Charleston Stage has one of the oldest and largest arts education programs for young people in the region. Led by Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education, and by Sam Henderson, Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education, Charleston Stage's TheatreSchool classes are taught by ten full-time professional actors who make up Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company. These professional actors/educators introduce young people to the exciting world of the theatre. Students explore the craft of acting and learn the discipline of performing, as they develop their own unique creative voices. The goal of Charleston Stage’s acting classes is to provide young people with performance and creative thinking skills that will serve them in whatever profession they one day choose. Students develop poise, movement, speaking, and acting skills as they explore improvisation, theatre games, character development and the many skills of professional actors.

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all classes take place at our west ashley theatre center:

 
West Ashley Theatre Center

Ashley Landing
1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd Suite 11
Charleston, SC 29407

Education Office: 843.225.3900 

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***Students' health and safety IS our first priority:

  • We are currently not requiring masks for staff or students. If there is a spike in cases they may be added at any time during the summer.
  • The lobby will not be available as a waiting area for parents, etc. Only students enrolled in classes will be allowed in the building.
  • Pick up and drop off will be in the car pool line in front of the building so families may remain in their vehicle. Students will be escorted to and from their vehicles by staff.

 

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CHARLESTON STAGE'S SUMMERSTAGE PROGRAMMING IS BACK AND ALL NEW FOR 2022! 
registration IS NOW OPEN! CAMPS FILL QUICKLY. EXplore below!
 
 
THE ALL NEW AND REVAMPED SUMMERSTAGE 2022 Programming includes:

 

WEEKLY SUMMER PERFORMANCE CAMPS

Held at the West Ashley Theatre Center for Grades (rising) K5-8 and taught by members of Charleston Stage’s professional Resident Acting Company.

We’re offering 15 fun-filled options for these one-week, half-day camps for Grades (rising) K5-8 that run from June 13th – July 29th with each class culminating in a brief performance in the Pearlstine Theater on the final day of class. Both musical and non-musical options are available. See the class schedule and descriptions below for themes, pricing, specific dates and grade level groupings. No experience necessary and open to all levels from beginner to advanced. **“Lunch Bunch” available for students taking a full day of classes or needing extended pick-up after the morning session or early drop-off for the afternoon session. See below for camp descriptions, schedule and registration.

 

SUMMER TEEN PRODUCTION

Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach

Rehearsals will be held at the West Ashley Theatre Center and performances will occur downtown at the Dock Street Theatre. Directed by Charleston Stage Resident Music Director, Sam Henderson, and members of Charleston Stage's professional Resident Acting Company. For Grades (rising) 8th – Graduating Seniors (class of 2022).

For the first time, Charleston Stage will be presenting (tuition free!) a fully produced musical featuring local teen talent at the Dock Street Theatre. This year’s selection is the musical "ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH" by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. This program is open to all rising 8th graders – Graduating Seniors (class of 2022) and acceptance is by AUDITION ONLY. Please note, auditions were already held on April 26th and the musical has been cast.

 

 

 

 

Summer of Dance

In order to give our staff some time to catch up and recover from this whirlwind first season back, we are taking a break from our popular “Summer of Dance” program for this summer.  We hope to bring this program back, better than ever, for the summer of 2023.  Thanks for your understanding!

 

 

 

WEEKLY SUMMER PERFORMANCE CAMp schedule - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

 Summer Camp Schedule 2022

 

 

camps june 13 - 17

 

movie musicals (GRADES 3 - 5)

Lights, Camera, Singing and Dancing! With an influx of movie musicals coming out recently, this class will explore music/choreography/scene work from movie musicals of the past decade. Students will learn first hand what makes these movies so successful. Meet us at the end of the week for a movie musical extravaganza!

Dates and Time: June 13 - 17, 9am - 12pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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NOW

 

 

DUN DUN DUN! (GRADES 3 - 5)

Everyone loves a good mystery! And the only thing better than watching a whodunit play is being in it. Students will study the types of characters typically featured in Mysteries and will then get the opportunity to create their own. Mysteries are a great opportunity to practice improv skills as well, for the final performance the audience will be given the option to choose the order of three endings that the students have rehearsed keeping everyone on their toes.

Dates and Time: June 13 - 17, 1pm - 4pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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journey through time and stage (Grades 6 - 8)

Back to the… past, present and future! Students will “time travel” through musical theatre history, with each day focusing on a different era of musical theatre. From the Golden Age to Megamusicals, and everything in between. We will expand our knowledge of the vocal, dance, and acting techniques of the many eras of Musical Theatre, all while preparing a Musical Theatre Time Travel Revue.

Dates and Time: June 13 - 17, 1pm - 4pm 
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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NOW

 

 

lunch bunch (all grades)

Lunch Bunch is a supervised lunch filled with games and crafts. You must provide your own Drinks/Foods for lunch. This session is available for all age ranges and is intended for any student that is staying for both morning and afternoon sessions OR for families that need a little extra time before picking up their students.

Dates and Time: June 13 - 17, 12pm - 1pm 
Tuition: $75
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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NOW

 

 

camps june 20 - 24

 

pirates and mermaids (Grades K5 - 2)

Every day is a treasure hunt! Students will learn about theatre and complete tasks/games that will unlock new hints for them each day to show them where to find the buried treasure, building their own story and fun characters along the way.

Dates and Time: June 20 - 24, 9am - 12pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

Registration for this class is closed. Waitlist is full.

 

 

 

around the world in... a camp week! (Grades 6 - 8)

Pack your bags, because we are travelling the globe! This camp will explore theatre types from all over the world! Students will get a taste of the many influences different cultures and time periods had on the theatre. By the end of this week, we will be theatre history scholars, with a final performance to prove it.

