FST School: Youth (Ages 4-12)



The Florida Studio Theatre School is dedicated to nurturing the individual creativity of youth. We see children not just as individuals, but as creative individuals. From the beginning student to the serious performer, the FST School is a program designed to advance the young actor in classes of acting, music, dance and improvisation.

Upon completion of the 4-year program, actors will possess a professional understanding of the theatre which includes a solid acting method, stage technique and professional performance opportunities. In addition, the students will involve themselves in the entire creative process, from writing to playmaking.  Whether your interest is to explore personal creativity and confidence, or serious training in the theatre, you will find your child's artistic home in Florida Studio Theatre's School.

FST School offers youth classes for children ages 4 to 12 year-round, including Summer Camp.

Meet The Instructors 


Scholarships

One third of the children attending workshops, Summer camps and children's performances are doing so on full or partial scholarship.  This provides for a diverse mix of participants in all of the education activities at FST.  Anyone can give a scholarship to a child in need by sponsoring one particular child in a particular class or by contributing to the Children's Scholarship Fund including the Dana Helfrich Memorial Scholarship.

For information on contributing to the Children's Scholarship Fund contact Pamela Smith at (941) 366-1350.

Supporters

Florida Studio Theatre's Education and WRITE A PLAY Programs are supported in part by the following businesses, foundations and government entities:

Blue Star Families
BMO Harris Bank
The Chautauqua Institution
The Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation
Elno Family Foundation
Eluned and Edward Russell Charitable Trust
Embracing Our Differences
Manatee Community Foundation
The Patterson Foundation
Publix Super Markets Charities
Sarasota Sister Cities Association
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
The Shubert Foundation
Theatre Communications Group
Wells Fargo Foundation

Thank you for your continued support

Interested in becoming a supporter of our WRITE A PLAY, Education, or Intern program? Contact Melody Mora-Shihadeh, Director of Individual Giving at 941-366-9017 x 326 or by email at [email protected]

 
2019-2020 FST School: Youth Schedule

Session I: September 9 - November 2, 2019
Session II: November 4, 2019 - January 18, 2020 (No Classes Nov. 25 - 30 and Dec. 23 - Jan. 4)
Session III: January 20, 2020 -  March 14, 2020 (No Classes March 16 - 21)
Session IV: March 23, 2019 - May 16, 2019

Meet the Instructors


Little Theatre | Ages 4-6

Enhance creativity, explore emotions through movement and song and develop improvisational and storytelling skills. Kindergarten prerequisite, but children ages four years or older that have attended pre-k are welcome to register upon Education Staff approval. 

Wednesdays 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM OR Saturdays 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Fee: $199/session or Buy 4 sessions for $597

​SESSION I
Wednesdays, Beginning September 11  |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning September 14  |  Enroll 

​SESSION II
Wednesdays, Beginning November 6  |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning November 9  |  Enroll

​SESSION III
Wednesdays, Beginning January 22  |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning January 25  |  Enroll

SESSION IV
Wednesdays, Beginning March 25  |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning March 28  |  Enroll


Little Theatre Dance  |  Ages 4-6

Little Theatre Dance gives children the opportunity to move their bodies and work on motor skills, creative expression, balance, and coordination.

Saturdays, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee: $75/session OR get all 4 sessions for $225.

SESSION I
Saturdays, Beginning September 14  |  Enroll

SESSION II
Saturdays, Beginning November 9  |  Enroll

SESSION III
Saturdays, Beginning January 25  |  Enroll

SESSION IV
Saturdays, Beginning March 28  |  Enroll


Acting for Youth  |  Ages 7-12

From being comfortable in front of an audience to utilizing mind, voice and body to communicate truthful emotion on stage, young actors will learn the building blocks of a professional acting technique. Rehearse and perform short pieces and monologues.

