Storybook Theatre Fall 2016 Class Registration

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Thank you all for your interest in Storybook Theatre classes in fall 2016! There are lots of class options below. Full class information was sent via email to our mailing list. If you need the email, please contact me at A class summary and full schedule is below the registration form links.

Questions? You can contact Julie by email ( or phone (816.204.5702) anytime. Feel free to call or text.

Fall Class Registration Forms:

Little Stars / Rising Stars

Performance Classes for ages 8-12 / Improv Club

Performance Classes for ages 13+

Teens: if you are interested in joining the Storybook Intern Team this fall, please apply here: Teen Intern Application. Interns should be at least 15 and have been involved in multiple past productions. More info can be found on the application. We would LOVE to have some new interns join us this semester.

NOTE: many classes have changed times and play selections based on registration. If you're here to find info regarding the Felicity play on Thursday afternoons, the info is not listed below. Contact Julie for more details! 

Full Fall Schedule to assist with planning:
Monday 3:30-5:00 The Perfectly Imperfect Christmas (girls ages 8-12)
Monday 5:00-5:45pm Rising Stars (boys/girls ages 5-7)
Monday 5:45-6:15pm Little Stars (boys/girls ages 3-5)
Monday 6:30-8:30pm Ms. Scrooge (girls ages 13+)
Tuesday 1:00-2:30pm Mr. Edwards Meets Santa Claus (boys/girls ages 8-12)
Tuesday 4:45-7:00pm Little Women (girls ages 15+)
Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm Hansel and Gretel and the Falling Christmas Elves (boys/girls ages 8-12)
Thursday 2:00-3:30pm Josefina Christmas (girls ages 8-12)
Thursday 3:30-4:30pm Improv Club (boys/girls ages 8-12)
Thursday 4:30-6:00pm Kit's Hard Times (boys/girls ages 8-12)
Thursday 6:30-8:30pm Inspector Detector and the Case of the Precious Treasure (boys/girls ages 13+)

Friday, November 4 - Ms. Scrooge, Inspector Detector
Saturday, November 5- Hansel & Gretel, The Perfectly Imperfect Christmas, Mr. Edwards Meets Santa Claus
Friday, November 11 - Little Women
Saturday, November 12 - Josefina Christmas, Kit's Hard Times, Little Women

Costume Day - October 1, 9:30am-3pm. A 20-minute costume appointment is mandatory unless arrangements are made at registration.

Performance day schedules remain the same; however there is one big change. Due to the need to streamline the performance day process to allow more students to be involved as we move forward, Storybook will no longer be providing pizza for lunch/dinner on performance days - BUT THERE WILL STILL BE S'MORES (there will always be s'mores)! This year, we have had our largest ever casts at the kids' plays and we are excited to see where we go from here. For the meals during performance day, we will ask that parents please send a labeled sack lunch. More details on that later!

Fall 2016 Class Information

For all drama classes with kids ages 8+, the first class will be an informal audition, with part assignments emailed within approximately 24-48 hours to those enrolled. Audition info will be emailed to those enrolled, but will primarily consist of a recitation of a 1-minute monologue, some readings from the script (for younger kids, if they are not comfortable reading aloud for the audition, no worries - I'll have some easier options), and a few other activities. Personal preference is also always taken into consideration!

Drama Classes for Boys and Girls - ages 3-7

Storybook Theatre's Little Stars - ages 3-5
Monday 5:45-6:15pm
August 22 - October 24
No class September 5, October 31
Performance: Options to participate in one of the plays during the November 5 performance.

Little Stars gives the youngest wannabe actors and actresses alike the chance to have a running start at performing! Through dramatic play, we will explore worlds of creativity and imagination, create characters, basics of stage movement, projecting voices, and much more. There will be a mix of games, music, movement, and speaking. Minimum 4 students to have the class.

Storybook Theatre's Rising Stars - ages 5-7
Monday 5:00-5:45pm
August 22 - October 24
No class September 5, October 31
Performance: Options to participate in one of the plays during the November 5 performance.

Rising Stars builds upon the skills and experience learned in Little Stars class, or introduces new students to all the fun that theatre can be. Utilizing dramatic play, improvisation games, and short scripts (no real lines to learn - just repetition), kids will learn about creating a stage presence and using their whole body to show emotion.

Fall Improvisation Club for Boys and Girls - ages 7-13

Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
8 weeks beginning September 22

Improvisation, or the art of thinking on your feet, is a very important part of theatre! This class is a fun intro to the world of theatre for those who are not sure they want lines to memorize or to be on a stage in front of people. Discounts are available when signing up for Improv + a performance class. Students may register for one session, multiple sessions, or attend weekly. See details in tuition section below.

