Grandstreet Theatre

Important Dates

March 19-May 17, 2018
Session 4
March 19 & 20, 2018
Headshot appointments with Kurt Keller
March 19 & 20, 2018
Auditions for Madagascar JR
March 26-April 2, 2018
no classes-Spring Break!
April 2, 2018
No class (Easter break)
April 26, 2018
Sneak Preveiw for The Full Monty, 7:30 p.m.
April 28, 2018
Scholarship Auditions
May 1 & 2, 2018
The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf 7:00 and 4:30
May 8, 2018
Jr/Sr Showcase - 7 pm tickets $6.00
May 17, 2018
Last day of regular classes
May 21, 2018
Theatre School Banquet 6:30 p.m.
June 1-3, 2018
Madagascar JR
June 12-18, 2018
London trip
June 11-15, 2018
Mini Camp #1 – Improvisation
June 18-22, 2018
Mini Camp #2 - Acting Magic
July 9-21, 2018
Summer Theatre School
July 30- Aug. 3, 2018
Social Skills Theatre Classes
Aug. 2-11, 2018
August 6-10, 2018
Mini Camp #3- Musical Theatre
August 14-18, 2018
New York Trip
September 6, 2018
Sneak Preview for TBA 7:30 p.m.
Sept 10 & 11, 2018
photo session with Kurt Keller Photography
September TBA 2018
auditions for TBA
Jan. 15-18, 2018
No classes this week
Sept. 10-Nov. 1, 2018
Session 1
Oct. 12, 2017
Sneak Preview for TBA, 7:30 p.m.
October 19, 2017
No classes for Fall Break
Oct. 22-Nov 1
Share Days
Nov. 6-January 11, 2018
Session 2
Nov. 21-22, 2018
no classes - Thanksgiving
Nov 30-Dec. 16, 2018
Dec. 8, 2018
Theatre School Dance @ Carroll College 9-11 pm
Dec. 18-Jan. 1, 2018
no classes - Holiday break
Jan. 8-11, 2019
Share Days
Jan 25, 2019
Sneak Preview -TBA 7:30 p.m.
January 27, 2018
Conservatory/Summer Auditions 1 p.m.
Feb 8-10, 2019
Junior Theatre Festival - Sacremento, CA
Feb. 19, 2018
no class
January 22-March 15, 2018
Session 3
March 12-15, 2018
Share week for Session 3

Theatre School News

Student Advisory Board Spring break workshops

The Student Advisory Board will be teaching workshops over spring break for ages 6-12 on March 29th and March 30th.

Bring your kids to fun-filled learning about theatre! Members of the Student Advisory Board will teach classes on acting/improv, arts and crafts, musical theatre, and dance. We will be basing classes on four shows. The first day is Aladdin JR in the morning and The Lion King Jr in the afternoon. The second day is Cinderella, Kids in the morning and Tarzan in the afternoon. You may register for a full (9:00-5:00) or half day (9:00-noon or 1:00-5:00). Just have your child pick out the shows they want to learn about in order to decide which day they will attend. You may register for both days, too!

A full day – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00  – $50

half day-9:00 a.m. – 1:00 or 1:00-5:00 – $30

Both days-$90

A snack will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

To register:

Both days

Thursday, March 29th (Full or morning)

Thursday, March 29th (afternoon only)

Friday, March 30th (full day or morning)

Friday, March 30th (afternoon only)

If you have any questions, you can email [email protected].  We provide a safe environment by having adults supervise. Let’s have some fun!

Get new headshots with Kurt Keller!

Kurt Keller Photography will be offering a photo shoot for new headshots on March 19 & 20th. The photos will be taken at his studio, 931 N. Warren. Cost is $35.00 You will receive a digital image of the headshot for unlimited use. Sign up online Monday or Tuesday and pay Kurt at the time of the photo shoot.

Every member of the theatre school is required to have a hard copy 8×10 color photo, electronic jpeg image (between 200 and 500 kb) and resume on file. These files are used to help the actors gain employment in commercials, film television, print and stage.

It’s time to register for Session 4- Theatre School

Session 4 begins the week of March 19, 2018

You can sign up online or call the office and register by phone.

406 442-4270.

Auditions for Madagascar JR

Auditions will be March 19 & 20th at 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Grandstreet Studio. Please come to one of those days (not both).  Some actors may be asked to come to callbacks on Wednesday the 21st.

Martha Sprague will be directing/choreographing. You must be 9 years old by June 1st and not older than 16 by June 1st to audition.  There are many roles available but not everyone will be cast.  Rehearsals will begin after spring break (April 3).  The show runs June 1-3, 2018.

No monologues are necessary, just pick a song from the link below, all the audition material is on the MTI website.

For audition songs and sides please visit this website
Once you have clicked on the link you will need to click on “Audition Central” on the right hand side.  There you can explore the different characters, their scenes, songs and listen to the accompaniment.

We also have hard copies of the music available at the box office.

Please fill out conflict sheet- Madagascar and bring it with you to the audition

New! Social Skills Theatre Class after-school

This unique eight week session is designed to promote social skills (pragmatics) through the fun and powerful medium of theatre. The participants are provided an opportunity to learn and practice age-appropriate social skills and work on the fundamentals of acting.

The class will be led by a licensed speech-language pathologist and theatre professional.

Tuesdays from 3:45-5:15

Grades: 1st-4th

Scholarship auditions- April 28, 2018

Scholarship auditions – April 28, 2018
Deadline for applications – April 15th

These are auditions are for students enrolled in the school year program only. You must have attended Sessions 3 and 4 to audition.

