Youth Classes

The Academy for Contemporary Theater is BCT’s newest offering.  Of course, we still have our gold standard Theater Lab programs, but we wanted to add more opportunities to bring the community into our home. Like adult acting classes. And playwriting classes. And even some classes for our younger artists. Come A.C.T. at BCT!

Tuition is not eligible for refund within a week of class start time. Cancelled tuition is subject to a $50 dollar cancellation fee. 

PHOTOS: Brooke Burton (unless otherwise noted).

Note, we use Ludus for ticketing and registration.

A.C.T. at BCT

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Fall Theater Lab Performances

  • Thu, Nov 2, 2023 at 7:00 pm
  • Fri, Nov 3, 2023 at 7:00 pm
  • Sat, Nov 4, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Two shows back-to-back for ~80 mins of BCT bread and butter: original, thought-provoking stories that inspire our community to examine our perspectives and better understand ourselves, each other, and the world around us.
 
Every show, people tell us it’s some of the best theater they’ve seen! Truly remarkable theater, folks.
 
In Knives Out for Royalty, the residents of the Villain Retirement Home thought they were finished with madness and mischief. But when Queen Charming is murdered, this goofy (and somewhat sinister!) group of frienemies is thrown back into the fray as they try to answer the age-old question: whodunnit?
 
THEN, Dedicated To: When Cassidy’s boss leaves his daughter Lola with her for the evening, her life is totally changed as Lola and a gang of misfit imaginary friends remind her what it’s like to be a kid again.
 
Learn more with this breaking news story made by @casey.levins for BCT’s Lead Instructor, Alyssa Stadtlander!

THEATER LAB

Spring 2024 Session:
F
eb 26 – May 11, 2024
(No class March 18-22)
Mon/Wed
4 – 6:30 pm

Fall 2024 Session:
Aug – Nov 2024 (Dates TBD)
Mon/Wed
4 – 6:30 pm

BCT Theater Lab, for youth 12-18 years old, is dedicated to the proposition that students are capable of more than we expect. They have a story to tell, and it’s important to listen. Students create brand new plays from scratch and then perform them on our professional stage with all the bells and whistles in this ten-week class. It’s unlike anything else in the valley, and it’s a whole lot of fun!

“When I started Theater Lab, I was barely able to talk to my classmates, let alone on stage in front of hundreds of people. Theater Lab forced me to speak my mind, and have confidence in my actions. This program has changed my life and made me into the person I am today.” ~Theater Lab Student

“I used to think Theater Lab was about writing, performing, and having fun in the process. No, that’s what you do, part of what you do, but not what Theater Lab is about. Theater Lab is about growing as a person. Learning to think in new ways, experience new things, be with new people.” ~Theater Lab Student

$475

Please click here to add your name to the waitlist for an audition. 

Questions? Email js@bctheater.org).

(Auditions for spring have been completed. Please look for our fall auditions and summer classes. Questions? Email js@bctheater.org).

Stage One - Ages 7-11

PHOTO: Jeanna Vickery

Spring 2024 Session:
March 5 – April 18
Tues/Thur
4:30 – 6:00 pm

 

Fall 2024 Session:
Sep – Oct (Dates TBD)
Tues/Thur
4:30 – 6:00 pm

That’s right… Theater Lab for 7 to 11-year-olds! Our program for younger playmakers has classes that run on Tuesdays and Thursdays concurrently with our existing Theater Lab. Each six-week session will culminate in a performance for family and friends.

(No audition required, limited space available.)

$250

This class is sold out.

To be placed on our waitlist, please email js@bctheater.org.

Stage One - Ages 9-11

PHOTO: Jeanna Vickery

Spring 2024 Session:
March 5 – April 18
Tues/Thur
4:30 – 6:00 pm

 

Fall 2024 Session:
Sep – Oct (Dates TBD)
Tues/Thur
4:30 – 6:00 pm

That’s right… Theater Lab for 9 to 11-year-olds! Our program for younger playmakers has classes that run on Tuesdays and Thursdays concurrently with our existing Theater Lab. Each six-week session will culminate in a performance for family and friends.

(No audition required, limited space available.)

$250

This class is full.

To be placed on our waitlist, please click here to email Education Director Jen Stockwell-Fortner.

Stage One - HOMESCHOOL!

