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Spring Break Performance Academy: Willy Wonka Kids


with Brett Spahr

Calendar Mar 13, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Grades 4-8 • March 13-18, 2023 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM • $280 Subscribers/$290 Non-subscribers

Auditions: Friday, March 10, 4:00-6:00 PM

Performances: 5:00 PM on Friday, Mar. 17, and Sat., Mar. 18 at 11:00 AM. 

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating 35-minute adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale, which includes classics like “Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination”. Auditions will be held from 4:00-6:00 PM on Friday, Mar. 10, to determine role assignment. All students enrolled must attend auditions. Performances are at 5:00 PM on Friday, Mar. 17, and Sat., Mar. 18 at 11:00 AM. Each student receives 2 complimentary tickets to the performance of his or her choice. Additional tickets may be purchased for $5 each online at beginning Mar. 1. Seating is general admission.

Students should bring a lunch and a snack to full-day camps. All students must bring their own refillable water bottle. All items must be labeled with child’s name.

Extended care is available for Spring Break camps from 7:30-9:00 AM. The fee is $6.00 per session per day. This is not a drop-in service; children must be pre-registered. After care is not available for Spring Break workshops.

Full Course

Spring Break: Pure Imagination


with Maren Grant

Calendar Mar 13, 2023 at 9:30 am

Grades K-1 • March 13-17, 2023 • 9:30-11:30 AM • $155 Subscribers/$165 Non-subscribers

Students can join us at the Playhouse to create and explore a world of pure imagination.   They’ll build miniature chocolate factories, make commercials for their very own Willy Wonka candy inventions and dramatize the “sweetest” stories, like The Gingerbread Boy, Hansel and Gretel, and more!  We’ll attend a dress rehearsal of Willy Wonka KIDS on the final day.

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Spring Break: Making a Scene


with Maren Grant

Calendar Mar 13, 2023 at 12:30 pm

Grades 2-3 • March 13-17, 2023 • 12:30 -3:30 PM • $165 Subscribers/$175 Non-subscribers

Using literature such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Chocolate Touch, The Candy Shop War, and others, perform scenes in large and small groups. We keep it light, but introduce beginning acting skills and ensemble building. Friends and family are invited on the final day to view highlights.

Full Course

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