Weekly Tier Classes

Stebens Children’s Theatre is Now Accepting Registration for the 2020-2021 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 Tuesday, September 8, 2020 and meet weekly until May 31, 2021; the class meets a minimum of 32 (and more typically 36) times per year.  To register for 2nd Tier a student must be at least seven years old and attending second grade. The 2020-2021 fee for Tiers 2-7 is $95/month, paid at the first of each month.  To register for class the September fee of $95 must be paid one week before class.  Tuition is reduced by $5 for families with 3 or more students registered or for those willing to pay for the whole year at registration. (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!!


2nd TIER-BEGINNING ACTING – Monday, 4:30-5:45 pm - Age 7-10

The students are introduced to creative drama, but also study beginning performance techniques:  acting, scene study, movement and singing.  Students are trained 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, 4:30-5:45 pm -  Age 8-11

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, 4:30-5:45 pm - Age 9-12

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.  Theatre games and improvisation are also practiced.  In the spring the class produces mime pieces for the Variety Show.


5th TIER–THEATRE ARTS – Wednesday, 3:00-4:15 pm - Age 11-13 OR Wednesday, 4:30-5:45 pm – Age 11-13

The fifth tier offers much variety for the student including scene study and combat mime.  In the fall they participate in a scene adjudication night.  In the spring they create & perform comical skits for the Variety Show.


6th TIER – SKILL BUILDING – Monday, 4:30-5:45 pm - Age 12-14 OR Tuesday, 4:30-5:45 pm – Age 12-14

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 the variety show.  Middle school students are trained through the extensive use of theatre games and improvisation.


SKILL BUILDING–(HIGH SCHOOL)–Thursday, 4:30-5:45 pm – Age 14-16 OR Thursday, 6:00-7:15 pm - Age 16-18

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.

Stebens Children's Theatre

616 N Delaware Ave

Mason City, Iowa 50401


Tel: 641-424-9802

Stebens Children's Theatre is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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