autumn 2018 theater clubs
Theater Clubs: Students get to have fun, explore theater,
and get a taste of our summer theater camp experience.
Six School sessions: Week of Oct. 8-12* to week of Nov. 12-16
*Due to a holiday, Portland Waldorf School club begins the week of Oct. 15
- Portland Waldorf School Mondays 3:00 - 4:30
- Portland Village School Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:30
- Cedarwood School Wednesdays 3:15 - 4:45
- Swallowtail School Thursdays 1:30 - 3:00
- Micha-el School Fridays 1:30 / 3:00
(Micha-el: Gr. 2-5 1:30 - 3:00; Gr. 6-8 3:00 - 5:00)
:: We also offer a weekends-only option for students who attend schools other than the sites of our after-school clubs.
And two combined all-school sessions:
All-school rehearsal: Sunday Nov. 11 9:30 - 2:30 at Portland Waldorf School
All-school rehearsal/performance: Sunday Nov. 25 at Alberta Abbey
1:30 - 3:45 dress rehearsal 4:00 - 5:15 performance
Featuring our show Olympus
Registration is open for
Grades 2-8 Micha-el, Portland Village School, and Cedarwood
Grades 1-8 Swallowtail and Portland Village School
Grades 2-8 other schools / homeschool / unschool for weekends-only option
WHAT DO THE KIDS DO
AT THE THEATER CLUBS?
Play theater games, learn some acting tips, and perform in an original musical
Sing fun, engaging songs
Play with costumes
Perform several scenes and songs at the end-of-term at the school itself
Combine with all the schools for a grand final performance
The Bigger Picture / In-Depth
In our clubs we explore theatrical expression through improvisational theater, theater games, and acting exercises. We also sing songs from the show and rehearse skits and scenes for the performance. While we keep the mood light, there are also times where we are focused and expect our student's best concentration and effort.
Theater clubs are for students who would like to explore drama more thoroughly, and work with a group towards both a mini-presentation in-school, offered to friends and family at the end of our term, and a larger presentation where all four theater clubs combine forces for one grand finale.
For the combined show, Grades 5 and up can audition for leads or be cast in group/smaller parts
After the first class, students will let us know whether they wish to be considered for lead roles and/or solo singing. Auditions happen over the phone. Casting will be set by the third week of club meetings. Students applying for lead roles are agreeing to take the time outside of our clubs to learn their lines and songs, ideally at least a week before the show. Leads (open to students Grades 5 and up who apply) need to be able to hold pitch for singing (if a singing part) and commit to having their lines memorized at least one week before the performance.
For our in-school shows, Grades 4 and up can request to be considered for larger parts.
In addition to the combined performance which combines all four clubs, we will be having each individual theater club perform several scenes and songs from the show. 4th graders and up can express interest in these larger parts at the first club meeting. Based on numbers, space, and the show that year, not all children interested in larger parts receive them.
For the combined show, Grades 4 and below will be cast in group parts and occasionally small individual roles
Some younger students will have individual lines; most will be in several group parts and group songs.
We ask all families to make time for students to learn their songs and lines outside of musical theater club hours
Given our limited time with the students, we make sure we use that time for drama games, rehearsals, and singing. While students occasionally will have a few minutes here and there to read over their lines, we ask all students and parents to take sufficient time outside of club hours to learn their lines. Students will have access to cd's of the songs to learn from, sheet music online, and mp3's on our website
The final performance will be fun...but probably not too polished
Those who have seen our summer camp performances know the high standard of quality we aspire to. For our musical theater clubs, while we still welcome and challenge students to their best work, given our limited rehearsal schedule and our full cast only assembling twice, with once being on the final day before the show, there may be a few hiccups in the performance.
Sets and props will be minimal; costumes are fun but varied.
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503 - 895 - 4705. We also plan on having a table after school at most locations a week or two before the clubs begin.
Students need not have prior drama experience to participate in after-school theater clubs.
Sliding scale donation is $85 - $150 [$80 - 140 at PWS] or $40 - 60 for our weekends-only option. A few scholarships available.