About the Grades 1 to 3 Programs

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Rooted in process-based story drama, students are introduced to the actor’s tools of body, voice, mind and imagination. Students develop characters, solve creative problems and enter the world of the story. Students have fun while also developing valuable literacy and life skills such as communication, critical thinking, collaboration, focus and creativity. Each session, there is a new theme to spark the imagination, creating a fun, new experience each class!

If you have questions about whether a program is the right match for your child or if your child needs accommodations to access any of our programming, please reach out to Jeri Hammond, Director of Education, at jerih@bu.edu

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Summer Programs

Under the Big Top

Limited space available Come one, Come all to the Greatest Show on Earth! We will kick-off our summer program with a rousing week-long exploration of the theatrical world of the circus. Professional Boston area circus artists will lead classes each day in circus skills such as clowning, juggling, tumbling, spinning plates, hula hoops, acrobatics, Chinese yo-yo, and more! In partnership with Cirque Us, students will learn the skill and storytelling involved in contemporary circus performance. All together, making for a three-ring circus of an experience!
Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): Circus Arts, Clowning, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28 9:00am - 3:30pm

Under the Big Top

Limited space available! Come one, Come all to the Greatest Show on Earth! We will kick-off our summer program with a rousing week-long exploration of the theatrical world of the circus. Professional Boston area circus artists will lead classes each day in circus skills such as clowning, juggling, tumbling, spinning plates, hula hoops, acrobatics, Chinese yo-yo, and more! In partnership with Cirque Us, students will learn the skill and storytelling involved in contemporary circus performance. All together, making for a three-ring circus of an experience!
Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Circus Arts, Clowning, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28 9:00am - 3:30pm

72 Hour Playmakers!

Let’s make a play! In this program students will act as playwrights, actors, and designers as they work in an ensemble to create world premiere works for the stage! Using their actor’s tools (body, voice, mind, & imagination) students will work collaboratively to create one-of-a-kind theatrical experiences. With limited time & resources, but unlimited imagination, students will put their creativity to the max as they develop and rehearse their plays, with a world premiere performance for families and friends on the final day!
Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): Acting, Creative Drama, Playwriting, Summer, Theatre Design |
Tuition: $300
Monday, July 1 - Wednesday, July 3 9:00am - 3:30pm

72 Hour Playmakers!

This program is sold out for this grade level. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist. Let’s make a play! In this program students will act as playwrights, actors, and designers as they work in an ensemble to create world premiere works for the stage! Using their actor’s tools (body, voice, mind, & imagination) students will work collaboratively to create one-of-a-kind theatrical experiences. With limited time & resources, but unlimited imagination, students will put their creativity to the max as they develop and rehearse their plays, with a world premiere performance for families and friends on the final day!
Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Acting, Creative Drama, Playwriting, Summer, Theatre Design |
Tuition: $300
Monday, July 1 - Wednesday, July 3 9:00am - 3:30pm

Treasure Trunk Theatre: Around the World

Limited space available! Explore the icy Arctic to the scorching desert. Get ready to take an imaginative trip! Inspired by mystery objects found in the treasure trunk, students will head off on a new adventure each day using movement, creative problem-solving, and imaginative play. An engaging theme charts the course for a fun-filled journey. Adventure around the world and be back in time for lunch. The day will be spent engaging in creative drama and movement as well as hands-on visual arts projects connected to the theme of the week.
Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12 9:00am - 3:30pm

Characters Take the Stage: Tricksters & Treats

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist. Trick or Treat? A fun and physical introduction to the fundamental building blocks of drama (body, voice, mind, and imagination). Using Trickster Tales as a jumping-off point to spark and support the creative process, the characters will fly off the page as students participate in movement exercises, story reenactments, theatre games, improvisation, role-playing, music, dance, and visual arts.
Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): Acting, Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12 9:00am - 3:30pm

Mini Musical: Annie Kids

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist. Let’s put on a show! This program is a fast-paced intensive for young people ready to take the stage. In three weeks, students will work together to perform a 30-minute version of Annie. While working on this musical, they will advance their acting, singing, and dancing skills while also learning more about production elements such as sets, props, costumes, and sound and light design.

