Spring Classes 2018

Mondays: Kindergarten – 1st graders who want their first taste of theatre! This 9 week class is one hour long and introduces kids to theatre games, vocal projection and feeling comfortable expressing themselves in a small, supportive group. In this session kids will also learn a song to perform for their parents at the end of the session. Class is limited to 12 students so sign up now!
January 8 – March 19 (please note we do not start until the 2nd Monday after break)
2:30 – 3:30 in room 7A
$100
Kids will be taken to the gym after school by their afternoon teachers. Our instructor McKinley will meet them and bring them to 7A where kids may have a small snack from home before beginning the afternoon activities. Parents must sign their child out before taking them home or kids will be taken to Vermont Hills.

Thursdays: Peter Pan Jr Spring Musical. This class is open to 1st – 5th graders who want to work hard and perform in a musical. This class is an intense rehearsal setting with activities, exercises, technique, games, dancing, singing and acting. Some practice at home to learn songs and lines is required. We believe theatre is a discipline like learning any musical instrument, sport or martial art and expect that level of commitment in order to perform this one hour busy, full, happy musical in just one semester! Kids will find out that hard work ends up being a lot of fun!
January 4 – May 31
2:30 – 5pm in the cafeteria
$395*

We will close the class at 45 students. There are tons of roles for boys and girls: fairies, pirates, mermaids, natives, lost boys and so many more! If you scroll even further down on this page (past our Willy Wonka info) you can read more about our musical theatre production class. Or click FAQs above.

*$75 scholarships may be available via Mr. Kosmas and the PTA at school. if you qualify through the school we will match it making it a $150 total scholarship

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Woodstock Elementary School presents Willy Wonka Kids!

SHOW TIME!

MONDAY CAST: Monday December 11 at 6pm (doors open at 5:45pm)*
THURSDAY CAST: Friday December 15 at 7pm (doors open at 6:45pm)**

We will not sell tickets to our show, but ask for donations at the door. All donations help us offer scholarships for our future musicals.

Our show runs about 30 – 35 minutes (please expect an additional 15 minutes after the show to change out of their costumes***) .

*Monday cast kids will stay with us from the time school lets out through the show. Students will be required to complete any homework in the afternoon during our snack break before we begin our tech rehearsal. We will have an early dinner at 4:30pm which will act as our cast party and get into costumes around 5pm. The doors will not open to non-volunteers or audience members until 5:45pm as we will use the space for costume and make up prep as well as a warm up.

**Thursday cast kids will arrive at 5:30pm having already eaten dinner. We will run through a few musical numbers and get into costumes and make up. The doors will not open to non-volunteers or audience members until 6:45pm as we will use the space for costume and make up prep as well as a warm up. We may have a short cast party after the show at 7:30- if you are a parent who is interested in running this please let Caroline know!

***Volunteer parents will be needed for show time prep! A signup.com form will go home in November!
PERK: Volunteer parents who come to help will get to choose/reserve their seats ahead of time.
Volunteer duties include: helping with dinner (Monday), setting up chairs, helping get on costumes and repair anything quickly if needed, make up and hair (there is no wild make up or hair for this show so don’t panic!), manning the ticket donation table and handing out programs as well as helping to maintain order (the kids get squirrely as it gets closer to show time. they will not be able to run amok, try as they may), put away chairs after show time, help organize costumes and any general clean up of the cafeteria. We will need anyone who can come to help starting at 4pm on Monday Dec 11 and 5:30pm on Friday Dec 15)

I am considering a concessions table where we will sell candy, gifts for castmembers and other items as a fundraiser. If this happens we will need parents to run this as well. It will be in the hallway by the cafeteria doors from 5:30 – 5:55pm on Monday and 6:30 – 6:55 on Friday.

 

ABOUT OUR CLASS:

“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination!”

Explore, rehearse and perform in a 30-minute version of Willy Wonka complete with costumes and sets! Students will not only learn what it takes to put on a professional show, but will boost their confidence and learn the importance of being a team player in a theater setting through fun games, exercises and techniques the pros use. No audition necessary. Please be aware the purpose of this class is putting on a show. All kids 1st – 5th grade will be asked to work hard to memorize lines, songs and dances for the performance. While not mandatory, we do recommend that 1st graders who have never taken a theater class or performed in a show before take the Theatre Fun course first.