PHOTO: Jeanna Vickery

Winter 2024 Session:
Jan 16 – Feb 1, 2024
Tues/Thur
1 – 2:30 pm

Our Stage One class geared towards families with homeschool students. Create a micro-play by collaborating with friends! Performance on the final day of class.

Ages 7-11, class limit 10.

$135

Coming soon.

Summer 2023 Session:
Dates TBD

For more information contact our Education Director: js@bctheater.org.

Our ever-popular Stage One class is heading to summer! Create a brand new play with your soon-to-be closest friends in this two-week program. 

Ages 8-11, class limit 10.

(No audition required, limited space available.)

$220

Youth Improv

Summer 2024 Session:
Daily June 3rd through June 7th from 1pm to 3pm

For more information, contact our Education Director: js@bctheater.org.

The basics of Theater “play,” “Yes, And,” being in the moment, and given circumstances are all building blocks to great acting skills in this fun one-week class. Showcase on the last day.

Ages 7-11, class limit 10.

$180

Teen Improv

Summer 2024 Session:
Daily June 3rd through June 7th from 1pm to 3pm

For more information, contact our Education Director: js@bctheater.org.

The basics of Theater “play,” “Yes, And,” being in the moment, and given circumstances are all building blocks to great acting skills in this fun one-week class. Showcase on the last day.

Ages 12-18, class limit 12.

$180

Youth Acting One

Summer 2024 Session: 

Class meets daily beginning June 10th through June 14th from 1pm to 3pm

For more information, contact our Education Director: js@bctheater.org.

Explore the skills needed for the “first steps” in acting in this week-long class. Pantomime, improvisation, character development. Showcase on the last day of class.

Ages 7-11, class limit 10.

$180

Teen Acting One

Summer 2024 Session: 

Class meets daily beginning June 10th through June 14th from 1pm to 3pm

For more information, contact our Education Director: js@bctheater.org.

Whether you’re new to the stage or want to brush up on your acting tools, this class will delve into the musts for an actor. Basic play, yes/and, improvisation, and monologues. Showcase on the last day of class.

Ages 12-18, class limit 12.

$180

Teen Film Acting

Summer 2024 Session: 

Class meets daily beginning June 17th through June 20th from 1pm to 3pm

For more information, contact our Education Director: js@bctheater.org.

How to translate theater acting to the screen with monologue and scene work. Learn techniques to help you be camera-ready!

Ages 12-18, class limit 12.

$180

Adventure Story

Summer 2024 Session: 

Class meets daily beginning June 24th through June 28th from 1pm to 3pm

For more information, contact our Education Director: js@bctheater.org.

Scavenger hunt for writing inspiration to create short scenes, skits, and micro plays. Perform brand new pieces at the end of the week for family and friends!

Ages 8-11, class limit 10.

$180

Theater Making 101

Summer 2024 Session: 

Class meets daily beginning July 15th through July 19th from 1pm to 4pm

For more information, contact our Education Director: js@bctheater.org.

Learn the ins and outs of making a play from scratch. Deep dive into techniques used by our Theater Lab makers with practical applications. Make and showcase a mini-play at the end of the week.

Ages 12-18, class limit 10.

$225

Youth Musical Theater Lab

Summer 2024 Session: 

Class meets daily beginning July 22nd through July 26th from 1pm to 4pm

For more information, contact our Education Director: js@bctheater.org.

Make a mini-musical by creating a story from already-known Broadway songs! Performance at the end of the week.

Ages 8-11, class limit 10.

$225

Youth Acting Two

Summer 2024 Session: 

Dates TBD

For more information, contact our Education Director: js@bctheater.org.

For all those ambitious young artists ready to kick it into high gear. Light Scene Work, movement and character study, and how to get a “part” in the next production. Showcase on the last day of class.

Ages 7-11, class limit 10.

$180

Teen Acting Two: Preprofessional

Summer 2024 Session:

Class meet daily beginning July 29th through August 2nd from 1pm to 3pm

For more information contact our Education Director: js@bctheater.org.

Need that “next step” in your acting skills? Learn new techniques, especially for those ever-daunting auditions. Light Scene work, movement for the performing artist, auditioning. Showcase on the last day of class.

Ages 12-18, class limit 12.

$180

For more information contact BCT’s Education Director at js@bctheater.org or 208.331.9224 

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