C.A.S.T. Program

Creative, Accepting, Sensory-Friendly Theatre

(Age 7-Grade 17)

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

Register ONLINE or by PHONE
952-979-1111, option 4
Box Office Hours: Tue-Fri Noon-4pm.
 

CAST PROGRAM for Youth with ASD
(Ages 7-17)


C.A.S.T. is a year-round educational program 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.


COST: $230 per student. See below.
LOCATION: Hopkins Center for the Arts - 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN
DATES & TIMES:
September 25 - December 11 (no class 10/23 & 11/27)








QUESTIONS? CONTACT US!


Megan Collins, Education Director
EMAIL CALL 952-979-1117

MEET THE STAFF OF CAST

 
 

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.
 
 

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.
 

REGISTRATION


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
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 School Year Programs, School Break Workshops, and C.A.S.T. program. Please fill out the Tuition Assistance Application via the button below.
Tuition Assistance Application


QUESTIONS? CONTACT US!


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

Stages Education Programs

Fall 2021 Safety Policies & Procedures

 

FACE COVERINGS 


Masks are required for all students, faculty, interns and staff, regardless of vaccination status, for the entirety of fall session. 

  • Face shields and neck gators are not considered acceptable face coverings 
  • Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle; there will NOT be a snack break and food consumption will not be allowed during class 
  • Should your student require a face covering accommodation, the Education Director must be notified and approve of the accommodation prior to the first day of class 

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING 


Stages Theatre Company teaching artists will adapt activities to allow for at least 3 feet of distancing whenever possible. 

  • Class sizes continue to be reduced for student safety: Early Stages (max. 8), Primary Stages (max. 12), Junior & Teen Conservatory (max. 14) 

 

HAND WASHING, AIR FILTRATION, AND CLEANING 


  • All students will be required to wash hands or sanitize prior to the start of each class, and before and after touching any provided materials (markers, props, etc.) 
  • HVAC systems in all STC Education locations have been updated to allow for optimal air filtration 
  • Classroom spaces and bathrooms are professionally sanitized and cleaned frequently 

 

DROP OFF 


We will begin checking students in NO EARLIER than 10 MINUTES prior to class start. 

  1. Students can be dropped off at the Main Entrance of the building/school in the designated loading zone. 
  1. Pull into the open space closest to the Stages sign. 
  1. Please stay in your vehicle. Our staff will meet students at the vehicle.  
  1. A brief COVID screening questionnaire will be completed each day at your vehicle; students with COVID-19 symptoms will not permitted in class unless they present a negative COVID-19 test. Please stay home if your student is sick. 
  1. Our staff will then walk students into the building to begin class! 

**Emergency Contact numbers will also be confirmed on Day 1** 

 

Please Note: We will NOT be allowing adults to enter the building during drop off and pick up as a COVID-19 safety protocol. 

 

PICK UP 


Pick up will begin promptly at the end of class. 

  1. Students can be picked up at the Main Entrance of the building/school in the designated loading zone. 
  1. Pull into the open space closest to the Stages sign. 
  1. STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE 
  1. Our staff will direct traffic and walk students to vehicles. 

 

Please Note: We will NOT be allowing adults to enter the building during drop off and pick up as a COVID-19 safety protocol. 

 

CONTACT US 


  1. Change in Pick-Up Schedule: Inform us of early pick-ups, appointments, etc. at DROP OFF. 
  1. During Class Time: 952-979-1123. If there is no answer, please leave a message and someone will get back to your shortly.  

 

POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES 


If a student, faculty member, intern or staff person tests positive for COVID-19 your family will be notified by a Stages staff member. 

  • Classes with a close contact exposure will temporarily transition to a virtual platform to allow for the appropriate quarantine period per the Minnesota Department of Health’s current recommendation.  

 

LAST DAY SHARING 


Stages Theatre Company continues to closely monitor COVID-19 recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. Last Day Sharing specifics will be published and sent to families 2 weeks prior to the last day of class.  

 

CANCELLATION POLICY 


You may cancel your workshop at any point, for any reason by Friday, September 10th and receive a full refund – minus the $5 handling fee. Call the Box Office at 952-979-1111, option 4. 

 

TUITION ASSISTANCE
FOR CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

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.
For more information about free or reduced cost tickets, bus subsidies and Tuition Assistance contact us at (952) 979-1111 or email opendoorprogram@stagestheatre.org
Please fill out the Tuition Assistance Application via the button below.