MONDAYS: 2:30 – 5pm in the “cafetorium”
September 11, 2017 – December 11, 2017 (show at 6pm)
grades 1 – 3

THURSDAYS: 2:30 -5pm in the library and “cafetorium”
September 7, 2017 – December 14, 2017 (w/our show on Dec 15 at 7pm)
grade 4 and 5

TOTAL: $325 (includes costumes, sets, props and script)

We can not offer refunds if you choose to take your child out of the class after casting is complete: after October 2nd. After September 1st, we refund minus a $50 admin fee, once class has started we will also deduct classes taken at $16 per class)
Though very rare, we reserve the right to remove a child if they are affecting the quality of class for the rest of the cast. In this case, a refund can be issued but will be handled on an individual basis. 

A limited # of partial scholarships may be available thanks to our wonderful PTA! Please email Mr. Kosmas pkosmas@pps.net

15% sibling discount (full price for the first child and 15% off any additional children) You’ll need a personal discount code at check out for the sibling discount or scholarship. please email Caroline: caroline@portlanddramaclub.org

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (please read carefully to choose the correct class)

Additional Info:

Getting to class: I will provide the office with my roster of kids. Your child’s teacher will bring him or her to the gym after school at 2:15 where I will pick them up and bring them to the cafeteria to start class. At Check Out here on the site, please include your child’s name, grade and (pm) teacher in the notes section (if early registration, we realize you may not have this info yet). Thanks!
Also see additional info below to read about how class works or check out our FAQs page.
Pick up will always be in the cafeteria – you must sign your child out before they leave.

Snack: Please pack an extra snack in your child’s lunch/backpack on Mondays. We will have a short break after school so the kids can have a snack, go to the bathroom and ready themselves for fun. It’s a long way to 5pm! Thank you!

Class Time: Class starts with a fun theatre game warm up to get everyone energized and working as a team. We teach a little vocal technique to get our voices going and move right into learning the show. Music the first few weeks, then dances, then scenes and VOILA we have a show! We move fast! With the limited time we have to learn all of the songs and scenes your child’s presence in class is important. Of course, there may be times when he or she is not as busy as other kids who may be learning a dance or blocking their scenes. We do our best to keep everyone busy, but in the end your child might come home one or two days and tell you they didn’t do much this week – fear not! We work hard to make the experience as balanced as possible. You and your child will be proud at show time! Hard work- and waiting for their turn- pays off! Please see our FAQs page as well.

Emergency/Media Forms: I have two forms that must be filled out and turned in to me. You can print them, fill out, scan and email or bring to me on the first day of class. You will receive an email with a link to these forms.

Absences: Since the after school program only meets once a week attendance is very important. Putting on a show is a lot of work for kids and staff and absences create problems when planning what scenes and musical numbers to rehearse. Please remember the end result is a show your kids can be proud of and confident with on stage. If your child misses a great number of rehearsals we reserve the right to recast their role. If you know in advance your child will miss a certain class because of an out of town absence please let us know as it will help us plan. Of course, kids get sick and no one can plan for that, but please do try to plan appointments and play dates for other days of the week. We take theater seriously.

Casting: Typically the larger roles will go to the older kids and the ensemble/chorus roles will go to the younger kids. Younger kids will learn by the older kids’ example.  Of course there are sometimes exceptions. Sometimes it depends on the show we do or the individual kids we have attending class. Some kids are eager for a large role and some kids would like to be a supporting member no matter their age. I prefer to cast a child who is responsible, considerate and mature (for their age) in a demanding role as opposed to the kid with the best jazz hands. We want all kids set up for success. We want them to feel comfortable and finish the show feeling proud and having had a fun time. We start immediately on day one doing assessments to see how kids interact, how willing they are to jump in and whether they want to sing something in a small group or stay quiet. With such a short class time we do move quickly to cast the show and get to practicing our parts within the first 3 weeks! Since we have been at this for quite some time both as teachers and directors but also as actors ourselves, we ask that you respect our final decision. Your child will have a better time with your full support.

Costumes: Costumes are covered in the cost of tuition. There may be a small item or type of shoe requested, however. If it is a financial burden for you please let us know. You will be notified if there is anything you need to provide for your child so there is time to get it before show time. We know you are busy parents and will keep this as easy of a process as possible.

Volunteers: Don’t worry we won’t ask for much, but it helps when we have a few available parents closer to show time to help kids with costumes, props, tickets, etc. Or maybe there is a capable older sibling who wants to help out? We’ll take em! It’s fun! and a little crazy!

Musical Theatre Production SAMPLE SCHEDULE

September

11: FIRST DAY getting-to-know-you games; song rehearsal

18: learning stage directions, song rehearsal and games

25: Announce Casting + song rehearsal with new roles

October

2: song rehearsal

9: dance/solo/scene work

16: dance/solo/scene work

23: dance/solo/scene work

30: blocking

November

6: blocking

13: blocking

20: blocking

27: run through / song and dance review

December

12/4: Dress rehearsal

12/11: SHOW TIME

 

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