Storybook Theatre Spring 2017 Class Registration

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Thank you all for your interest in Storybook Theatre classes in spring 2017! 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.

Spring Class Registration Forms:

Little Stars / Rising Stars

Performance Classes for ages 8-12 / Improv Club / Craft Club

Performance Classes for ages 13+

Teens: if you are interested in joining the Storybook Intern Team this spring, 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.

Full Spring Schedule to assist with planning:
Monday 3:30-5:00 A Most Exceptional Bridesmaid (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 6:15-8:30pm The Ghost of Rhodes Manor (girls ages 13+)
Tuesday 10:30am-12:00pm Craft Club (girls ages 7-13) - only in March
Tuesday 5:00-7:00 Flapper Girls (girls ages 13+)
Tuesday 6:30-8:30 The Bremen Town Musicians (boys/girls ages 13+)
Thursday 3:30-4:30pm Improv Club (boys/girls ages 8-12)
Thursday 4:30-6:00pm King Alfred & the Cakes (boys/girls ages 8-12)
Thursday 6:30-8:00pm The Brave Little Tailor (boys/girls ages 8-12)

Friday, April 21 - Flapper Girls, The Bremen Town Musicians
Saturday, April 22 - A Most Exceptional Bridesmaid, King Alfred & the Cakes, The Brave Little Tailor
Friday, April 28 - Saturday, April 29 - The Ghost of Rhodes Manor

Costume Day - March 18, 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!

Spring 2017 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

2/11/17 7:00pm - 3 spaces remaining
Storybook Theatre's Little Stars - ages 3-5
Monday 5:45-6:15pm
February 27 - April 17
Performance: Options to participate in The Brave Little Tailor during April 22 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.

2/11/17 7:00pm - 4 spaces remaining
Storybook Theatre's Rising Stars - ages 5-7
Monday 5:00-5:45pm
February 27 - April 17
Performance: Options to participate in The Brave Little Tailor during April 22 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.

Spring Craft Club for girls - ages 7-13

Tuesdays 10:30am-12:00pm
March 7, 14, 21, 28

It's been awhile since we have offered a craft club, but the goal of this class is to introduce today's students to some historical craft ideas in addition to more recent concepts. Past projects have included sewing (by hand and with machine), flower making, Duck tape pens, braided rugs, painted pots, and many more. Craft selection varies depending on the number of students enrolled and the season. Discounts available when signing up for this class in combination with any other in our schedule. Minimum 6 students to have class

If there is enough interest for this class in an evening time slot, we will attempt to add an additional session if possible. Please indicate your interest on the registration form. 

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

Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
March 2 - April 20

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

1/13/17 - 3:45pm - 1 spot for boys remaining
Thursday 4:30-6:00pm King Alfred and the Cakes
Classes begin: March 2
Performance: April 22

A stranger appears on a foggy evening at a country home in Somerset, England. Farmer Wilfrid, his wife Ina, and their children don't realize that they are entertaining King Alfred himself! An old-fashioned tale with fun characters to portray.
Time Period: Fantasy/Medieval
Spaces in Class: minimum 3 boys, 3 girls with some additional flexible roles

2/7/17 - 4:30pm - CLASS IS FULL
Thursday 6:30-8:00pm The Brave Little Tailor
Classes begin: March 2
Performance: April 22

Adapted from Grimms Fairy Tales, this story tells of a tailor who manages to defeat his foes - "seven at one blow" - but he fails to mention to the impressed townsfolk that the seven he defeated were merely flies! He is greatly under-prepared when he is sent to take care of the giants who are stalking the land.
Time Period: Fantasy/Medieval
Spaces in Class: 10 (flexible for boys/girls)

Drama Classes for Girls – ages 8-12

1/18/17 - 11:45am - CLASS IS FULL.
Monday 3:30-5:00pm A Most Exceptional Bridesmaid
Classes begin: February 27
Performance: April 22

Samantha is excited to be a bridesmaid in her uncle's wedding, until a disaster strikes and she must think of a way to save the day!
Time Period: 1904
Spaces in Class: 6 girls + 1 role for age 5-7 (half price tuition)

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. The play can be done as all-male, all-female, or with a mixed cast. 

2/11/17 - 7:00pm - CLASS IS FULL
Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm The Bremen Town Musicians
Classes begin: February 14
Performance: April 21

When the audience shows up to a rehearsal unexpectedly, the cast of "The Bremen Town Musicians" decides the show must go on even though opening night is a week away!  Actors scramble for found objects to serve as props and costume pieces while others worry about not knowing their lines.  Luckily, since the characters aren’t really musicians, the only music involved is a simple rhyme with stomping and clapping, and it doesn’t even have to be sung well!  The know-it-all squirrel narrator, Squire, bosses the others around while the vain bird Flinch gets his feathers — er, feather — ruffled when he keeps barging onstage demanding a part in the show!  The set and costumes are slowly "built" before our eyes as the play progresses.  The show gets on the road, but not without comedic speed bumps along the way!  The interruptions, squabbles and oversized egos don’t slow them down, they only make for more laughs!  With a little creativity and teamwork, the acting troupe pulls off the heartwarming story of four woebegone animals who find friendship, foil a gang of robbers and live happily ever after!
Time Period: Fantasy/Folk
Spaces in Class: 10

Final Week Schedule:
Tuesday, April 18 - 6:30-8:30
Wednesday, April 19 - 6:30-8:30pm
Friday, April 21 (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. 

