CAST Program

Creative, Accepting, Sensory-Friendly Theatre



 
C.A.S.T.is an educational program by Stages Theatre Company dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other sensory sensitivities.
The program is designed for children with ASD that would like to make new friends, explore deeper levels of communication and self-expression, creatively work on social skills, and develop acting skills and improvisation techniques.

 

COVID-19 Safety Procedures & Fall 2020 Class Structure


HYBRID MODEL
Classes will rotate weekly between an in-person meeting, and a virtual meeting. In-person classes will be capped at 7 students.

For more information about the safety policies and procedures Stages Theatre Company is implementing, please click here:

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

 

CAST (Ages 7-11) Fall Session HYBRID

9/26/20-11/21/20
Saturdays, 9:00AM-10:15AM

C.A.S.T.is an educational program by Stages Theatre Company dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other sensory sensitivities.
The program is designed for children with ASD that would like to make new friends, explore deeper levels of communication and self-expression, creatively work on social skills, and develop acting skills and improvisation techniques.

 
 

CAST (Ages 12-17) Fall Session HYBRID

9/26/20-11/21/20
Saturdays, 11:00AM-12:15PM

C.A.S.T.is an educational program by Stages Theatre Company dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other sensory sensitivities.
The program is designed for children with ASD that would like to make new friends, explore deeper levels of communication and self-expression, creatively work on social skills, and develop acting skills and improvisation techniques.

 
 
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A VIRTUAL C.A.S.T. CLASS OFFERING?

Please fill out the contact form below and Megan or Peter will get back to you.


 


QUESTIONS? CONTACT US!


Megan Collins, Conservatory Director
EMAIL CALL 952-979-1106

C.A.S.T. Program: COVID-19 Policies for In-Person Classes

Student and Staff safety is of utmost importance for all classes and productions at Stages Theatre Company.
Stages Theatre Company will be adhering to all requirements and recommendations given by the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education, and Executive Orders issued by Governor Tim Walz.
Stages Theatre Company will be tracking the amount of COVID-19 cases in Hennepin County, and reserves the right to transition in-person classes to virtual classes for the following reasons:
  • The case count in the local area rises above the recommended ratio for a “Hybrid Learning for All Students” model, as noted in the Safe Learning Plan developed by the MDE, MDH and Governor Tim Walz
  • A Student, Teacher, or Stages Theatre Company Staff Member is exposed to COVID-19
  • A Student, Teacher, or Stages Theatre Company Staff Member tests positive for COVID-19
    A refund will not be given should classes transition from in-person classes, to virtual classes for one of the reasons noted above.

    Additional COVID-19 Safety Procedures
  • All in-person classes will be held in the most well-ventilated spaces at the Hopkins Center for the Arts with strict cleaning guidelines.
  • All students and teachers will be required to wear masks for in-person learning, and temperatures will be taken prior to the start of class
  • All classes will practice social distancing during instruction
  • No live singing will be done in-person
  • Informed Consent to Participate in In-Person Classes
  • All students & families will be required to submit an Informed Consent to Participate form, regarding participation in an in-person activity during COVID-19.
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    MAKING ART PART OF THE PUZZLE SINCE 2012.


    WHO: Any child ages 7-17 who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and would like to make new friends, explore deeper levels of communication and self expression, and creatively work on social skills.
    WHAT: CAST is an educational program by Stages Theatre Company dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for children affected by autism. Our goal is to foster self-expression, social engagement, creative exploration, perception development, and confidence in each of our students, no matter where they land on the spectrum. Stages Theatre Company is ASD certified through Autism Society of Minnesota.”
    WHY: The benefits of theatre are incredibly compatible to the deficits of autism. Theatre can do for a child with autism what it does for any child. It helps them to grow in confidence and socialization. It helps them develop a sense of themselves and an awareness of others around them. It gives them a voice and the power to stand up in front of people to use it. These are skills that any child can use as they navigate their lives. For children on the spectrum, the additional guidance and opportunity to work through social and public situations is a great supplement to their development, and in turn, their personal success.
    HOW: CAST uses improvisational theatre games as its core to build relationships, build creativity, develop social skills, and find a sense of self in space. Each session, students will practice being excellent audience members at a Stages Theatre Company production, giving them the opportunity to see how professional theatre works. Additionally, students will make strides in communication with their peers. They will take ownership of the creative process by celebrating and emphasizing their individuality. At the end of each session students will share their original work, created collaboratively, in a performance for an invited audience of family and friends.

    MEET THE STAFF OF CAST

     

    CAST & SENSORY FRIENDLY PROGRAMMING IN THE NEWS

    STAGES THEATRE COMPANY ADDS TO THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION


    March 2017 – THE DRAMA TEACHER PODCAST
    Theatre and Autism: How do you present a Sensory Friendly Performance


    September 2016 – VSA INTERNATIONAL
    5 Tips for Teaching Theater to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Acting from the Outside In


    September 2016 – VSA Webinar
    Body, Voice, Imagination How Theatre Arts Curriculum Can Be Used to Overcome Barriers
     
    This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s general fund and its arts and cultural heritage fund and a grant from Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.
     
     

    CLASS LOCATIONS


    ONLINE and at the HOPKINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS – 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343


    REGISTRATION:


    ONLINE: STAGESTHEATRE.ORG
    BY PHONE: 952-979-1111 , option 4
    Temporary Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri, Noon to 4:00 pm
    Full payment is due at the time of registration. Payment plans are available. There is a $5 handling fee added per student. A $25 deposit (part of your registration fee) and all handling fees are non-refundable. Refunds will be issued (minus deposit and handling fee) if you cancel at least one week prior to the class start date.

    TUITION ASSISTANCE


    Tuition assistance is available through our Open Door Program, we offer need-based tuition assistance for our fee-based programs, such as our Winter and Summer Theatre workshops, Creative Play Academy and Acting Conservatory. Please fill out the Tuition Assistance Application via the button below.
    Tuition Assistance Application