Woodstock Elementary Productions
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!
FALL 2019 (1st - 5th gr)
Show times: 1st to 3rd graders December 18 at 6pm; 4th/5th December 19 at 6pm
"A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!"
2nd -5th grade
Thursdays - cafeteria
January 9 - June 4
2:30 - 5pm
school show: TBD
(limited to 45 students)
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 will be asked to work hard to memorize lines, songs, and dances for the performance (sometimes outside of class as homework). For younger kids this will require more parent help at home. You know your child best. We believe theater is a discipline to be respected and practiced. This is not simply an after school child care class.
Your child must be available for the show days in order to enroll. Right now our show day is TBD- please reserve Thursdays May 28 and June 4 as possibilities as well as the Fridays after those dates.
We offer refunds minus a $25 administrative fee up to the first day of class. After that we can offer a pro-rated refund amount of $20 per class taken and the $25 fee.. NO refunds after our show is cast which is only about two or three weeks after we begin.
$75 scholarships are available through the Woodstock PTA and we match them! If you plan to apply for a scholarship for Fall, please use the code woodstockscholarship at check out. If it turns out you do not qualify for a scholarship via the PTA during the fall term you will have a balance due. Please contact us as we may be able to offer our $75 scholarship based on need even if there are no more PTA scholarships available.
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 check out on our handy-dandy app before leaving with your child.
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!
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 kids who have been in the program a while and have proven their abilities to memorize lines, learn songs, etc, and the ensemble/chorus roles will go to the younger or newer 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. Each class dynamic is different. Some kids are eager for a large role and some kids would like to be a supporting member no matter their age. 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 they treat other kids, how willing they are to jump in, and whether they want to sing something in a small group or stay quiet. We understand that some kids shine on stage who typically are shy and reserved in a large group. We also know some kids can not sit still for two hours straight but have a strong interest in performance and also deserve to shine. All kids deserve a “win” and we will not only base our casting decisions on how well your child sits still. We are not interested in casting stars, but in developing a strong cast as a whole. 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 at home.
Costumes: Costumes are covered in the cost of tuition. There may be a small item or type of shoe 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.