All programs refer to the grade a student will be entering in the fall of 2022.

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Before care (8am to 9am) and after care (3:30pm to 5:00pm) will be available for all of our vacation programs for an additional fee. Families will be contacted the week prior to the start of the program to register for either/both options. You’ll have the option to purchase by day or for the entire week.

Week of June 20

Grades K to 1

Puppet Academy

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Dive into the wildly creative and interdisciplinary world of puppetry arts! This summer, kids of all ages will have a unique opportunity to learn the secrets of crafting extraordinary characters and bringing them to life on stage and screen. Guided by a dream team of professional puppeteers, each day we will cover a different building and performance technique, from marionettes to mouth puppets, from hand puppets to shadows. We'll learn to see creative inspiration in found objects and materials, and to tell stories using movement and "visual vocabulary." Mini performances and fun creative challenges will take place throughout the week, along with mini performances by veteran puppeteers. No prior puppetry or theater experience is necessary. Join us for a fun and imaginative start to summer vacation!
Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Puppetry |
Tuition: $360/week or $90/day
FULL WEEK - Tuesday, June 21 - Friday, June 24 9:00am - 3:30pm
Tuesday, June 21 - ONE DAY 9:00am - 3:30pm
Wednesday, June 22 - ONE DAY 9:00am - 3:30pm
Thursday, June 23 - ONE DAY 9:00am - 3:30pm
Friday, June 24 - ONE DAY 9:00am - 3:30pm
Grades 2 to 3

Puppet Academy

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Dive into the wildly creative and interdisciplinary world of puppetry arts! This summer, kids of all ages will have a unique opportunity to learn the secrets of crafting extraordinary characters and bringing them to life on stage and screen. Guided by a dream team of professional puppeteers, each day we will cover a different building and performance technique, from marionettes to mouth puppets, from hand puppets to shadows. We'll learn to see creative inspiration in found objects and materials, and to tell stories using movement and "visual vocabulary." Mini performances and fun creative challenges will take place throughout the week, along with mini performances by veteran puppeteers. No prior puppetry or theater experience is necessary. Join us for a fun and imaginative start to summer vacation!
Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Puppetry |
Tuition: $360/week or $90/day
FULL WEEK - Tuesday, June 21 - Friday, June 24 9:00am - 3:30pm
Tuesday, June 21 - ONE DAY 9:00am - 3:30pm
Wednesday, June 22 - ONE DAY 9:00am - 3:30pm
Thursday, June 23 - ONE DAY 9:00am - 3:30pm
Friday, June 24 - ONE DAY 9:00am - 3:30pm
Grades 4 to 5

Puppet Academy

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Dive into the wildly creative and interdisciplinary world of puppetry arts! This summer, kids of all ages will have a unique opportunity to learn the secrets of crafting extraordinary characters and bringing them to life on stage and screen. Guided by a dream team of professional puppeteers, each day we will cover a different building and performance technique, from marionettes to mouth puppets, from hand puppets to shadows. We'll learn to see creative inspiration in found objects and materials, and to tell stories using movement and "visual vocabulary." Mini performances and fun creative challenges will take place throughout the week, along with mini performances by veteran puppeteers. No prior puppetry or theater experience is necessary. Join us for a fun and imaginative start to summer vacation!
Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Puppetry |
Tuition: $360/week or $90/day
FULL WEEK - Tuesday, June 21 - Friday, June 24 9:00am - 3:30pm
Tuesday, June 21 - ONE DAY 9:00am - 3:30pm
Wednesday, June 22 - ONE DAY 9:00am - 3:30pm
Thursday, June 23 - ONE DAY 9:00am - 3:30pm
Friday, June 24 - ONE DAY 9:00am - 3:30pm
Grades 6 to 8
Grades 9 to 12

Week of June 27

Grades K to 1

Story Explorers: Book a Trip

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A week of creative play! Students will work together and use their imaginations, bodies, and voices while traveling to realms both real and imaginary. Where will your travels take you? The morning will be spent engaging in creative drama and movement and the second half of the day will be our Afternoon Arts Adventure: hands-on visual arts projects connected to the theme of the week.
A final demonstration for family and friends will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Alyse Clinton
Grades 2 to 3

