Fees & Scholarships

Why does Young Footliters charge participation fees?

Have you ever wondered what it costs to put on a play? As theatre companies go, we’re pretty frugal. Even so, most of our shows cost $10,000-$15,000 to produce. Where does all that money go? It pays for things we see on stage like costumes, sets, props, and paint. It also pays for things you might not think about: advertising, copies of scripts, rental of the performance and rehearsal facilities. And most importantly, it pays for the teaching artists who make our shows possible: directors, designers, choreographers, musicians. It also pays the playwrights and copyright-holders of the play. 

To cover all those costs, Young Footliters relies on many sources: donations, sponsorships, ticket sales, and participation fees. Your participation fee is a crucial part of making all this theatre possible! For most of our productions, participation fees are for actors only (other backstage volunteers and parent volunteers do not usually pay a fee.) Fees may vary depending on the type of production you are involved in, as some productions are much more expensive to produce.

Our Scholarships — ensuring every child can participate.

We believe that every child should have access to Young Footliters programming, regardless of a family's ability to pay. We offer scholarships for families in need, including full-ride scholarships for all of our programs. We understand that participation fees may make it difficult for your child to be involved in a show. Please let us help. You can receive a scholarship form by e-mailing Young Footliters or by calling 319.248.9371


Questions or concerns? We’d be happy to talk with you. You can e-mail Young Footliters or call 319.248.9371.