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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 six 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.

Questions About Classes? Please Contact Our Education Offices at (843) 225-3900 or Email Jesse Siak, Associate Director of Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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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SummerStage and SummerStage EXPRESS June Camp Registration Is Now Open. Register Below! All Camps Will Be Held at the West Ashley Theatre Center.

2020 Summer Class Schedule

Summer Class Schedule 2020

 

Scholarships for TheatreSchool Classes: 

Charleston Stage offers full and partial scholarships for TheatreSchool classes based on financial need (income, size of household, and in some cases extenuating circumstances). To apply for scholarships for our SummerStage 2020 classes, click on the appropriate application button below. Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2020.
 
Please note, students awarded a scholarship must: arrive on time for class and maintain good attendance to classes. In case of emergency, contact the Education Staff as soon as possible. Excessive tardiness and absences may result in dismissal from the program and could affect future scholarship eligibility.
 
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SummerStage EXPRESS June Camps 

In SummerStage Express June Camps, students will work with Charleston Stage's Education Staff and Resident Acting Company for one week (Monday through Friday), with a focus on Voice, Body, Imagination, Character Creation Techniques (Physical and Vocal), Ensemble Building, Theatre Games/Warm Ups, and rehearsal/performance processes, culminating in an informal class sharing on the final day of class!  

*NOTE Grade for School Year Starting August, 2020*

 
 
 
 
EXPRESS Week 1 (June 8-12) 

A New Kind of Kingdom

When the princess refuses to wear a dress (too hard to play soccer) and the knight wants to conquer space instead of a dragon what happens? See our favorite fairy tale type characters in the modern world.

Grades 1-3, Monday-Friday 9am-12PM

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

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Make ‘em Laugh

Slap stick, improv, clowning and Commedia’ are all theatre styles to make an audience laugh. Learn these and throw in some modern twists for knee slappin’ good time.

Grades 4-8, Monday-Friday 9am-12PM

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

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Talk (and sing) to the Animals

Combine fun facts and silly stories about animals to create a play with music to please the Dr. Dolittle in your house.

Grades 1-3, Monday-Friday 1pm-4pm

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

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Broadway and Roald Dahl

James & the Giant PeachWilly Wonka and Matilda have all come to life as musicals. Explore singing and dance. NO EXPERIENCE necessary

Grades 4-8, Monday-Friday 1pm-4pm

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

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EXPRESS Week 2 (June 15-19) 
 

Kid Villains & Heroes

When Gaston’s son meets Captain Hook’s daughter who gets to steer the ship? And look out for Ursula’s twins they are always up to no good. Thank goodness for Nemo and his friends.

Grades 1-3, Monday-Friday 9am-12pm

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

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Broadway It’s A Small World

Plenty of Big Broadway shows have songs just for the youngest cast members. Explore singing and dance. NO EXPERIENCE necessary

Grades 1-3, Monday-Friday 1pm-4pm

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

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EXPRESS Week 3 (June 22-26) 
 

Pop Star

Explore your inner Rock Star as we make music videos. Explore singing and dance. NO EXPERIENCE necessary

Grades 1-3, Monday-Friday 9am-12pm

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

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Next Generation 

When Gaston’s son meets Captain Hook’s daughter who gets to steer the ship? And look out for Ursula’s twins they are always up to no good. Combining villain and song! Explore singing and dance. NO EXPERIENCE necessary

Grades 4-8, Monday-Friday 9am-12pm

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

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Clowns & Characters

Juggling, balancing, tricks and magic. So much can happen under the big top. From elephants to daredevils this will be an action- packed performance.

Grades 1-3, Monday-Friday 1pm-4pm

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

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Tic Tok Take Over

We will take this popular app OFF line and create short music videos, challenges and fun.

Grades 4-8, Monday-Friday 1pm-4pm

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

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Showkidz EXPRESS Pre-K With Dance, Laugh, Learn

In these one-week camps, we will explore theatre, dance, and music through imagination and song. These camps will include a daily themed craft, physical activities, pretend play, vocal exercises, and lots of laughs! These one-week camps will culminate with a parent sharing on Friday at 11:30am.

June 8th-12th: Movies

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June 15th-19th: Summer Fun

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June 22nd-26th: Superheroes 

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AGES 3-5, Monday-Friday 9am-12pm
Tuition: $250
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS.
 