Arts Alive! Night at the Museum

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Students will let their unique artistry out to play as they enter the artist’s studio for a week of creative self-expression in this new class offering. A hands-on exploration of visual art inspired by museum masterpieces will provide the spark for a series of drama experiences answering the question, “What if the art came to life?” Be ready to get messy!
A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class at 2:00 p.m.
Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer, Visual Arts |
Tuition: $450
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Alex Brodsky-Benedetti
Grades 4 to 5

Activate Your Voice

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Through exercises and preliminary scene work, actors will connect the voice to posture, gesture, and full-body movement to create clear characters on stage and apply this work to monologues and scenes. Students will also be introduced to a variety of dialects. Whether you are new to the stage or a seasoned pro, continued voice work is the foundation of any actor’s process.
A final presentation for family and friends will take place at 2:30 pm on the last day of class.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Dev Luthra
Grades 6 to 8

Activate Your Voice

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Through exercises and preliminary scene work, actors will connect the voice to posture, gesture, and full-body movement to create clear characters on stage and apply this work to monologues and scenes. Students will also be introduced to a variety of dialects. Whether you are new to the stage or a seasoned pro, continued voice work is the foundation of any actor’s process.
A final presentation for family and friends will take place at 2:30 pm on the last day of class.
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Esme Allen
Grades 9 to 12

Musical Theatre Showcase: Journey's Untold

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Find our own voice through song. Through collaboration and small ensemble work, we will discover lesser-known composers/musical theatre shows, as a way to spark our artistic voice and tell our own untold stories. Together we will develop a musical theatre song cycle woven together with monologues and storytelling that tells a unique and compelling story. Previous musical theatre experience recommended.
We will culminate the two weeks with an original musical theatre showcase on Friday, July 8 at 7pm.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $765
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 8 (No Class 7/4, Two Week Program) 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Taught by: Joy Clark, Jon Goldberg

Week of July 5

Grades K to 1

Treasure Trunk Theatre: On the High Seas

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Ahoy, me maties! 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. Calling all seafaring folk: pirates, mermaids, and adventurers to climb aboard and let your imaginations set sail. The morning will be spent engaging in creative drama and movement and the second half of the day will be our Afternoon Arts Adventure: hands-on visual arts projects connected to the theme of the week.
A final demonstration for family and friends will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $360
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 8 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Erin Huiett
Grades 2 to 3

Characters Take the Stage: Comic Capers

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Need a good laugh? A fun and physical introduction to the fundamental building blocks of drama (body, voice, mind, and imagination). Using the hilarious high jinks of classic comedies 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. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class at 2:00 p.m.
Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $360
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 8 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Matthew Brettschnider

Play Production Jr: The Stinky Cheeseman & Other Fairly Stupid Tales

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Inspired by the wacky and wonderfully silly fractured fairy tales in this collection, students will develop characters through improvisation, movement, and vocal exercises to bring an original scripted story to life. In addition, they will learn about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into producing a play as they design and create set pieces, costumes, and props for a final presentation at 2:00 p.m. on the last day of class.

About the ShowThe Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, by John Glore. Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's quintessential children's book of fractured fairy tales. Everything from "Chicken Little" to "The Gingerbread Man" gets a complete makeover. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, and enough stinky cheese to go around. (From Playscripts.com)
Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $765
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 15 (Two Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Grades 4 to 5

Stage Combat: Famous Fictional Fights

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Spotlights techniques for safely and realistically creating dangerous battles and heroic struggles. Emphasizes the combination of physical and mental discipline needed for memorable clashes onstage!
A final demonstration for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Stage Combat, Summer |
Tuition: $360
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 8 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Arlen Hancock

Play Production: Mythic Quests

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A chance to experience the whole production experience from beginning to end! Students will design, produce, and perform a short, one-act play inspired by tales of mythic proportion! In this two-week program, students will spend part of each day developing and rehearsing the one-act while also building individual and ensemble acting skills. In the afternoons, students will receive instruction from visiting theatre design artists and try their hand at technical theatre elements such as prop-making, set, and costume design.
A final presentation for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Performance |
Tuition: $450
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 15 (Two Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Beth Peters

Musical Theatre Production: Mary Poppins Jr.

