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Introducing YES Kids! 

YES Kids is a fun, experiential learning program for students in 1st – 3rd grade, designed to introduce young people to the theater. Students will explore various aspects of the performing arts, including musical theater, Shakespeare, improvisation, short monologues and scenes, and more. The program will culminate in an invited family celebration, including theater games and a sing-along.

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Classes will last two hours and will meet weekly.

Fall Session Dates: 11/1/23, 11/8/23, 11/15/23, 11/29/23
Spring Session Dates: 4/24/24, 5/1/24, 5/15/24, 5/22/24

Fall Curriculum:
Class 1: Introduction to Theater/getting to know you games
Class 2: What it means to be a storyteller/what do you need to create a good story
Class 3: How to create a character/exploring given circumstances
Class 4: Musical Theater Week 1

Spring Curriculum:
Class 5: Musical Theater Week 2
Class 6: Musical Theater Week 3
Class 7: Shakespeare for Beginners 
Class 8 : Small presentation/Celebration for the families

Registration: $200

Sliding Scale Tuition and Scholarships are available! Click HERE to learn more.


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We welcome students of all experience levels.

A 25% deposit is required to reserve a space in all Northern Stage programs. Payments must be made in full by the program start date. In an effort to ensure theater education is accessible to all, Northern Stage offers sliding scale tuition, need-based scholarships, and payment plans for our education programs. Please click HERE to learn more. Northern Stage is not able to offer refunds.

For additional information contact Director of Education Robert David Grant at or the Box Office at

We understand that some students are at different levels of maturity than their peers, but we design the YES program and its productions with specific grades in mind. With very few exceptions we urge you to sign up for the program/production that fits the student’s school year.

We no longer require Covid testing to participate in Northern Stage programs. Students experiencing coughing, sore throat, fever or gastrointestinal distress must contact program administrators to determine whether they can come to rehearsal/performance days.

You will receive confirmation from the Northern Stage Box Office, and will be contacted by the Education department closer to the start of the program with a detailed schedule and an Online Student Intake Form. This form must be completed before the start of the program or the student will be unable to participate.

We will not have a ticketed public performance. However, on the last day of the program we will invite families to come enjoy treats, play games and participate in a group sing-along.

Theater is about collaboration and good communication is a pillar of this activity. When you sign up for this program, you are making a commitment to clear communication. Parents must check their email regularly and read all the information we send out. We encourage YES students to be actively engaged in email communication alongside their parents.

We are grateful to Janet Miller Haines and Heywood Alexander, Education Fund donors, and our entire family of supporters for making YES scholarships possible. If you would like to set up a payment plan or have questions about payment options, please email