Class Overview

2017-2018 SEASON

The Little Mermaid– Spring Student Production
Production Dates - May 3-5 & May 11-13 at The Nathaniel Center in Kingwood

Classes Range from Sunday at 2-3:30 pm, 3:30-5 pm
Student will be assigned to Class After Auditions

Centre Stage is a production-driven theatre program for children ages 7-17 to develop various theatre arts disciplines such as vocal technique, acting and musical theatre dance. In this performance-based environment, children learn by participating in a full-scale, Broadway-style show at the end of each school year. The program focuses on developing confidence, commitment and character in a fun, safe environment.

Prior to the beginning of the school year, auditions are held as part of the learning process. Each child is required to prepare a short song and have a brief meeting with the Artistic Staff. Class placement will be determined by the Artistic Staff during the audition process. Student class lists will be posted after auditions. If you are unsure about your class placement, please email us here.

All classes are held at Rowland Ballard Studios at 1320 Kingwood Drive.

Class times may change due to the need for students from various classes to work together to rehearse production numbers. Extra rehearsals may be added.

As students will be moving and dancing, it is important that they wear proper clothing and shoes to rehearsals. Clothes should be loose fitting and easy to move in and not long enough to trip on. No flip-flops or sandals are allowed—tennis shoes or dance shoes are required.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition is determined by the overall school year and then divided into equal monthly payments with a full month’s tuition due in September. There are no additional charges for extra classes or rehearsals, nor are there credits for months with fewer classes as they are factored in the total tuition. Tuition is due on the 1st day of the month.

Tuition Rates

Annual Tuition Rate   $900 ($100 mo. for 9 months)
Tuition Paid in Advance   $800 (1 Month Free)
Second Child Discount   5% Additional Siblings
$855 (or $95 per month)
Returned Checks   $15
Late Fee after 15th   $10.00
9-10 Month Season is based on September through May/June

For those paying monthly, please place check in the box labeled CENTRE STAGE located at the Rowland/Ballard’s front desk or give to the parent volunteer working the front desk during class time.
Do not put cash in the tuition box.

Student Withdrawal: If a student withdraws from Centre Stage, a 30-day advance written notification must be provided. Tuition payments are still owed until this notification is received. Yearly tuition prepaid will be prorated with student being charged $100.00 per month for any month in which a class was attended.

In addition to tuition, there are other required fees including facility/production fees, costume fees, headshots and rehearsal materials. Payments for scripts are due PRIOR to receiving a script, unless otherwise noted scripts then become the property of the student. If a child is in more than one production additional fees will apply.

We also offer merchandise such as t-shirts and hoodies with the Centre Stage or show logo and contract with a company to film all performances. These purchases are optional.




Our Summer Kids Musical Theatre Workshop will be held
SUMMER 2018 - TIMES TBD... Stay Tuned.
All Classes will be held at Rowland/Ballard Studio located at
1320 Kingwood Drive



Casting Policy

Casting will be determined by the Artistic Staff alone, based on the needs of the production and how well a particular student’s abilities match the specific roles being cast. Auditions are held by the Centre Stage Artistic Staff which includes the Director, Musical Director, Student Director(s) and Choreographer. Parents are not allowed to be present during initial auditions. Based on the ability of each child to sing, dance, act and follow direction.

Casting is the sole responsibility of the Artistic Staff. Board members opinions, parental involvement and students’ years of Centre Stage participation are NOT considered. The intention of the Artistic Staff is to cast the best possible person for each role. In addition to talent, determining factors include student behavior, availability for rehearsals, previous theatre experience, and physical compatibility with a specific role, amongst others. Previous lead roles in Centre Stage productions do not guarantee future roles.

It is our philosophy that all cast members are equally important to the success of a show, including the chorus, crew and slew of volunteers. Parents are encouraged to help instill these values in their children to insure future success in the performing arts as well as to develop a strong sense of teamwork and self-esteem.



Centre Stage is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and without any corporate or foundation support we depend primarily upon ticket sales, fundraisers and private sponsorships to maintain the high standard of productions that Centre Stage is known for producing. The cost to produce even a small, simple production is approximately $30,000. With more elaborate shows the costs can easily exceed $50,000. Your tuition covers operational costs for the school, including salaries for our Artistic Staff and facility fees. Production costs are not included in tuition.



