If your school is interested in bringing Portland Drama Club in you’ve come to the right place! We hope to provide you with all the info you need to bring this idea to your principal, PTA or whoever else may need to make these decisions at your school.
If we do not answer all of your questions on this site, please don’t hesitate to contact our Founder/Artistic Director Caroline Schwiebert. She’d be happy to converse via email, phone or come in person to speak about the program. caroline@portlanddramaclub.com / 503-732-0085

PLAY PRODUCTION CLASSES
Here are just some of the benefits of having a Play Production at your school

*boosts self confidence
*teaches public speaking skills
*teaches acceptance of people/characters/kids/beings different than you
*teaches kids to work as a team
*teaches patience, resilience, personal responsibility and accountability
*builds community between grades
*builds community with parents/families
*FUN

Putting on a full scale production costs money. We have found, though, that the value it brings to the school community and the children themselves far exceeds theater classes without a production at the end.
By jumping right into a show children learn by doing. We will incorporate theater games and exercises into each rehearsal. Students will learn breathing and vocal techniques, acting techniques, and dance/movement in a supportive environment that encourages hard work through practice and personal responsibility.

Portland Drama Club is a brand new non-profit so we are still working on funding through grants, etc. We are happy to work with your school to create a program that parents can afford. Whether some or all of it is supported by your PTA/PTO, whether we fundraise within the school to raise money for production costs or it is simply a tuition-based after school program you offer to your children we hope to find a way to make this accessible to as many kids as possible.

General Requirements for putting on a show
30 minute productions require at the very least 30 hours of rehearsal. That’s one day a week after school for 2 – 2.5 hours each day for approximately 15 weeks (semester program. recommended for younger kids).
60 minute productions require at least 60 hours of rehearsal. That’s one day a week after school for 2 – 2.5 hours each day for approximately 30 weeks (full year program. appropriate for elementary and middle school kids). We can increase the # of times we meet each week to decrease the # of weeks required to learn the show, but the hours should remain roughly the same. This can be customized to meet the needs/desires of your school/community.
Believe it or not we do not need a full stage. We need a large open space to rehearse in and can also build/create a stage if there isn’t one (within reason, of course). The show must go on! We can make your space work. Please don’t let location keep you from contacting us.

Ideally we would have enough time throughout the rehearsal process to play games and activities that strengthen the theater experience and gives the kids a break from only working on the show.

Please email us for a general budget or request a proposal for your school. (caroline@portlanddramaclub.com)

THEATRE FUN CLASSES
We also offer shorter theater fun after school classes where we simply play games and activities. These classes are tuition based and can be conducted in a classroom with some open floor space. We would not need the use of a gym/cafeteria/auditorium if such a space is not available. These classes are a great space for all kinds of kids: for shy kids to simply get a taste of theater and for little showbizzers to strut their stuff.
Young kids grades kindergarten – 2nd grade will meet for approximately an hour and play lots of silly games. It’s a place to play and speak up.
Kids 3rd – 5th grade can meet for 1 – 1.5 hours playing games with plenty of silliness, but with more depth and understanding of the purpose of the games. Kids will break off more often into smaller groups to create their own stories and may occasionally work on scenes.
Middle school kids can meet for 1.5 – 2 hours working through theater exercises and concentrating more on acting technique, creating their own stories and two person scenes. Kids are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones through improvisational games and opportunities for self-expression. Even with this age group, though, silliness ensues.

Please email for a sample curriculum. (caroline@portlanddramaclub.com)