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The 2016 - 2017 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.

Creative Kids (Grades K & 1)

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

Fall: September 26 - December 12 (No class 10/3, 10/10, 10/31. Snow day 12/19)
Winter:
January 9 - March 20. (No class 1/16, 2/20. Snow day 3/27)
Spring: April 3 - June 12. (No class 4/10, 5/29. Snow day 6/19)

Registration Form

Creative Kids Plus (Grades 1 & 2)

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

Fall: September 26 - December 12 (No class 10/3, 10/10, 10/31. Snow day 12/19)
Winter:
January 9 - March 20. (No class 1/16, 2/20. Snow day 3/27)
Spring:
April 3 - June 12. (No class 4/10, 5/29. Snow day 6/19)

Registration Form

Young Actors (Grades 3 & 4)

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

Fall: September 28 - December 7. (No class 10/12, 11/23. Snow day 12/14)
Winter:
January 11 - March 8. (Snow day March 15)
Spring:
March 29 - May 31. (No class 4/12. Snow day 6/7)

Registration Form

Young Actors Plus (Grades 4 & 5)

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

Fall: September 28 - December 7. (No class 10/12, 11/23. Snow day 12/14)
Winter:
January 11 - March 8. (Snow day March 15)
Spring:
March 29 - May 31. (No class 4/12. Snow day 6/7)

Registration Form

Actor Performance Training Program (Grades 5* - 8)

Tues. 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Instructor: Emily Santarsiero

October 4 - May 30. (No class 11/8, 12/13* - 1/3, 2/21, 3/21*, 4/11, 6/6*. *Snow days: 12/13, 3/21, 6/6)


Registration Form

Class Descriptions and Cost

Creative Kids (Grades K-1): Children will be introduced to theatre through creative play. Exercises and games will focus on acting, story telling, 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 start to create characters. 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 students present a short script. This class is for all kindergarteners and for first grade students who are new to the program.
Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Fee: $120. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee.

Creative Kids Plus (Grades 1-2): Children will continue to study theatre through creative play. Exercises and games will focus on acting, story telling, 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. 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 students present a short script. This class is for first grade students who have already participated in the program, and for all second grade students.
Mondays, 5:45 – 6:45 pm, Fee: $120. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee.

Young Actors (Grades 3-4): Students will participate in games, exercises, and scenes to allow them to gain comfort and technique in portraying a character onstage. Topics will include basic scene work, story telling, puppetry, and movement. 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 students present poems, monologues, or scenes. This class is for all third grade students and for fourth graders who are new to the program.
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Fee: $120. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee.

Young Actors Plus (Grades 4-5) 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, story telling, puppetry, and movement. 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 students present poems, monologues, or scenes. This class is for fourth grade students who have already participated in the program, and for all fifth grade students.
Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:15 pm, Fee: $120. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee.

Actor Performance Training Program (Grades 5*-8): 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 improv 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.
Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Fee: $600. 10% savings for payment in full. Two installment option also: $330 plus the registration fee with registration, $330 due January 15. There is a once a year additional $15 registration fee.