illuminate provides multiple ways for students to work together in a performance, from large mainstage productions to smaller stages – every role plays a part in the overall end goal!

MainStage Productions

Here at illuminate, we take pride in presenting the most professional MainStage productions achievable. We spare no cost in terms of lighting design, scenic design, set design, costume & make up design, choreography…not to mention a structured rehearsal process where students dive deep into their scene work, exploring their characters from all angles. We like to pull out a redemptive theme in our shows, and discuss how each character changes throughout the play, so that the students are impacted in their own lives as they continue on the journey of the rehearsal process.

But something else happens during our productions that is apart from any script or scenic element. Through theatre games and team-building exercises, the students learn to trust and depend on each other as a cast–to take the direction given to them and bring it to life on stage. They learn that this isn’t about one individual person, or any particular role. It’s about the cast as a whole, and how each part fitted together creates the end product: a spectacular production where the students’ enthusiasm radiates into the audience, allowing the audience to truly relax and let their own cares go for that evening, as they enter into the world of the stage.

Our Year Eleven Mainstages Are…

Junior Productions

Our Junior Productions in the Spring are a way for our youngest students to shine on the stage. We give them the fully staged treatment that the Mainstage Production gets, but on a smaller scale. In this environment, students gain confidence in an encouraging and comfortable environment. Our exclusive Intern Program gives older students the chance to take the lead for these productions as directors, designers, and managers, while inspiring the next generation to shine.

Our Year Eleven Junior Production is…

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Staged Readings, Class Presentations, Progress Shows and more

We also offer smaller performance opportunities throughout the year for all ages, which culminate in small presentations or staged readings. These are a great way for actors to get their feet wet (if they are new to it all), and for those with experience to dive into scene study without the pressure of a fully-staged production. Our Fall and Spring classes (that are not production based) end in a class showcase for family and friends. And our end-of-year Progress Show is a night not to miss as we celebrate all things illuminate and these incredible kids that make our company shine.

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