FAQ

What types of programming do you offer?

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of programming for youth in grades K-12. This includes production classes and performances, Acting UP! classes, Triple Threat classes, Creative Dramatics classes, Spring Break Vaudeville Camp, summer camps, and more!


How do we register for Stages programming?

Check out our current programs for specific program registration information. Stages offers both online and mail-in registration options (registration deadlines will differ). Online registration is processed through MyOnlineCamp.


Do you offer a waitlist if registration is full?

Yes, we maintain a waitlist until one week before the first day of programming. Contact info@stagesbloomington.com to be added to the waitlist. Our classes and productions do fill up, so be sure to register early!


Can we pay in installments?

Yes. A two-payment option is offered for those registering online. Generally, half is due at registration and the remainder is due before registration closes. Please refer to specific program registration information for more details.


Do you offer scholarships?

Yes. Scholarships are for families who demonstrate a strong financial need and who would otherwise be unable to participate in our classes and/or productions. We base our eligibility criteria on the income guidelines established by the Healthy Indiana Program for Monroe County. Check out our scholarship page for more details. Be aware that the deadlines to apply for scholarships are earlier than general registration deadlines.


What is your refund policy?
  • Refunds will be made up to one week prior to the first day of the program, class, or camp.
  • All registrations include a $20 non-refundable fee.
  • Additional online registration fees are non-refundable.
  • There is a $20 charge for returned checks.


How is my child’s tuition used?

Stages is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on tuition, along with donations and ticket sales to support our programming. Some of these expenses include:
  • Renting the Artisan Alley space for programming
  • Renting additional space for performances (i.e. Ivy Tech Waldron; The Warehouse)
  • Paying royalties for the rights to perform our selected performance titles
  • Hiring our production staff (director, music director, stage manager, musicians, costume designer, set designer and builder, and more)
  • Hiring front desk and support staff as needed to ensure the safety and well-being of our young actors
  • Purchasing materials needed to build the set and costumes used for performances


Does my child need to prepare for an audition or first rehearsal?

Generally, no, your child does not need to bring anything but a great attitude and willingness to learn. Our productions are typically cast after one or two rehearsals, during which the young actors sing, dance, act, and introduce themselves. This lowers anxiety levels and allows the director to get to know the kids a bit before casting the show. Any exceptions to this policy will be announced well in advance.


Are parents expected to stay during auditions or rehearsals?

No, we do not expect parents to stay during our programming. There is typically a parent meeting at the beginning of the first rehearsal, at which point questions and logistics will be addressed. The exact time of this meeting will be announced a few days before the program begins.


What will my child need to bring to Stages?

For most programs, your child will need comfortable clothes and shoes (no sandals) that can be used for dancing. These should be easy to move in. Please bring a sharpened erasable pencil to take notes on your script. A water bottle is also recommended.


What about snacks or camp lunches?

You may send a snack with your child, although some activities do not include a separate snack time. There is no sharing of snacks brought from home, as many children have food allergies. If sending a snack with your child, please avoid peanut and tree nut products. These same guidelines apply to lunches at camps.


What is the Stages sign-in and sign-out policy?

All children in sixth grade and younger must be signed in and out by an authorized adult. Parents may add to their list of authorized adults at any time during the production. They may also specifically authorize their own fifth and sixth graders to sign in and out alone. Beginning in seventh grade, all youth will sign themselves in and out.


What is the Stages attendance policy?

Putting on a show is a big responsibility! While we understand that there are sometimes unavoidable conflicts or unexpected illnesses or emergencies, we emphasize to all of our families that their children will only do their best if they are at rehearsal. Missing rehearsal is not only complicated for the director and staff, it is also stressful for the young actor who no longer has the same amount of time and instruction as his or her peers. If your child does need to miss a rehearsal, please provide advance notice when possible. In an emergency, or if your child is sick, please call or text us at (812) 369-2399.


Will there be a performance?

Our fully-staged productions include multiple public performances that require tickets to be purchased by all attendees. Tickets are generally available in advance through the BCT box office. A handful of tickets may be available on the day of the show, but audience members are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance, as shows do sell out.

At the close of summer camp, there is generally a performance for families and friends showcasing what students have learned. Classes can also include a performance at the end of the session. These showcases are all open to family and friends free of charge.