1/14/17 - 12:40am - CLASS IS FULL. 
Tuesday 5:00-7:00pm Flapper Girls
Classes begin: February 14
Performance: April 21

Pretty Linda is excited because this evening The Flapper Girls Society is holding their annual dance and will vote the girl who is to be Miss Flapper Girl of 1927. Linda's flapper friends have assured her that she will get their vote and she hopes to win. But Crystal has ideas along the same lines. And when all the votes are counted Crystal wins the contest and Linda is disheartened. It is at this time that Dolly, Linda's fourteen year old sister, decides to step in and take a hand in the proceedings, and she does so with astonishing results!
Time Period: 1920's
Spaces in Class: 8

Final Week Schedule:
Tuesday, April 18 - 5:00-7:00
Wednesday, April 19 - 5:00-7:00
Friday, April 21 (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 spring 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.

1/16/17 - 3:15pm - CLASS IS FULL. 
Monday 6:15-8:30pm The Ghost of Rhodes Manor
Classes begin: February 6 (auditions in January, please read schedule below)
Performance: April 28, 29

Rhodes Manor is a strange old house, and rumored to be haunted. Mrs. Rhodes, the owner has long been absent and a forbidding housekeeper, Deborah Cass, is the sole tenant. A letter from "an unknown friend" brings Helen Underwood, a mystery writer, to the manor in search of first-hand material. She rents the house for the weekend and brings Mary Fitzgerald, her efficient secretary, (who publicly pretends to be "Helen Underwood" to spare the timid Helen from publicity) and Glory, her maid. But two others have preceded them, Marcia Stone and Alda Iverson, a professional hypnotist. These two are prepared to take a hand in whatever happens in the eerie old house. Tillie Van Winkle, a perky old woman who wants to be a detective, also arrives at the Manor, and Biddy Hagerty, vigorous sheriff, come having been summoned by the housekeeper. Mrs. Rhodes also turns up, in reply to a letter from Deborah, which the housekeeper, strangely, insists she did not write. Nor did she rent the house to Helen. As the fast-moving story unfolds, it becomes evident a sinister force is bent on putting Helen Underwood out of the way; but since Mary pretends to be Helen, peculiar things happen.
Time Period: likely 1940's
Spaces in Class: 10

Full Class Schedule:
Tuesday, January 24 - 5:00-8:00 Auditions
Monday, February 6 - 6:00-8:30 Blocking
Tuesday, February 7 - 5:00-8:30 Blocking
Thursday, February 9 - 5:00-8:30 Blocking
Saturday, February 11 - 12:00-3:00 Blocking Review (hopefully canceling this if we cover it all earlier in the week)
Monday, February 13 - Monday, April 10 - 6:15-8:30 Regular Rehearsals
Saturday, April 15 - 12:00-4:00 Full Run
Monday, April 17 - 6:15-9:00 - at church from this point forward
Monday, April 24 - 5:00-9:00
Tuesday, April 25 - 5:00-9:00
Wednesday, April 26 - 5:00-9:00
Thursday, April 27 - definitely an evening rehearsal, but time to be confirmed later (Julie has a conflict to work out) - may just be 7:00-9:00
Friday, April 28 - 1:00 arrive at church
Friday, April 28 - 7:00 Performance
Saturday, April 29 - 2:00 arrive at church
Saturday, April 29 - 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. As a recent comparison - the script is 3 pages longer than Little Women.

After the success of our two-show run with Little Women in the fall, we are following the same model this spring. We will ask for your help to heavily advertise this production to be able to continue this production level. To keep this a reality, we need to bring in the audience for it. Tickets will be $5 if purchased in advance at rehearsals or $7 at the door.

Tuition Information for Spring 2017

Little Stars (ages 3-5)
$70 per semester - includes performance participation if desired

Rising Stars (ages 5-7)
$70 per semester - includes performance participation if desired

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.

Craft Club
$50 per semester

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 Ghost of Rhodes Manor, if desired, you may pay 50% with registration and 50% by March 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
Spring Improv Club + 8 Week Drama Class: $115 (savings of $10)
Spring Craft Club + 8 Week Drama Class: $130 (savings of $10)
Spring Improv Club + Spring Craft Club + 8 Week Drama Class: $150 (savings of $25)

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 excluded - tickets are $5-7), 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!