Why should I take classes at NextStage?

Currently there are few opportunities in Santa Cruz County for older adults to participate in the performing arts. Several senior centers have programs, but are limited in scope and frequency. Some classes in performance arts have been previously available at the local community college, but due to administrative changes regarding repeatability those opportunities no longer exist. There is no other organization in the county offering a training program, an environment in which to develop expertise, and a supportive surrounding for aspiring thespians to reach a dream goal. Now NextStage is providing this opportunity.

Why would I want to volunteer for NextStage?

Here are some reasons:

  • Learn a new skill or just have fun
  • Train in a performing arts discipline
  • Perform with our outreach group
  • Have a sense of accomplishment
  • Make new friends with like minded individuals
  • Join a worthy community service

Why was NextStage established?

The “Age Wave” is upon us and the “new age senior” is vital, healthier and interested in art and culture. NextStage is an inspirational influence in the Santa Cruz community, with all of its creative and entertaining offerings, which are open to be enjoyed by anyone regardless of color, creed or religion, with no discrimination on the basis of disabilities. In our collaboration with Cabrillo Extension, Cabrillo College Theatre Arts Department, Cabrillo Stage, NextStage offers a spectrum of professionally taught classes designed for life-long learners aged 50+. It is set in a safe and encouraging environment, where artists and student artists hone their skills while enjoying the companionship of others with a similar focus. We encourage our student to explore how the creative process promotes health, lifelong learning and an empowering sense of mastery in the theatrical disciplines they wish to study.

What are students saying about the NextStage program?

"My husband Dave took the musical theatre singing classes and I took the Storytelling and Improv Acting classes. The instructors were so professional. They shared their journeys and led us slowly and with care to a new place. Dave and I felt like we had come home. We realized that “sometime” later was now and Stagebridge was the platform that allowed us this new feeling. The outstanding instructors taught us to “play” again and enter into a place of laughter and silliness reminding us of our child-like curiosity. Nothing was left to chance concerning the organization of the classes. NextStage had every aspect of the experience covered. After checking in and receiving our materials, we were welcomed with smiles and words of encouragement. NextStage has opened their arms wide to the Senior Community and is changing attitudes towards aging by supporting 50+ by offering fun, exciting performance opportunities." -Nancy Maley, Student of Summer Program 2013

What is average age of the students taking NextStage classes?

Our students are all ages, but the classes are designed for ages 50+.

What is your refund policy?

REFUND POLICY: If you decide to drop a course, you may request a refund by contacting the office at: info@nextstagesantacruz.org no later than the end of the first week classes are in session. Special circumstances that require a student to leave a course after the first week will be handled on an individual basis.

Can I observe a class to see if I want to sign up?

Prospective students are encouraged to visit any class during the first session of instruction. Please note that some classes fill before sessions begin.

How many students are allowed in a class?

Each course must have a minimum number of students enrolled (10 for most classes) in order for that course to be offered. If a course is under-enrolled at the end of the first session, it may be cancelled. Students either will be refunded their tuition or they can choose to apply that tuition to another class being offered.

Is there a maximum number of student allowed in a class?

Maximum class size will be at the sole discretion of the Instructor. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. You are still welcome to visit any first class to check it out.

Can I pay for my classes by check?

Yes. Please select the classes you want and select the ‘Pay by Check’ option when you register. Payment for courses can be made by check payable to NextStage Productions and mailed to NextStage Productions at:
P.O. Box 1955-826 Bay Ave
Capitola , CA 95010
Or email questions to info@nextstagesantacruz.org

Is NextStage Productions the same company with the same staff and teachers as Stagebridge Santa Cruz?

With the Stagebridge Experience indoctrination for the last two years, Stagebridge Santa Cruz has stepped up and out from the mother lode to become Next Stage Productions to continue the life changing programs of Stagebridge with the addition of a vibrant program on its own, under the sponsorship of the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County.