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Musical Theatre Classes in Kansas City

STAGES at The J - for 4th - 8th Graders

Fall Session in Planning - Check back for upcoming dates
Sundays 1:30 pm - 3:30pm (14 sessions)

J Members $200 + $40 materials fee | Guests $280 + $40 materials fee

Scholarships available for families who could not otherwise afford this program.




Act  Dance  Sing

The J’s STAGES is the perfect fit for the student who wants to give the world of performing a try with musical theatre classes in Kansas City. Our teaching artists will work with your child to explore his or her own talents and build these important life skills:

CREATIVITY: Students will be encouraged to think innovatively and use their imagination.

COLLABORATION: Students will work together toward a common goal.

DISCIPLINE: Built through passion, determination, and practice, students will learn to focus and persevere.

EMPATHY: By exploring diverse roles, students expand their horizons and potential.

CONFIDENCE: Students, the leaders of tomorrow, will learn to be confident in their choices.


Meet The Instructors


Sarah Montoya is a professional actress from New Mexico who now calls Kansas City home! Sarah trained at The Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in NYC, The Actor Training Studio in Kansas City, and was 1 of 15 performers chosen to take part in Lindsay Mendez’s Broadway Intensive in NYC. She has appeared on stages all across the Kansas City area including Musical Theatre Heritage, Spinning Tree Theatre, and Theatre In The Park. When she’s not on stage herself, Sarah teaches voice & acting lessons to kids and adults in the KC area.



Timothy Michael Houston is an Actor/Director based in Kansas City. Kansas City credits include The Nance and Billy Elliot at Spinning Tree Theatre, Joseph and the Amazing... at New Theatre. NYC credits: Les contes d'hoffmann, Prince Igor, Andrea Chenier, and Aida (The Metropolitan Opera), Off-Broadway: Let my people come. National Tours: A Christmas Carol. Select Regional: Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Cabaret (Cliff), The Rocky Horror Show (Brad Majors), and Spamalot (Lancelot). On the other side of the table he recently Asst. Directed Caroline or Change at Spinning Tree Theatre.



Keith Wiedenkeller (Managing Director / Director of Arts + Culture) brings a unique blend of Arts, business, and non-profit leadership experience to the role of Director of Arts + Culture at The J. A lifelong patron of the Arts, accomplished performer, and technical theatre expert, Keith marries 29+ years of operations management and business leadership at AMC Theatres with a deep knowledge of the performing arts -- onstage, backstage, and front of house. He has performed onstage, consulted, and created productions internationally (with AMC Theatres), locally (with Heartland Men’s Chorus, Kansas City Women’s Chorus, and Kansas City Civic Opera), and at the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts, where he taught and served as Technical Director during its formative years.
Wiedenkeller is an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati and University of Kansas Theatre Programs, is himself a “Friend of Arts + Culture” at the “Designer” level here at the J, and has served in leadership roles on numerous non-profit boards, including two Kansas City-based non-profits which he helped found. He credits all of his success to the love and support of his spouse, partner, and chief advisor of 35 years, Anne.


Questions? Please contact Keith Wiedenkeller via email or at (913) 327-8073.

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