Classes & Workshops

Note from the Director of Education

Wheelock Family Theatre’s education programs are sustained by both a professional theatre staff and Wheelock College, whose mission is improving the quality of life for children and families.

The result is a dynamic and exciting drama curriculum for youngsters between the ages of 5 and 18 that teaches drama skills and connects those skills to child and adolescent theory and practice.

Child development faculty at Wheelock College work with WFT artist-educators to create challenging drama and movement games, improvisations, and exercises that help youngsters learn not just the how but also the why of onstage thoughts, feelings, and actions.

While we encourage students to repeat classes, particularly at the youngest, creative dramatics level, we also thoughtfully design a scope-and-sequence of class offerings within each age group so that students are consistently asked to build upon what came before. Early creative dramatics classes lead to introductory acting, movement, and improvisation classes, then to specialty classes such as musical theatre, stage combat, and scene work. Experienced students can then audition for Wheelock Family Theatre's advanced performance programs and mainstage productions.

Each young person attending WFT drama classes receives individual attention. Teacher-students ratios are kept at 10:1 or fewer.  The Director of Education receives teacher feedback after each class, highlighting individual strengths, challenges, and areas of drama skills that need work.  This information is discreetly shared amongst teachers to help them prepare teaching and learning strategies that will best suit each young person as s/he progresses from class-to-class.  This thoughtful approach also enables teachers and staff to customize an individual student's pathway through the WFT curriculum by suggesting future classes that will fit their needs.

If you would like our help in selecting the best choice(s) for your child, please contact Lloyd Woodcock at 617-879-1175 or lwoodcock@wheelock.edu


WORKSHOPS

One Day Workshop


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Ages 8-11 Auditioning Workshop for The Trumpet of the Swan.

1-day Session. Saturday September 12, 9:00am - 12:30pm. Tuition: $100

Students will work with WFT teaching artists to prepare for a professional audition, using material from The Trumpet of the Swan. Registrants will be sent further details about preparation.

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Fall Classes

FALL SEMESTER I


Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. October 10 – November 7. Tuition: $300
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Ages 5-6 Animal Parade: Swans and Frogs and Toads, Oh My!.

Fall I Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. October 10 – November 7, 9:00am – 11:00am. Tuition: $300

Inspired by WFT’s fall production of The Trumpet of the Swan and other stories, students will use improv and movement to build fantasy characters.

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Ages 7-8 Finding Your Voice.

Fall I Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. October 10 – November 7, 9:00am –11:00am. Tuition: $300

Speaking with clarity and confidence is an important life skill and a vital element of the actor’s craft. Students will learn the essentials of projection, diction, enunciation, and other vocal techniques to bring their characters to life.

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Ages 9-11 The Fundamentals of Acting.

Fall I Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. October 10 – November 7, 11:00am –1:00pm. Tuition: $300

Everyone can act, but the secret to a great performance is knowing how to use all the tools in the actor’s artistic toolkit. Students in this class will learn and strengthen the essential skills needed to bring believable and vivid characters to the stage.

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Ages 12-16 Comic Acting: Big, Bold & Funny.

Fall I Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. October 10 – November 7, 11:00am –1:00pm. Tuition: $300

Comedic acting is all about timing, but it’s also about being willing to play big and bold. Students will learn the art of being funny through improvisation and comedic plays, helping to focus their technique as well as tickle their funny bone!

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FALL SEMESTER II


Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. November 14 – December 12. Tuition: $300
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Ages 5-6 Treasure Trunk Theatre.

Fall II Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. November 14 – December 12, 9:00am – 11:00am. Tuition: $300

Students will discover what’s inside the magical treasure trunk and use what they find to make up wild, funny stories and costumed characters.

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Ages 7-8 Improvise with Your Imagination.

Fall II Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. November 14 – December 12, 9:00am – 11:00am. Tuition: $300

The imagination is a terrible thing to waste! Using their own inventive resources, students will learn how to improvise on the spot, and then build on those spontaneous ideas.

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Ages 9-11 Taking Center Stage: Monologues & Cold Readings.

Fall II Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. November 14 – December 12, 11:00am –1:00pm. Tuition: $300

How does an actor make a memorable first impression? Well-chosen monologues and a confident approach to cold readings is key. In this class, students will learn how to prepare monologues for auditions, and how to focus, face, and ace a cold reading.

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Ages 12-16 Creating Memorable Characters.

Fall II Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. November 14 – December 12, 11:00am –1:00pm. Tuition: $300

What makes a character unforgettable? Through movement, vocal techniques, and other acting tools, students will learn how to create original and memorable characters from improvised and scripted work.

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DECEMBER VACATION WEEK INTENSIVES


December Vacation Week: 5-day session. December 28 – January 1, 8:30am to 3:00 pm. Tuition: $450
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Ages 5-6 Winter Animal Tales.

December Vacation Week: 5-day session. December 28 – January 1. 8:30am - 3:00pm. Tuition: $450

Although some animals are hibernating, there are others out frolicking and playing in the snow. Students will create characters and stories based on the animals that thrive during winter.

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Ages 7-8 Act Now!.

December Vacation Week: 5-day session. December 28 – January 1, 9:00am - 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

What are the essential skills any good actor must have? In this class, beginners and more experienced performers will explore and build upon the fundamentals of acting through movement, voice, and building a character.

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Ages 9-11 Scene into Song: The Art of the Musical Theatre Segue.

December Vacation Week: 5-day session. December 28 – January 1, 9:00am - 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

Musical theatre is full of fantastic transitions. In this class, students will learn how to transition from a scene to a song, creating a believable shift that allows the audience to follow a character’s journey.

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Ages 12-16 The Sound and Fury of Shakespeare.

December Vacation Week: 5-day session. December 28 – January 1, 9:00am - 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

Shakespeare’s words come to life as students explore the actions and tempo of the Bard’s writings. Using script analysis, movement techniques, and other acting tools, students will begin to unlock the power of Shakespeare’s plays.

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Fall, Winter, & Spring Offerings

Classes & Workshops – Weekly classes and specialized workshops in creative dramatics, acting, expressive movement, dance, Shakespeare, and more.

Vacation Week Intensives – Intensive theater experiences for young people during school vacation weeks.

Summer Offerings

Classes & Workshops – Four weeks of acting classes with workshops in movement, voice training, and theatre crafts; and Story Troupers, a teenage touring ensemble.

Advanced Performance Intensives – Two weeks in August for the experienced student.

Class Information

December 2015 Vacation Week

 

Not only did I have so much fun, but I also received a lot of constructive criticism. It's extremely hard to find a program that's both entertaining and beneficial — most are interested in one or the other.  

– Wilmene H, teen intensive program member

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Everyone takes something personal and lasting from their participation in the theatre whether as an actor or a member of the audience. I hope that many other kids will share my good fortune and have the opportunity to be part of the Wheelock family.  

– Jacob B, student & actor

Education Program Rules & Expectations

We have developed guidelines to make sure that all our students have a great experience at WFT.

Please read this information and consent form (PDF) with your child and return the signed agreement to us BEFORE YOUR CHILD’S FIRST CLASS!