Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater is pleased to announce its second Fall 2012 Session will begin the week of October 29. The youth theater, which provides afterschool and weekend theatrical programming, is excited about the overhaul in program offerings and expansion of the second fall session. Oddfellows’ programs use theatre as a vehicle to build essential life skills, while exploring highly educational and artistic themes and plays.
asked our families and students for input on what Oddfellows was
offering them and what they wanted to see added. We have classes
offered nearly every day of the week and all morning on Saturdays in
order to provide an opportunity to fit into a family’s busy schedule,”
said Executive Director Matt Pugliese. Classes are offered Monday
through Thursday from 4-7pm and Saturdays for students K-8.
are also more classes that explore areas outside of traditional
acting. New class offerings focus on musical theater, improvisation,
circus skills, audition coaching, directing, technical theater, and
Classes for the Little Fellows (ages 3-4) include Magic Suitcase Adventures and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! First Act (Grades K-1) offers Creative Drama courses themed around children’s books and adventures such as Dinosaur Adventures, Angelina Ballerina, and Goodnight, Gorilla. Story Starters (Grades 2-3) encourage
creative expression and promote confidence, self-esteem, and
communication. Once a week classes focus on skill building, while
classes that meet twice a week short productions put those skills into
action. Short productions include Alice in Wonderland, Cloudy with a
Chance of Meatballs and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Kids Company (Grades 4-5) is
the stage that students begin to focus more on skills and techniques.
These courses help develop the next set of vocal, physical and emotional
skills. Short productions of The Polar Express and The Nutcracker!
Sweet! will be offered. A class in the Fundamentals of Musical Theater is offered on Saturdays.
The Junior Repertory Company (grades 6-8)
offers skill based workshops throughout the week. A musical theater
dance class on Wednesdays helps students build around dance and acting
as storytelling devices. Musical Theater Cabaret will put together
select complete numbers on Saturdays. More skill based classes for the
aspiring young thespian such as Classic Scene Study and Improve Your
Audition Skills are offered as well.
The Teen Repertory Company (grades 9-12)
is an opportunity for adventurous, committed teenagers to experience
cutting-edge theater in a supportive, challenging and non-competitive
environment. The company takes on mature, thought-provoking work with
bold energy and high artistic standards. Skill building classes and
private coaching are available as well. Courses in directing and
playwrighting are featured this fall.
A full list of program offerings and public performances can be found online at www.oddfellows.org.
programming is made possible through the generous support of the
American Savings Foundation, the CDBG Scholarship Program, the CT
Department of Economic and Community Development, the CT Department of
Education, Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Fund, Elizabeth Carse
Foundation, the Fund for Greater Hartford, the George A. and Grace L.
Long Foundation, the Irving Kohn Foundation, the J. Walton Bissell
Foundation, Liberty Bank Foundation, Maximilian E. & Marion O.
Hoffman Foundation, Middlesex County Community Foundation, Middlesex
United Way, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Middletown YSB, the
National Endowment for the Arts, Northern Middlesex Cable Advisory
Council, Pratt & Whitney—Middletown, Price Chopper Golub
Foundation, the Stare Fund, Stop and Shop Foundation, Thomas J. Atkins
Foundation, Triple Frog, LLC and WESU (88.1FM).