2018/2019 6TH-8TH GRADE COMMUNITY PROGRAM

 A NEW VERSION based on the currently running Broadway musical with fantastic, vibrant characters, beautiful new music and classics from the movie.

A NEW VERSION based on the currently running Broadway musical with fantastic, vibrant characters, beautiful new music and classics from the movie.

NO CLASS NOVEMBER 19 (please check email)

Currently enrolled students can access class information, cast lists, scene work help and show music at the link above.


when kids train to put on a show, they are learning life skills:

Empathy, Teamwork, 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 6th - 8th graders in the Portland area. Taught by: Caroline Schwiebert and Lydia Ellis-Curry

What:  A full year musical theater program and acting technique class. 1st semester culminates in a Scene Night and 2nd semester culminates in a 60-minute version of Broadway's and Disney's Aladdin. Kids will learn the importance of person-to-person communication in our scene study. They will also learn what it takes to put on a professional show through fun theater, improv and vocal games, as well as being cast in the show. No formal auditions are held ahead of the start date. Any kid who joins the club, joins the cast!

When: Mondays, 4pm-6pm; September 10, 2018 - May 20, 2019

  • NO CLASS:1st 2 weeks of school and last 2 weeks of school, October 29 (TBD- might still have rehearsal!), November 12, 19, December 17, 24, 31 January 21, February 18, March 25 We might have a pick up/dance rehearsal on No School Monday April 8 - TBD

  • Performance Dates: Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18 **Your child MUST be available for the performance weekend in order to take the class.

Where: St. David of Wales Parish Hall, 2800 SE Harrison Street, Portland 97214

Cost: $600 for the full-year program

  • We are not able to offer full scholarships for our programs. Payment plans are available to help pay for class- please email Caroline if you can't find a payment plan that works on our registration page (caroline@portlanddramaclub.org). A limited number of partial scholarships are available on a first-come-first-served basis once we reach a certain # of registered students. Please contact us for details.

  • A 15% sibling discount is available (full price for first child and 15% off additional children) - contact us for a personal discount code.

  • Any students entering class after our Monday, October 1 class will be given a chorus role in our musical and will be given a monologue for our scene night (but can join at a prorated rate of $16/class) up to October 15.

  • REFUNDS: We do not offer refunds after the show is cast (approx October 15). We can offer a refund up to casting time minus a $50 materials fee + $16 per class prorated.

additional info

Our first semester will be a combination of show rehearsal and scene study. Students will be grouped or paired up and work on scenes from plays or films. While the elementary approach is more about teamwork and body movement, the older student will look deeper and focus on interpersonal communication. We will study variations of the Stanislavski method of acting, which focuses on creating real life moments and connections. While we will announce our cast in the fall and begin work on our show, the 1st semester will focus on acting technique and culminate in a no-frills showcase of the scenes they rehearsed in class. Our second semester will be fast-paced and all about our musical. Lots of outside rehearsal is required. Kids will be expected to memorize songs and lines at home, bringing prepared work to each class. They will be expected to keep a drama journal as part of class and be on our email list so they receive all communication that parents receive.

Please check out our FAQs page for information on Absences, Casting, Costumes, Tickets, and more!