Mondays OR Tuesdays 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Fee: $199/session or Buy 4 sessions for $597

SESSION I
Mondays, Beginning September 9  |  Enroll
Tuesdays, Beginning September 10  |  Enroll

SESSION II
Mondays, Beginning November 4  |  Enroll
Tuesdays, Beginning November 5  |  Enroll

SESSION III
Mondays, Beginning January 20  |  Enroll
Tuesdays, Beginning January 21  |  Enroll

SESSION IV
Mondays, Beginning March 23  |  Enroll
Tuesdays, Beginning March 24  |  Enroll


Theatre Combo  |  Ages 7-12
Acting, Dancing & Improvisation

Learn the building blocks of a professional acting technique through movement and dance while enhancing ensemble building skills. Improvisational games teach the students to use their imaginations and become comfortable in front of an audience.

Tuesdays OR Thursdays 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, OR Saturdays 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fee: $199/session or Buy 4 sessions for $597

SESSION I
Tuesdays, Beginning September 10   |  Enroll
Thursdays, Beginning September 12  |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning September 14  |  Enroll

SESSION II
Tuesdays, Beginning November 5   |  Enroll
Thursdays, Beginning November 7  |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning November 9  |  Enroll

SESSION III
Tuesdays, Beginning January 21  |  Enroll
Thursdays, Beginning January 23  |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning January 25  |  Enroll

SESSION IV
Tuesdays, Beginning March 24   |  Enroll
Thursdays, Beginning March 26   |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning March 28  |  Enroll 


Musical Theatre  |  Ages 7-12

Rehearse and perform an original one-act musical. Strengthen performance technique, utilizing acting, dancing, and singing. Develop character and relationships with an ensemble. Build self-image and self-esteem, enhancing mind, voice, imagination, and body to communicate truthful emotion on stage. An intensive program for students with previous training. Culminates in a final performance.

Wednesdays 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Fee: $597 for 24 classes 

Wednesdays, Beginning September 11  |  Enroll  


Musical Theatre Boot Camp |  Ages 7-12

Open to Musical Theatre lovers of all levels, students will learn the fundamentals of performing a musical theatre piece and discover the basics of being a “triple threat”—an actor, singer, and dancer. Each student will work with professional Teaching Artists on musical theatre pieces while exploring staged movement and how to act a song. 

Thursdays, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Fee: $199/session or get all 4 sessions for $597

​SESSION I
Thursdays, Beginning September 12  |  Enroll

​SESSION II
Thursdays, Beginning November 7  |  Enroll

​SESSION III
Thursdays, Beginning January 23  |  Enroll

SESSION IV
Thursdays, Beginning March 26  |  Enroll


Write It Down: An Exploration in Playwriting  |  Ages 7-12

For students with a love of storytelling, explore characters and relationships while strengthening writing and literacy skills. Students will create and write original scenes and short plays. This class culminates with staged readings of pieces developed in class. 

Mondays 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM 
Fee: $199/session or get all 4 sessions for $597

​SESSION I
Mondays, Beginning September 9  |  Enroll

​SESSION II
Mondays, Beginning November 4  |  Enroll

​SESSION III
Mondays, Beginning January 20  |  Enroll

SESSION IV
Mondays, Beginning March 23  |  Enroll


Advanced Youth Acting: Perform a Play  |  Ages 7-12

Investigate the depth and challenge of developing a complete play. Collaborate with FST teaching artists to create, rehearse and perform an original one-act piece. An intensive program for students with previous training. Culminates in a final performance. 

Tuesdays, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $597 for 24 classes

Tuesdays, Beginning September 10  |  Enroll


Kid's Komedy Club |  Ages 10-17

Write, rehearse and perform sketch comedy and improvisation games. KKC will perform in front of a live audience. Utilize acting and movement in developing characters and relationships in an ensemble. Students will enhance their imaginations and physicality through improvisation. An intensive program for students with previous training.

Thursdays, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $597 for 24 classes

Thursdays, Beginning September 12  |  Enroll


Private Coaching

Schedule an intensive workshop with an FST Professional and focus on a specific skill including Acting, Improv, Audition Prep, New Play Development, Vocal Coaching, Monologue Coaching, and more!

Call Pamela Smith for more details at (941) 366-1350 or via email at [email protected].


To read about our instructors, click here. To enroll today contact Pamela Smith, Education Administrator at 941-366-1350 or by email at [email protected].

