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The 2017 - 2018 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 West 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. 4:15 - 5:15 pm, Instructor: Tori Mooney

Spring:
 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11 (Share Day), 6/18

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 Pre-Requisite: Students must be currently enrolled or have completed Kindergarten to register this class. 
Class Pre-Requisite: 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: $120. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee.  Discount: We do offer a 10% sibling discount.

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

Mon. 5:45 -6:45 pm, Instructor: Tori Mooney

Spring: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11 (Share Day), 6/18

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!  
Pre-Requisite: Students must have taken CREATIVE KIDS for a full year to register for this class.

Note: It is strongly encouraged that you take this course for a full year before moving to our class either: ACTING AND PUPPETRY or FILM, TV and COMMERCIALS. 

Fee: $120. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee.  Discount: We do offer a 10% sibling discount.

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TUESDAYS:
Creative Kids (Grades K -2)

Tue. 4:15 - 5:15pm, Instructor: Emily Santarsiero

Spring: 4/3, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, (Share Day) 6/5

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 Pre-Requisite: Students must be currently enrolled or have completed Kindergarten to register this class. 
Class Pre-Requisite: 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: $120. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee.  Discount: We do offer a 10% sibling discount.



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WEDNESDAYS:
Film, TV, and Commercials (Grades 2-5)

Wed. 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Instructor: Emily Santarsiero

Spring: 4/4, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, (Share Day) 6/6

Class Description: LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Students will participate in games, exercises, and scenes to allow them to gain comfort and technique in portraying a character both on and off camera. Topics will include basic scene work, storytelling, and movement with a focus on bringing their performance to a media standpoint. Students will be filmed throughout the class. Media exercises will include: news anchor, weather reports, news releases, public announcements, commercial monologues, commercial scenes, film auditions/sides, television roles, etc.  Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see student’s final presentations.
Pre-Requisite: It is strongly encouraged that students take either CREATIVE KIDS or PUTTIN ON A SHOW for a full year before registering for this class. Please contact us if you have questions.

Fee: $120. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee.  Discount: We do offer a 10% sibling discount.

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WEDNESDAYS:
Improvisation (Grades 3-5)

Wed. 5:15 - 6:15 pm, Instructor: Emily Santarsiero

Spring: 4/4, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, (Share Day) 6/6

Class Description: Students will participate in games, exercises, and scenes to allow them to increase their comfort and technique in portraying a character onstage. Topics will include basic scene work, storytelling, puppetry, and movement. The focus of this class is improvisation (other theater techniques will also be included within this class). 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 poems, monologues, or scenes.
Pre-Requisite: It is strongly encouraged that students take PUTTIN ON A SHOW for a full year to register for this class. Please contact us if you have questions.

Fee: $120. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee.  Discount: We do offer a 10% sibling discount.

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

Thurs. 4:00 - 5:15 pm, Instructor: Emily Santarsiero

Spring: 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 (Share Day)

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. 

*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: $500. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee. 
Note: This class is a YEAR LONG class. Please see dates above.
Discount: We do offer a 10% sibling discount.

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