3/17/2020  Update: Creative Arts classes and in-person lessons are suspended through April 7.  Please check back or email office@weteachcreativearts.org

 

In an effort to keep our community safe and healthy, our office staffing is extremely limited.  As such, email is the recommended method of communication.  We will do our best to answer your questions and concerns within two business days.

 

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Meet our
Theater Teachers

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Sid Adams

"My goal as a teacher is to create lifelong artists who may or may not pursue a career in performance, but they will develop a greater appreciation for the arts in adolescence and adulthood."

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Jocelyn Duford

An experienced and dedicated actor and educator, Jocelyn looks forward to helping Creative Arts students develop skills and bring their imagination to life on stage.

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Suzie Soloviev

A theatre director and educator with a particular love for Shakespeare and devising, Suzie especially enjoys working with students on basic skills while boosting their confidence.

We offer a 10% Sibling Discount on Group Classes. Please email or call the office so we can register with the discount, 781-942-9600.

Summer Theater Programs

Registration is Open!

 

Extended Day is available from 8am to 5:30pm; details below. 

Programs run Monday to Friday, with a choice of mornings, afternoons or full days.

Partial weeks are not available for registration.

To Register: Through our online system and we accept phone or in-person registrations during business hours. Click on any "REGISTER NOW" button to enroll.

We offer a 10% Sibling Discount on Group Classes. Please email director@weteachcreativearts.org or call the office so we can register with the discount, 781-942-9600.

Accessibility: We welcome students of all abilities and learning styles. Our facility is accessible via ramps at the Lowell, Sanborn and Woburn Street entrances. 

Volunteer Teen Assistants: We are seeking Assistants (age 13+) for all summer programs. Please call 781-942-9600 for more info. Look for us at the Reading Library Teen Summer Job Fair.

More Theater Program specific details appear below.

June 29-July 3 

From Page to Stage 1

Ages 5-10

Mornings Only: Monday to Friday, 9am-12pm

Free Performance: Friday July 3 at 12pm

Created for young performers new to the stage, students bring a popular fairy tale (Title TBD) to life, learn acting and singing skills, choreography and stagecraft. Family and friends are invited for a performance on Friday.

Instructor: Suzie Soloviev 

 $230  /  Siblings $207 

July 6-10 

From Page to Stage 2

Ages 5-10

Full Days: Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm

Free Performance: Friday July 10 at 6pm

Created for young performers new to the stage, students bring a popular fairy tale (Title TBD) to life, learn acting and singing skills, choreography and stagecraft. Family and friends are invited for a performance on Friday.

Instructor: Suzie Soloviev 

$390  /  Siblings $351 

July 13-25

The Lion King, Jr.

Enrollment is full and a waitlist has been activated.

Ages 5-12

Monday to Friday, 2 weeks, 9am-4pm

Two Performances:
Friday July 24 at 6pm

Saturday July 25 at 10am​

Tickets $5. Each students receives 2 free tickets. 

The Lion King Jr. tells the story of the epic adventures of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Full description below...
Instructor: Sid Adams

$730  /  Siblings $657 

July 27-31

Broadway Bootcamp

Ages 6-12

Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm

Free Performance: Friday July 10 at 6pm

Calling all actors, singers and dancers! Inspired by Broadway’s most popular musicals, students develop and advance those triple threat skills! Using theater games, vocal work and movement study, students will create ensemble work and solos to perform a one-of-a-kind cabaret on Friday for family and friends.

Instructor: Sid Adams

$390  /  Siblings $351 

August 3-7
The Best Little Theater in Town (Musical)

Ages 6-12

Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm

Performance: Friday August 7 at 6pm

A hilarious "play within a play" unfolds with the help of 2 narrators as a small town theater struggles to make ends meet. There's plenty of drama and comedy in this fabulous story with a great score. Full description below...

Instructor: Sid Adams

$390  /  Siblings $351 

August 10-14

Superhero Adventures

Ages 5-12

Monday to Friday, 9am-12pm

Hall of Heros Living Museum, Friday August 14 at 12

 

Ever wanted x-ray vision or powers of invisibility? Ready to leap tall buildings in a single bound?

Through dynamic storytelling, vocal work, teamwork and imagination, students create their own unique superhero with superpowers, capes, masks and props. Culminates in the “Hall of Heros Living Museum” for family and friends to visit on Friday.

Instructor: Jocelyn Duford

$230  /  Siblings $207 

August 17-21
Actors Studio for Teens

Ages 13-18

Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm

Showcase: Friday August 21 at 6pm

Monologue selection and delivery, improvisation, character development, collaborating on scenes with partners, movement for the stage, etc. End with a showcase of skills, monologues, scenes, etc.

Instructor: Jocelyn Duford

$390  /  Siblings $351 

We offer a 10% Sibling Discount on Group Classes. Please email director@weteachcreativearts.org or call the office so we can register with the discount, 781-942-9600.

Summer 2020 Theater Program Details

 

  • Student fee includes production costs, and, for full day programs, supervised lunches, a pizza party for the cast and staff on Friday before the performance.

