Weekly Tier Classes

Stebens Children’s Theatre is Now Accepting Registration for the 2021-2022 Season Tier Classes


Tier class is the most exciting way to get involved with all aspects of theatre including performing, technical theatre and classroom fun.  Classes start September 7, 2021 and meet weekly until May 31, 2022; a minimum of 32 (and more typically 36) times per year.  To register for 1st Tier a student must be at least seven years old AND attending second grade. The fee for tier class is $95/month, paid at the first of each month.  The registration deposit is the tuition for September and May- is $190.  The fee for 1st Tier is $75/month, paid at the first of each month, the registration deposit is $150.  (In the past SCT has had a waiting list due to classes being full.)  
Information on Tier Class Scholarships (available for families with financial need) can be obtained by contacting the box office. Register in person or on-line at www.stebensct.com/weekly-tier-classes

 1st TIER-CREATIVE DRAMA–Monday, 4:30-5:30 pm - Age 7-9
This class introduces theatre through story-telling and creative drama, an informal process focusing on making theatre fun for the student rather than the audience.  Puppetry and pantomime are explored.  An introduction-to-the-stage production workshop is “shared” with parents at the end of the year.  1st & 2nd tier students are included in the main stage as ushers.


 2nd TIER-BEGINNING ACTING–Monday., 5:45-7:00 pm - Age 8-10
The students continue their work in creative drama, but also study beginning performance techniques:  acting, scene study, movement and singing.  Students continue to usher for the main stage productions, present in-class 
“performances” and a musical theatre performance for the Variety Show.  Students, age nine, are eligible to audition for main-stage productions.


3rd TIER–MUSICAL THEATRE–Tuesday, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Age 9-11
Students continue scene study and acting techniques, but the year focuses on the realm of musical theatre; singing and dancing, again ending in a Variety Show performance.  3rd tier students can still usher. 

4TH TIER-THEATRE ARTS-Wednesday, 4:30-6 P.M.  Age 10-12
The focus of the first half of fourth tier is on the actor’s voice with the fall term committed to a reader’s theatre 
production.  Sections of scene study and improvisation are also practiced.  In the spring the class produces mime pieces for the Variety Show.

5th TIER–THEATRE ARTS–Wednesday, 4:30-6 pm - Age 11-13 (5th-6th grade)
The fifth tier offers much variety for the student, including stage combat, scene study, improvisation and skit writing.  In the fall they participate in a scene adjudication night.  In the spring they create & perform skits for the Variety Show.


 6th TIER–SKILL BUILDING–Thursday, 4:30-6 pm -Age 12-14 (7th-8th grade)
This class focuses on building performance skills.  The focus of the fall is on the SCENE ADJUDICATION NIGHT.  The spring is focused on creating acts for STEPPING OUT AT STEBENS.  Middle school students are trained through the extensive use of theatre games and improvisation. 


SKILL BUILDING–(HIGH SCHOOL)–Thursday, 6-7:30 pm - Age 14-18 (9th-12th grade)
This tier focuses on stretching performance skills through creating theatre for the 7TH TIER CHALLENGE and the variety show.  Learning objectives are also explored through improvisation, theatre games, comedy, voice, mime, dialects/accents, dancing and singing.  Technical design and speech acts are encouraged as individual projects.