 
 
2018-2019 FST School: Youth Schedule

Session I: September 10, 2018 - November 3, 2018
Session II: November 5, 2018 - January 19, 2019 (No Classes Nov. 19 - 24 and Dec. 24 - Jan. 5)
Session III: January 21, 2019 -  March 16, 2019 (No Classes March 18 - 23)
Session IV: March 25, 2019 - May 18, 2019


Little Theatre | Ages 4-6

Enhance creativity, explore emotions through movement and song and develop improvisational and storytelling skills. Kindergarten prerequisite, but children ages four years or older that have attended pre-k are welcome to register upon Education Staff approval. 

Wednesdays 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM 
Fee: $199/session 

SESSION IV
Wednesdays, Beginning March 27  |  ENROLL
 

Theatre Combo  |  Ages 7-12
Acting, Dancing & Improvisation

Learn the building blocks of a professional acting technique through movement and dance while enhancing ensemble building skills. Improvisational games teach the students to use their imaginations and become comfortable in front of an audience.

Mondays 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, OR Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $199/session 


SESSION IV
Mondays, Beginning March 25  |  ENROLL
Saturdays, Beginning March 30  |  ENROLL

Kids Komedy Club Lakewood Ranch | Ages 10-17

Write, rehearse and perform a sketch comedy and improv show! KKC Lakewood Ranch will perform in front of  live audience at the completion of the 8-week session. They will meet weekly on Tuesdays to rehearse, build the show, and learn new performance techniques. Utilize acting, movement and singing skills in developing characters and relationships in an ensemble. Students will enhance their imaginations and physicality through improvisation.

Tuesdays 5 PM - 6:30 PM 
Fee: $199/session 

SESSION IV
Tuesdays, Beginning March 26  |  ENROLL
 

Private Coaching | All Ages

Schedule an intensive workshop with an FST Professional and focus on a specific skill including Acting, Improv, Audition Prep, New Play Development, Vocal Coaching, Monologue Coaching, and more!

Dates and Times Vary  |  Fee: $70/one-hour session  |  ENROLL

 


To read about our instructors, click here. To enroll today contact Pamela Smith, Education Administrator at 941-366-1350 or by email at [email protected].

 

 

Youth Summer Camps | Ages 4-12
Little Theatre: Full Session (3 Weeks) | Ages 4-6
Encourage your little one to get creative this summer! A camp experience dedicated to the exploration of storytelling, songs, and creative play for our youngest artists. This class emphasizes acting and includes music and dance. Culminates in a final performance for families and friends. Pre-K prerequisite.
 
Fee: $330/session 
 

SESSION I
June 3 - 21: 9AM- 1PM |  ENROLL 

SESSION II
July 1 - 19: 9AM- 1PM |  ENROLL 

SESSION III
July 22 - August 9: 9AM- 1PM |  ENROLL 
 

Little Theatre: The Plays The Thing Introduction Week (1 Week) | Ages 4-6
A taste of Little Theatre for families seeking a shorter commitment. A camp experience dedicated to the exploration of ensemble games, creative play, and confidence-building activities for our youngest artists. This class emphasizes acting and includes music and dance. Culminates in an open class for families and friends. Pre-K prerequisite.


Fee: $125/session 

SESSION I
May 28 - 31: 9AM- 1:15PM |  ENROLL  *Session I is 4 days

SESSION II
June 24 - 28: 9AM- 1PM |  ENROLL 
 

Children's Performing Arts Camp (3 Weeks) | Ages 7-12
FST’s original and most popular camp experience for over 30 years! Through FST’s signature acting method, students will build acting, voice, improvisation, and dance skills in a spirited and supportive environment. The experience focuses on the individual expression of each child while developing truth on stage and skills to utilize in their everyday lives. This class culminates in a final performance. Students enrolled in Sessions I, II, or III can participate in a complimentary Special Music class, focusing on learning vocal pieces, at 9AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

Fee: $475/session 

SESSION I
June 3 - 21: 10AM- 3PM |  ENROLL 

SESSION II
July 1 - 19: 10AM- 3PM |  ENROLL 

SESSION III
July 22 - August 8: 10AM- 3PM |  ENROLL 
 

Intro To Theatre: All The World's A Stage (1 Week) | Ages 7-12
A taste of FST’s summer program for families seeking a shorter commitment! This one-week camp offers an introduction to FST programming through ensemble and improvisation games, playful exercises, and movement activities. The session includes acting, improvisation, and dance with a final open class for families and friends.


