FAQ’s

FAQ’s

We are an award winning audition-only children’s theatrical & production company. Auditioning children from across the UK and Internationally we select a company of the most dynamic, talented and professional young performers.

We train the next generation of industry professionals through intensive training in key musical theatre disciplines. We aim to prepare our children artistically, physically and mentally, within a safe and nurturing environment, to be successful in their chosen professional fields.

We offer the next step into the professional working world of the entertainment industry with our children working and training exclusively alongside leading creatives actively working within the industry. We believe in consistency and excellence in training.

Audition workshops are held once a year in the Summer for children aged 7 – 18 years old. Our audition workshops are exceptionally popular and places to take part in our audition workshop are limited. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Our auditions are for entry into our Elite Teams and Development Programmes in Leeds, Manchester and London.
Children are assessed throughout the audition workshops which include singing and dancing.
Please note that we are assessing on their ability to take direction and pick things up quickly, their ability to tackle a challenge, their professional etiquette and their potential at time of audition.

Children have varying needs, regardless of talent, and so we are also assessing whether or not Stagebox is the right environment for their specific talents to be nurtured.

Please see our Auditions page for further detail on upcoming workshops and how to book.

We currently audition once a year with one intake each September.

Audition dates and detail are available via the ‘Auditions’ tab on our website.

The audition is a high intensity workshop that focuses on singing, acting through song and dancing. There is nothing to prepare in advance as all material is taught on the day,
Please note that we are assessing on their ability to take direction and pick things up quickly, their ability to tackle a challenge, their professional etiquette and their potential at time of audition.. Children have varying needs, regardless of talent, and so we are also assessing whether or not Stagebox is the right environment for their specific talents to be nurtured.
Our auditions are best suited to children who already work at a high skill level in one or more of our disciplines (singing, dancing or acting through song) and wish to take that next step to become highly accomplished across all three. We train triple threats who are ready for the industry in a nurturing and family environment.
Our audition workshops are run by our Resident Team who are all experienced professionals and very used to working and dealing with child casting. The casting team will also be assisted by a licensed chaperone who will ensure the welfare of all auditionees at all times.
Please see our Auditions page for further detail on upcoming workshops and how to book.

Yes. The city your child auditions in has no bearing on the team that they are allocated if successful. We assign team locations based on the location you specify on your child’s audition paperwork.
Unfortunately not. Children are assigned a session dependent on age. Therefore, as with most professional auditions, we ask that you keep the full audition day free until you are advised of timings.
As with any professional environment, we do not believe it is productive for children to have to perform in front of parents, either in audition or in training. We strictly request that parents drop their children off and return at their allocated collection time.
Audition bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Whereby a child has been called for professional commitments, they may transfer their booking to an alternate day/city within the same audition season.
Dance competitions and school productions do not qualify for the same exemption.
If invited to recall, this means that we still need to spend more time assessing your child prior to making a decision. If you are unavailable for your recall then unfortunately we will be unable to further assess your child.
Yes. Any child who is not currently enrolled in Stagebox training within the Stagebox Company will need to re-audition for entry.
Upon booking an audition, you should have received an automated email containing further detail on timings, timescales and what your child will need to bring to audition.
Audition season is a very busy time of year at Stagebox HQ and we will not be able to provide any further information to your automated email. If you believe you have booked and not received the automated email please do get in touch. We will not release timings or further details about auditions to those not booked on due to security and child protection.
We provide feedback for all children who we recall. This will be emailed once all offers have been released. We regret that due to such high volumes of auditionees, we are unable to provide further feedback.
Our specific training dates are not released prior to accepting offer due to child protection reasons.

Elite Teams: All of our Elite Teams train during the school holidays for 5 weeks per academic year. The weeks are spread throughout the year (for example October Half Term, February Half Term, Easter & 2 weeks at Summer). Our Leeds & Manchester teams also have one week-night training session throughout the academic year (30 weeks per annum) in our renowned “One Stop Box” programme with world class dance coaches, Estill CMT Voice coaches and leading theatrical practitioners.

At present our London Elite Team do not train weekly due to how geographically dispersed the team members are who come from across the UK and Internationally.