Drama Classes for Boys and Girls - ages 8-12

8/18/16 - 12:30pm - space for 1 boy, 1 girl remaining
Tuesday 1:00-2:30pm Mr. Edwards Meets Santa Claus
Classes begin: September 13
Performance: November 5

Laura and Mary worry that Santa Claus will never find them in their new home on the prairie. Mr. Edwards shows up with presents and a tale they'll never forget - and Christmas is saved!
Time Period: 1850's
Spaces in Class: 2 boys, 3 girls, 1 girl age 5-7 (half price tuition)

8/18/16 - 12:30pm - low registration. Class may be canceled or changed to a different play to accommodate those registered.
Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm Hansel and Gretel and the Falling Christmas Elves
Classes begin: September 13
Performance: November 5

A comedic (and holiday) twist on a classic tale!
Time Period: Fantasy
Spaces in Class: 2 boys, 5 girls, plus 8 either (parts may be doubled)

8/18/16 - 12:30pm - space for 2 boys, 1 younger girl remaining
Thursday 4:30-6:00pm Kit's Hard Times
Classes begin: September 22
Performance: November 12

Kit wants to take matters into her own hands to help her family during the Thanksgiving holiday during the Great Depression, but she doesn't know how to help. She finds out that her dad has been visiting a soup kitchen for meals and is afraid that nothing will ever be okay again.
Time Period: 1930's
Spaces in Class: 4 girls, 3 boys, 2 girls age 5-7 (half price tuition)

Drama Classes for Girls – ages 8-12

8/21/16 - no students registered, class is canceled.
Monday 3:30-5:00pm The Perfectly Imperfect Christmas
Classes begin: September 12
Performance: November 5
No class October 31 - please note there is a rehearsal November 2 from 5:00-6:30 to make up for this. You MUST state any conflicts with this change when registering.

Samantha is worried when it appears that a visit from her uncle's special friend Cornelia will turn Christmas into a disaster. Will everything turn out all right?
Time Period: 1904
Spaces in Class: 6 girls

8/18/16 - 12:30pm - 3 spaces remaining
Thursday 2:00-3:30pm Josefina Christmas
Classes begin: September 22
Performance: November 12

Josefina and her sisters plan to celebrate Christmas with the traditions they have upheld for years, but they struggle to find the holiday spirit. In the end, they learn that in spite of circumstances and even tragedy, there are still ways to carry on!  This play is set in New Mexico and we may try to learn to speak with a Spanish accent to help with character development!
Time Period: 1824
Spaces in Class: 5 girls
I'm renaming this play before the performance, but I haven't picked a title yet.

Note: if none of these class times work for you, check below in the "Ms. Scrooge" description as there are two younger roles available in that class.

Drama Classes for Girls & Boys - ages 13+

Note: this class is INTENDED for ages 13+ but age 12 is okay as long as your student has participated in at least two past productions with Storybook Theatre. If we don't have any boys sign up for this class, the play can be done as all-female. 

8/18/16 - 12:30pm - space for 1 boy OR girl remaining
Thursday 6:30-8:30pm Inspector Detector and the Case of the Precious Treasure
Classes begin: September 1
Performance: November 4

A parade of fun-filled characters is mixed with hearty action to create a zesty search for the "precious treasure." When Pauline Precious inherits her grandfather’s estate, she tumbles into an evil plot filled with zany excitement! The yucky Baroness of Braunschweiger also has her eyes set on the treasure.  Along with her bumbling helpers, she tries to snatch the treasure away from poor Pauline. Enter our hero, Inspector Detector, who is prepared to solve mystery after mystery (such as the haunting ghost!)  and defeat the Baroness and her unsteady duo. This entertaining family play, filled with a spirited amount of interaction between actors and audience (including chase scenes), invites everyone to help locate the hidden treasure. Where is it? And for goodness sake, what is it?! Audiences and actors will love helping Inspector Detector put all of the pieces together in this delightful animated puzzle.
Time Period: We may set in 1930's/1940's or possibly 1970's
Spaces in Class: 4 boys, 5 girls

Final Week Schedule:
Wednesday, November 2 - 8:00-9:30pm
Thursday, November 3 - 6:30-8:30pm
Friday, November 4 (Performance Day) - arrive at 2pm
Rehearsal time, hair/makeup/costume prep are provided in this performance day time.

Drama Classes for Girls - ages 13+

Note: this class is INTENDED for ages 13+ but age 12 is okay as long as your student has participated in at least two past productions with Storybook Theatre. 

