First Stage is Northwest Children’s Theater and School’s preschool outreach program specially designed for preschoolers ages three to six years old. Held at your child’s preschool or daycare, First Stage promotes a love for the performing arts and nurtures creative energy while supporting a myriad of developmental milestones, including:
Confidence • Self-expression • Critical thinking • Art appreciation
Cooperation • Social skills • Imagination • Motor skills
We offer a complimentary First Stage class to any area preschool or daycare that wants to try our First Stage program for free! Just contact us to schedule a visit.
Here are examples of First Stage classes:
Wiggle Squiggle! (Ages 3-4)
Any child that enjoys puppet shows, fairy tales and nursery rhymes will LOVE this class! Wiggle Squiggle introduces the world of dramatic play through theater games that encourage speech and motor development, and promote social skills through creative interaction.
Preschool Players (Ages 4-6)
Children will explore theater through music, movement and storytelling with an emphasis on physical and emotional self-expression. First Stage teachers use role-playing, improvisation and storytelling techniques to act out fairy tales and other stories!
NWCT also offers First Stage theater classes for preschoolers at our theater, located in Northwest Portland. Click here to view the current on-site class listings.
First Stage Teachers
First Stage teaching artists are hired, screened and trained by Northwest Children’s Theater and School. Many hold advanced degrees and certifications, and are performers themselves. All First Stage teaching artists are cleared through the Oregon Central Background Registry. For more information about First Stage programming, or to learn how to bring First Stage to your child’s preschool or daycare, contact us here.
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