Creating Your Audition Book
    • Glee/Harmony Class
    • Composition
    • Musical Theatre Songs and Styles
    • Dialects and Character Voice Technique

    Acting:

    • Improvisation- Short and Long Form
    • Acting for the Camera
    • Clowning
    • Commedia dell’arte
    • Neutral Mask Work

    Specialty Electives:

    • Intro to Technical Theatre
    • Writing
    • Directing>
    • Choreography
    • Theatrical Design
    • Audition Skills
    • Stage Make-up
  • Village Theatre Institute Overview

    Foundation Classes: September-May, meets from 4:00-9:00 PM on Mondays (generally 9th grade to age 20) OR 4:00-8:45 PM on Tuesdays (generally 7th-9th grade)

    Tuition: $2,300.00 Tuition covers the three Institute Monday or Tuesday 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. Please see the Financial Assistance Form on our Forms Page

    Evaluation: Students receive 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 will be scheduled as a student conference during the Winter-Spring session. In addition, there will be one written evaluation from each foundation class instructor at the end of Spring session.


    Placement: Students are placed into the program at appropriate level classes, based on their audition. Current Institute students must audition every year for placement. Due to this, the number of spots available on either Institute day for new students does vary from year to year. If there is concern that a returning Institute student may have difficulty being accepted into the program the following year, they will be given notice.

    Communication: A quarterly 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.


    Curriculum: The Monday or Tuesday 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.

    Singing: Institute students will development 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 through song interpretation and specialized master classes. 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, call backs, and any future musical theatre dance experience. Dance classes provide tools to increase flexibility and improve core strength. Students will also explore acting through dance, specificity of movement, dancing with strength, and selling a dance number. Master teachers of various dance styles are brought in throughout the year. 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 four performance opportunities during the 2018-19 school year. Most are open to all students, not just Institute.

    • Sing it Forward is a benefit for the KIDSTAGE's annual fundraiser and is exclusive to the majority of the cast is selected from Institute students past and present. Some special guest alumni or instructors may also perform. Auditions in September, rehearses October, and has one performance in mid-October. (No tuition)
    • TeenSelect is open to all students grade 9-Age 20, auditions in September, rehearses October-December, and performs for three weekends in December. The reduced tuition for Institute students is $530. General tuition is $650.
    • Ensemble is open to all students grade 3-9, auditions in September, rehearses early March-mid April and performs for three weekends in April. The reduced tuition for Institute students if $530. General tuition is $650.
    • KIDSTAGE Originals for 2018-19 is open to all students grade 9 up to age 20 who have an interest in writing, lyric writing, and/or composing. Students create their own musical "for teens by teens" with professional mentorship. Applications are due and Interviews take place in late September. The program runs November through the end of March.

    Mainstage Auditions: Institute students 17 years old and older are encouraged to audition for the Village Theatre General Auditions in the spring.

  • Pathway to Institute

    The Pathway to Institute program is open by audition for grades 5-12. This 23-week school-year program is designed to give students the foundational training needed to thrive in the Institute, while creating an inclusive and focused community. In the Pathway program, students enroll for three consecutive sessions of classes from September until May. Class offerings include dance, singing, and acting. All students who audition for the 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 areas of study. We take time to give individual attention and focus on each student's growth during the year, enabling students to track towards placement in the Institute.

    Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance, and Acting. Students will be placed in either the High School or Middle School section. Approximately 28 students are accepted into the program per school year.

    Foundation Classes: September-May, meets approximately from 4:00-8:45 PM on Thursdays (7th-12th graders) OR 9:30am-2:00pm on Saturdays (generally 5th-6th graders)

    Tuition: $2,100.00 Tuition covers the three Thursday or Saturday Foundation classes and Institute/Pathway elective courses.A monthly tuition payment plan is available. Tuition is required regardless of a students' attendance. KIDSTAGE school-year productions are encouraged but optional and have a separate tuition. Pathway to Institute students receive a discounted tuition on productions.

    Scholarships and Work Exchange: Are available for those who qualify on a limited basis. Financial need will not be a barrier to participate. Please see the Financial Assistance Form on our FORMS page.

