Wheelock Family Theatre provides a dynamic and exciting drama curriculum for young actors that teaches drama skills while connecting those skills to your child’s overall development. WFT offers programs during public and private school breaks in February, March, and April.

February Vacation

All of our 2018/2019 main stage season focus on characters who ask us to “go out and tell our story”. February vacation programs invite students to adapt and create original stories.

Before-care (8am to 9am) and aftercare (3:30pm to 5:00pm) are available for all programs.

Pre-K to K: Story Explorers: Stories that Spark Imagination

Inspired by favorite children’s books that “spark imagination,” Story Explorers embark on a new adventure each day! Through creative movement, imagination, and hands-on art activities, students jump into the world of each story and set sail on this interactive theatre experience specially designed for our youngest students. At the last class, family and friends are invited as students share some highlights of their imaginative journey.

Tuition: $225
Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 22, 20199:00am to 12:00pm

PreK to K: Afternoon Arts Adventure

Each afternoon will be full of opportunities to create hands-on visual art!

Tuition: $225
Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 22, 201912:30pm to 3:30pm

Grades 1 to 3: Stories on Stage: Stories from Around the World

Drawing on an array of stories from across the globe, students will develop the tools necessary to tell dynamic stories on stage. With an infusion of acting and global visual arts, students will work as an ensemble to create original theatre inspired by the rich history of storytelling from across the world, without even leaving the classroom! At the last class, family and friends are invited to join the group and watch the creative process in action.

Tuition: $450
Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 22, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

Grades 4 to5: Stories on Stage: Adventure Stories

Students will spend a week on the high seas, discovering uninhabited lands, and traveling through fiction’s most awesome stories all while never leaving the classroom. Students will use their actor’s tools (body, mind, voice, and imagination) to create daring and dynamic characters in the most harrowing situations. Through theatre and hands on visual art experiences students will bring these stories to life. At the last class, family and friends are invited to join the group to watch the creative process in action.

Tuition: $450
Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 22, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

Grades 6 to 12: My Story

Feel the power of sharing your story with others! During this creative and highly collaborative week, students will work as an ensemble to explore their own and each other’s life experiences and script them into short scenes and monologues for the stage. A final presentation for family and friends will take place on the last day of class.

Tuition: $450
Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 22, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

Beforecare

Tuition: $10/day
February 18 - February 22, 20198:00am to 9:00am

Aftercare

Tuition: $15/day
February 18 - February 22, 20193:30pm - 5:30pm
March Vacation

All of our 2018/2019 main stage season focus on characters who ask us to “go out and tell our story”. March vacation programs invite students to adapt and create original stories.

Before-care (8am to 9am) and aftercare (3:30pm to 5:00pm) are available for all programs.

Pre-K to K: Story Explorers: Stories that Spark Imagination

Inspired by favorite children’s books that “spark imagination,” Story Explorers embark on a new adventure each day! Through creative movement, imagination, and hands-on art activities, students jump into the world of each story and set sail on this interactive theatre experience specially designed for our youngest students. At the last class, family and friends are invited as students share some highlights of their imaginative journey.

Tuition: $225
Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, 20199:00am to 12:00pm

Pre-K to K: Afternoon Arts Adventures

Each afternoon will be full of opportunities to create hands-on visual art!

Tuition: $225
Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, 201912:30pm to 3:30pm

Grades 1 to 3: Stories on Stage: Stories from Around the World

Drawing on an array of stories from across the globe, students will develop the tools necessary to tell dynamic stories on stage. With an infusion of acting and global visual arts, students will work as an ensemble to create original theatre inspired by the rich history of storytelling from across the world, without even leaving the classroom! At the last class, family and friends are invited to join the group and watch the creative process in action.

Tuition: $450
Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

Grades 4 to 5: Stories on Stage: Adventure Stories

Students will spend a week on the high seas, discovering uninhabited lands, and traveling through fiction’s most awesome stories all while never leaving the classroom. Students will use their actor’s tools (body, mind, voice, and imagination) to create daring and dynamic characters in the most harrowing situations. Through theatre and hands on visual art experiences students will bring these stories to life. At the last class, family and friends are invited to join the group to watch the creative process in action.

