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!

 

Check out this awesome compilation video of rehearsals and show time for our students this spring 2019 in Mulan Jr!


FALL 2019 (1st - 5th gr)

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“Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!” - MTI

1st - 3rd grade
$345

Wednesdays - cafeteria
August 28 - December 18
2:30 - 5pm
show: December 18 (?), 6pm
school show: December 20(?)
(these are tentative dates
based on how things have worked in previous years, but our show may be moved to the week BEFORE depending on school activities and concerts )

4th - 5th grade
$345

Thursdays - cafeteria
August 29 - December 19
2:30 - 5pm
show: December 19 (?), 6pm
school show: December 20(?)
(these are tentative dates
based on how things have worked in previous years, but our show may be moved to the week BEFORE depending on school activities and concerts )

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 1st - 5th grade 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- 1st graders who are unsure might be better off joining our Theatre Fun class first before joining our big shows. 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. Please look at your calendar carefully. 1st to 3rd graders will TENTATIVELY perform on Wednesday December 18 and 4th to 5th graders will TENTATIVELY perform on Thursday December 19. We MAY have school day performances Friday morning December 20 (OR Friday December 13)- THESE ARE TENTATIVE DATES SO PLEASE KEEP THE WEEK BEFORE FREE AS WELL WHILE WE CONFIRM WITH THE PRINCIPAL.

We offer refunds minus a $25 administrative fee up to August 27th. After that we can offer a pro-rated refund amount of $20 per class taken and the $25 fee until September 19. NO refunds after September 19th when our show is cast.

$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 $150 balance due. Please contact us as we may be able to offer our $75 scholarship based on need.

ADDITIONAL INFO:

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 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. 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 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 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.