Kids can take center stage at these Seattle-area theater camps, classes, and programs
If your little one’s imagination and love of playing dress-up has grown into something bigger, it might be time to check out Seattle’s great theater programs for kids. From dance, voice and acting classes all the way to full-scale productions, there are opportunities to get involved with theater at every skill level. With classes for all ages all over the city and beyond, you'll find something to fit both your schedule and your kid’s interests.
Seattle Public Theatre
Located in the quaint Bathhouse Theatre alongside Green Lake, Seattle Public Theatre offers full-scale productions of plays and occasionally musicals for kids in grades 1-12. Kids will have the opportunity to partake in everything from Shakespeare to new, modern plays by local playwrights.
Each show has limited spots, but doesn't require auditions to participate. Kids work as a team to problem-solve certain aspects of staging and have a real hand in the final product.
Seattle Children’s Theatre
While Seattle Children’s Theatre is best known for its professional theater for young audiences, they also offer classes and camps throughout the year. With programs for kids from ages 4 to 17, SCT has something for everyone. Classes range from acting to musical theatre to improv.
In addition to their downtown location, SCT offers off-site classes as well at locations such at St. Thomas School, MLK Fame Community Center, and the Pocket Theatre in Greenwood. SCT also offers a Summer Stage program with multiple plays and musicals that are accessed by audition only.
For those a little nervous about auditioning, SCT has the answer: an audition workshop where students can get pointers and tips on how to audition as well as practice mock auditions and get feedback from theater professionals.
Each fall and spring, Broadway Bound offers a tantalizing musical theatre opportunity: A junior production for kids ages 5-10, and a full-length show for kids ages 11-18.
The shows are known for their elaborate costumes and sets; To achieve this level of production value, families are required to put in some volunteer time or buy out their volunteer requirement.
In addition to their big shows, Broadway Bound also offers a program, Kids Got Talent, where ten groups of ten kids each perform a ten-minute play revolving around a famous musical or popular song. These performances are part of Broadway Bound’s annual fundraiser and auction and are not audition-based.
With locations in Issaquah and Everett, Village Theatre is dedicated to growing thespians. Little kids will dig their Arts Enrichment Preschool Class two days a week. From there, KidStage classes are available for kids who want to continue to explore drama. The Institute is a school-year program for kids in grades 6-12 who wish to train, study and perform at a high level.
The Theatre Apprentice Program (TAP) provides opportunities for kids who are interested in some of the behind the scenes aspects of theater including directing, design, management, and arts education. In addition to their programs by registration, Village Theatre also offers seasonal shows with open auditions for kids of different ages depending on the show.
Edge Performing Arts & Dance
Located in Shoreline, The Edge offers students the opportunity to hone their skills both in group classes and private instruction. Drama, dance and voice lessons are available for beginners and burgeoning young stars alike. Seasonal productions by audition are open to kids of all ages (and occasionally to adults as well!) depending on the show.
Located in Greenwood, Taproot Theatre has season classes for kids in grades 4-12 as well as an adult class. These showcases don't require an audition, and they last approximately nine weeks with a dress rehearsal and one performance to cap off the class. During the summer, camps are available for kids from preschool through 12th grade.
Keep your eye on the Driftwood Theatre in Edmonds. Once a year, one of their main stage productions includes opportunities for kids to be part of a major production and show with multiple performances. While the kids' roles vary in number and significance, the opportunity to be part of the show is a serious treat. All parts are by audition only.
The summer offers even more opportunities, with a one-week camp with Missoula Children’s Theatre. Older kids are offered two summer program options, each running for 4 weeks and culminating with 4 shows. All summer programs are by registration, and auditions are used solely for role assignment.