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 classes, camps, or productions?
Stages offers online as well as mail-in registration. The webpage for each production or class will include:

  • Information and details about the class or production
  • An online registration option. Links are provided for each class or production. Stages uses the services of MyOnlineCamp to process online registrations.  
  • A mail-in registration option. Download the registration packet and mail required materials.  
  • A complete Scholarship Application / Registration Packet for that specific class. Download the packet and mail required materials.
  • Deadlines. Be aware that deadlines for online registration,  mail-in registration, and scholarship packets will differ.  


Do you offer a waitlist if registration is full?

Our classes and productions do fill up, so be sure to register early! We will maintain a wait list until one week before the first day of class or first rehearsal, but cannot guarantee that spots will open up.
Contact info@stagesbloomington.com to be added to the waitlist.


Can we pay in installments?

Yes. A two-payment option is offered for those registering online. Generally, half is due at registration and the second payment is due 2 weeks before class begins. Please refer to specific program registration information for more details.

Mail-in Registration requires full payment.


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

The webpage for each production or class will contain a class-specific scholarship / registration packet. Packets contain all scholarship forms, instructions, and an adjusted class registration form.  Visit the class page, download the packet and mail in all required materials.

Scholarship applications are submitted by mail only. Be aware that scholarships should be returned as soon as possible and must be postmarked and mailed no later than 4 weeks before the first class date.

Find complete information about the application timeline, forms, and guidelines on our Scholarships page.  


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.
  • 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 workshop-style audition process 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 is listed in the detailed rehearsal schedule on the class web page, in registration materials, and often included in an email prior to the first day of class.
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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! 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. We emphasize to all of our families that their children are only able to do their best if they are at rehearsal. Missing rehearsals is not only complicated for the director, choreographer, music director, and the other actors, but it is also stressful for the young actor who does not have the same amount of time and instruction as his or her peers.
If your child has an emergency and needs to miss a rehearsal, we ask for advance notice. Otherwise, we ask that you honor the contract made at registration to commit to the full rehearsal schedule.   Your  commitment supports not only your child, but the entire cast!



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.  Visit our album of Past Productions for photos and a list of shows that we have performed in the past.

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.

Please see up-to-date information regarding our current season shows and classes.