FAQ

How do we register for Stages classes, camps, or productions?

Stages offers online as well as mail-in registration. Click on our register tab for full details, deadlines, and mail-in and online registration options. Deadlines for mail-in and online registration will differ. Online registration is processed through MyOnlineCamp.


Do you offer a waitlist if registration is full?

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


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 expenses associated with classes, productions, and performances. Some of these expenses include:
  • Renting space for rehearsals, classes, and performances
  • Paying royalties for the rights to perform the titles we select
  • 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


Can we pay in installments?

At this time, we are unable to process an installment plan on registration payments.


Do you offer scholarships?

Stages Bloomington provides music, dance, and theatre arts experiences for children and teens. We are committed to making these opportunities widely available, and are pleased to offer financial aid in the form of scholarships.

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 the application and 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.

What will my child need to bring to Stages?

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?

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 summer camp.


Are parents expected to stay during auditions or rehearsals?

We do not expect parents to stay during auditions or rehearsals. 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 in an email approximately 2-5 days before the activity begins.


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, our young actors will sign themselves in and out.


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

Your child does not need to bring anything but a great attitude and willingness to learn to an audition/first rehearsal. Our productions are generally 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.


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 rehearsals is not only complicated for the director, choreographer, and music director, 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 does need to miss a rehearsal, please provide advance notice.


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 productions page for current and past performances.

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 open to family and friends free of charge.