8/18/16 - 12:30pm - space for 2 girls 13+ remaining
Monday 6:30-8:30pm Ms. Scrooge
Classes begin: August 22
Performance: November 4
No Rehearsal September 5, October 31

Why shouldn't an actress get a chance to portray one of the meanest roles ever created (such as Scrooge) or one of the more poignant (such as Scrooge's employee, here renamed Bobbie Cratchit)? There's also Bobbie Cratchit's heartbreakingly appealing child, Little Lisa (Tiny Tim). The script retains the original point, but it's with an entirely new twist that adds something unexpected to your theatrical Christmas festivities. Edna Scrooge has sacrificed human feelings of love and friendship to be a success. To her, Bobbie is just an impersonal office machine. Alone on Christmas Eve, the overworked Edna hallucinates—with the help of ghosts—about her grim past and even colder future. We already know what we're getting with old Ebenezer—but Ms. Scrooge is a whole new Christmas experience.
Time Period: Modern
Spaces in Class: 10, plus 2 girls age 7-11 (half price tuition)

Final Week Schedule:
Tuesday, November 1 - 5:00-7:00pm
Wednesday, November 2 - 6;30-8:00pm
Friday, November 4 (Performance Day) - arrive at 2pm
Rehearsal time, hair/makeup/costume prep are provided in this performance day time.

Drama Classes for Girls - ages 15+

Please don't sign up for this class if your student will not be 15 or older during the fall semester. Occasionally exceptions are made for younger siblings who are near the appropriate age. This is on a case-by-case basis; please contact Julie to discuss.

8/21/16 - CLASS IS FULL.
Tuesday 4:45-7:00pm Little Women
Classes begin: August 8
Performance: November 11, 12

This version of Little Women features only female characters and covers about half of the typical story of the four March sisters (it ends when Father returns home from the Civil War; after Beth has been ill, but prior to her death; when Meg has just become engaged and Amy is told she may go to Europe with Aunt March).
Time Period: 1860's
Spaces in Class: 7

Full Class Schedule:
Monday, August 8 - 6:30-8:30 Auditions
Monday, August 15 - 6:30-9:00 Blocking
Thursday, August 18 - 4:30-8:30 Blocking
Tuesday, August 23 - 4:45-8:00 Blocking/Review
Thursday, August 25 - 445-8:00 Blocking/Review
Tuesday, August 30 - Time TBD (late afternoon/early evening)
every Tuesday from September 6 - October 25 - 4:45-7:00 Regular Rehearsal
Saturday, October 29 - 12:00-4:00
Tuesday, November 1 - 3:30-5:30 - at church from this point forward
Monday, November 7 - 5:00-9:00
Tuesday, November 8 - 5:00-9:00
Wednesday, November 9 - nothing scheduled for sure, but we MAY call rehearsal if necessary
Thursday, November 10 - 5:30-9:00
Friday, November 11 - 1:00 arrive at church
Friday, November 11 - 7:00 Performance
Saturday, November 12 - 4:00 arrive at church
Saturday, November 12 - 7:00 Performance
Rehearsal time, hair/makeup/costume prep are provided in this performance day time.

Yes - this is an extensive rehearsal schedule. This play is very challenging and we will not produce it unless it is done well. Any students age 15+ are welcome to sign up - however, we will be doing this play again within the next two years. You are much more likely to be cast in one of the very large roles (Meg/Jo) when you are in upper high school, simply due to age/experience. Those who are 16-18 may not have another chance to participate in this play, depending upon when they graduate. Additionally, as we are adding a second performance, it is very likely that we will ask for your help to heavily advertise this production and that we will charge admission to attend. This is still in the works and more details will follow as they become available. Enrolled students will receive a pre-determined number of ticket vouchers/discounts. Students have been asking for multiple performances for several years - to make this a reality, we need to bring in an audience for it.

Tuition Information for Fall 2016

Little Stars (ages 3-5)
$70 per semester

Rising Stars (ages 5-7)
$70 per semester

Improv Club
$5 (paid weekly) or $35 (full session paid up front)
New to Storybook Theatre? Attend one Improv session for free!
Returning students can bring a visiting friend for free one time.

Drama Classes
Ages 8-12 - $90
Ages 13+ - $110
Ages 15+ - $150

Payment Options
Cash/Check/Credit/PayPal are accepted, but please note that paying by cash or check is strongly preferred and helps to keep overall tuition costs down for everyone. For Little Women, if desired, you may pay 50% with registration and 50% by October 1.

Sibling Discounts for Drama Classes
$5 off (each) per student from same household.
2 students ages 5-7 would pay $65 each.
2 students ages 8-12 would pay $85 each.
1 student age 8-12 and 1 teen student would pay $85 and $105.
1 student age 8-12 and 2 teen students would pay $80, $100, and $100.
Sibling discounts do not apply to Craft/Improv Clubs.

Multiple Class Discounts
Fall Improv Club + 8 Week Drama Class: $115 (savings of $10)

Class costs include rehearsal time (kid classes: 26+ hours, teen class: 30+ hours), group and one-on-one acting coaching, script, free admission for family and friends to the performance (high school play is likely an exception to this), most costume and prop expenses (with the exception of any personal items such as tights), hair/makeup, and performance day snacks.

All classes are held at director Julie's home in Lees Summit, MO.
Performances are held at Faith Baptist Church on Langsford Road in Lees Summit, MO.

I prefer for any student to miss NO MORE than two rehearsals. Please message me before registering if you have more conflicts than two.

Feel free to contact me with questions!