About the show:
Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin, Annie KIDS features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 26 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm

Adventures in Fairy Tale Land

Happily Ever After? In this three-week interdisciplinary theatre arts program, students will bring the stories of their favorite fairy tale characters to life. Through story drama, students will use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to create big, bold characters such as giants and wicked witches, princes, and fairy godmothers. Through exploring the essential elements of fairy tales, students will collaboratively create an original fractured fairytale. Finally, artistic imaginations will come out to play as students design and create simple props, costumes, and scenery to complete their Once Upon a Time world.
Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 26 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm

Story Explorers: Once Upon a Book

Limited space available! A week of creative play! Inspired by Once Upon a Book By Grace Lin and other stories about using your imagination! Students will work together and use their imaginations, bodies, and voices while traveling inside their favorite storybooks. The day will be spent engaging in creative drama and movement as well as hands-on visual arts projects connected to the theme of the week.
Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19 9:00am - 3:30pm

Sing & Dance-a-Story: Down the Rabbit Hole

Limited space available! Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, students will learn to “sing a story” by exploring the various voices that can be produced by using the appropriate vocal technique. Students will connect the voice to posture, gesture, and full-body movement through improvisation to create vivid characters. They will “dance a story” by learning to use creative movement to bring a story to life.
Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19 9:00am - 3:30pm

Backstage Adventures: The World of Annie

How does this get made? Inspired by the world of the musical Annie, students will create costume, scenic, and prop designs that will be sure to make the sun come out tomorrow! In this class, students will be introduced to some of the backstage secrets that result in onstage magic. Through hands-on experiences students will explore the art of design and then, using acting, music, and movement students will bring their designs to life.

Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer, Theatre Design, Visual Arts |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26 9:00am - 3:30pm

Music Movers: Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie

Get ready to move and groove! Students will make their own music exploring rhythm and music dynamics such as loud/soft, high/low, and fast/slow. Through creative movement inspired by cool cats and other favorite pets, students will purr, wag, and wiggle as they explore different ways of moving in a celebration of self-expression. In our Music Movers classes, dancing to the beat of your own drum is encouraged! The day will be spent engaging in music-making and movement as well as hands-on visual arts projects connected to the theme of the week.
Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26 9:00am - 3:30pm

Characters Take the Stage: Mythmakers

Why does the elephant have a long trunk? A fun and physical introduction to the fundamental building blocks of drama (body, voice, mind, and imagination). Using Pourquoi Tales,( myths and legends that explain why things are as they are), as a jumping-off point to spark and support the creative process, the characters will fly off the page as students participate in movement exercises, story reenactments, theatre games, improvisation, role-playing, music, dance, and visual arts.
Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2 9:00am - 3:30pm

Treasure Trunk Theatre: Out of this World

3,2,1, Lift off! Get ready to take an imaginative trip! Inspired by mystery objects found in the treasure trunk, students will head off on a new adventure each day using movement, creative problem-solving, and imaginative play. An engaging theme charts the course for a fun-filled journey. Students will have a blast while blasting off to places out of this world! The day will be spent engaging in creative drama and movement as well as hands-on visual arts projects connected to the theme of the week.

Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2 9:00am - 3:30pm

More Adventures in Fairy Tale Land

Happily Ever After? In this three-week interdisciplinary theatre arts program, students will bring the stories of their favorite fairy tale characters to life. Through story drama, students will use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to create big, bold characters such as giants and wicked witches, princes, and fairy godmothers. Through exploring the essential elements of fairy tales, students will collaboratively create an original fractured fairytale. Finally, artistic imaginations will come out to play as students design and create simple props, costumes, and scenery to complete their Once Upon a Time world.
Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 16 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm

Mini Musical: Disney's Finding Nemo Kids

Let’s put on a show! This program is a fast-paced intensive for young people ready to take the stage. In three weeks, students will work together to perform a 30-minute version of Disney’s Finding Nemo. While working on this musical, they will advance their acting, singing, and dancing skills while also learning more about production elements such as sets, props, costumes, and sound and light design.

