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Teen Acting Studio - Winter 2021

Grades 7-12

Registration Now CLOSED

When:  Monday/Wednesday's January 25, 27, Feb 1, 3, 8, 10 (Six Sessions)

              7:00-8:10 PM EST (1 hour, 10 minutes)

Where: Virtually on Zoom! 

What:  Scripted scene-work/monologues, activities, and collaborative devised original work.

Cost:   $75

Instructor:  Rachel Hoey


Audition Workshop

Grades 6-12

Registration Now CLOSED

When:  Tuesdays January 26, February 2, 9 (three sessions)

             6:45-7:45 PM EST (1 hour) 

Where: Virtually on Zoom! 

What:  Practice, tips, tricks! how-to's and business of auditioning and call-back rounds.

Cost:   $40

Instructor: Liam Castellan


Movement and Dance for Theatre

Grades 3-6

Registration Now CLOSED

When:  Thursday's January 21, 28, Feb 4, 11 (four sessions)

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

Where: Virtually on Zoom! 

What:  A lively combination of movement, dance, and creative physical                        collaboration.

Cost:   $50

Instructor: Adi Mullen


Improvisational Acting Workshop

Grades 6-8

Registration Now CLOSED

When:  Saturdays January 23, 30, Feb 6 (three sessions)


Where: Virtually on Zoom! 

What:  Creativity at its core - character creation and thinking on your feet! A              mixture of ensemble-building, improvisational acting, and scene                    exercises - for new and experienced theatre middle-schoolers!

Cost:   $40

Instructor: Tess Cunningham


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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



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!

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!



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.

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

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

Please email to be added to the wait list.


Cost:  $125 

Performance Premiere: Friday March 12, 2021


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.

Hanukkah Harriet - A World Premiere

Grades 4-12

For the winter holiday season Stages Bloomington and The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington have commissioned a new play!  Stay tuned!

This production has been postponed until Fall 2021.

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

2019-20 Production Classes and Shows


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 

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 

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.



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