Tuition: $450
Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

Grades 6 to 12: My Story

Feel the power of sharing your story with others! During this creative and highly collaborative week, students will work as an ensemble to explore their own and each other’s life experiences and script them into short scenes and monologues for the stage. A final presentation for family and friends will take place on the last day of class.

Tuition: $450
Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

Beforecare

Tuition: $10/day
March 18 - March 22, 20198:00am to 9:00am

Aftercare

Tuition: $15/day
March 18 - March 22, 20193:30pm - 5:30pm
April Vacation

Our April vacation programs are tied to the spring main stage production of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. Classes will spend the week exploring Dahl’s stories, musical theatre and more! All classes will attend a matinee performance of our production of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach during the week.

Before-care (8am to 9am) and aftercare (3:30pm to 5:00pm) are available for all program

Pre-K to K: Story Explorers: The Magic of Roald Dahl

Inspired by Roald Dahl’s magical cannon of literary works, Story Explorers will examine the more magical elements of his work. Through creative movement, imagination, and hands-on art activities, students jump into the world of each story and set sail on this interactive theatre experience specially designed for our youngest students. At the last class, family and friends are invited as students share some highlights of their imaginative journey.

Tuition: $225
Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, 20199:00am to 12:00pm

Grades 1 to 3: Musical Theatre: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

We’ll enter the wacky and wonderful world of another one of Dahl’s classic stories, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Students will explore the Broadway musical adaptation through singing, dancing and acting, bring these delicious characters to life! At the last class, family and friends are invited as students share some highlights of their sweet

Tuition: $450
Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

Pre-K to K: Afternoon Arts Adventures

Each afternoon will be full of opportunities to create hands-on visual art!

Tuition: $225
Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, 201912:30pm to 3:30pm

Grades 4 to 5: Musical Theatre: It's Dahl-lightful!

Students will develop characters within the context of a musical scenes and songs selected from award-winning musical adaptations of Dahl’s books (Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Willy Wonka, The BFG and more!) A final presentation for family and friends will take place on the last day of class.

Tuition: $450
Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

Grades 6 to 12: Musical Theatre: Pasek & Paul

Students will explore the fundamentals of musical theatre through the works of the award-winning musical team of Pasek & Paul (James and the Giant Peach, Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman, La La Land and more!) Through solo, small-group, and ensemble work, students will learn how to transition from scene to song, creating a believable shift that allows the audience to follow a character’s journey. A final presentation for family and friends will take place on the last day of class.

Tuition: $450
Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

Beforecare

Tuition: $10/day
April 15 - April 19, 20198:00am to 9:00am

Aftercare

Tuition: $15/day
April 15 - April 19, 20193:30pm - 5:30pm

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

Our classes give young people the opportunity to learn the fundamental building blocks of drama, and benefit from the additional skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication that theatre education provides. We offer a fun and supportive class environment in a setting unique to Boston and the region: Wheelock Family Theatre is a professional, Equity theatre committed to creating high quality productions, celebrating diversity, and making its programs affordable and accessible for children and families. Wheelock Family Theatre’s education program is an exciting developmentally and age-appropriate curriculum for young people between the ages of 3 and 18.

We have designed a sequence of class offerings that allow students to experience the joy of creative discovery at any point along the continuum. Intergenerational storytelling leads to early creative dramatics leads to acting fundamentals/actor’s toolbox then to specialty sessions in musical theatre, stage combat, improv, playwriting, or songwriting. We encourage students to take classes more than once, to continue building their foundation of skills upon prior training. Experienced students can audition for WFT’s advanced performance intensives and mainstage productions.

Policies to note:

  • All programs enroll on a first-come, first-serve basis. Programs have a maximum capacity, to optimize small groups.
  • Classes have been organized by age and grade, to support developmentally and age-appropriate curriculum and peer interaction, and we adhere to advertised age brackets.
  • We ask that parents not attend classes with their children (Saturday Stories the exception). It is our experience that children do best if unaccompanied. We do invite family and friends to attend the last class in each session.
  • WFT makes every possible effort to accommodate students with special needs and physical and cognitive differences. We encourage families to provide us with any necessary information during registration to help us assess individual needs.
  • Tuition assistance is available, please contact members of our Education Department at 617-353-2994.

If you have any questions or would like help in selecting classes for your child, please email us at WFTEd@bu.edu or call us at 617-353-2994.