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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, Sam Henderson, Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education, and Jesse Siak, Associate Director of Education, Charleston Stage's TheatreSchool classes are taught by seven full-time professional actors who make up Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company. These professional actor/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.

Questions About Classes? Please Contact Our Education Offices at (843) 856-3822 or Email Jesse Siak, Associate Director of Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

SummerStage Registration Now Open!

 

All SummerStage and SummerStage Express Camps Will Take Place
In West Ashley at the Following Location:

St. Andrews High School Auditorium
721 Wappoo Rd
Charleston, SC 29407

 

 

 

2018 Summer Class Schedule

SummerCamps

 

 

SummerStage: Grades 2-5

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Each Summer, Charleston Stage's Education Staff and Resident Acting Company hold SummerStage, a three-week acting camp that culminates in a full-scale musical production at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. This season, we are happy to announce the SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp production will be Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS!

The jungle is jumpin' with a jazzy beat in Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie. This is for students in grades 2-5 NEXT school year (2018-2019)

Class Schedule:
*All classes from 9am-12pm.*
July 9-12 (Mon-Thurs)
July 16-19 (Mon-Thurs)
July 23-27 (Mon-Fri)
Performance (at Dock Street Theatre) Saturday, July 28 at 10am (Actor call 9:15am)

Tuition: $675
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 

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SummerStage: Grades 6-12

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Each Summer, Charleston Stage's Education Staff and Resident Acting Company hold SummerStage, a three week acting camp that culminates in a full-scale musical production at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. This season, we are happy to announce the SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp production will be Bye, Bye Birdie Young Performers' Edition!

A loving send-up of the 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye, Bye Birdie Young Performers' Edition remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for youth actors, and a hilarious script, Bye, Bye Birdie Young Performers' Edition continues to thrill audiences around the world. This is for students in grades 6-12 NEXT school year (2018-2019)

 

 
Class Schedule:
*All classes from 1pm-4pm (class on Friday, July 27 from 9am-12pm)*
July 9-12 (Mon-Thurs)
July 16-19 (Mon-Thurs)
July 23-27 (Mon-Fri)
Performances (at Dock Street Theatre) are Friday, July 27 at 7:00pm (Actor call 6:15pm) and Saturday, July 28 at 1pm (Actor call 12:15pm)

Tuition: $675
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 

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SummerStage Express: Three Billy Goats Gruff (Grades 1-4)

A week-long Musical Theatre camp! In Three Billy Goats Gruff Express, students choose the best parts of the story and create a performance with lots of opportunities for all. Our one-week camps meet in June and end with a class performance in the final Friday.

Class Schedule:
June 18-22 (Monday-Friday)
9am-12pm

Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 

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SummerStage Express: Under the Sea (Grades 1-4)

Spend a week with Ariel, Sebastian, Dory, and lots of other sea creatures Under the Sea! In this class, students will explore sea characters and stories from brand new cartoons to old books, culminating in a mash-up performance filled with songs, scenes, and (of course) fish! Add your child to this aquarium, for a fun-filled week of summer!

Class Schedule:
June 25-29 (Monday-Friday)
9am-12pm

Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 

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SummerStage Express: Comedy Camp! (Grades 5-8)

Ever wanted to "make 'em laugh, make 'em laugh, make 'em laugh?" Associate Director of Education, Jesse Siak, will show you how in our back by popular demand Comedy Camp! Students will learn various comedy techniques and forms including Clown Comedy with tastings of Stand-Up, Improv, and Sketch Comedy. So, whether you're a comedian, clown or a writer, this camp might be the perfect fit for you! Get ready for a wacky, fun, and fast-paced time!

Class Schedule:
June 18-22 (Monday-Friday)
1pm-4pm

Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 

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SummerStage Express: The Jungle Book (Grades 5-8)

A week-long Musical Theatre camp! In The Jungle Book Express, students choose the best parts of the story and create a performance with lots of opportunities for all. Our one-week camps meet in June and end with a class performance in the final Friday.

Class Schedule:
June 25-29 (Monday-Friday)
1pm-4pm

Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 

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Registration for Our 2018 Fall TheatreSchool Classes Will Open Online July 16th. All Fall Classes Will Take Place at Our New West Ashley Theatre Center. Click Here for Directions.

