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.
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.
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
Pre-K to K: Afternoon Arts Adventures
Each afternoon will be full of opportunities to create hands-on visual art!
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.
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.
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.