Acting Academy

Shadowland Stages Acting Academy for children & teens!

The Shadowland Acting Academy, the education program for young people at Shadowland Stages, celebrates its 10th milestone year in 2018! Each year since its inception, interest in the program has grown and the program now averages 100 students per semester. Students must be able to read fairly well to qualify and continue through our academy class levels.

As the Academy grows, the need for scholarships also increases as many local children cannot afford the modest tuition. In addition, during the fall semester, Shadowland produces plays with all of the students complete with costumes, props, sets, lights, and sound effects. As the number of plays and the size of each cast increases, so do expenses.

To date, the program has found benefactors to sponsor 3 students each semester (6 scholarships per year). Just 10 additional scholarships per semester would fill the need of students on the waiting list.

The cost per pupil is $125 for the spring semester and $165 for the fall semester. Each semester runs for 10 weeks. The fall includes a $40 cost to offset the cost of props and costumes, as students perform for the public in plays on the Shadowland mainstage. Students must participate in a 10-session spring semester course before they will be considered for a role in the fall semester of plays.

We believe the Shadowland Acting Academy contributes not only to students’ appreciation of literature and the theater, but is also beneficial to their understanding of the human condition and instills in them the importance of both group and individual responsibility.

Classes meet every Saturday throughout the semester. Older students meet Monday nights from 6:00-7:30pm. Enrollment is required at the beginning of the semester to participate.

For more information, call the Shadowland Stages office at 845-647-5511 and ask for Andy Walter.