“Stacey and Hollye believe in kids and in creating a community where they can feel confident and supported, and the kids always blow us all away with their accomplishment. STAGES is already a wonderful gift to many Maine 'theater kids' and we're all excited to share it with even more area youth.”
These are the words of Maria Fox, a STAGES Youth Theater Trustee, on the opening of their new children’s theater facility in the former gymnasium of Woodfords Church here in Portland. STAGES Youth Theater, a year-round theater company in its tenth year of presenting all-student, professional-quality productions, was founded in Scarborough in 2007. Co-directors Stacey Koloski and Hollye Seddon operated the company out of leased studio spaces and rented venues for shows all over greater Portland. STAGES moved to South Portland in 2010, all the while producing dozens of shows with casts of kids, everything from the traditional “The Wizard of Oz,” to the edgier “Sweeney Todd.” Now, with this move into Portland proper, Koloski and Seddon are confident that their “STAGES in the Schools” program will flourish even more.
Through the program, STAGES Youth Theater partners with area preschools, elementary and middle schools, reaching hundreds of local schoolchildren each week. Imaginations are unlocked. Self-esteem soars.
Registration is non-competitive and ‘first come, first served.’ Maine children aged 3-18 may register at http://www.stagesacademy.com for the upcoming fall season, the first in the new space. This season will feature productions of “Fun with Frog & Toad,” “Annie JR,” “Hamlet,” and many others.
Co-director Koloski said, “We are thrilled to be building our own performing arts venue to provide a consistent, safe, and happy environment in which kids can create amazing theater together.”
STAGES Youth Theater Company: 207-699-3330
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