Stage Struck

Youth Theater In The Branch

Ever think your child really should be taking that drama to the stage? Do they dance and sing around the house, or get completely entranced by a great movie and talk about it for days? What if…what if your child were a budding starlet and you never uncovered that hidden potential? No way you say?…Or is it a maybe?…Okay, okay, we’re not considering you send you child to Hollywood. Have you ever considered theater?

Well you’re in luck because the Bulverde/Spring Branch area has an awesome local theater. The Spotlight Theatre & Arts Group, Etc., Inc., affectionately known as S.T.A.G.E., first incorporated in 1979. It showcases four plays a year at the Krause House Theatre located just south of Highway 46 on Bulverde Road. That quaint little theater has provided a creative outlet for adults and children alike for year. It is also home to a youth theater group called the S.T.A.G.E. ELFs.

The S.T.A.G.E. ELFs’ seasonal classes allow children in the beginning stages of reading (typically age 5-6) all the way through teens the opportunity to discover all there is to know about a theatrical production. From learning and remembering lines to lighting and set design, the hands on instruction is available for the beginner to advanced student. It has given many a young Brando or Marilyn the opportunity to sharpen their social skills, play dress up, work with a team and develop their confidence.

The American Alliance for Theatre in Education promotes the benefits of drama education for children.

“Students who participate in drama often experience improved reading comprehension, maintain better attendance records and stay generally more engaged in school than their non-arts counterparts.”

Instructor Naomi Phillips has been shaping the ELFs for many years now with her passion for theater and ability to build enthusiasm in young thespians. For the beginner class she incorporates games, activities, storytelling and song. For the more advanced student, she will engage their minds and look to them to assist with the overall production.

Fall registration begins in July with classes starting at the beginning of September and a final performance typically in November/December.

Spring season registration is held every January with a yearend performance at the end of May or early June.

The Theatre Arts Classes for Ages 6-12 is held Mondays from 4:30 to 6:30 and is a beginning to intermediate acting class.

Theater Theory and Musical Review has no age requirement and is for a more advanced group and meets on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Ready to make a stronger commitment? Well there is a Youth TNT Touring Troupe Advanced Theatre Arts Class on Mondays from 7-9. Interested students must audition for the troupe and there is a mandatory attendance at the annual Texas Nonprofit Theater Youth Festival in Baytown, Texas each summer.

All classes are $100 per season and additional fees will be incurred for the touring group. Multi-child discounts are also available.

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