Dates and Time: June 20 - 24, 9am - 12pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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NOW

 

 

songs from the big screen! (Grades 6 - 8)

A camp focusing on music, scenes and dances from popular movie musicals! Learn group dances and songs from popular shows and some hidden gems. Students will do scene work from movie musicals and by the end of the week, we will put it all together for a Movie Musical Extravaganza.

Dates and Time: June 20 - 24, 1pm - 4pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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NOW

 

 

lunch bunch (all grades)

Lunch Bunch is a supervised lunch filled with games and crafts. You must provide your own Drinks/Foods for lunch. This session is available for all age ranges and is intended for any student that is staying for both morning and afternoon sessions OR for families that need a little extra time before picking up their students.

Dates and Time: June 20 - 24, 12pm - 1pm 
Tuition: $75
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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NOW

 

 

camps july 11 - 15

 

mickey's mashup mania (Grades 3 - 5)

Nothing beats the magic of Disney! Old school Disney, contemporary Disney - all of the greatest hits. Join us for an exciting week of learning music and choreography to some of our favorite tunes. Students will also work on creating their own Disney characters and stories to perform at the end of the week!

Dates and Time: July 11 - 15, 9am - 12pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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NOW

 

 

charleston stage news (Grades 6 - 8)

Today’s top headlines! Join us as we create our very own news broadcast, with a twist. From creating exuberant characters with enticing stories to tell, there’s no saying what news will be reported today. Tune in for our end of the week performance, where students will perform their own, unique broadcast!

Dates and Time: July 11 - 15, 9am - 12pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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NOW

 

 

stories by the campfire (Grades 3 - 5)

We can smell and hear the crackling fire right now! Come join us as students take a deep dive into the art of storytelling. Through the exploration of character building and puppetry, students will develop their own “campfire stories.” Check out these young storytellers on their final day of camp.

Dates and Time: July 11 - 15, 1pm - 4pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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NOW

 

 

lunch bunch (all grades)

Lunch Bunch is a supervised lunch filled with games and crafts. You must provide your own Drinks/Foods for lunch. This session is available for all age ranges and is intended for any student that is staying for both morning and afternoon sessions OR for families that need a little extra time before picking up their students.

Dates and Time: July 11 - 15, 12pm - 1pm 
Tuition: $75
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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NOW

 

 

camps july 18 - 22

 

movie madness (Grades k5 - 2)

Get ready for those red carpet interviews! We explore what it’s like to be a movie star. Learn how to dress/pose for the paparazzi, and how to sing and dance like the stars you’ve seen on screen! Come see a sneak peek behind the scenes at our final class.

Dates and Time: July 18 - 22, 9am - 12pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

Registration for this class is closed. Waitlist is full.

 

 

 

Pop stars! (Grades 3 - 5)

Everybody sing! This contemporary-style taught class focuses on today’s popular music- while still paying tribute to proper vocal technique and standard dance moves. By the end of the week, students will have a final showcase highlighting some of the music and choreography of today’s hits.

Dates and Time: July 18 - 22, 9am - 12pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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"as seen on tv!" (Grades 3 - 5)

Watch out Netflix! Students will learn everything it takes to make it on the small screen. From sitcoms to commercials, this class will test our comedic limits, soap opera acting chops, and episode to episode hijinks. At the end of the week, students will create their very own “TV network” and broadcast, complete with a variety of programming and sure-to-be-hilarious advertisements.

Dates and Time: July 18 - 22, 1pm - 4pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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lunch bunch (all grades)

Lunch Bunch is a supervised lunch filled with games and crafts. You must provide your own Drinks/Foods for lunch. This session is available for all age ranges and is intended for any student that is staying for both morning and afternoon sessions OR for families that need a little extra time before picking up their students.

Dates and Time: July 18 - 22, 12pm - 1pm 
Tuition: $75
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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NOW

 

 

camps july 25 - 29

 

TIME traveling (Grades k5 - 2)

After crafting our very own time travel machine, students will leap from one time period to another and explore different acting, music, and movement styles in this camp. Come see all the places we explored on the last day of class.

Dates and Time: July 25 - 29, 9am - 12pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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a night at THE tony's (Grades 6 - 8)

And the Tony goes to…! Kids will learn about the award winning shows that have graced Broadway stages over the past few years. This camp will explore the current trends for what makes the next broadway hit- the music, the acting, the choreography. By the end of the week, these students will prepare a performance fit for the stage!

Dates and Time: July 25 - 29, 1pm - 4pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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NOW

 

 

lunch bunch (all grades)

Lunch Bunch is a supervised lunch filled with games and crafts. You must provide your own Drinks/Foods for lunch. This session is available for all age ranges and is intended for any student that is staying for both morning and afternoon sessions OR for families that need a little extra time before picking up their students.

Dates and Time: July 25 - 29, 12pm - 1pm 
Tuition: $75
Full Tuition Is Due at Registration. We Do Not Offer Refunds.

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NOW

 

 

 

 

PERFORMANCE TROUPES

 
PERFORMANCE TROUPES
are weekly classes for advanced students and admittance is by audition only. Auditions are held once a year. Students in Troupe train in acting and singing weekly with movement included as needed. They are the only students (younger than high school) permitted to audition for Charleston Stage professional productions.

Tuition $675 for Classes August 2022 - April 2023

Season 45 Troupe Casting is complete.  Information about auditioning for the Season 46 Performance Troupes will be available here in April 2023.