Hi-Liners Musical Theatre in Burien, WA: Putting People Downstage Center Since 1966! Our productions, classes, workshops and camps are open to students ages 3 to 22. We are a non-profit youth theatre dedicated to providing professional direction to our young cast members to develop their talents with the backdrop of quality sets, costumes and a live orchestra, to give both the performers and the audience a genuine Broadway musical experience.

Spring 2019 Classes

In addition to developing theatre arts skills, HMT classes can help you develop your ability to speak up in school, increase the creativity going into your homework and improve your classroom presentations. It is documented that having the arts in our lives makes us better students in general!

Recital Dress Rehearsal: June 6

Recital Date: June 7


Classes for Middle and High School Students
Acting Fundamentals (Middle/High School*)
  • Feb 19-June 4
  • Tues, 6:00-7:30pm
  • $300
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*6th graders can be considered for this class.

(No class 3/19, 4/9)

This class is designed for students who want to become more serious about the craft of acting. Push yourself and enhance your skills. Build confidence, work projection and diction, learn to commit to your acting choices, and increase your chances at your next audition.


Core Theatre Classes
Footlights (Ages 4-6*)
  • Feb 19-June 4
  • Tues, 3:20-4:20pm
  • $210
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*Six year olds that are new to our programs should start with a Footlights class.

(No class 3/19, 4/9)

Children will practice active listening, following directions, and taking turns, BUT DON'T TELL THEM. They'll think we're just playing games, singing songs, and making up stories.


Footlights (Ages 4-6*)
  • Feb 19-June 4
  • Tues, 4:30-5:30pm
  • $210
  • Full

Contact us about our waiting list.

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*Six year olds that are new to our programs should start with a Footlights class.

(No class 3/19, 4/9)

Children will practice active listening, following directions, and taking turns, BUT DON'T TELL THEM. They'll think we're just playing games, singing songs, and making up stories.


Imagination Station (Ages 6*-8)
  • Feb 19-June 4
  • Tues, 4:30-5:30pm
  • $210
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*If your 6 year old is taking class with us for the first time, they should sign-up for Footlights before taking Imagination Station.

(No class 3/19, 4/9)

Foundation skills of observation, mimicry, maintaining focus, and cueing are practiced in theatre games, stories and songs. Kids will begin to learn how to collaborate in small groups to create original short plays.


Musical Theatre Playhouse (Ages 9-11)
  • Feb 20-June 5
  • Wed, 4:30-5:30pm
  • $210
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(No class 3/20, 4/10)

The Playhouse is a place to learn to make the physical and vocal choices necessary to create a character. Students will work on the fundamental theatrical skills of vocal projection, making character choices, creating stage pictures, and collaborating with other actors.


Group Voice (Ages 11 and Up)
  • Feb 20-June 5
  • Wed, 4:30-5:30pm
  • $210
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(No class 3/20, 4/10)

Proper breath control, projection and pitch, as well as harmonizing and reading music will all be touched on in this class. In addition, students will also learn how to pick a good audition piece, how to get their sheet music in the proper key, and how to work a song at home!


Improv 1/Improv 2 (Ages 10-16)
  • Feb 22-June 7
  • Fri, 4:30-6pm
  • $300
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Level placement will be determined during the first class.

(No class 3/22, 4/12)

Learn to think on your feet, be creative on demand and finally get the respect you deserve for being the class clown!


Saturday Dance Classes

The age ranges below are guidelines. Students will be placed after the first session in their most appropriate dance level.

Ballet Warm-up (Ages 9 and Up)
  • Feb 23-June 8
  • Sat, 11am-12pm
  • $65
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(No class 3/23, 4/13)

Ballet is an essential investment for all of our dancers. It is a HIGH priority for The Hi-Liners to add proper alignment and strong technique to your growth as a musical theatre performer, so we are offering it at a dramatically reduced cost.


Introduction to Dance - Tap/Jazz (Ages 7 and Up)
  • Feb 23-June 8
  • Sat, 11am-12pm
  • $210
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(No class 3/23, 4/13)

An opportunity for young dancers to learn the basics of musical theatre, Intro students will spend half the class on tap fundamentals and the other half on jazz dance.


Dance for Musical Theatre 1/2 (Ages 9 and Up)
  • Feb 23-June 8
  • Sat, 12:15-1:15pm
  • $210*
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*$355 combined with Tap Your Talent.

Level placement will be determined during the first class.

(No class 3/23, 4/13)

A Musical Theatre intensive focused on dance inspired by the choreography of Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett and Agnes DeMille.


Tap Your Talent 1/2 (Ages 9 and Up)
  • Feb 23-June 8
  • Sat, 1:30-2:30pm
  • $210*
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*$355 combined with Dance for Musical Theatre.

Level placement will be determined during the first class.

(No class 3/23, 4/13)

Musical Theatre tap class for beginners and those who want to enhance their skills.

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Meet Our Teachers

Learn about our talented and dedicated teaching staff on our Meet Our Teachers page.


The Gift of Theatre

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Classes Location

Sibling Discount

For siblings enrolled in the same program or in programs taking place concurrently, a 15% discount is available for the second (and each additional) family member. To receive the discount, use the promotion code SIBLING at checkout.


June Recital

In the Spring, all classes shift to a rehearsal focus to prepare for our June Recital. You can have a full production experience, complete with costumes, lighting, and a stage performance, but class is still only once a week!


Private Coaching

Unable to find the class to fit your schedule? Or, are you a home schooler looking for classes during school hours? We have private coaching available to meet your needs! Just contact us and we will work with you to make sure you get yourself DownStage Center!


Policies & Procedures

View The Hi-Liners Policies & Procedures (PDF) regarding auditions, casting, non-discrimination and tuition.


Minimum Enrollment

DownStage Center reserves the right to cancel classes if enrollment does not meet minimum requirements. You will receive a confirmation notification via email one week before the scheduled class start date.