 
 
 
 
 

SummerStage Three-Week Performance Camps (July 6-25) 
Tuition: $675
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS.
*NOTE Grade for School Year Starting August, 2020*
 

SummerStage: Grades 2-6

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 year Grades 2-6 SummerStage musical production is Madagascar Jr

 

Class Schedule:

*All classes from 9am-12pm.*

July 6-9 (Mon-Thurs) 

July 13-16 (Mon-Thurs)

July 20-24 (Mon-Fri)

Performance (at Dock Street Theatre) Saturday, July 25 at 10am (actor call 9:15)

Tuition: $675

Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS.

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SummerStage: Grades 6-12

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 year Grades 6-12 SummerStage musical production is Into the Woods Jr.

 

Class Schedule:

*All classes from 1pm-4pm (class on Friday, July 24 from 9am-12pm)*

July 6-9 (Mon-Thurs) 

July 13-16 (Mon-Thurs)

July 20-24 (Mon-Fri)

Performances (at Dock Street Theatre) are Friday, July 24 at 7:00pm (Actor call 6:15) and Saturday, July 25 at 1pm (actor call 12:15)

 

Tuition: $675

Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS.

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Lunch Bunch

Noon - 1pm During June Camps

Great for students enrolled in morning and afternoon sessions or parents who just need a bit more time.

Tuition: $50 Per Week
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS.

June 8 - 12 June 15 - 19 June 22 - 26
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2020 Spring Classes Closed: The Charleston Stage Education Program will be following the guidelines set by the Governor for schools. Unfortunately, we will not hold our final TheatreSchool classes for the Spring session this week. We have enjoyed our time working with the students and have every intention of being back to full operation in time for Summer classes. Stay well. 

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ShowKidz with Dance, Laugh, Learn (Ages 3 - 5)

DLL ShowKidz is a weekly creative music and movement class. Classes are built around a theme and a movement objective that centers on cognitive and physical development. Each lesson is not only fun for the students and parents but is backed by strong learning concepts. Each DLL class has consistent elements that will help with stability of behavior and technical growth. DLL ShowKidz lessons will cultivate the students fine/gross motor skills, musical ability, locomotor movement, peer relationships, imagination and communication skills. ShowKidz is a drop off class.

Ages 3-5: Thursdays, 11am - 11:45am

Ages 3-5: Saturdays, 9am - 9:45am

Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS.

 

 

 

 
Acting Up (Grades K5-1)

Geared towards some of 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, 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. 
 
Grades K5-1: Tuesdays, 4pm - 5pm

Grades K5-1: Thursdays, 4pm - 5pm

Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 
 


 
 

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. 
 
Grades 2-3: Tuesdays, 4pm - 5pm

Grades 2-3: Wednesdays, 5:10pm - 6:10pm

Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 
 

 
 
 

Acting for Grades 4-5

With a more advanced and focused curriculum, this class is geared towards students who have previously taken Beginning Acting classes, but 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 theatre 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. 
 
Grades 4-5: Tuesdays, 5:10pm - 6:10pm

Grades 4-5: Wednesdays, 4pm - 5pm

Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 
 


 


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 Intermediate Acting classes, but accommodations will be made for those 6th through 8th Graders who are new to Charleston Stage. 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. 
 
Grades 6-8: Wednesdays, 5:10pm - 6:10pm

Tuition: $225  
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 

 
 
  

 

Musical Theatre (Grades 1-4 and 5-8)

Musical Theatre is the art of telling stories and/or expressing ideas through acting, singing and movement (dance). Students in these classe 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 will share their work in a brief performance on the last day of class. 
 
Grades 1-4: Mondays, 4pm - 5pm

Grades 5-8: Mondays, 5:10pm - 6:10pm

Tuition: $225 
Full Tuition Due at Registration. NO REFUNDS. 

 

 

 

Performance Troupe

Performance Troupe is for the most dedicated and experienced students and meets year round. (Students are accepted by audition only. Auditions for the 2019/20 Season were held in April 2019). Students meet weekly to further develop their acting, movement, and singing skills. Students in PERFORMANCE TROUPE are also given the opportunity to audition for Charleston Stage’s MainStage and Family Series productions at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Tuition is $675. For more information, contact Jesse Siak, Associate Director of Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Grades 4-5: Tuesdays, 4:30pm - 6pm  
Grades 6-7: Wednesdays, 4:30pm - 6pm 
Grades 8-9: Thursdays, 4:30pm - 6pm *Due to the large number of returning students, we will not be accepting any NEW students into Troupe Grades 8-9

Troupe Auditions for our 2020-21 season are TBA due to the current health emergency. Please check back soon as we navigate during this time and look for a new audition date. Thank you! 

In the meantime, you can be on the lookout for a monologue between 30 and 45 seconds. For the audition, this should be fully memorized and performance ready. 

Performance Troupe Tuition: $675

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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