Woodstock Elementary

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!

We are thrilled to be able to work with so many kids at Woodstock Elementary School offering multiple theater and production classes year round! Partial scholarships are available via the Woodstock PTA and we match them!

REGISTRATION FOR OUR FALL 2019 PROGRAMS OPEN IN APRIL. STAY TUNED FOR OUR SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! (would you like to be added to our mailing list so you don’t miss out? email Caroline: caroline@portlanddramaclub.org)



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kindergarten - 1st grade theater fun class

Mondays, 2:45-3:45pm
January 7 - May 20
$175 (17 classes)

this class is Full for spring 2019

The perfect class to introduce your child to the world of theater! Whether your children are brand new or continuing from our previous sessions, the kids will learn basic theater concepts which help to enhance confidence, coordination, listening skills, speech development, and team building. The kids will have fun through theater games and activities, as well as learn a piece from either a play, a book, or a musical theater song to perform for parents at the end of the session.

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Woodstock Musical Production

2nd - 5th grade

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Play, practice, and perform in an EPIC 60-minute musical based on Disney’s Mulan - complete with costumes and sets! Students will not only learn what it takes to put on a professional show, but will boost their confidence and learn the importance of being a team player in a theater setting through fun games, exercises, and techniques the pros use. No formal audition necessary, but we will test kids in class through group and solo singing. With the addition of kung fu and tai chi this is sure to be an experience!

"The Huns have invaded, and it is up to Mulan and her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor! Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. As the great battle with the Huns approaches, Mulan must choose between revealing her true identity as a girl or saving all of China with her clever plan."

PARENTS please note: Woodstock's production classes are a huge commitment! Please be aware the purpose of this class is putting on a show for which we can be proud. All kids 2nd - 5th grade will be asked to work hard to memorize lines, songs, and dances for the performance (sometimes outside of class as homework). We believe theater is a discipline to be respected and practiced. This is not simply an after school child care class.



Getting to class: The office will be provided with the class roster. Your child's teacher will bring him or her to the gym after school at 2:30pm where we will pick them up and bring them to the cafeteria to start class. Pick up will also be in the cafeteria and you must sign them out before they leave.

Snack: Please pack an extra snack in your child's lunch/backpack. We will have a short break after school so the kids can have a snack, go to the bathroom, and ready themselves for fun. It's a long way to 5pm! Thank you!

Refunds: For musical production classes: If for some reason our class can not take place due to PPS scheduling issues you will be refunded the full amount paid. Otherwise, there are NO REFUNDS after the shows are cast (usually 3 weeks in to the semester). We will refund minus a $50 fee up to the first day of class and minus a $50 fee plus prorated classes taken (@ $20/class) up to casting day. For K-1 classes: We will refund minus a $10 fee up to the first day of class, any cancellations after the first day of class will be refunded at a prorated rate of $10/class taken.

Class time: Class starts with a fun theater game warm up to get everyone energized and working as a team. Production classes: We teach a little vocal technique to get our voices going and move right into learning the show. Music the first few weeks, then dances, then scenes, and VOILA we have a show! We move fast! With the limited time we have to learn all of the songs and scenes, your child's presence in class is important. Of course, there may be times when he or she is not as busy as other kids who may be learning a dance or blocking their scenes. We do our best to keep everyone busy, but in the end, your child might come home one or two days and tell you they didn't do much this week - fear not! We work hard to make the experience as balanced as possible. You and your child will be proud at show time! Hard work - and waiting for their turn - pays off! Please see our FAQs page as well.

Absences: Since the after-school program only meets once a week, 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 onstage. If your child misses a great number of rehearsals, we reserve the right to recast their role. If you know in advance your child will miss a certain class because of an out-of-town absence, please let us know as it will help us plan. Of course, 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. We take theater seriously.

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' example. Of course, sometimes there are 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. 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. We start immediately on Day One doing assessments to see how kids interact, how willing they are to jump in, and whether they want to sing something in a small group or stay quiet. With such a short class time, we move quickly to cast the show and get to practicing our parts within the first 3 weeks! 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 casting 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 show 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 the show. We know you are busy parents and will keep this process as easy as possible.

Volunteers: Don't worry - we won't ask for much - but it helps when we have a few available parents closer to show time to help kids with costumes, props, tickets, etc. It's fun! And a little crazy.