Stagecraft and Design

Paws: A Purrfect New Play

Multi-Week Class, Full Day

Age 12-17

6/1/2020 - 6/19/2020

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Campus for Imagination and Wonder, 900 S. Mitchell Dr., Tempe 85281

Price: $650 (Early Bird $618 before March 1st)

Collaborating with Paws performance class, stagecraft students participate in the design and technical theatre process from imagination to implementation. Facilitated by professional technical theatre artists, participants will have behind the scene access and opportunity to interact with professional designers and technicians. A three-week class with a progressive curriculum, stagecraft students, are active, creative partners in the musical production at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Week One- Design Focus

During week one students will learn the elements of design, analyze a script from a designer’s perspective, and present a design proposal to directors.

Week Two- Construction focus

After collaborating with productions directors on a  design concept, stagecraft participants will construct tech elements for the production.

Week Thee- Production Focus

For the final week of the class at the Tempe Center for the Arts, participants will assume specialized tech roles (lighting operator, stage manager, etc.) and incorporate their designed elements into the final performance.

Space is limited to 10 participants in this class, and due to the unique challenges of each production, student responsibilities may vary.


 About Newsies


Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy, and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions! Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story. There will be two final performances at the Tempe Center for the Arts (free admission) at 11am & 2pm on Friday, June 19th.


This class usually sells out, reserve your spot soon.


Note about Extended Care:

All extended care takes place at Childsplay's Campus for Imagination and Wonder in Tempe. During the final week of this class, when rehearsals occur at the Tempe Center for the Arts, young people enrolled in extended care will be transported between the theater and campus by Childsplay staff in company vehicles. Caregivers must sign a vehicle release for students enrolled in an onstage class and extended care.


If you have a question, please contact Childsplay Academy Manager at