 

Acting Up (Grades K5-1)

Geared towards our youngest students, Acting Up is a wonderful introduction to the magic of theater and storytelling. This class allows students to explore themes, characters and environments using popular children's books and stories. Students will work with professional actors and educators to develop basic performance, problem solving, and collaboration and social skills, as well as basic rehearsal etiquette and behavior skills. In addition students will have opportunities to further develop their speech, reading and memorization skills through theatre. Students will share their work in a brief performance on the last day of class.
 
Fall class registration will open online July 16th.

 
 

 

Acting for Grades 2-3

This class further develops the knowledge and skills associated with the basics of the acting craft and is geared towards students who have previously taken the Acting Up classes for Grades K5-1, but accommodations will be made for 2nd and 3rd Graders new to Charleston Stage. Students work to further understand how to create a character, the elements of plot and the use of movement, speech and imagination to share a story with an audience. Every class will include a variety of dramatic activities and training styles, and students will work to further develop speech, reading, social interaction, behavior/etiquette, problem solving and collaboration skills. Students will have minimal homework assignments. Students will share their work in a brief performance on the last day of class.

Fall class registration will open online July 16th.

 
 
 

Acting for Grades 4-5

With a more advanced and focused curriculum, this class is geared towards students who have previously taken the Beginning Acting classes and accommodations will be made for those 4th and 5th Graders who are new to Charleston Stage. TheatreSchool students will hone their acting skills through high-energy games, improvisation and exercises. Students will work to deepen their understanding of character development as they prepare for a performance. Intermediate Acting students will have homework assignments and are expected to prepare for their classes, including memorizing lines outside of class. Students will share their work in a brief performance on the last day of class. 
 
Fall class registration will open online July 16th.


 


Acting for Grades 6-8

In our most advanced acting class, students will work with professional actors and educators to further develop their acting skills at a pace that is appropriate to their level of development. Various acting methods will be explored as students use scene work and/or monologues and other activities to explore character development, plot, emotional connection, performance skills and audition techniques. This class is geared towards students who have previously taken the Intermediate Acting classes as well as those 6th-8th Graders new to Charleston Stage TheatreSchool who have previous acting class experience. Advanced Acting students will have homework assignments and be expected to work outside of class weekly. Students will have the opportunity to share their work in a brief presentation on the last day of class.

Fall class registration will open online July 16th.

 
 
  

 

Musical Theatre (Grades 2-4 and 5-8)

Musical Theatre is the art of telling stories and/or expressing ideas through acting, singing and movement (dance). Students in these classes, formerly known as "GLEE", will learn and develop healthy singing technique and habits, basic to intermediate movement skills and the ability to act through song. Students are not required to have the ability to read music, but should enjoy the idea of singing and moving. These classes are designed to complement the work students are doing in their respective acting classes and may be taken alongside those acting classes. Students are encouraged to take 2-8 sessions of Musical Theatre based on their interest level as new material is used each session and students are challenged based on their individual level of development.

Fall class registration will open online July 16th.


 

 

Performance Troupe

Performance Troupe is the premiere student performance group at Charleston Stage. It is geared towards our most advanced, dedicated and experienced students. We will have three separate Troupe classes this year--Grades 4-5, Grades 6-7, and Grades 8-9. These classes meet once a week during the school year. Admission is by audition only. Students in Troupe are also given the opportunity to audition for Charleston Stage’s MainStage and Family Series productions and work on performance pieces weekly in class.

Auditions for our 2018-19 Performance Troupe were held on April 16th. We will post new information about our Performance Troupe Auditions for our 2019-20 season in March 2019.

Performance Troupe Tuition: $675

 

 

 

WINGS Master Class (Grades 9-12)

An extension of our TheatreWings program (high school technical theatre training program), Wings Master Class is for the serious young actor looking to take their training to the next level and is taught exclusively by Charleston Stage's Assistant Director of Education and Resident Music Director. In Wings Master Class, we will build a well-rounded sense of purpose in theatre work, work on audition techniques and character development and explore several different acting methods. Students will also receive training in voice and work to develop a solid audition/repertoire book that they can take with them as they continue in theatre beyond high school. Admission is by audition only, and is only open to those students who are members of the TheatreWings program. This class is tuition free and auditions are held in early May for the following year.

Tuition: Free

For more information about the TheatreWings program and the WINGS Master Class, please contact Jesse Siak, TheatreWings Coordinator and Associate Director of Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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