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Focuses on coordinating the instruments of voice and body to create dynamic musical characters. In this 3 week program, students will participate in classes on acting, dancing, singing, and puppetry each morning, while spending each afternoon applying those to the rehearsal of the musical Mary Poppins, Jr. This program is open to anyone interested in deepening their musical theatre experience. The program will culminate in a 7 p.m. Thursday evening performance the final week.

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical!(from MTIshows.com)
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $1120
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 22 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Stephanie Charlton, Todd Gordon, Laura DeGiacomo
Grades 6 to 8

Make 'em Laugh

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What makes something funny? Learn about the structure of comedy and how comedic actors create characters, develop comic timing, and make big and bold choices--all designed to connect with an audience in a way that makes ‘em laugh!
A final demonstration for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Improv, In Person, Physical Comedy, Summer |
Tuition: $360
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 8 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Neil Gustafson

Musical Theatre Production: Mary Poppins Jr.

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Focuses on coordinating the instruments of voice and body to create dynamic musical characters. In this 3 week program, students will participate in classes on acting, dancing, singing, and puppetry each morning, while spending each afternoon applying those to the rehearsal of the musical Mary Poppins, Jr. This program is open to anyone interested in deepening their musical theatre experience. The program will culminate in a 7 p.m. Thursday evening performance the final week.

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical!(from MTIshows.com)
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $1120
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 22 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Stephanie Charlton, Todd Gordon, Laura DeGiacomo

Theatre Design Intensive, Session 1

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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 a number of WFT’s Summer Productions: The Stinky Cheeseman & Other Fairy Stupid Tales, Mythic Quests, Mary Poppins Jr. & Shakespeare on the Green. 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: $1120
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 22 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Amanda Fallon

Shakespeare on the Green: Title TBA

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In the tradition of Shakespeare in the Park, students in this two-week program will perform an abridged version of a classic Shakespearean comedy on the WFT@BU green. Over the course of the two weeks, this class will decode the sometimes perplexing language of Shakespeare to help students find meaning, humor, and more behind the words. Students will delve into some of the Bard’s most famous scenes and characters, making connections with their own experiences. Families are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us on the green for this classic tale of mischief, mishap and magic.
The program culminates in a Friday evening performance the final week.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Performance, Shakespeare, Summer |
Tuition: $765
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 15 (Two Week Program) 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Taught by: Dev Luthra, Jen Alison Lewis
Grades 9 to 12

Theatre Design Intensive, Session 1

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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 a number of WFT’s Summer Productions: The Stinky Cheeseman & Other Fairy Stupid Tales, Mythic Quests, Mary Poppins Jr. & Shakespeare on the Green. 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: $1120
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 22 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Amanda Fallon

Shakespeare on the Green: Title TBA

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In the tradition of Shakespeare in the Park, students in this two-week program will perform an abridged version of a classic Shakespearean comedy on the WFT@BU green. Over the course of the two weeks, this class will decode the sometimes perplexing language of Shakespeare to help students find meaning, humor, and more behind the words. Students will delve into some of the Bard’s most famous scenes and characters, making connections with their own experiences. Families are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us on the green for this classic tale of mischief, mishap and magic.
The program culminates in a Friday evening performance the final week.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Performance, Shakespeare, Summer |
Tuition: $765
Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 15 (Two Week Program) 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Taught by: Dev Luthra, Jen Alison Lewis

Week of July 11

Grades K to 1

Story Explorers: Appetizing Adventures

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This program is sold out. To be added to the waitlist please email WFTed@bu.edu


A week of creative play! Students will work together and use their imaginations, bodies, and voices while exploring favorite tasty tales such as Dragons Love Tacos or Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Get ready to cook up something delicious! The morning will be spent engaging in creative drama and movement and the second half of the day will be our Afternoon Arts Adventure: hands-on visual arts projects connected to the theme of the week.
A final demonstration for family and friends will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the last day of class.

Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person |
Tuition: $450
Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15 9:00am - 3:30pm
Grades 2 to 3

Sing & Dance-a-Story: Unlikely Heroes

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Inspired by the stories and music from well-loved musicals featuring characters that dance to the beat of their own drum, 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. Not all actors need to dance, but learning how to use a creative and flexible range of movement will help young actors feel more confident on stage, develop physically interesting characters, and add another skill to their actor’s toolbox. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class at 2:00 p.m.
Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15 9:00am - 3:30pm
Grades 4 to 5

Musical Theatre: Best of Broadway

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An action-packed, one-week journey through scenes, songs, and dance numbers from Broadway’s most magical musicals of today and yesterday! With an emphasis on developing strong ensemble skills, this class engages all three of the student’s musical theatre skills: acting, singing, and dancing! A final presentation for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Joy Clark, Lindsay Albert
Grades 6 to 8

Musical Theatre: Hollywood Blockbusters

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An action-packed, one-week journey through scenes, songs, and dance numbers from favorite movie musicals of today and yesterday! With an emphasis on developing strong ensemble skills, this class engages all three of the student’s musical theatre skills: acting, singing, and dancing! A final presentation for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Zachary D McConnell, Lindsay Albert
Grades 9 to 12

Week of July 18

Grades K to 1

Music Movers: Barnyard Boogie

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Get ready to move and groove! Students will make their own music exploring rhythm and music dynamics such as loud/soft, high/low, fast/slow. Through creative movement inspired by favorite animals, students will 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 morning will be spent engaging in music-making and movement and the second half of the day will be our Afternoon Arts Adventure: hands-on visual arts projects connected to the theme of the week. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Jennifer Duval White
Grades 2 to 3

Arts Alive! Out of the Box

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Students will let their unique artistry out to play as they enter the artist’s studio for a week of creative self-expression in this new class offering. A hands-on exploration of visual art inspired by the artistic spirit of those who think outside the box along with improvisational drama experiences that further develop individual creativity. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class at 2:00 p.m.
Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer, Visual Arts |
Tuition: $450
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Moe Finnerty

Mini Musical: Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS

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A fast-paced intensive program for young people ready to take the stage. In two weeks, students will work together to perform a 30-minute version of the musical 101 Dalmations. While working on this musical, they will advance their acting, singing, and dancing skills while also learning more about production elements such as set, props, costumes, and sound and light design. Culminates in a performance demonstration for families and friends on the final Friday at 2:00 p.m.

About the show:Based on the classic animated film, Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, Disney's most outrageous villain, and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. With a high-spirited score and lovable characters, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences.(from MTIshows.com)
Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $850
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 29 (Two Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Kevin Williams, Lindsay Albert
Grades 4 to 5

Make 'em Laugh

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What makes something funny? Learn about the structure of comedy and how comedic actors create characters, develop comic timing, and make big and bold choices--all designed to connect with an audience in a way that makes ‘em laugh! A final demonstration for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Improv, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Neil Gustafson

Play Production: Wizarding Worlds

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A chance to experience the whole production experience from beginning to end! Students will design, produce, and perform a short, spell-binding one-act play inspired by favorite fantasy tales. In this two-week program, students will spend part of each day developing and rehearsing the one-act while also building individual and ensemble acting skills. In the afternoons, students will receive instruction from visiting theatre design artists and try their hand at technical theatre elements such as prop-making, set, and costume design. A final presentation for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $850
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 29 (Two Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Sophie Rich
Grades 6 to 8

Stage Combat: Famous Fictional Fights

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Spotlights techniques for safely and realistically creating dangerous battles and heroic struggles. Emphasizes the combination of physical and mental discipline needed for memorable clashes onstage! A final demonstration for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Stage Combat, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Arlen Hancock

Shakespeare on the Green: Title TBA

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In the tradition of Shakespeare in the Park, students in this two-week program will perform an abridged version of a classic Shakespearean drama on the WFT@BU green. Over the course of the two weeks, this class will decode the sometimes perplexing language of Shakespeare to help students find meaning, humor, and more behind the words. Students will delve into some of the Bard’s most famous scenes and characters, making connections with their own experiences. Families are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us on the green for this classic tale of mischief, mishap and magic.
The program culminates in a Friday evening performance the final week.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Performance, Shakespeare, Summer |
Tuition: $850
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 29 (Two Week Program) 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Taught by: Kayleen Honan, Arlen Hancock
Grades 9 to 12

