Oddfellows’ Neighborhood Troupes program provides free, after-school activities for students, ages 5-18, from subsidized housing areas. Students come to the Playhouse once a week for theater classes, visual arts, snacks, and field trips. The goal of the Troupes program is to use theater to help these young people grow up to be more successful adults and support their work in school. Troupes are about learning life skills: interacting with peers and adults in a positive way, building trust and creating safe spaces, forming individual and community identities. Each Troupe also presents a performance every year, whether it is a mainstage production by older Troupes members or Share Day performances by younger ones. Troupes are facilitated by an artist/leader and 2 teaching assistants, usually
The Neighborhood Troupes program has received support for the 2007-2008 season from the
For more information about Oddfellows’ Neighborhood Troupes program, call (860) 347-6143.