About the show:
​​Disney’s Finding Nemo KIDS is a 30-minute musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves. Featuring memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow,” Finding Nemo KIDS brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage in a story full of family, friendship, and adventure.
Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 16 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm

Story Explorers: Be You!

A week of creative play! Inspired by the imagination of author Peter H. Reynolds and books such as Be You!, Ish, and The Dot! Students will work together and use their imaginations, bodies, and voices while traveling inside their favorite storybooks. The day will be spent engaging in creative drama and movement as well as hands-on visual arts projects connected to the theme of the week.
Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9 9:00am - 3:30pm

Sing & Dance-a-Story: Along the Yellow Brick Road

Inspired by the adventures of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion, students will learn to “sing a story” by exploring the various voices that can be produced by using the appropriate vocal technique. Students will connect the voice to posture, gesture, and full-body movement through improvisation to create vivid characters. They will “dance a story” by learning to use creative movement to bring a story to life.
Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $480
Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9 9:00am - 3:30pm

Music Movers: Barnyard Dance

This program is sold out. Click the registration button to add your name to the waitlist. Get ready to move and groove! Students will make their own music exploring rhythm and music dynamics such as loud/soft, high/low, and fast/slow. Through creative movement inspired by favorite barnyard animals, students will go hog wild as they explore different ways of moving in a celebration of self-expression. In our Music Movers classes, dancing to the beat of your own drum is encouraged! The day will be spent engaging in music-making and movement as well as hands-on visual arts projects connected to the theme of the week.
Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, August 12 - Friday, August 16 9:00am - 3:30pm

Backstage Adventures: The World of Finding Nemo

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist. How does this get made? Inspired by the world of the musical Finding Nemo students will create costume, scenic, and prop designs that will go with the flow! In this class, students will be introduced to some of the backstage secrets that result in onstage magic. Through hands-on experiences students will explore the art of design and then, using acting, music, and movement students will bring their designs to life.
Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer, Theatre Design, Visual Arts |
Tuition: $500
Monday, August 12 - Friday, August 16 9:00am - 3:30pm

April Vacation Program

Page to Stage: The Three Little Aliens & the Big Bad Robot (Grades Pre-K to 1)

This program is currently sold out. Please click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist.


Get ready to blast off on an adventure that is out of this world! Inspired by the funny and fantastical retelling of the classic three little pigs story, The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot, students will work together to imaginatively bring the story from “page to stage”. Through creative movement, imagination, and hands-on art activities, students will travel across the galaxy without ever leaving their classroom on this interactive theatre experience specially designed for our youngest students. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class.
Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten, Pre-K | Type(s): Acting, Creative Drama, In Person, Vacation Week, Visual Arts |
Tuition: $492
Monday, April 15 - Friday, April 19 9:00am to 3:30pm
Taught by: Jennifer Duval White, Sophia Fortuna

Page to Stage: Time Warp Trio (Grades 1 to 3)

This program is currently sold out. Anyone already registered on our waitlist will be contacted regarding availability, either way. There is no additional space on the waitlist at this time.


Calling all Time Travelers! Over the course of the week, students will work as playwrights, actors, and designers creating scenes inspired by the Time Traveling (and rib-tickling) Series from award-winning author Jon Scieszka. Students will learn first-hand what it takes to bring a story from page to stage. When in the world will this class take us? A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class.
Students will attend a 1pm matinee performance of our main stage production of A Wrinkle in Time.
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We encourage you to join our waitlist for sold out programs. We do our best to accommodate wait list sign ups on a first come, first serve basis if or when additional spots or classes become available.
Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Vacation Week |
Tuition: $492
Monday, April 15 - Friday, April 19 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Katherine Gustafson, Jennifer (Jenn) Butler

Weekend Classes

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February Vacation Program

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