Shakespeare on the Green: Title TBA

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In the tradition of Shakespeare in the Park, students in this two-week program will perform an abridged version of a classic Shakespearean drama on the WFT@BU green. Over the course of the two weeks, this class will decode the sometimes perplexing language of Shakespeare to help students find meaning, humor, and more behind the words. Students will delve into some of the Bard’s most famous scenes and characters, making connections with their own experiences. Families are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us on the green for this classic tale of mischief, mishap and magic.
The program culminates in a Friday evening performance the final week.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Performance, Shakespeare, Summer |
Tuition: $850
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 29 (Two Week Program) 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Taught by: Kayleen Honan, Arlen Hancock

Week of July 25

Grades K to 1

Treasure Trunk Theatre: Out of this World

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This program is sold out. To be added to the waitlist please email WFTed@bu.edu

5,4,3,2,1…. Blast 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. This class is truly out of this world: walk on the moon, blast off on a rocket ship, travel the solar system, and still be back for lunch. The morning will be spent engaging in creative drama and movement and the second half of the day will be our Afternoon Arts Adventure: hands-on visual arts projects connected to the theme of the week. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the last day of class.

Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Josephine Ross
Grades 2 to 3

Sing & Dance-a-Story: On Land & On Sea

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Inspired by the stories and music from favorite musicals that take you Under the Sea or invite you to Move-It, Move-It out in the wild, 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. Not all actors need to dance, but learning how to use a creative and flexible range of movement will help young actors feel more confident on stage, develop physically interesting characters, and add another skill to their actor’s toolbox. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class at 2:00 p.m.
Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Emma Bergman
Grades 4 to 5

Musical Theatre: Hollywood Blockbusters

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An action-packed, one-week journey through scenes, songs, and dance numbers from favorite movie musicals of today and yesterday! With an emphasis on developing strong ensemble skills, this class engages all three of the student’s musical theatre skills: acting, singing, and dancing! A final presentation for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Nick Vargas, Todd Gordon

Musical Theatre Production: Shrek Jr.

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Focuses on coordinating the instruments of voice and body to create dynamic musical characters. In this 3 week program, students will participate in classes on acting, dancing, singing, and puppetry each morning, while spending each afternoon applying those to the rehearsal of the musical Shrek, Jr.. This program is open to anyone interested in deepening their musical theatre experience. The program will culminate in a 7 p.m.Thursday evening performance the final week.

About the show: Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. (From MTIshows.com)
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $1200
MOnday, July 25 - Friday, August 12 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Jeri Hammond, Annabel Wall, Alisa Cassola
Grades 6 to 8

Musical Theatre: Best of Broadway

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An action-packed, one-week journey through scenes, songs, and dance numbers from Broadway’s most magical musicals of today and yesterday! With an emphasis on developing strong ensemble skills, this class engages all three of the student’s musical theatre skills: acting, singing, and dancing! A final presentation for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Jenna Lea Scott, Lindsay Albert

Musical Theatre Production: Shrek Jr.

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Focuses on coordinating the instruments of voice and body to create dynamic musical characters. In this 3 week program, students will participate in classes on acting, dancing, singing, and puppetry each morning, while spending each afternoon applying those to the rehearsal of the musical Shrek, Jr.. This program is open to anyone interested in deepening their musical theatre experience. The program will culminate in a 7 p.m.Thursday evening performance the final week.

About the show: Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. (From MTIshows.com)
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $1200
MOnday, July 25 - Friday, August 12 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Jeri Hammond, Annabel Wall, Alisa Cassola

Theatre Design Intensive, Session 2

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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 a number of WFT’s Summer productions. 101 Dalmatians KIDS, Disney’s Frozen KIDS, Wizarding Worlds, Shrek Jr, Shakespeare on the Green, Advanced Performance Intensive. 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: $1200
Monday, July 25 - Friday, August 12 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Amanda Fallon
Grades 9 to 12

Theatre Design Intensive, Session 2

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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 a number of WFT’s Summer productions. 101 Dalmatians KIDS, Disney’s Frozen KIDS, Wizarding Worlds, Shrek Jr, Shakespeare on the Green, Advanced Performance Intensive. 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: $1200
Monday, July 25 - Friday, August 12 (Three Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Amanda Fallon

