CLASSES

 

Stages Bloomington - The only Theatre Company of its kind in Bloomington

 

Master Classes For the High School Student

Fall 2021

Grades 9th - 12th

 

​​When:  Wednesdays October 27, November 10, November 17

              6:00 - 8:00 PM EST (2 hours)

Where: In-person at the Warehouse, 1525 S. Rogers St, Bloomington

What: Master Classes in stage combat, physical Comedy and Audition geared towards high school students taught by professionals in the field

Cost:   $30/class or $75 for all three classes

Additional Information and to Register here

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Triple Threat - Fall 2021

Grades 3rd - 12th

 

​​When:  Saturdays September 11, 18, 25 October (Four Sessions)

              12:30 - 3:00 PM EST (2 hours 30 minutes)

Where: In-person at the Warehouse, 1525 S. Rogers St, Bloomington

What:  At Stages, Triple Threat means acting, singing, and dancing, and this fall version is all-new!  If you've never set foot on a stage, or you could use some extra practice, this class is for you. Spend your Saturday afternoons this fall having fun and learning new things! 

Cost:   $150

Registration is closed.

Production Class - Fall 2021

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

 

Ages 12 - 18

 

​​When:  Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, September 21st, performances on the weekend of November 4th.

What:  Based on Robert Fulghum's best-selling books, Kindergarten takes a funny, insightful, heartwarming look at what is profound in everyday life. This tightly woven adaptation has earned standing ovations from Singapore to Prague— from L.A. to D.C. It's an evening of theatrical storytelling in revue format directed by Liam Castellan.

Cost:   $250

Registration is Closed

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The following classes have already happened, but these are a SAMPLE of what we offer in a typical year. Check back with us for new classes and programs (always at the TOP of this page)! Sign up for our newsletter, too!
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Original Work! - Spring 2021

Grades 6-8

 

​​When:  Wednesdays March 24, 30 April 7, 14, 21, 28 (Six Sessions)

              6:15 -7:30 PM EST (1 hour, 15 minutes)

Where: Virtually on Zoom! 

What:  A collaboration in creating a new play to be recorded for showcase performances! Actors will journey together through the process of creating a play together - storytelling, plot, dialogue, and improvisation to find characterization, rehearsing, and fine-tuning the play until its online debut!

Cost:   $75

Instructor:  Rachel Hoey

Registration is now closed

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Monday Club:

Teen Play Reading Group

Grades 8-12

​When:  Mondays March 29,  April 5, 12, 19 (4 sessions)

             7:15 - 8:45 PM EST (1 hour 30 minutes) 

Where: Virtually on Zoom! 

What:  Young actors will experience three plays within the theatre canon, the exercise of reading/discussing through plays as a group while getting further context and acting tips along the way. It's a great way to familiarize teens with important works, great monologues, and re-usable content, as well as lending itself to audition preparation. The plays include: Almost Maine by John Carini (Contemporary Dramatic and Comedic play), Hay Fever by Noel Coward (1920’s British Farce) and Wiley and the Hairy Man, by Susan Zeder (Award-winning theatre for youth play).

Cost:   $55

Instructor: Liam Castellan

Registration is closed.

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Dance for Musical Theatre

Grades 3-6

​When:  Tuesdays March 23, 30, April 6, 13 (four sessions)

             6:30-7:30 PM EST (1 hour)

Where: Virtually on Zoom! 

What:  Lively combination of movement, dance, and creative physical collaboration. Each week students will explore choreography through the musicals: Hamilton, High School Musical, Shrek the Musical, and Seussical. Warm-ups and exercises featuring age appropriate pop music from tv, film, and radio.

Cost:   $50

Instructor: Adi Mullen

Registration is now closed.

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Improvisational Acting Workshop

Grades 6-8

​When:  Saturdays March 27, April 3, 10 (three sessions)

             11:00AM-12:00PM

Where: Virtually on Zoom! 

What:   New and fan-favorite ensemble-building, improvisational acting,        and scene exercises for middle schoolers! Delve into character creation, thinking on your feet, and honing in on improvisational acting skills.

Cost:   $40

Instructor: Tess Cunningham

Registration is now closed.

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Improvisational Acting Workshop

Grades 3-5

​When:  Saturdays March 27, April 3, 10 (three sessions)

             12:20 PM -1:20PM

Where: Virtually on Zoom! 

What:   Creativity at its core! This class caters to both new-comers and kids who’ve experienced theatre! A mixture of age appropriate ensemble games. It's a great practice of creating as a group. Collaborative, fun, on your feet, acting and reacting! 

Cost:   $40

Instructor: Tess Cunningham

Click here to register.

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Stages Two-Day Virtual 5-Minute Play Festival!

Grades 6-12

Registration Now CLOSED

When:  Monday, December 28 and Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Where: Virtually on Zoom! 

