For Stage Kids, There’s No Place Like Home, But The Show Must Go On


Stage Kids come from all over North Central Washington

WENATCHEE, WA—Stage Kids announced today an opportunity for the local community to help the organization—which relies heavily on gatherings for income—to survive the COVID-19 pandemic and continue equipping local youth with the life skills, character, and relationships for a bright future through the proven power of musical theater.

Approximately 85% of Stage Kids’ income is dependent on gathering. Through year-round musical theater classes, camps, productions, and school partnerships, the organization helps local kids pre-K through high school develop confidence, empathy, responsibility, teamwork, vulnerability, artistry, STEM skills and more.

Stage Kids has creatively evolved most its programs to be delivered online. Only two of its spring classes had to be cancelled. The organization’s spring production of The Wizard of Oz, which was originally scheduled for May 27 – 31 at the Numerica PAC, has been postponed to July, and outdoor venues are being explored.

“We’re using these challenging circumstances to teach kids what to do when life throws you lemons, or in this case, a widespread, life-threatening virus,” said Managing Director Lacey Price. “Our mission—building characters, one child at a time—is more relevant now than ever. It turns out a global pandemic is a great opportunity to teach resilience, creative problem solving, and the important role we play in our community as both responsible citizens and responsible artists. But we cannot do it on our own.”

Despite efforts to reimagine program delivery, Price expects the organization will face a $50,000+ revenue loss as a result of COVID-19. “We simply cannot reasonably recreate the revenue we expected from eight sold-out shows at the PAC,” Price said. “Honestly, we really need our community’s help to make it through this. So, we’ve come up with what we hope is a fun and meaningful way for people to support us by embracing what Dorothy learns following her adventure through Oz: there’s no place like home.”

Today through April 25, Stage Kids is offering t-shirts, mugs, and a charm necklace featuring the phrase “there’s no place like home” in several designs, including one specifically for those who call the greater Wenatchee Valley home. Proceeds will help Stage Kids continue building characters, one child at a time, in our community. Details can be found on Stage Kids’ Facebook page, www.facebook.com/stagekidswa.

At the same time, the show must go on. In lieu of in-person rehearsals, The Wizard of Oz cast of 114 kids representing nine local communities have been meeting online in small groups twice per week, a convening Founder and Artistic Director Michelle McCormick calls “Zoom into Oz!”

“These gatherings are focused on building community among the cast and giving the kids an outlet for their thoughts, feelings, and creativity during these uncertain times,” said McCormick.

The Stage Kids staff have also created over three hours of rehearsal video content for the cast to work on at home; however, for the next several weeks, the cast will take a break from The Wizard of Oz to work on something new.

The Show Must Go Online is a brand-new virtual children’s musical specifically designed to be rehearsed and performed completely online,” said McCormick. “It’s written by a group we already know and love—Beat by Beat Press—who also wrote The Grunch, one of the kids’ favorite shows which we’re planning to do as a camp this summer.” Details regarding Stage Kids’ new production of The Show Must Go Online will be announced when available on the organization’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/stagekidswa

Stage Kids is also moving forward plans for its three summer camps: Disney’s Aristocats for kids pre-K through 6th grade, The Grunch for kids 3rd through 8th grade, and Anything Goes for teens 13 – 18 years old. Details and registration information can be found on Stage Kids website, www.stagekidswa.org

Stage Kids is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established by Michelle McCormick in 2014. It has grown from a summer camp for 19 kids to a multi-faceted nonprofit that served 795 participants ages 4-18 representing 11 local communities in 2019. Over 6,600 patrons attended Stage Kids shows in 2019 and volunteers contributed over 5,000 hours benefitting Stage Kids that year. In the last three years, Stage Kids has awarded over $25,000 in scholarships, so that any child who wants to experience the life-giving power of musical theater can have that opportunity. For more information about Stage Kids, visit www.facebook.com/stagekidswa or www.stagekidswa.org.

Stage Kids uses challenging circumstances to teach local youth resilience, creative problem solving, and the important role they play as citizens and artists; invites community support through ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ campaign.

Lacey Price is the Managing Director of Stage Kids. She can be reached at lacey.stagekidswa@gmail.com
or by phone at (509) 663-6996 x11

 

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