Week of August 1

Grades K to 1

Story Explorers: Lost & Found

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A week of creative play! Students will work together and use their imaginations, bodies, and voices while embarking on searches for lost objects, hidden worlds, and mysterious clues. Bring your spirit of exploration! The morning will be spent engaging in creative drama and movement and the second half of the day will be our Afternoon Arts Adventure: hands-on visual arts projects connected to the theme of the week. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5 9:00am - 3:30pm
Grades 2 to 3

Characters Take the Stage: Courageous Quests

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Are you up for the challenge? A fun and physical introduction to the fundamental building blocks of drama (body, voice, mind, and imagination). Using fantastical 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. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class at 2:00 p.m.
Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5 9:00am - 3:30pm

Mini Musical: Disney's Frozen Kids

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A fast-paced intensive program for young people ready to take the stage. In two weeks, students will work together to perform a 30-minute version of Frozen. While working on this musical, they will advance their acting, singing, and dancing skills while also learning more about production elements such as set, props, costumes, and sound and light design. Culminates in a performance demonstration for families and friends on the final Friday at 2:00 p.m.

About the show: Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, and all of your favorite characters as they embark on an epic, ice-filled journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and the real meaning of true love. Feature favorite Frozen songs such as “Love Is an Open Door,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” and “Let It Go,” as well as heartwarming new songs from the Broadway production. (From MTIshows.com)
Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): In Person, Musical Theatre, Performance, Summer |
Tuition: $850
Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 12 (Two Week Program) 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Sophie Rich, Lindsay Albert
Grades 4 to 5

Playwriting

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Creating Five Minute Plays. A concise introduction to the playwriting process. Students will explore the most effective way to tell stories through exploration of the basic elements of drama (action, character, conflict, dialogue). Students will build on initial ideas through improvisation, develop short scripts, then produce and perform their original works. A final presentation for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Playwriting, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5 9:00am - 3:30pm
Grades 6 to 8

Making a Scene: Devising, Directing, Acting

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This program is sold out. To be added to the waitlist please email WFTed@bu.edu


Students will put their acting skills to work as they develop and rehearse short scenes with fellow classmates. Understanding the meaning and given circumstances of a scene, as well as their character’s objective, will be emphasized. Students will collaboratively create original work. Learning how to both give and take direction will be an important part of the work, as well. A final presentation for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.

Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Directing, In Person, Playwriting, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Dev Luthra
Grades 9 to 12

Advanced Performance Intensive

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Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University is holding auditions for teens entering high school to 18 years old with prior training and performance experience committed to deepening their acting skills and knowledge of the craft. A limited number of admission slots are available on a rolling basis and program will be held in-person. Teen actors selected for this program will immerse themselves for two weeks in intensive advanced theatre training. Through challenging exercises and workshops in vocal, movement, and character work, and exploration of scenes from outstanding plays, students will experience the actor's process in-depth. This unique summer theatre program culminates in a public showcase!AUDITION REQUIRED CLICK HERE to sign-up to learn more about virtual auditions.
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $850
Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 12 (Two Week Program) 12:00pm - 6:45pm
Taught by: Fran Weinberg, Esme Allen

Week of August 8

Grades K to 1

Music Movers: Jurassic Jive

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This program is sold out. To be added to the waitlist please email WFTed@bu.edu


Get ready to move and groove! Students will make their own music exploring rhythm and music dynamics such as loud/soft, high/low, fast/slow. Through creative movement inspired by favorite dinosaurs, students will 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 morning will be spent engaging in music-making and movement and the second half of the day will be our Afternoon Arts Adventure: hands-on visual arts projects connected to the theme of the week. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the last day of class.

