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Students learn the vocabulary, skills, and joy of performing in a nurturing community. Our professional faculty is committed to awakening each student's artistry with care and empathy, providing hands on intensive workshops in acting, musical theatre, improvisation, and more!  

 

The 2018 - 2019 schedules for all sessions are posted below. In cases of inclement weather, Playhouse on Park educational programs follow the West Hartford Public School schedule. If Hartford schools close early or are closed for the day, Playhouse on Park classes will not run, and the missed class will be rescheduled.

We will do our best to email every student who would be affected by a cancelation. If we decide that for the safety of our students and staff we need to reschedule a class even though West Hartford Schools are open, we will notify all students via email.

Instructors subject to change.

MONDAYS:
Creative Kids (Grades K -2)

Mon. 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Instructor: Tori Mooney

Fall: 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26
Winter: 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25 (make up date: 4/1)
Spring: 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17 (make up date: 6/24)

Class Description: Welcome to the basics of theatre! Children will be introduced to theatre through creative play. Exercises and games will focus on acting, storytelling, puppetry, music, and movement. A story will often be incorporated. In fact, most of the time the kiddos become the playwrights themselves! By the end of the class, students will be able to use their bodies and voices to start to create characters. While the emphasis of the class will focus on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present a short script/ share day. Each session will have a theme. Themes will be announced during the first day of class! This class will cover: characters, emotions, tableau, props, setting, stage directions, pantomime, musicals, and themes.
Possible Themes: Superhero’s, Under the Sea, Rockstars, Dr. Seuss, etc. 
Student Prerequisite: Students must be currently enrolled or have completed Kindergarten to register this class. 
Class Prerequisite: None!
Note: It is strongly encouraged that you take this course for a full year before moving to the next class: PUTTIN ON A SHOW.

Fee: $135. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee.  Discount:Register and pay for all 3 sessions now and save 10%. We do offer a 10%
sibling discount.


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MONDAYS:
Puttin On A Show (Grades 1-3)

Mon. 5:30 -6:30 pm, Instructor: Tori Mooney

Fall: 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26
Winter: 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25 (make up date: 4/1)
Spring: 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17 (make up date: 6/24)

Class Description:This class is geared more towards the process of putting together a script and a performance utilizing the fundamentals that our students have previously gained from the CREATIVE KIDS class. Children will continue to study theatre through creative play. Exercises and games will focus on acting, storytelling, puppetry, music, and movement. A story will often be included. By the end of the class, students should be using their bodies and voices to create characters. Each session will have a theme. Themes will be announced during the first day of class!
Possible Themes: To Be Announced! Shhh! It’s a secret!  
Prerequisite: Students must have taken CREATIVE KIDS for a full year to register for this class.

Fee: $135. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. 
Discount:
Register and pay for all 3 sessions now and save 10%. We do offer a 10%
sibling discount.



Registration Form

Core Program
WEDNESDAYS:
Young Actors (Grades 3-5)

Wed. 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Instructor: Emily Santarsiero

Fall: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28
Winter: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13 (make up date: 3/20)
Spring: 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/12 (make up date: 6/19)

Class Description: Young Actors will allow upper elementary students their own space to explore acting in Improvisation, Scenes, and New Plays. Starting with ensemble building activities, students will work to improve their performance technique as a group, in partners and individually. Classic Improvisation games will have these students having fun on stage and saying "Yes, And!" , while script work will allow them to make strong choices as characters within a story.

Prerequisite: It is strongly encouraged that students take PUTTIN ON A SHOW for a full year to register for this class.

Fee: $135. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee.  Discount: Register and pay for all 3 sessions now and save 10%. We do offer a 10% sibling discount.

Registration Form

Core Program
THURSDAYS:
Actor Performance Training Program (Grades 6-8)

Thurs. 4:00 - 5:30pm, Instructor: Emily Santarsiero

Unit 1 (Fall): 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29
Unit 2 (Winter): 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14 (make up date: 3/21)
Unit 3 (Spring): 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13 (make up date: 6/20)

Class Description: This class is for middle school students who are interested in improving their acting and performance technique. This class will be broken into three units to allow for in-depth study of various acting topics. Students will first study improvisation and ensemble building, then will move on to an in-depth study of creating a character using techniques for voice and body. For the final unit, students will be asked to incorporate what they have learned throughout the year into a devised theatre piece. The program will conclude with a showcase where they perform their original ensemble-generated performance.

Prerequisite: This class is for fifth graders who have already taken a Playhouse on Park acting class and have permission from the instructor, plus all sixth through eighth grade students.

Fee: $600. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. 
Note: This class is a YEAR LONG class. This can be paid in 2 installments: 1st installment upon registration, 2nd installment by January 31st.
Discount: We do offer a 10% sibling discount.

Registration Form

SATURDAYS: *new*
Creative Kids (Grades K -2)

Sat. 10:00 am - 11:00am, Instructor: Erin Lafferty

Fall: 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/30
Winter: 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9 (make up date: 3/16)
Spring:  4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15 (make up date: 6/22)

Class Description: Welcome to the basics of theatre! Children will be introduced to theatre through creative play. Exercises and games will focus on acting, storytelling, puppetry, music, and movement. A story will often be incorporated. In fact, most of the time the kiddos become the playwrights themselves! By the end of the class, students will be able to use their bodies and voices to start to create characters. While the emphasis of the class will focus on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present a short script/ share day. Each session will have a theme. Themes will be announced during the first day of class! This class will cover: characters, emotions, tableau, props, setting, stage directions, pantomime, musicals, and themes.
Possible Themes: Superhero’s, Under the Sea, Rockstars, Dr. Seuss, etc. 
Student Prerequisite: Students must be currently enrolled or have completed Kindergarten to register this class. 
Class Prerequisite: None!
Note: It is strongly encouraged that you take this course for a full year before moving to the next class: PUTTIN ON A SHOW.

Fee: $135. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. 
Discount:
Register and pay for all 3 sessions now and save 10%. We do offer a 10% sibling discount.


Registration Form


2018-19 Young Actor Workshop

MUSICAL THEATRE (Grades 3 - 8)

Wednesdays 5:30pm - 7pm
Instructor: Chris Coffey

Fall only: 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21

Class Description: A team director/choreographer, music director) will teach this special 5 week class for students who love to act, sing, and dance! This can be taken on its own or combined with one of our core classes. The emphasis of the 5 week Wednesday program is on developing strong performance skills. As part of that goal, each student will be featured in a final performance as a singer, actor, and dancer. Join us for a full group number from a well-known Broadway musical including solo pop-outs, scene work from the show, and choreography!

Prerequisite: It is strongly encouraged that students have prior acting experience, or are currently enrolled in our YOUNG ACTORS class or the ACTOR PERFORMANCE TRAINING PROGRAM

Fee: $120

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2018-19 Young Actor Workshop

COMEDY/IMPROV (Grades 3-8)

Wednesdays. 5:30 - 6:30pm
Instructor: TBA

Winter only: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 (make up date: 3/6)

Class Description: A team (director/clowning instructor) will teach this special 5 week class for students who love to improv, tell jokes, and act out comedic characters! Students will participate in Improvisation exercises, and build their skills to create their own characters and scenes. Students will often be given vague scenarios to complete utilizing only their creative skills and knowledge of improvisation. Students will learn how to be able to say "YES" in any improvisational situation. Family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present their hilarious creations!

Prerequisite: It is strongly encouraged that students have prior acting experience, or are currently enrolled in our YOUNG ACTORS class or the ACTOR PERFORMANCE TRAINING PROGRAM.

Fee: $120

Registration Form