KidStage is a franchise for a business providing children’s drama program. It was founded in 1997 and they started franchising in 2003.
They conduct theatre activities, acting classes, and performance opportunities for children in the program. They also focus on teamwork, concentration, movement, theatre terminology, and voice. After they have completed the program, they make a full production and everyone is given a role. Some are actors, dancers, singers, lighting and sound technicians, stage managers, costume designers, and prop masters.
The trainers are instructors who are experienced in teaching children about theatre and making an environment that is interesting and safe for them. They usually conduct classes in day care centers, local schools, museums, citizen centers, parks, boys and girls clubs, or any venue that can be rented and have enough open space for the kids. Outside the program, they aim for the kids to perform better in school. They now have 13 locations all over the United States, one in Canada, and two that is company owned.
What kind of productions are these children able to produce?
The North Dallas, Texas Class was able to produce Disney’s The Jungle Book for 2011. The North Fort Worth, Texas Class was able to produce The Wizard of Oz also in 2011. In Boston, Massachusetts, they produced plays such as “Balancing Act” which is about healthy food and lifestyle choices, “Count Me In Circus” about math concept and mainly had kids ages six and below, “Buster has Asthma” from a Marc Brown Book on managing asthma, “The Plate of Cookies” about two friends sharing the cookies they baked, “D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten” about two children preparing for Kindergarten with the support of their family and friends, and “Arthur Builds a Tree House” about having a space of your own or sharing.
Costs and requirements on running a KidStage franchise
You need to have at least $13,000 liquid assets. Expect to be investing about $13,000 to $18,500. The KidStage franchise fee is $12,500 with an on-going royalty fee of 6%. This is for a renewable five year term agreement. You need to have a general business experience and the passion to work with children. This franchise can be run from home. They allow multi-unit ownership and absentee ownership.
What is included in the franchise package?
There will be a four day intensive training at the KidStage headquarters. You will be provided with curriculum and production materials, instruction. You will be going through the operations manual and hands-on training in locations that are certified for training. Training would also include accounting procedures, hiring and managing staff, and securing local advertising. Other support includes your own email address, a toll free phone number, your own website where your clients can register, monthly conference calls over the telephone for six months to guide you t your success, quarterly newsletters on developments, marketing, promotions, tips on operations, and an occasional visit from the headquarters. For marketing, you will be given the right to use designs, trademarks, curriculum, and procedures. Other advertising support includes promotional materials; assist you in driving new customers in; and assist you in coordinating marketing efforts.
KidStage Contact Details
You may reach them at:
Address: P.O. Box 1072 Appleton, Wisconsin 54912