This is your opportunity to win a $320 tuition scholarship to our Summer Theatre School. Or you can win a $170.00 scholarship for any performing arts camp.


Junior Theatre Festival 2019

We are making plans to attend the Junior Theatre West Festival in Sacramento, CA in February 2019! And we want you to join us! Please join us for an introductory meeting on Wednesday, April 4th from 6:00 to 7:00 in the Grandstreet classroom.

In order to participate, fill out this form JTF19 application and turn it in with your $100 deposit by April 10, 2018. OR sign up online

Want to chaperone?  JTF19 chaperone

Click here to watch a video about the Festival

The Junior Theater Festival is a festival produced by iTheatrics for children ages 8-18 held every year in Sacramento and Atlanta, GA. It is designed for serious minded performers who are committed to working hard and delivering an amazing performance. Organizations from all over the world attend each year and present a 15 minute condensed version of a Broadway Jr. show under the license of Music Theatre International or Disney Musicals. The weekend festival includes the show presentation, workshops, guest speakers, awards, a dance party, and a ticket to a Broadway-style performance. All of this is available for the organization presenting their show, the directors, and the parent chaperones.

We will be putting a class together for this project. Students who want to be involved in the class must sign up and pay the $100.00 deposit by April 10th. All students in the class will be cast in a show from the Music Theatre International Junior collection and that cast will be considered the “JTF19 class”. After we know how many kids will be participating, we will pick the show and cast it using all of the young actors in the “ JTF19 class”. This is a great opportunity for our kids to do a production, meet other kids from around the United States and beyond who love musical theatre, see working professionals and take workshops.

The JTF19 class will have a rehearsal schedule based on their conflicts. The cast will also have fundraisers and do a send off performance for Helena audiences.



How many will be in the cast?

16-40 participants will be cast. We must have 1 chaperone for every 4 kids so how many we can cast will depend on how many chaperones we get.


What will we do at the Junior Theatre Festival (JTF)?

Groups perform a 15 minute selection from one Broadway JR or KIDS collection show for adjudication, participate in workshops, participate in other fun events such as “tech Olympics”, watch outstanding performances by their peers.


How old do you have to be?
8-18 years old.


Does this take the place of my regular theatre school class?

No, you must be enrolled in a regular after-school class to be considered for the JTF18 class. If you decide to leave the theatre school class you will also no longer be in the JTF18 class/cast.


Will there be chaperones?

Yes, we will need one chaperone for every four students attending the festival.

Do the chaperones travel for free?
No, unfortunately they have to pay for the Festival.

Does it cost money?
Yes. See the expense details at the end of this document.

Will there be fundraising involved?
Yes, unless you want to pay for the entire trip yourself and forget the fundraising.

Will there be scholarships available?

Can I use Frequent Flyer miles for airfare?

Yes. You can make your own airfare or transportation plans as long as you have a parent with you. You will then be responsible for your own transfers to and from the airport/hotel.

When will you be casting?

May 2018.

Can I make payments?
Yes! All students will be asked to put down a $100.00 deposit by April 10th to be considered. After that you will make $100.00 payments per month through January 2019 if you would like to make payments. Or you can pay in a lump sum by October 1, 2018.




Student Expenses

Fee: $730.00 which includes the following:



            Production staff

            A role in the show


            Transfers to and from airport

            Supervision at rehearsal, performance and festival


Competition performance at JTF in Sacramento
An official festival T-shirt
Adjudication and feedback
Professional development workshops for directors
Performance workshops for students
Technical theater workshops for students and teachers
Radio Disney Dance Party
Broadway Junior Slam
Celebrity talk-back with special guests
A ticket to see a broadway-style show
Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
Show Script


Plus Transportation & hotel (approximately $650)

Airfare: $510 (it may be less than this)

Quad room: $140.00 Triple 190   Dbl 280


Total approx. cost:

Student $1380.00- 1430 (trp) 1520 (double)


Chaperone Expenses

JTF Fee $230.00

Airfare: $510 (it may be cheaper)

Quad room: $145.00 (Dbl 290.00)


Total Approximate cost: $885-$1030.00 plus food


Housing needed this summer!

We need housing for out of town instructors this summer.
Dates range from:
June 22-July 21st
July 7-Aug. 18th
June 22-August 18th

There is a stipend to help defray the cost of housing them. You do not have to cook for them –unless you want to. They are wonderful house guests, most of them are used to living away from home—and they are hardly ever there. Plus you get two free tickets to each show this summer!


Please call Marianne at 442-4270 or email [email protected]


Summer Theatre School registration is open

You can sign up for summer theatre school now

Mini Camps!

Join us this summer for our mini-camps. You can come for one day, one week, or all 3 weeks! These half day workshops are a fun addition to our popular two- week summer camp July 9-21, 2018.


One-day drop in $25.00
  • One week – $90.00
  • Take all three for $250.00


Scene One: Improvisation!

June 11-15, 2018

1:30-4:00pm: 3rd – 9th Grades

Comedy Improvisation-Learn to think on your feet and play many theatre games!

Scene Two: Acting Magic!

June 18th -22nd, 2018

9:00-11:30am: 3rd – 5th Grades

1:30-4:00pm: 6th – 9th Grades

Stage Magic-Learn fun acting techniques from auditioning to stage combat!


Scene Three 
- Sing, Dance, Act!

August 7-11th, 2017 

Come and play with the cast of Cry Baby!
9:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m. – 3rd-5th graders
1:30-4:00 p.m. – 6th-9th graders