after school programs
After-school programming serves as a creative outlet for students who take a particular interest in the performing arts. Our typical after-school program operates on a two semester structure, fall and spring, with 8-12 two-hour rehearsals, once a week, each semester. Rehearsals include rotating workshops in song, dance, and drama as well as full cast activities.
We use a rotating workshop format to allow all students to experience a balance of lessons in drama, song, and dance. Students spend 15-30 minutes working on each performance area before reconvening with the group at the end of the rehearsal. We use this format as a guideline, but with all artistic work, it often fluctuates weekly to meet the needs of the specific students we serve.
THREE CURRICULUM OPTIONS
Though all of our programs prioritize building self-esteem through social emotional learning, we offer three primary learning focuses for our after-school programming: skill building, production, and story building. For each focus we select material that relates to the group of students we serve from our library of original scripts and scenes along with other supplementary material, including popular music and acting books.
Consists of 8 – 12 classes of skill-focused lessons in drama, song, and/or dance per semester, concluding in a shareformance, a small presentation that showcases a sample of what the kids have learned with minimal production elements (i.e. no lighting or major sound amplification, minimal costumes). This focus emphasizes personal growth in specific skills such as vocal projection, character development, and confidence in movement, etc.
Consists of 8-12 rehearsals that are centered around a scripted play and conclude in a fully produced production with ligiting, sound, costumes, hair, and makeup. Featuring song, dance, and drama workshops as well as run throughs of the show, this focus introduces students to the ins and outs of staging a show and encourages them to work toward a common goal.
Consists of 8-12 classes with emphasis on story building, character development, and storytelling for the stage. Our instructors use our workshop rotation format to guide students through the process of creating their own play, complete with songs and dances that help tell the story. At the end of the semester, students show off a small taste of their work with a shareformance. Story building works great for fall semester, especially when followed by a full production in the spring.
Kid Stock currently operates eight after-school programs in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties.
Kid Stock’s longest-running and only open-enrollment after-school program, Sunshine Band, is our test stage for new productions. It’s also a place where students from all schools can participate, so lots of ideas and perspectives come together as the kids build new friendships and work toward a common goal.
The program currently operates as a story-building workshop during the fall and a full production during the spring. The two semesters are independent, so students can participate in one semester or both, and there is no prerequisite to join during the spring.
In Fall 2018, Sunshine Band explored themes of inclusiveness and otherness while adapting Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Students learned about the original play and its characters, then updated the setting and story to reflect what interests kids today. The result? An adaptation of the classic tragicomedy set in the outer reaches of deep space!
In Spring 2019, Sunshine Band will stage their adaptation of The Tempest after an extended rehearsal period. Over the course of 15 rehearsals (5 more than usual!) students will be immersed in the nitty gritty of putting on a full-scale musical production. Workshops will emphasize voice, dance, and acting technique, and additional instruction will focus on behind-the-scenes elements such as stage crew and prop/set design. As always, every participant gets a speaking part in the play. And no, there are no trees 😉
Sunshine Band, Spring 2019
Show: The Tempest…In Space!
Wednesdays, January 30 through May 8 | Performance day TBA
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. | St. Anne of the Sunset in San Francisco
Price TBA | financial aid available
Working with schools and community centers, Kid Stock also offers programs designed to enhance performing arts opportunities for students. We currently offer seven such programs. Learn more about partnerships and find out if a school near you offers Kid Stock’s programs.
KID STOCK IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
No programs near you? If you’d like to see more performing arts in your area, contact us about launching an after-school program close to home.