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Summer Arts Stages is a non-profit organization that champions the enrichment of local communities by introducing children to the world of musical theatre.

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Empowering Young Minds Through the Magic of Theatre

Stages Children's Theatre in Grand Forks
Summer Arts Stages provides a variety of theatrical experiences to enrich the performance quality of all youth performers involved! We strive to work on performance techniques in the areas of singing, dancing and acting using the vehicle of a musical production that is performed at the end of the week! We supply a well-trained and talented group of young adult directors who instruct students of each community. We also make sure that everyone is learning and everyone is having fun! We believe in the value of the performing arts to enrich the lives of our youth.

Misti Koop

Program Director and Stages President

Misti Koop, believes in the power of theatre education and the value of participation in the performing arts. She holds a Music Education degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and Master's degree in Acting from the University of North Dakota. She is a 7-year alumni performer of The Medora Musical. Misti has frequently performed at Frost Fire Summer Theatre and is now their new Theatre Manager. She has also performed with Fort Totten Little Theater, and Greater Grand Forks companies: Fire Hall Community Theatre, Summer Performing Arts Company and the Empire Theatre Company. After lots of performing time in and out of NYC, Tennessee and aboard the Norwegian Epic, she's glad to be back home, investing in our arts here. When she's not performing, Misti teaches music and drama of all levels; currently in Minto, ND. She is also a private acting coach. Misti enjoys playing many instruments and playing fetch with her awesome dog, Milo! She strongly encourages you to be a part of Stages!

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