Fee: $150/session 

SESSION I
May 28 - 31: 9AM- 2:15PM |  ENROLL  *Session I is 4 days.

SESSION II
June 24 - 28: 9AM- 2PM |  ENROLL 

SESSION III
July 22 - 26: 9AM- 2PM |  ENROLL 

Teen Summer Camps | Ages 13-17
Summer camps are also available for teen students ages 13-17.
Teen Performing Arts Camp (3 Weeks) | Ages 13-17
Theatre for the young adult with a concentration in acting, improvisation, voice, and movement. The class focuses on exploration of characters, developing truth onstage, and building the individual expression of every participant. Culminates in a final performance on the last day of class for families and friends.


Fee: $475/session 

SESSION I
May 28 - June 13: 10:15AM-3:15PM |  ENROLL  
*Class is Monday – Friday, with the exception of no camp on Monday, May 27th - Final performance on Thursday, June 13

SESSION II
July 22 - August 8: 10:15AM-3:15PM |  ENROLL 
*Class is Monday - Friday - Final performance on Thursday, August 8
 

Young Performers Company (3 Weeks) | Ages 13-17
A special program that works in conjunction with our VIP Camp. Over the course of this three week session, students will devise and perform a sketch comedy show. They will be encouraged to develop memorable characters and collaborate with their fellow actors. Students from FST’s VIP Camp for individuals with mental and physical disabilities will participate in the final production. YPC students will meet for one week before being joined by the VIP students in the afternoons.


Fee: $475/session 

SESSION I
July 1 - July 19: 10AM-4PM |  ENROLL 
*Performances take place on July 19 & 20 
 

Young Performers Company WRITES (1 Week) | Ages 13-17
Students will learn how to write various types of comedy sketches, develop memorable characters, collaborate with other writers, and be inspired and encouraged to produce writing that is unique and funny. Basic improvisation exercises will be utilized by the students as a creative tool to develop sketch ideas. No previous writing experience required.


Fee: $150/session 

SESSION I
June 24 - 28: 10AM-2PM |  ENROLL 

Teen Improvisation (1 Week) | Ages 13-17
Have your teen join the fun and spontaneous world of improv! The Teen Improvisation workshop builds and challenges improvisational skills in a supportive and spirited environment. Students will perform an open class revue of original improvised scenes on FST’s Cabaret stage.


Fee: $150/session 

SESSION I
June 17 - 20: 10AM-2:15PM |  ENROLL *Session I is 4 days: Monday - Thursday

Teen Broadway Camp: From "Hamilton" to Shakespeare (4 Days) | Ages 13-17
Open to Broadway lovers of all levels, students will learn the fundamentals of performance and discover skills necessary to be a “Triple Threat.” Teaching Artists with professional performance backgrounds will lead teens through Master Classes. Culminates with an open class for families and friends.


Fee: $150/session 

SESSION I
June 17 - 20: 2:30-5:30PM |  ENROLL  *Session I is 4 days: Monday - Thursday

 

 

Payment Policy

A $75.00 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is required in order to register.  The balance will be due 1 month prior to the start of the session.  If your balance in not received by the due date, your registration will default.  At that time, we will notify you and open the spot to other interested students.

If you have to withdraw after classes have begun, NO REFUND will be given.

You may enroll online by paying in full (the first $75 is NON-REFUNDABLE). To register with your $75 deposit, send an email to Pamela Smith. You will be contacted directly.

Please Note: If you are registering for multiple sessions online, please complete a separate transaction for each session. During the ticketing session, your class may be referred to as a performance. This is normal - please continue. If you do not receive a confirmation email or phone call within 48 hours, contact us directly at (941) 366-1350 to verify your enrollment.

If you have any problems registering, don't hesitate to contact our Education Administrator Pamela Smith directly at (941) 366-1350.


Scholarships and Financial Aid

The programs at Florida Studio Theatre are available to everyone. Scholarships and financial aid are available based upon financial need. For a scholarship application please contact:

Pamela Smith   |   Education Administrator
(941) 366-1350 - Education Office
www.floridastudiotheatre.org
E-mail: [email protected]