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Developing artists will build upon foundational actor’s tools and explore storytelling through different genres: ensemble acting, musical theatre, and more! With a rich variety of course offerings students can deepen their skills while stretching themselves to try new artistic approaches, developing their own unique voice and style.

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.

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Upcoming Summer Vacation Programs

Making a Scene

The playwright's work is only the beginning, it’s an actor's job to bring their words to life! In this program, students will use scene work to create characters with depth and reveal motivations, obstacles, relationships, and more. Students will deepen their skills as actors, taking their skills to new levels as they work in an ensemble to convey complex stories to an audience.
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Directing, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26 9:00am - 3:30pm

Night at the Improv

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist.Make it up as you go! In this program, students will learn to trust their instincts, make dynamic choices on the fly, and spontaneously create original characters and storylines. Students will explore the rules & techniques of short-form and long-form improv as they prepare to engage an audience in a laugh-filled “Night at the Improv.”
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Improv, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26 9:00am to 3:30pm

Musical Theatre Production: Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr.

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist. Take to the stage! This program focuses on coordinating the instruments of voice and body to create dynamic musical characters. In this 3-week program, students will advance their acting, singing, and dancing skills while also learning the importance of community and the role of the ensemble in a production. Students will apply these skills to the rehearsal of the musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. This program is open to anyone interested in deepening their musical theatre experience. Auditions for roles within the production will take place during the first week of the program.

About the show:
Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 16 (3-week program) 9:00am - 3:30pm

Making a Scene

The playwright's work is only the beginning, it’s an actor's job to bring their words to life! In this program, students will use scene work to create characters with depth and reveal motivations, obstacles, relationships, and more. Students will deepen their skills as actors, taking their skills to new levels as they work in an ensemble to convey complex stories to an audience.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2 9:00am - 3:30pm

Broadway Bootcamp

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist.Creating the Triple Threat! In this program students will develop musical theatre technique through an exploration of scenes, songs, and dance numbers from musicals, exposing students to the many different genres and styles of musicals. Utilizing the musical theatre skills of acting, singing, and dancing, this jam-packed week is perfect for beginner and advanced musical theatre students alike.
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2 9:00am - 3:30pm

Theatre Design Intensive II

Bring a show to life from concept to execution. This program is a dynamic immersion in the theatre crafts that are vital to professional stage productions. This course balances theory with practical experience through the study of scenic, prop, costume, lighting, and sound design. Students will work with WFT’s professional technical staff during this three-week intensive, designing and building technical elements for the Musical Theatre Production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. Work will be shared at the final performances of each production.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Summer, Theatre Design |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 16 (3-week program) 12:00pm to 6:30pm

Musical Theatre Intensive: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Audition Required)

This program is sold out. Our newest advanced theatre experience bridges the worlds of acting, singing, & dance. This program is designed for teens in high school with prior musical theatre training and performance experience who are committed to deepening their skills as actors, singers, and dancers. Through voice, dance, and character work, students will bring the award-winning production to life while also deepening their knowledge and understanding of their craft.

*Audition required.* Click here to learn more about rolling auditions and remaining roles to be cast. Note: This program will take place on Boston University's Charles River Campus, with a location to be announced.

About the Show:
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny, and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves a champion!
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Audition, In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $1500
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 16 (Three Week Program) 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Taught by: Jon Goldberg, David Jiles Jr.

Broadway Bootcamp

This program is sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to add your student's name to the waitlist. Creating the Triple Threat! In this program students will develop musical theatre technique through an exploration of scenes, songs, and dance numbers from musicals, exposing students to the many different genres and styles of musicals. Utilizing the musical theatre skills of acting, singing, and dancing, this jam-packed week is perfect for beginner and advanced musical theatre students alike.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9 9:00am - 3:30pm

Night at the Improv

Make it up as you go! In this program, students will learn to trust their instincts, make dynamic choices on the fly, and spontaneously create original characters and storylines. Students will explore the rules & techniques of short-form and long-form improv as they prepare to engage an audience in a laugh-filled “Night at the Improv.”
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Improv, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9 9:00am to 3:30pm

Making a Scene

Limited space available! The playwright's work is only the beginning, it’s an actor's job to bring their words to life! In this program, students will use scene work to create characters with depth and reveal motivations, obstacles, relationships, and more. Students will deepen their skills as actors, taking their skills to new levels as they work in an ensemble to convey complex stories to an audience.
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, August 12 - Friday, August 16 9:00am - 3:30pm

Night at the Improv

This program is sold out. Click the link below to add your student's name to the waitlist. Make it up as you go! In this program, students will learn to trust their instincts, make dynamic choices on the fly, and spontaneously create original characters and storylines. Students will explore the rules & techniques of short-form and long-form improv as they prepare to engage an audience in a laugh-filled “Night at the Improv.”
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Improv, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $500
Monday, August 12 - Friday, August 16 9:00am to 3:30pm

Weekend Classes

Check back in summer 2024 for fall 2024 weekend classes!

February Vacation Programs

Check back in November 2024 for February 2025 registration.

April Vacation Programs

Check back in November 2024 for April 2025 registration.

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