Stories to Stage Program
The Stories to Stage Program includes 3 steps.
STEP 1: The ART
All students in the participating school(s) are encouraged to submit their artwork. This can include art they have done in class and art they have done independently. All styles of art are welcome, including sculpture. Unique, creative works are chosen as the winners of the Art Contest. These chosen student artists become the "Artists of Inspiration" for the program year.
STEP 2: The STORIES
All students in the participating school(s) are encouraged to submit creative, original short stories inspired by the "Inspiration Art" - the artwork chosen in the prior step of the program. Students are encouraged to write stories with interesting characters, that share meaning or message, and contain the unexpected. Stories are chosen as the winners of the "Story Contest." These authors become the "Writers of Inspiration" for the program.
**Please note: Part of the purpose of the Art & Story Contest is to include students in the creative process that may not be inclined to perform. Often, children get the incorrect notion that theater is just about performing. This program seeks to educate kids (and their adults) that there are many different facets of theater that they can creatively engage in beyond stage performance.
STEP 3: The PERFORMANCE
Open auditions are held and stories are cast. Auditions are open and free to all students through online registration. Each story cast (usually 5-7) rehearses 1 x weekly. Kids are welcome to indicate they would like to be in more than one story cast. The stories of inspiration are crafted into scripts based on the auditioning students skills and strengths. Scripts and characters continue to evolve throughout the rehearsal process. Do not expect to be handed a script on Day 1 and for it not to change - it won't happen. By allowing the story scripts to develop with the cast, Green Bean is able to engage the actors more fully in the creative process and highlight their strengths. Often, older students may actually write some of their own lines or even try out script writing for others with a Green Bean Director's guidance. Following an 8-10 week rehearsal period, the theatrical extravaganza is ready to share with the public!
The program culminates with 2-3 public performances which shares the collaborative creative efforts of well over 100 kids!
The Stories to Stage Program remains a tuition-free program with the support of local business and family sponsors as well as funds raised through ticket sales. Parents are responsible for purchasing clothing (shirt, pants, socks, shoes) for their child. Additional costume pieces are provided by Green Bean and the help of volunteers.
STORIES TO STAGE
What are we looking for at auditions?
1) Positive attitudes
2) Ability to follow directions!
3) Expressiveness and Characters
4) Clear, loud voices
5) Good Listening & Adaptability
6) Kindness towards others
7) Willingness to try new things
How do I fill out the REQUIRED SCHEDULE FORM?
Use this link.
We appreciate you completing this form as soon as possible before auditions.
This provides us with the necessary information to know which parts to consider your child for.
What are we going to perform?
The Stories to Stage Program culminates in a student performance. Any Sutton K-5 student is welcome to audition to be part of a story cast.
Each story chosen from the Stories Contest is turned into a stage piece with its own separate cast. Each cast has a designated rehearsal day that they will use to rehearse each week, it is the same day every week. Most students will be cast in one story and should expect to rehearse once a week. Often kids ask to be cast in more than one story which means more rehearsals, lines, and memorizing.
Please be sure to talk to your kids about the commitment before requesting they be cast in multiple stories. All of the casts perform their stories at every performance. There is an in-school performance day and two weekend performances for the public.
When are the auditions?
Auditions will be the first week of December.
Students need to register online to attend auditions and you will find a link on our website for that
when registration opens. Audition group size is limited to 35 per day.
On the day of the audition, please send a green slip with your child to school giving permission for them
to stay after with Green Bean. At dismissal students will be brought to the cafeteria by their teachers.
We will have 15 minutes for a quick snack and water before going to the auditorium for stage auditions.
What is the schedule?
Schedules will be organized based on cast availability. We expect casts to rehearse once a week and attend
tech/dress rehearsal prior to performances. Prior to auditions you will receive an availability form via email that we
will ask that you return before auditions. This is very important so we know when your child is
available so we can cast them appropriately.
It is vital that students commit to attend all rehearsals. Casts work as a team and it is very hard for them to
prepare if they are missing players. We encourage our performers to show respect for themselves,
each other, and the program in this way. We do make exceptions for sickness and pre-approved special events.
Once again, early communication is best for this!
Rehearsals will begin the second week in January.
What does tuition cost?
This is a tuition free program offered by Green Bean. Participation is free to all students.
Green Bean is a 501c3 organization and is able to offer free programs with funding from our paid
workshops and corporate & private sponsors.
Keep in mind, families are responsible for the clothing pieces. This usually takes the form of a particular color - for example, a grape character may be asked to wear all purple clothing. Green Bean is able to provide most accessories, sets, costume pieces with the support of parent volunteers and family/corporate sponsors. If you would like to help support the program please email us.
There is also the ticket cost to consider. Tickets sold through the box office are the central form of funding for this program and range in price from $5-$10. Financial assistance is always available to families, please just let us know. The program's goal is to have any child that would like to participate to be able to do so.
How do we sign up for auditions?
Register online here when registration opens.
Who should I contact with program questions?
We encourage you to contact us at anytime with questions.
For general program questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once cast please contact your Director with any questions.
How should my child prepare for auditions?
Get a good night sleep and drink water.
If children would like to prepare something to show us they are welcome to as long as it is less than 30 seconds.
This is in no way required or expected.
You can help your child prepare by practicing saying their name and grade in a loud, clear voice. Practice "walking to center stage" with a strong, calm body. Practice acting out whatever you say - suggestions: feeling words (happy, sad, excited, scared) or animals (bear, cat, fish) or characters (witch, chef, elf). Practice listening very closely to direction and trying out new things.
Let us know if you have any special skills! Can you dance, sing, play an instrument, yodel, do a cartwheel? Let us know!
(Joscelyn enjoys kids that can rap old school)