Grades: 1st Grade, Kindergarten | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Emma Bergman
Grades 2 to 3

Arts Alive! Shoebox Theatre

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Students will let their unique artistry out to play as they enter the artist’s studio for a week of creative self-expression in this new class offering. Create an imaginary world inside a cardboard box. Inspired by toy theatre, scenic design, and object puppetry, students will be designers, puppeteers, and directors of their own Shoebox Theatre production. Students will also enlarge the experience by developing those scenes at full scale as an acting ensemble. Tiny Adventures, Big fun! A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class at 2:00 p.m.
Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade | Type(s): Creative Drama, In Person, Summer, Visual Arts |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Rebecca Elowe
Grades 4 to 5

Making a Scene: Devising, Directing & Acting

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Students will put their acting skills to work as they develop and rehearse short scenes with fellow classmates. Understanding the meaning and given circumstances of a scene, as well as their character’s objective, will be emphasized. Students will collaboratively create original work. Learning how to both give and take direction will be an important part of the work, as well. A final presentation for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 4th Grade, 5th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Directing, In Person, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12 9:00am - 3:30pm
Taught by: Josephine Ross
Grades 6 to 8

Playwriting

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Creating Five Minute Plays. A concise introduction to the playwriting process. Students will explore the most effective way to tell stories through exploration of the basic elements of drama (action, character, conflict, dialogue). Students will build on initial ideas through improvisation, develop short scripts, then produce and perform their original works. A final presentation for family and friends will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the last day of class.
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade | Type(s): In Person, Playwriting, Summer |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12 9:00am - 3:30pm
Grades 9 to 12

Week of August 15

Grades K to 1

Under the Big Top: A High Flying Circus

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Come one, Come all to the Greatest Show on Earth! We will bring our summer to a rousing finish with a 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 addition, Wheelock Family Theatre teaching artists will lead classes in physical comedy, musical theatre, and movement. All together, making for a three-ring circus of an experience!
Families are invited to join us under the big top at 2:00 p.m.on the last afternoon for a sharing of the week’s learning as we celebrate the end of another fun-filled summer at Wheelock Family Theatre!
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Clowning, Improv, In Person, Physical Comedy, Summer, Visual Arts |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19 9:00am - 3:30pm
Grades 2 to 3

Under the Big Top: A High Flying Circus

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Come one, Come all to the Greatest Show on Earth! We will bring our summer to a rousing finish with a 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 addition, Wheelock Family Theatre teaching artists will lead classes in physical comedy, musical theatre, and movement. All together, making for a three-ring circus of an experience!
Families are invited to join us under the big top at 2:00 p.m.on the last afternoon for a sharing of the week’s learning as we celebrate the end of another fun-filled summer at Wheelock Family Theatre!
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Clowning, Improv, In Person, Physical Comedy, Summer, Visual Arts |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19 9:00am - 3:30pm
Grades 4 to 5

Under the Big Top: A High Flying Circus

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Come one, Come all to the Greatest Show on Earth! We will bring our summer to a rousing finish with a 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 addition, Wheelock Family Theatre teaching artists will lead classes in physical comedy, musical theatre, and movement. All together, making for a three-ring circus of an experience!
Families are invited to join us under the big top at 2:00 p.m.on the last afternoon for a sharing of the week’s learning as we celebrate the end of another fun-filled summer at Wheelock Family Theatre!
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Clowning, Improv, In Person, Physical Comedy, Summer, Visual Arts |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19 9:00am - 3:30pm
Grades 6 to 8

Under the Big Top: A High Flying Circus

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Come one, Come all to the Greatest Show on Earth! We will bring our summer to a rousing finish with a 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 addition, Wheelock Family Theatre teaching artists will lead classes in physical comedy, musical theatre, and movement. All together, making for a three-ring circus of an experience!
Families are invited to join us under the big top at 2:00 p.m.on the last afternoon for a sharing of the week’s learning as we celebrate the end of another fun-filled summer at Wheelock Family Theatre!
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Clowning, Improv, In Person, Physical Comedy, Summer, Visual Arts |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19 9:00am - 3:30pm
Grades 9 to 12

Under the Big Top: A High Flying Circus

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Come one, Come all to the Greatest Show on Earth! We will bring our summer to a rousing finish with a 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 addition, Wheelock Family Theatre teaching artists will lead classes in physical comedy, musical theatre, and movement. All together, making for a three-ring circus of an experience!
Families are invited to join us under the big top at 2:00 p.m.on the last afternoon for a sharing of the week’s learning as we celebrate the end of another fun-filled summer at Wheelock Family Theatre!
Grades: 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade | Type(s): Acting, Clowning, Improv, In Person, Physical Comedy, Summer, Visual Arts |
Tuition: $450
Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19 9:00am - 3:30pm

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