Limited to 12 Students
Mythological stories were never meant to be read; they were meant to be performed! These stories were passed down through word of mouth, dances, puppets, acting, singing, and more. DO YOU KNOW how many different ways there are to tell a story?!

Spend the upcoming school year with new friends, learning myths (and creating your own!), and performing them with different performance styles from all over the world. Classes and skills will be taught by dynamic STAGES teaching artists and special Master Class instructors from the Portland theater community (and beyond)!

No experience is required to join this fun, skill-building program designed to be the bridge from the play-based programs for younger students to our performance ensemble programs.

The Young Performers Ensemble is a two-semester program, meeting on Tuesdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM, beginning on September 27, 2022 and ending on May 9, 2023.

The Ensemble will NOT MEET on the following dates: October 4 (Yom Kippur), week of November 22 (Thanksgiving Week), December 19, 2022 – January 10, 2023 (Winter Recess), the week of February 20 (February School Vacation Week), and the week of April 17 (April Vacation Week).

Tuition: $594.00 Payment installment options are available! Please plan accordingly – all STAGES Tuition Deposits are Non-Refundable, except in the form of an account credit to be used toward future programs.

Please note: We hope and expect to be able to hold this program in our theater during the school year. We also acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic is still evolving in ways we cannot predict. In the event of a pandemic-related or other disruption that would make in-person rehearsals and performances impossible, this program will transition seamlessly (in whole or in part) to an online format with a digital presentation.

WE RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT YOU DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS PROGRAM IF YOU/YOUR STUDENT ARE UNWILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN AN ONLINE FORMAT SHOULD THE NEED ARISE. There will be NO refunds for this program unless it is formally and fully cancelled (without in-person or online options) for any reason.


What is it? The STAGES Young Performers Ensemble is a fun, skill-building, theater program for students ages 9-11, serving as a bridge from the play-based programs for younger children to the main stage performance classes and ensembles at STAGES. The Young Performers Ensemble will provide students with an age-appropriate, judgment-free space to learn about theater, try out different performance styles, and to prepare for the collaborative, ensemble nature of the STAGES programs for older students. 

Do I have to commit to the entire year? The Young Performers Ensemble is a full, fall to spring commitment. If space permits, students may be able to join on a rolling basis at certain points during the term. Tuition for late-start registration will be pro-rated to reflect only the programming taking place after the adjusted start date. Please contact us if you are interested in starting after the start date.

How much theater experience is expected of students participating in the Young Performers Ensemble? All experience levels are welcome — and NO experience is required! This is a skill-building and practice space designed specifically for students to learn foundational theater skills and about working in a theater ensemble format. STAGES Young Performers are expected to arrive with nothing but enthusiasm, openness to learning new things, and a desire to work collaboratively for the entire school year with fellow ensemble members and teaching artists.

Will there be a final show? While the Young Performers Ensemble is primarily a space for learning, sharing, and practicing theater skills, we will have family sharing presentations throughout the program term. There will also be a culminating performance in May to showcase all our students’ work from the year! We may borrow material from existing sources (i.e. plays, books, etc.), but the final piece will be an original work generated by the students. These in-person family sharing days will be contingent upon current pandemic conditions on those dates. Thank you for your understanding.

My student would be a great fit for this program, but is not quite 9 years old yet. Can you make an exception? If a student’s 9th birthday takes place before December 31, 2022, STAGES will consider these requests. We ask that parents/caregivers use their discretion when inquiring about participation for younger students, especially with regards to maturity, general readiness, and ability to work collaboratively with other students. Registrations for students falling outside of the program age range will need to be handled by STAGES, as our registration system will not permit you to do so on your own.

Do you have more questions about the Young Performers Ensemble? contact us any time!

“STAGES allowed me to be creative, and to be myself, and for that I’m eternally grateful.”

Hallie Scammell, STAGES Alum

“I’m not sure I would have wanted my children anywhere else during their formative years, other than with STAGES or at performing arts related programs. The supportive atmosphere was like no other.”

Beth Doane, STAGES Parent