Use Kroger Share Card: every time you buy your groceries at Kroger. Contact the desk volunteers to get one.


Link your Randall’s card to Centre Stage: Our number is 5506. Just ask the cashier or the customer service counter to link your card to that number. You only have to do this once from then on your purchases will be credited to Centre Stage. (Note: You can link more than one organization to your Randall’s card).



Company Match: You can make a donation and fill out the paperwork to have your employer match your donation. If you need help finding out if your company does this let us know.


Volunteer Hours Donations: Find out if your company makes donations based on volunteer hours of its employees and their families and apply for the funds. Exxon Mobil does this as well as other companies.



Donations are tax deductible: Ask family, friends or area business that you frequent to purchase an ad or make a donation or sell to us at a reduced price (we also take donations of goods and services). As an added incentive to help fundraise for Centre Stage, a reduction in fees can be earned through sponsorship and ad sales. More information about that will be made available during the season.


Networking: Bring Centre Stage in contact with companies, foundations or other funding sources that are looking for quality organizations to sponsor.


Sell Tickets: Although selling tickets is only a portion of revenue, it so vital to the success of each production. The energy generated from the cast, the staff, and even the audience feels is unmatched when every seat is full. Reach out to anyone and everyone you know and talk up Centre Stage... you may be surprised at how easy it will be to sell tickets.



Perfect Attendance is preferred for all classes, but if a situation occurs that requires that you miss a class, please notify Barry by prior to the absence. Once a production is cast and rehearsals have begun, absences are not allowed unless arranged for well in advance and approved by Barry.

Tech Week

Since a studio and the actual stage are quite different, we will move classes to the actual theatre (usually the Nathaniel Center) for nightly rehearsals beginning the Monday before a show opens (Tech Week).

These technical rehearsals are very important as they will probably be the first time that the cast is working with the sets, drops, costumes, and props. It is also the first time that we are able to set the lights and work with microphones. If a student is absent from one of these rehearsals it affects the entire cast and may result in the student being cut from the numbers rehearsed. It is just as important for the student’s safety that they attend all Tech Week rehearsals.

Set pieces can be very large and heavy and moved numerous times during the production; if a student is unaware of these movements, they could be injured by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Also drops and flies (curtains and scenery that drop down from the ceiling) are quite heavy and can cause injury if a person is standing under them when they are lowered. Our stage crew is made up of parent volunteers and they try to avoid injuring anyone, but often when moving large set pieces or lowering drops in the dark, they are unable to have a clear view of the landing spot. So all actors must know when and where they should be on the stage at all times. It is imperative that your child attend all Tech Week rehearsals and follow the rules for behavior in the theatre.

Tech Week rehearsals are also the first time we run through an entire show with lights, sound, set, props and costume changes. These rehearsals are important to make sure the show works correctly. It takes practice to make sure the staging and blocking are timed right. The last thing that we want to happen is to find out in front of an audience that a scene or costume change won’t work in the time given. It is very upsetting to the children if they miss a cue, even when the circumstances are beyond their control. As mentioned above, we need them to be aware of all set changes for safety purposes.
Due to the nature of Tech Week, the rehearsals will usually run much later than planned.

This is the most important and difficult week of the entire production process.
Absolutely NO ABSENCES will be allowed. It is essential that all cast members be present.


Theatre Conduct

Eating is not allowed in the Nathaniel Center except in the kitchen area. As there is a charge for the use of this area, we cannot allow children to eat at the Nathaniel Center during rehearsals. Also there may or may not be breaks depending upon what is being done at that rehearsal. Water bottles are allowed. Please feed your child before arriving for rehearsal.

No running around backstage is allowed. Students should stay in their assigned dressing rooms until time for their cue. Parents not participating in the crew are not allowed backstage unless scheduled to work a shift in the dressing room. These rules are extremely important for the safety of everyone involved.

During the run of a production, if there are multiple shows scheduled in one day, cast members are usually not allowed to leave between shows. We will arrange for food to be brought in for the cast members and crew and you will be notified in advance about the arrangements and any cost involved.


Student Forms

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