Conservatory: CenterStage

CenterStage is our incredible 10-month conservatory program. Formerly known as the YPC and PEC programs, CenterStage merges both companies together to create one incredible opportunity for students learning more about theatre and who know they are passionate about it. CenterStage is for 4th through 12th grade students.

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New this year: Join CenterStage on a quarterly basis! Not sure if you want to join for a full 10-months? We have three sessions available:

Fall: August-October
Winter: November-February
Spring: March-May

WANT TO JOIN?

Auditions for the Spring Conservatory Program will be held:

Thursday, February 22nd from 4:00-6:00pm
*Please note: Students in the Spring Program are eligible for Camp Rock: The Musical. Students in CenterStage can take classes and do a show, all covered by their tuition cost. Student will be notified at auditions if they will be asked to return for callbacks the same night (2/22) from 6:00-8:00pm. Please make sure you keep the callback time available!

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What to Prepare

Students should come to their audition with the following items prepared.

Click here to view our Audition Handbook for some tips and tricks of auditioning!

For questions about the CenterStage Program, please email LawsonM@sactheatre.org.
For questions about audition slots, payments, or financial aid, please email AlessandraL@sactheatre.org.

Youth Series 2023-2024 Shows

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the tuition?

Once accepted into the CenterStage Program, there is a non-refundable Enrollment Fee to register the student into the conservatory. For the 10-month program, the Enrollment Fee is $250 for the year. For a Seasonal Session, the Enrollment Fee is $150 per Session.

For the 10-month program, there is an annual tuition of $2750 that can either be paid in Full by August 1st or in monthly installments across the 10 months.

For the Seasonal Program, there is a tuition of $300 per month, however each session must be paid in full. These sessions would be Fall (Aug.- Oct.)- $900, Winter (Nov. – Feb.)- $1200, and Spring (Mar. – May)- $900.

Do you offer Financial Aid?

We do have Financial Aid opportunities available. Please email AlessandraL@sactheatre.org to receive the application packet.

What is the class schedule/commitment?

CenterStage classes take place primarily on Saturday mornings/early afternoons and Monday evenings after-school. Other elective classes may take place after-school on other weekdays. Classes range from 1.5 to 2 hours.

What is the rehearsal schedule/commitment?

CenterStage students are eligible to audition for the shows in our Youth Series, depending on the age range of each production. Youth Series shows rehearse Tuesday through Friday 4:30-8:00pm and occasionally on Saturdays and Sundays. Students will not be called for every rehearsal, as we try to only call students who are needed for the day. A weekly schedule will be sent out each Friday for the following week. Students are allowed 2 conflicts per production. Students will receive a calendar with all rehearsal schedules once they are accepted into the program, and will be able to audition for the shows that they are available for.

What is the audition process?

Acceptance into CenterStage is based on audition only. Auditions for CenterStage will take place in July. Once accepted into CenterStage, there will be General Auditions at the start of the year where students will audition for the specific shows in the season.

What shows am I eligbile for in the CenterStage Program?

Each Youth Series production has different age groups.
Peter and the Starcatcher (Aug. & Sept) is for 6th-12th graders
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. (Nov. through Jan.) is for 3rd-9th graders
Heathers The Musical: Teen Edition (Jan. & Feb.) is for 8th-12th graders
Disney’s Camp Rock The Musical (Mar. through May) is for 4th-12th graders
Students in the 10-month program are elibigle for any shows in their age range. Students in the Fall Session are eligible for Peter and the Starcatcher (if in age range). Students in the Winter Session are eligible for Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Heathers the Musical: Teen Edition. Students in the Spring Session are eligible for Disney’s Camp Rock The Musical.

2022-2023 Conservatory Students performing The Rainbow Fish // Photo by Charr Crail
2022-2023 Conservatory Students performing in Godspell.

Education Program Manager, Miranda D. Lawson

Miranda D. Lawson is originally from Florida and holds a BFA in music with a concentration in Musical Theatre. She has been a teacher for more than a decade and has devoted much of her time and talent to the education of students in the arts. She has developed several programs throughout her years of teaching including many youth Musical Theatre programs, Educational shows for schools and other learning institutions, as well as music arrangement and script writing. She has been part of the STC family since 2011 and is proud to be in this new position where she can continue to nurture the students of the YPC program. Miranda will still be part of the performance aspect of the organization as well and is truly delighted to call STC, home.

Education Program Manager; Lisa Dillon

Lisa Dillon has been dancing, in some form or another, since she was 4. She trained in Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and Santa Barbara. She performed locally for many years in Best of Broadway and periodically in Music Circus, Garbeau’s Dinner Theater, Davis Musical Theater Company and others. She taught tap and jazz at Broadway Academy of Performing Arts and currently teaches dance/fitness fusion. Her passion is in Children’s Musical Theater where she has worked as Director, Choreographer, Technical Director and Producer. Lisa started working for STC in January 2017 with Schools Partnership and is overjoyed to continue to teach and grow with STC.