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Afterschool Package

Our Session-based enrollment programs are ideal for schools and organizations.

Our process-oriented, development-driven approach results in impactful and easy-to-implement theater programs.

With 3 different program types available, we are certain to have an option to fit your needs!

Workshop Programs

These skills-building programs are designed so that each session stands on its own, allowing for flexible attendance and varying numbers of participants weekly. Workshops emphasize the core values of theater, using creativity and community building to foster life skills that participants will take with them long after the program.

Showcase Programs

Ideal for programs that are elective-based, showcase programs invite participants to take an active role in the creation process, using essential storytelling structure and character-building skills to create an original performance influenced by participants' unique interests and skills.

Production Programs

Designed for elective-based programs in which 90 minutes or more are available for rehearsals weekly, production programs allow participants to enjoy all the elements of show production, while working towards the performance of a popular musical. Production programs are arranged in conjunction with Music Theatre International and include backdrops, costumes, sets, and more.

Show options include:

  • Alice in Wonderland Jr.
  • The Lion King Jr.
  • Willy Wonka Jr.

After school programming is divided into five customizable components:

Staffing & Training

Afterschool staff are recruited, screened and hired directly through mainstages. The staff that are assigned to you become part of our Teaching Artist training community, where they learn hands-on with other specialists; focusing on activity facilitation, collaboration, and how to manage general supervision responsibilities in the afterschool environment. They are fully screened according to Department of Education standards and trained to deliver a quality program.

Program Development

We ensure an impact that reaches beyond your theater program

With a focused detail on your needs and a wide scope of influence on your camp community, mainstages provides the following services:

  • Oversee overall program design & strategy of program.
  • Facilitate conference calls, webinars and one-on-one conversations with program staff.
  • Create lesson and activity plans that include an activities track for everyday periods and a performance track for clubs and intensives.
  • Develop itineraries and program outlines that build upon previous skills and applications.
  • Integrate relevant mission driven themes and activity resources into curriculum.

Marketing & Publicity

Make your new Theater Program known!

We ensure your program is buzzing loudly enough to encourage maximum participation and exposure.

We will provide:

  • Giveaways and supplemental materials sent home highlighting the program with opportunities for family engagement;
  • 12’x 10’ backdrop for branded performances and programs;
  • Opening Night Package including Full Color Cast Posters & Custom Playbill;
  • Display of information and materials for the 4000+ children that participate in mainstages year-round performances and camp program.

Communications & Family Engagement

We engage families in the theatrical process to ensure maximum impact and exposure.

We keep parents informed in a multitude of ways:

  • Program begins with a parent meeting to share expectations and outline the program.
  • Parents have access to an online page that provides schedules, resources, and reminders for the cast.
  • Available online program registration and ticketing portal.
  • Weekly emails are sent home that include photos, rehearsal news and opportunities for engagement.

Supervision & Support

We are active in the day-to-day operations of your program to ensure success!

We manage the following:

  • Lines of communication between staff and administration.
  • Customized staging and performance needs based on your individual production choice and participant logistics.
  • Program alterations, modified teaching tools and best practices.
  • Assignment of a program supervisor who provides ongoing support.
  • Weekly resources and engagement opportunities for staff and participants.

Production Supplies

Take in the applause with our stage and sound packages!

These packages provide access to portable, easy to set up visual and audio displays to effectively present a show in what may otherwise be a limited performance space.

Theater Essentials Kit

Our Theater Essentials Kit provides all the necessary facilitation supplies to run a successful program, including:

  • Curriculum Guide & ImprovExpert App.
  • Laminated stage markers & place cards.
  • Handouts, guides & worksheets.
  • Access to perusal scripts & directory of shows.
  • Costume accents.
  • Imaginative Play Set.
  • Audition materials & facilitation tools.

Production Base

Our Production Base is a portable and easy to setup display to effectively present a show in what may otherwise be a limited performance space that includes:

  • Two sets of professional grade 12’ x 10’ backdrop stands, ideal for production kit displays.
  • Two red stage curtains 8’ in height and 10’ in length, ideal for creating better sightlines and entrances/exits.
  • Folding Presenter Stand for narration and staging.
  • Complimentary Tech & Setup Phone Support.
  • Consultation on A.V including purchases related to sound and lightning.

Full-Scale Production Kits

Our full-scale production kits are your complete resource for professionally staged children’s theater performances. Production kits are available both as individual lease items without theatrical royalties or in tandem with selections available as part of our Directory of Plays. Production kits include:

  • Theatrical royalties/permissions.
  • Copies of scripts.
  • Costumes.
  • Backdrops.
  • Props.
  • Certificates of Achievement.