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 4 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 Kortney Adams at 617-879-2148 or kadams@wheelock.edu.


Spring Classes

SPRING SEMESTER I


Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. April 2 – April 30. Tuition: $300 For extended day options, multi-class discounts, or scholarships – please contact WFT directly at 617-879-2148.

Ages 4-6 Underwater Animals of the Pond.

Spring I Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. April 2 – April 30, 9:00am – 11:00am. Tuition: $300

Through movement, improvisation, and creative dramatics, students explore the mysterious underwater world of the pond.

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Ages 7-8 Spring into Ensemble Acting!

Spring I Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. April 2 – April 30, 9:00am – 11:00am. Tuition: $300

Young actors must learn to pass focus to other performers on stage, to be part of a team where every individual’s contribution is important. This class will build student’s abilities to trust and pay close attention to all members of the cast.

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Ages 9-11 Intro to Comedy.

Spring I Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. April 2 – April 30, 11:00am – 1:00pm. Tuition: $300

There’s more to comedy than just telling jokes. Students will approach comedy as the puzzle that it is, analyzing its elements and combining them to create irresistibly funny results.

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Ages 12-16 Taking Center Stage: Monologues and Cold Readings.

Spring I Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. April 2 – April 30, 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 are 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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SPRING SEMESTER II


Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. May 7 – June 4. Tuition: $300 For extended day options, multi-class discounts, or scholarships – please contact WFT directly at 617-879-2148.

Ages 4-6 Jan Brett Story Time: The Mitten and Other Tales.

Spring II Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. May 7 – June 4, 9:00am – 11:00am. Tuition: $300

A visit to the wonderful and magical world of Jan Brett! Through improvisation and dramatization, students will immerse themselves in the fun plots and quirky characters of The Mitten and other favorite stories.

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Ages 7-8 Fractured Fairytales.

Spring II Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. May 7 – June 4, 9:00am – 11:00am. Tuition: $300

Through scene study, improv, and physicality, students will explore how to fracture the typical fairytale structure (including the myth of “happily ever after”) to create dynamic story lines and vibrant characters.

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Ages 9-11 Intro to Stage Combat.

Spring II Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. May 7 – June 4, 11:00am –1:00pm. Tuition: $300

How does one create the illusion of uncontrolled mayhem on stage? Students will focus on the importance of safety, spatial awareness, and clear communication with fight partners at all times.

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Ages 12-16 Acting with Your Whole Body: Creating Physical Characters.

Spring II Saturday Classes: 5 Two-hour sessions. May 7 – June 4, 11:00am –1:00pm. Tuition: $300

Using a variety of physical styles, as well as acute observation, students will learn how actors express a character’s inner life and intentions through movement.

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April Vacation Week Intensives

APRIL VACATION WEEK


5-day session. April 18 – April 22. Tuition: $450 For extended day options, multi-class discounts, or scholarships – please contact WFT directly at 617-879-2148.

Ages 4-6 Intro to the World of Theatre.

April Vacation Week: 5-day session. April 18 – April 22. 8:30am – 3:00pm. Tuition: $450

Investigates the many creative possibilities for young artists to engage in the world of theatre, whether as actors, costume designers, or set builders. Students will learn the fundamentals of theatre and discover all the elements of a successful production.

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Ages 7-8 A Week with Frog and Toad.

April Vacation Week: 5-day session. April 18 – April 22. 9:00am – 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

Through movement, physicality, and improvisation, students will dive into the fantastical world of WFT’s production of A Year with Frog and Toad.

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Ages 9-11 Getta Loada Toad… and Frog!: Songs and Dances from A Year With Frog and Toad.

April Vacation Week: 5-day session. April 18 – April 22. 9:00am – 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

As they work with the score and choreography from WFT’s spring production, students will explore the world of best friends Frog and Toad and how their enduring friendship weathers all the seasons, despite their many differences.

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Ages 12-16 The Actor-Director Process.

April Vacation Week: 5-day session. April 18 – April 22. 9:00am – 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

The collaborative relationship between actor and director is built on trust and a mutual artistic vision. In this class, students will get to try out both roles, working together to analyze scenes, create vivid characters, and bring great stories to the stage.

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June Vacation Week Intensives

JUNE VACATION WEEK


5-day session. June 27 – July 1. Tuition: $450 For extended day options, multi-class discounts, or scholarships – please contact WFT directly at 617-879-2148.

Ages 5-6 Theatre in Outer Space!.

June Vacation Week: 5-day session. June 27 – July 1. 8:30am – 3:00pm. Tuition: $450

Just like outer space, theatre is full of infinite possibilities. In this class, students will use the theme of outer space to learn techniques in character building, physical theatre, improv, and storytelling, in order to build a universe full of imagination and characters that are out of this world!

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Ages 7-8 Backstage Magic: Intro to Stagecraft.

June Vacation Week: 5-day session. June 27 – July 1. 9:00am – 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

Who makes all those fabulous THINGS on stage? Students will receive hands-on mentoring from WFT’s resident crafts director as they create imaginative props for a summer student production.

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Ages 9-11 My Two Left Feet: Dance for Actors.

June Vacation Week: 5-day session. June 27 – July 1. 9:00am – 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

Not all actors need to dance, but learning basic dance steps will help young actors feel more confident onstage, and add another skill to their actor toolbox. In this class, students will learn the basic dance steps that actors should know to help them sashay through any dance piece they encounter.

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Ages 12-16 Slapstick & Combat Comedy.

June Vacation Week: 5-day session. June 27 – July 1. 9:00am – 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

A light-hearted exploration of the intricate, almost mathematical structure of slapstick and physical comedy. Integrating elements of comedy, slapstick, and stage combat, this class focuses on how to (safely) use these performance styles to enhance a scene and create lively characters.

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Ages 13-18 Musical Theatre Scene Study.

June Vacation Week: 5-day session. June 27 – July 1. 9:00am – 3:30pm. Tuition: $450

An opportunity for the intermediate or advanced musical theatre student to further explore the complexity of developing a character in a multitude of musical styles. Drawing from musicals produced by Wheelock Family Theatre, students will focus on developing songs, scenes, and production numbers. The program culminates in a Friday afternoon workshop presentation on the WFT main stage.

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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.

 

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!