Upstage Update – Sept 2019

September is almost over, and school schedules are in full-swing. For Upstage Theatre students, that means after-school and year-round programs have started. Upstage Theatre has programs all around Los Angeles: Westside, Pasadena, and Agoura. I’ve partnered with Upstage Theatre to provide monthly updates on their school-year programs this term!

Upstage Theatre programs are designed to teach kids theatre skills while working on the three elements of musical theatre: singing, dancing, and acting. Programs culminate in a fully realized show complete with professionally designed costumes, lights, and sets.

Productions by Location


  • After-School Program, ages 5-9: The Jungle Book Kids
  • After-School Program, ages 9-14: The Wizard of Oz
  • Year-Round Program (Brentwood), ages 5-9: Annie Kids
  • Theatre Program (Westwood Charter), grades K-2: The Jungle Book Kids
  • Theatre Program (Westwood Charter), grades 3-5: Annie Jr.


  • Year-Round Program (South Pasadena), ages 5-9: The Jungle Book Kids
  • Year-Round Program (South Pasadena), ages 9-15: Legally Blonde The Musical Jr.
  • SPEF Program: Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Oak Park/Agoura

  • After-School Program (Red Oak), grades 1-5: Aladdin Jr.
  • Theatre Program (Brookside), grades 3-5: Annie Jr.

Burbank/North Hollywood

  • After-School Program: The Jungle Book Kids

Production Team

Upstage Theatre productions are made possibly by an amazing team of directors, choreographers, technical staff, and management staff, led by Adrian Cohen, Artistic Director & Founder of Upstage Theatre Schools.

Learn more about the production team here:

Adrian started Upstage Theatre Schools in 1999 with a simple principle at its core — to create an environment that would produce fully rounded young performers:

“I wanted the students to take part in all three disciplines (i.e. acting, singing and dance) so that when they perform on stage, they have what we call ‘chops’-that’s how actors are taught in England. And the skills learnt in the performing arts are so useful to young people whatever future career they choose.”

Adrian Cohen, Artistic Director & Founder of Upstage Theatre Schools

The “Workshopping” approach to Casting

Upstage Theatre uses a “Workshopping” approach to casting. Through singing, dancing together, the staff gets to know each kid. In addition, they take into consideration attitude and behavior for casting. Children are given the material to practice and have the opportunity to sing, speak, and dance on their own to audition. No one is forced to go in front of the class, and they can hold their script if necessary. This shows their comfort level in front of an audience and for which role they would be best suited.

Look out for next month’s update!

Upstage Theatre Schools

Disclaimer: Upstage Theatre Schools partnered with Westside Mommy for a series of monthly updates regarding the program. All opinions are honest and 100% my own. Information and images used and reposted with permission, provided by Upstage Theatre Schools.