  • All performances are open to family, friends and the community.

  • All performances take place at Creatice Arts in Guild Hall.

  • Performances are free, except for "The Big Musical" on July 24 and 25, tickets are $5.

  • For all other weeks, we ask for a donation of $5 per person to support the ongoing growth of theater programs at Creative Arts.​

  • Door open for performances 30 minutes before curtain.

  • Tickets may be purchased and/or donation accepted at the door on the day of the performance.

  • We welcome audience members of all ages and abilities. Guild Hall is accessible via a handicap ramp off of Woburn Street.

See School Policies, Including Details for Summer Programs

  • What Students Bring and Wear

  • Arrival and Departure Procedures​

  • Extended Day​

Employment Opportunity

We are seeking an experienced Theater Program Teaching Assistant. This position is listed on www.hireculture.org

Also looking for Volunteer Teen Assistants (age 13+) for all summer programs. Please call 781-942-9600 for more info.

Full Descriptions of Shows

 

July 13-25 The Lion King Jr. 

 

RAFIKI gathers the ANIMALS of the Pridelands to welcome the newborn cub of King MUFASA and Queen SARABI ("Circle of Life with Nants' Ingonyama"). The king's jealous brother, SCAR, no longer heir to the throne, skips the ceremony, upsetting Mufasa. Time passes ("Grasslands Chant") and YOUNG SIMBA grows into a curious young lion. Mufasa explains the circle of life and that Young Simba will one day be king of the Pridelands. Young Simba shares this news with Scar, who encourages his nephew to visit the forbidden Elephant Graveyard. Young Simba finds his best friend, YOUNG NALA, hunting with SARAFINA and the LIONESSES ("The Lioness Hunt") and invites her on his adventure.

 

Once they ditch their overbearing babysitter, ZAZU ("I Just Can't Wait to Be King"), the cubs encounter the ravenous SHENZI, BANZAI and ED in the graveyard. Mufasa arrives and pummels the hyenas, then takes the cubs home. Scar emerges from the darkness to recruit the HYENAS in his murderous plan to become king ("Be Prepared"). Back in the Pridelands, Mufasa reprimands Young Simba, then shares the guidance of their ancestors, up among the stars ("They Live in You").

Enacting his plan, Scar leaves Young Simba alone in the gorge and signals the hyenas to scare a herd of wildebeest ("The Stampede"). Scar alerts Mufasa, who leaps into the stampede to save his son. Mufasa rescues Young Simba, but Scar pushes his brother back into the gorge, where he is trampled. Scar blames Young Simba for the king's death and tells him to run away and never return. As Sarabi, Young Nala, Rafiki and the lionesses mourn the loss of Mufasa and Young Simba ("The Mourning"), Scar assumes the throne, uniting lions and hyenas under his dark reign.

 

Lost in the desert, Young Simba meets TIMON and PUMBAA, who take him to their "worry-free" jungle home ("Hakuna Matata").

Under Scar's reign, the Pridelands are nearly destroyed. Now grown, NALA decides to leave and seek help ("Shadowland"). To her delight, she finds SIMBA alive in the jungle ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight"). Nala urges him to take his rightful place as king but, still ashamed, Simba refuses. Rafiki appears and helps Simba remember his father ("He Lives in You"). With newfound courage, Simba agrees to return to the Pridelands.

 

Timon and Pumbaa distract the hyenas ("Luau Hawaiian Treat") while Nala rallies the lionesses. Simba confronts his uncle, the truth of Mufasa's murder is revealed and Scar runs away, pursued by angry hyenas. With peace restored in the Pridelands, Simba takes his place as king and the circle of life continues ("Finale").

August 3-7 The Best Little Theater in Town (Musical)

By Sally K. Albrecht, Alfred Music Publishing

 

When James P. Pennypacker (a shady accountant) announces that he'll have to shut down The Best Little Theater in Town due to lack of funds, theater owner Mrs. Goodman, popular director Cecille Deville, and the tightly-knit cast go into action! Two narrators pave the way as they discuss the elements of a classic musical theater production in this fun-filled "play within a play." Watch the story unfold as this small town theater company struggles to make ends meet. There's plenty of drama and more than enough comedy in this fabulous theatrical score and entertaining book. 

Learn more and listen to the music at:

https://www.jwpepper.com/Best-Little-Theater-in-Town/3300808.item#/submit

The Creative Arts Actor Training Program

 

Our program is intentionally crafted to help students explore emerging theater skills in a supportive and positive environment. "Age appropriate" instruction recognizes each student's level of skill and ability. Creative expression, especially with educational theater, is a very personal experience for students of all ages.

It's always amazing to see what students learn and accomplish by working together with the support of caring and passionate theater instructors. Self expression, confidence, pride, responsibility and collaboration are natural results of acting and performing.

Theater skills = Life skills.

CREATIVE ARTS

Phone 781-942-9600

Email office@weteachcreativearts.org

 

25 Woburn Street, Reading, MA 01867

Enter at rear of building (behind Reading Town Hall, at 32 Lowell St/Rt. 129.

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