DownStage Center (DSC) – School Age Children
- A safe environment for self-discovery and talent development in our young artists through classes, camps and productions.
- DSC productions feature a “no-tears” workshop-style audition.
- Past shows have included The King and I, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Magic Tree House and The Sound of Music.
MainStage Program – Ages 8-22
- A more advanced program where students learn theatre from regional professionals while expanding their talents.
- Productions are full-length Broadway shows such as Shrek, Les Miserables, and The Little Mermaid
- Shows feature detailed sets, costumes and a live orchestra.
- Variety of classes for a range of ages including ballet, tap, jazz, dance for musical theatre, improvisation, imagination station, footlights (for our youngest students) and musical theatre playhouse.
- In addition to specific skills classes help students develop broader skills like confidence, creativity and public speaking.
- Camps are theme-based and uniquely designed to be immersive from the first day.
- In our Musical Theatre Intensives, kids interact daily with a theatre director, musical director and choreographer, giving each child three mentors and three perspectives from which to learn.
- Each camp culminates in a performance created specifically for the group and presented on our auditorium stage, under the lights, to an audience of friends and family.
What does this give the kids? A true taste of the theatre production process, a window into their own incredible abilities, and the opportunity to stretch themselves in a safe, creative environment. Plus, studies show students involved in drama have increased emotional awareness as well as academic success marked by higher SAT scores*.
Guiding the students is Artistic Director Kathleen Edwards. Here’s a little bit about her:
Q: Kathleen, what excites you about working with youth theatre?
A: It is miraculous. My average work day is spent convincing children that they can perform musicals written for Broadway professionals. Then I get to watch their parents’ faces light up as they see their child do exactly that.
Q: How have you seen The Hi-Liners change during your years here?
A: In 1998, The Hi-Liners were producing one musical per year at the Highline Performing Arts Center. We now produce five shows each season, plus productions at local schools through our outreach programs. We offer year-round classes and camps and have grown from serving 40 children per year to serving more than 400 per year.
Q: What is your artistic vision for The Hi-Liners?
A: I want The Hi-Liners to be a nurturing place where children learn to work with others...where teens explore the world’s complexity through theatre...where parents trust that their children are safe and encouraged to challenge themselves...where graduates return to internships or jobs in the field they love...and where I can mentor young artists as they pass their craft to the next generation.
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