Development Programme: Our Leeds and Manchester Development Programmes train weekly one week-night (30 weeks per annum) with our London Development Programme training during the school holidays for 4 weeks per academic year.

Our training dates are arranged taking into account as many Local Education Authorities as possible. Should your child’s school have differing holiday dates, your child will be able to swap for a training week within another city whereby they are available.

Choosing to train the children during school holidays allows us to work with them more intensively and as all of our Teaching Team are industry professionals, our innovative format allows us to give the children industry “on-the-job” training which is the modern-day alternative to full time theatre school.

Our training locations are sent out on acceptance of offer. All state-of-the-art facilities are within 6 miles of the City Centre. Our London centre is in Mayfair. Our locations are subject to change in order to ensure our venues are always appropriate and/or conducive to the children’s training. All of our training locations have been sourced for the highest standards of security and facility.
Any changes in location will always be communicated at the earliest convenience and will be within a short distance of the existing locations.
No. We are not able to offer boarding accomodation to any of our children. Our children and parents tend to develop close friendships very quickly and as such, many parents arrange lift/accomodation shares to spread the holiday training commitment. Equally, there are host houses that parents are welcome to contact directly however we cannot advise or recommend on this as it is outside of our provision.
Yes. We have a strict uniform policy, details of which are emailed along with offer. The children wear their uniform to all training and events unless otherwise advised. Uniforms are not personalised.
Our children in our Elite Teams also have exclusive access to our masterclass programme. Our masterclasses are with top industry professionals and are offered at various points throughout the year. These are optional and vary in cost which is subsidised by Stagebox. In the past these have included
Leading television, film and theatre casting directors, musical directors, choreographers and West End & Broadway leading ladies and men.
Competition is extremely high for places on all of our programmes. Whilst we audition thousands of incredibly talented children across the UK, we cap our numbers per city.

Capping our numbers allows us to know each of our Stageboxers individually, allowing us to continue to offer a personalised training programme that caters to the individual needs of our Stageboxers. We are able to work intensively with each child and their parents to ensure a personal and comprehensive service.
We pride ourselves on our pastoral yet professional approach.

We have 3 teams in total- Leeds, Manchester and London.
We also operate 2 programmes across each city- Elite Team and Development.

All children across the programmes receive the same level of training, guidance and support. The only difference between the programmes is the delivery, pace and structure of the programme and we place children according to where we feel they will receive the best training for them as an individual at this stage.
We are very proud of every child within the company and talent is not a deciding factor on which programme a child is put into. Last year alone countless members of our Development Programme made professional debuts, international debuts and secured full scholarships to leading drama schools.

There is movement between the programmes and throughout our continual assessments, we are able to assess which programme benefits each individual child at each stage of their training with us.
Development Programme children are assessed for Elite Team places before we re-audition. Where we feel they are ready, they do not need to re-audition.
There is no pressure for children to move and it is not the sole purpose of our programmes.

Yes of course! We work alongside the top dance schools and general musical theatre providers to ensure high quality training. Indeed the majority of our pupils partake in numerous dance classes elsewhere throughout the week. We essentially offer ‘the next step’ in musical theatre training and opportunities for children who aspire to work professionally or children who are looking for the next level of training and musical theatre experiences.
Will you encourage us to leave our dance school – No. Our training is designed to compliment and run alongside children’s usual weekly training. Indeed we work closely with many dance schools to ensure that the children are continually receiving the best in all areas of their training.

How will my child balance their commitment to local lessons/exams/shows/competitions with Stagebox? – We release our following years dates no later than August, whilst our weekly training remains term time and on the same day each week. This allows parents to plan ahead with their existing commitments to ensure that commitments can be kept.

Many expect due to our unrivalled quality and results that the cost will be high and are often shocked to find our prices are extremely competitive and affordable. Our pricing is heavily subsidised to fall in line with more general providers.

Payments are divided into monthly, manageable instalments form September-August inclusive.
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All London training costs £220 per workshop week (including VAT) inclusive of all training, video shoots and live performance opportunities.