    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 Fall 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: A quarterly e-newsletter offering updates for families on the coursework and any helpful information will be sent.

    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 Thursday/Saturday Foundation classes will include Singing, Dance, and Acting. Additional Electives and workshops are available at no additional charge during the school year. Pathway students also will receive special discounts on additional KIDSTAGE classes.  Pathway to Institute Foundation classes mirror the work done in the Institute with an emphasis on audition techniques, ensemble-building, and fundamentals in each skill area. For more information about the Foundation classes, see the Institute Curriculum Overview above.

  • How to Audition/Apply

    To Audition, please visit our Auditions and Opportunities Page.

    Auditions: The audition is a general audition for acceptance into the Village Theatre Institute and Pathway to Institute as well as for the KIDSTAGE summer shows.

    What to prepare and bring:
    • Actors need to prepare a one-minute monologue and 16-32 bars from a song.
    • Bring piano sheet music in a three-ring binder.
    • Bring one copy of a photo and resume for each program you are auditioning for and one copy of your monologue. School photos and photocopies are acceptable.
    • A filled out Institute Application

    Other Information: For NEW students, 1-3 letters of recommendation are due at the time of callbacks. Additional paperwork such as the Institute/Pathway Tuition agreement, financial assistance forms, or contracts is not required until a placement offered for the program is made to your student.

  • FAQ

    Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    1. What days and times are Institute and Pathway?
      Institute takes place on Monday OR Tuesday. Both meet from approximately 4:00pm-9:00pm with a dinner break.

      Pathway takes place on Thursdays OR Saturdays. Thursday's meet from approximately 4:00pm-8:45pm with a dinner break. Saturday's meet from approximately 9:30am-2:00pm with a lunch break.

    2. How many spots do you have in Institute or Pathway?
      There are ~48 total spots on Mondays, usually 10th-12th graders, and ~28 spots on Tuesdays , usually 7th-9th graders. Pathway has a total of ~40 spots per year (Thursday ~28, Saturday ~12). Current Institute students may audition return to the program in subsequent years, which mean the number of open spots for new students does vary per year.

    3. How long are the Institute and Pathway Programs?
      Institute is a nine-month program, from September through May, with approximately 27 weeks of Foundation classes.

      Pathway is an eight-month program, operating on the KIDSTAGE quarter system, and meets 9 weeks for Fall, 9 weeks for Winter, and 5 weeks for Spring for approximately 23 weeks of classes.

    4. What happens after the callback?
      You will be contacted via phone or email by early July regarding your placement. You will be contacted even if you are not offered a spot in the program, as we do offer spots on a short wait list every year.

      If you are offered a spot in either program, the Institute Manager will schedule an entrance meeting for you and your family during the summer to go over paperwork and discuss your unique goals and areas for growth.

      If you are not offered a spot in the program, we encourage you to contact us for audition feedback at ccraig@villagetheatre.org.

    5. How are students placed into the programs?
      Students are placed into the program at appropriate level classes, based on their audition. Current Institute students must audition every year for placement. Due to this, the number of spots available on either Institute day for new students does vary from year to year. If there is concern that a returning Institute student may have difficulty being accepted into the program the following year, they will be given notice.

    6. Do you offer any scholarships or financial assistance?
      Yes. Scholarships and work exchange are available on a limited basis. Financial need will not be a barrier to participate. For more information, please consult the Financial Assistance Form located in the FORMS section of our website.

    7. Is attendance really THAT important?
      YES! Consistent attendance is one of the most important factors in a training program. If during the audition and application process, you know you have other activities (sports, choir, external shows, soccer) that will conflict with ANY of those days/times, please email ccraig@villagetheatre.org as soon as possible.

    8. Who teaches the Institute and Pathway programs?
      KIDSTAGE hires highly trained professional artists and arts educators and provides them with additional training in child development and KIDSTAGE techniques. Instructors for Institute or Pathway usually have 5 or more years of experience in their content area (acting, singing, or dance), in addition to advanced degrees in their field. Please see our INSTRUCTORS page for instructor headshots and bios.




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