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Wonka families looking to keep their kids busy on Tuesdays after our show? We will have a Theatre Fun class that runs April 24 – June 5 from 3 – 5pm (the walking group will still take place). There isn’t a performance at the end, but parents will be invited in to watch us play our favorite games and activities. Please click here to register.
NEXT YEAR’S SHOW STILL TBD!
When kids train to put on a show they are learning life skills:
Empathy, Team work, Patience, Listening, Focus, Hard Work, Awareness, Confidence, Discipline, Personal Responsibility, Body Control, Problem Solving…the list goes on!
Who: Our community program is open to ALL 2nd to 5th graders in the Portland area.
What: A 60 minute production explored, rehearsed and then performed. Kids will learn what it takes to put on a professional show through fun theater and vocal games as well as by being cast in the show. No formal auditions are held ahead of the start date. Any kid who joins the club joins the cast! (please see additional info on casting and production below OR read our FAQs page)
When: Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:30pm; September 4, 2018 – May 21, 2019
(NO class 1st week of school, last 2 weeks of school +11/20,12/18 and 25, 1/1, 1/22, 3/26)
Where: Rehearsals held at 2800 SE Harrison St: St. David of Wales Parish Hall with tentative performances on May 10 and 11, 2019. Your child must be available for the performance weekend.
Paid in Full: $600 total
We are not able to offer full scholarships for our programs. A limited number of partial scholarships are available- first come, first served. Please email Caroline. email@example.com
15% sibling discount available
We can accept students up to October 10 at a pro-rated rate (-$16 per missed class). Any kids entering class after our Tuesday October 3rd class will only be considered for chorus roles.
There are no refunds after October 16th
Refunds before October 16th will be prorated at $16 per class and minus a $50 admin fee
Abernethy Walking Group: The walking group from Abernethy Elementary will only be possible next year with the help of volunteer parents. Please help! If you volunteer for at least 3 walking days you get the fee waived. You can also get $10 off class for each additional walk. If you want to be a permanent parent walker you can save $335 off the total cost of class. We will have a large group of walkers so we need at least 2 parents per day. If you can’t volunteer the fee is $45 for your child to participate in the walk for the entire year (this fee covers my staff member + the additional half hour of care before class starts which comes out to $1.45 per day. A pretty terrific deal!). While our staff member and volunteer parents will always make your child’s safety their #1 priority during the walk, Portland Drama Club and volunteer parents will not be held responsible should an accident happen. If your child can not handle him or herself in a responsible and safe manner your child will be removed from the walking group. Please be sure to dress your child appropriately on days when rain is in the forecast (a change of shoes is helpful) and pack a snack! Thank you! We can’t wait for next year.
Absences: Since the after school program only meets once a week (and sometimes longer stretches than that) 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 your child will miss a certain class because of an out of town absence in advance please let us know as it will help us plan. Obviously 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.
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’ examples and they tend to accept and like this arrangement. 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. While we will encourage each child to step out of his comfort zone, 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. 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.
Tickets: Our production is a registered show we’ve rented from Music Theatre International. As such they charge us for the use of their property as well as for each show performed. We will not charge for tickets to our shows but will ask for a donation to help us cover costs as well as scholarships for future productions.