Our Leeds & Manchester training costs £200 per workshop week (including VAT) inclusive of all training, video shoots and live performance opportunities.

Our weekly training programme in Leeds & Manchester is £332 per term per child.

An extensive scholarship and bursary plan is also in place meaning we are able to accept a select number of performers regardless of financial ability.

Competition is extremely high for places on all of our programmes. Whilst we audition thousands of incredibly talented children across the UK, we cap our numbers per city.

Capping our numbers allows us to know each of our Stageboxers individually, allowing us to continue to offer a personalised training programme that caters to the individual needs of our Stageboxers. We are able to work intensively with each child and their parents to ensure a personal and comprehensive service.
We pride ourselves on our pastoral yet professional approach.

We have 3 teams in total- Leeds, Manchester and London.
We also operate 2 programmes across each city- Elite Team and Development.

All children across the programmes receive the same level of training, guidance and support. The only difference between the programmes is the delivery, pace and structure of the programme and we place children according to where we feel they will receive the best training for them as an individual at this stage.
We are very proud of every child within the company and talent is not a deciding factor on which programme a child is put into. Last year alone countless members of our Development Programme made professional debuts, international debuts and secured full scholarships to leading drama schools.

There is movement between the programmes and throughout our continual assessments, we are able to assess which programme benefits each individual child at each stage of their training with us.
Development Programme children are assessed for Elite Team places before we re-audition. Where we feel they are ready, they do not need to re-audition.
There is no pressure for children to move and it is not the sole purpose of our programmes.

Yes of course! We work alongside the top dance schools and general musical theatre providers to ensure high quality training. Indeed the majority of our pupils partake in numerous dance classes elsewhere throughout the week. We essentially offer ‘the next step’ in musical theatre training and opportunities for children who aspire to work professionally or children who are looking for the next level of training and musical theatre experiences.
Will you encourage us to leave our dance school – No. Our training is designed to compliment and run alongside children’s usual weekly training. Indeed we work closely with many dance schools to ensure that the children are continually receiving the best in all areas of their training.

How will my child balance their commitment to local lessons/exams/shows/competitions with Stagebox? – We release our following years dates no later than August, whilst our weekly training remains term time and on the same day each week. This allows parents to plan ahead with their existing commitments to ensure that commitments can be kept.

We offer a limited number of scholarships and bursaries each year.These are awarded by our co-directors after auditions and are based on talent alone. These can be discussed confidentially post-audition in more detail.
No. Children are assessed throughout the year and, prior to the audition season, parents will receive correspondence regarding their child’s place for the following year.

Due to our strict Code of Conduct and due to the professionalism that is expected throughout the year, the majority of our Stageboxers are re-offered their place for the following year.

We love what we do and we love strong communication between parents and our team.
Feedback is always available upon request, as such (and because we are not a school) we do not provide annual reports.
The children are assessed each term and their individual training is adapted accordingly.
Any points for concern are always raised immediately with the appropriate professional advice and referral where needed.
It is our priority that every parent and child is well cared for, nurtured and supported with us at all times at Stagebox.
Stagebox Management is a boutique management for professional lead child talent. This means we generally only represent children who we also train. We do not however, represent all children within the Stagebox training environment. Entry into both Stagebox and Stagebox Management is extremely competitive and as a leading agency in the UK and Internationally we strive to represent clients we feel are right for us. We assess children at our auditions for Stagebox Management.

We represent clients from the ages of 7-18 across the UK. We do not approach children for management as they may be represented elsewhere- it is against our ethics. It is up to a parent/guardian to approach us to register an interest in this. We are more than happy to discuss each child and whether we feel they are suitable for our management. We will only approach parents for management whereby an interest has already been registered with us. If we feel we cannot offer representation, we can happily suggest alternatives and a steer on this.

Similarly, it must be noted that it is certainly not a requirement that children on our programmes are represented with us.

For more information please visit: www.stageboxmanagement.com

Subsequent FAQs will contain much of the same information but will contain additional information.
Further information is released as follows:
Post Audition FAQs – Will follow in the week after audition
Starting Stagebox FAQs – Will follow with offer
Stagebox Management FAQs – Will follow shortly after contract