What:  An opportunity to create, rehearse, perform, and record 5-minute plays                   for a premiere on Stages YouTube Channel on December 30! 

Cost:   $60

Registration is Closed

 
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Creative Workshop:

Solo & Ensemble Writing & Characterization

Grades 5 - 8

You are invited to discover playwriting through solo and group creation: experiment with improv, writing prompts, character games, etc. Stages instructor Liam Castellan will lead you through a variety of exciting exercises and techniques to spark endless ideas and dynamic characterization! Class size is limited.

Registration is now CLOSED!

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Creative Workshop:

Solo & Ensemble Writing & Characterization

Grades 9 - 12

You are invited to discover playwriting through solo and group creation: experiment with improv, writing prompts, character games, etc. Stages instructor Rachel Hoey will lead you through a variety of exciting exercises and techniques to spark endless ideas and dynamic characterization!

 

Registration is now CLOSED!

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Fall Teen Acting Studio

Grades 7 - 12

Hone your acting (and reacting), scene study, and monologue skills, and get an inside look at the world of theatre with instructor Rachel Hoey! This studio also includes a guest artist collaboration that focuses on audition preparation. Join us for a lively and collaborative studio experience! Class size is limited. 

Registration is now CLOSED!

 
 

PRODUCTION CLASSES  

Take the stage! With Stages, you are not just in a show, you are in a fully staged production which is also a class taught by experienced theatre professionals - directors, instructors, performers - who have a talent for creating good theatre as well as coaching and mentoring young actors.  Shows involve four or more performances and are promoted and open to the public.

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She Kills Monsters

Virtual Realms

A virtual performance

Grades 8 - 12

First performed in 2011, She Kills Monsters earned high acclaim as a love letter to the nerds, the geeks, and the queer community. Qui Nguyen’s script follows Agnes Evans on her journey to connect with her deceased sister, Tilly Evans. As she packs away Tilly’s room, Agnes discovers that her sister lives on in the whimsical world of Dungeons and Dragons, a fantastical role playing game. Agnes befriends and battles demons, elves, and fairies in her quest to meet the most authentic version of her sister.

Directed by Rory Willats

Audition information available here.

 

Cost:  $175

Virtual Performances April 16 & April 17

 
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Could You Hug A Cactus?

A New Musical

A virtual performance

Grades 3 - 7

Based on a collection of whimsical poems by Phillip Van Wagoner, Could You Hug A Cactus? is a musical revue that follows a group of kids as they come together to create a show that’s bursting with poems and creativity. One by one, they each share their imaginative creations, until a nervous performer panics and refuses to contribute a poem. Can the cast help him shed self-doubt and ignite a creative spark?

Directed by Rory Willats

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Please email info@stagesbloomington.com to be added to the wait list.

 

Cost:  $125 

Performance Premiere: Friday March 12, 2021

 
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Super Happy Awesome News!

A Virtual Musical

Grades 3 - 8

Performers in grades 3rd-8th are invited to join us for a silly, heartfelt musical written to be rehearsed and performed from the safety of home! Super Happy Awesome News follows a sibling rivalry to create “good news” networks and the honesty that producing news entails. The show features a variety of songs and monologues with both humor and heart, giving young performers a chance to be in the virtual spotlight. Each cast member will have the opportunity to work one on one with the director, honing their acting skills and focusing on translating those skills to the webcam. The final production of Super Happy Awesome News will premiere on YouTube so that friends and family from afar can enjoy the performance! Cast size is limited.

Time Commitment: The virtual musical class includes both full cast meetings and one-on-one scene work. Participating in the musical requires that students memorize their material outside of scheduled rehearsal times.

Registration is now CLOSED!

Performance Premiere October 23, 2020.

Watch for great performance opportunities like these as soon as we're live and on stage again!

2019-20 Production Classes and Shows

 

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Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Grades 5-12

Get in on the magic of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp!  Actors in grades 5-12 are invited to join this exciting production class featuring a classic non-musical version of this well-loved tale.  It's the perfect show for actors who love acting!

 

Performances: November 8 - 10, 2019 

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John Brown's Body

Grades 9-12

Part of Stages' "American Mosaic" series, John Brown's Body is an oratorio from the poem by Stephen Vincent Benet, which delves into the many stories from the Civil War.  This production will be performed by Stages' Artists in Residence, with a limited number of teen actors accepted after auditions with Executive Director 

Performances:  February 14-16, 2020 

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Matilda - The Musical

Grades 5-12

Meet Matilda, a precocious little girl who is ignored by her parents and bullied by the headmistress at school. With a wry sense of humor and a penchant for justice, she will win your heart. 

 

A "Best Musical" Tony winner based on Roald Dahl's popular children's novel,  Matilda is a triumphant tale - exuberant, quirky, and over-the-top fun!

Performances:  March 5-8, 2020.