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

A week of musical theatre inspired by our mainstage production of Little Women! Students will spend the week exploring musical theatre with female protagonists. Students will have the opportunity to attend a performance of Little Women.

Before-care (8am to 9am) and aftercare (3:30pm to 5:00pm) are available for all programs. More information and registration will be open soon!

Grades PreK-K: Movie Musicals Come to Life: Frozen, Moana, Mulan & More!

From the frozen tundra of Arendelle to the Polynesian beaches, and beyond the great wall of China, students will bring to life their favorite movie musical characters (Elsa, Olaf, Moana, Maui, Mulan & more) through acting, singing, and dancing! Friends and families are invited to join us on the final day of the program at 11:30am for a final demonstration.

Tuition: $450
Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21, 20209:00am to 3:30pm

Grades 1 - 3: Musical Masterpieces: The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan

Across the plains of Kansas, into Oz, down the rabbit hole and through Neverland, students will travel on a week of musical adventures! Using popular adaptations of some of the most beloved characters of all time, students will develop the skills necessary to bring to life the magical worlds we all know and love! Friends and families are invited to join us on the final day of the program at 1:30PM for a final demonstration.

Tuition: $450
Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

Grades 4 - 5: Musical's Misunderstood: Wicked, The Adams Family, Anne of Green Gables

Elphaba's green skin, Wednesday Adams' "sunny disposition", and Anne's red hair are a few qualities of musical theatre's most misunderstood characters. Over the course of the week students will gain greater understanding of how to create dynamic musical theater characters on stage through singing, dancing, and acting. Friends and families are invited to join us on the final day of the program at 2:00pm for a final demonstration.

Tuition: $450
Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

Grades 6 to 12: Broadway's "High School" Musicals

Mean Girls, Be More Chill, Dear Evan Hansen &The Prom are a handful of recent hits on Broadway telling stories of young people. Over the week students will explore these titles and other "high school musicals", through singing, dancing, and scene work. Friends and families are invited to join us on the final day of the program at 2:30pm for a final demonstration.

Tuition: $450
Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 21, 20199:00am to 3:30pm
March Vacation

March Madness! In five days students will learn the skills (singing, dancing, acting, clowning, and more!) to create an original variety show!

Before-care (8am to 9am) and aftercare (3:30pm to 5:00pm) are available for all programs. More information and registration will be open soon!

March Madness "Variety Hour

From the golden age of vaudevile to late night television, variety shows have been a popular form of entertainment for decades. Over the course of a week students will work together to create original variety acts in Wheelock Familly Theatre's first ever "March Madness: Variety Hour". The beginning of the week will consist of skill building classes in song & dance, sketch comedy, and circus arts. Students spend the second half of the week in teams developing original performance pieces to share with friends and family. A final demonstration of our variety hour will be held at 2:00pm on the final day of the program. *This program is open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Students will be divided into four groups based on their age/grade level*

Tuition: $450
Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, 20209:00am to 3:30pm
April Vacation

A week of adventure inspired by our mainstage productions of The Little Prince and Bud, Not Buddy! Students will have the opportunity to see WFT’s production of Little Prince.

Before-care (8am to 9am) and aftercare (3:30pm to 5:00pm) are available for all programs. More information and registration will be open soon!

Grades PreK-K: Characters Take the Stage: Small Characters accomplishing Big Things

A fun and physical introduction to the fundamental building blocks of drama (body, voice, mind, and imagination). During the week students will explore stories through movement exercises, story reenactments, theatre games, improvisation, role-playing, music, dance, and visual arts. At the last class, family and friends are invited to join the class for a final demonstration at 11:30am on the final day of the program.

Tuition: $450
Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24, 20209:00am to 3:30pm

Grades 1-3: Making a Scene: Robin Hood, Treasure Island, and more!

Students will put their acting skills to work as they rehearse scenes from adaptations of literature's most epic adventure stories! Students' work will focus on understanding the meaning and the given circumstances of a scene, as well as diving into character’s objective. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place at 1:30pm on the final day of the program.

Tuition: $450
Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

Grades 4-5: Script to Screen: Superheros Unmasked

Lights. Camera. Action! From Marvel to DC and everyone in between, students will investigate some of Holloywood's hottest superhero screenplays and what makes these dynamic stories come to life on the big screen. The focus of the week will be split between text analysis, acting for the camera techniques and stunt magic! A final screening/demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class at 2:00pm.

Tuition: $450
Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

Grades 6-12: Unpacking the Scene: Plays of Inner Journey

Students will investigate scenes involving characters at a crossroad, learning to read between the lines and create characters with depth, reveal motivations, obstacles, relationships and more. This class will take students’ acting to new levels as they deepen acting skills and work in an ensemble to convey complex stories to an audience. A final demonstration for family and friends will take place on the last day of class at 2:30pm.

Tuition: $450
Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24, 20199:00am to 3:30pm

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.