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. That pays for things we see onstage 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.