Online Summer Theater Workshops

Click for a schedule of Online Summer Theatre Workshops at TCAN.

Pocket Full of Tales Theatre Company presents brand-new, scripted original musicals as the leaping-off point for our online Summer Theater Workshops. Your child will have adventures in acting, dancing, singing, and teamwork, and will work with professional actors, musicians, and theater educators in a creative, supportive environment to stage a final show - online - on the last day of class. 

Plant a seed and watch it grow...sing, move, act, create!

At TCAN, arts education is our priority - but your children will only know they're having fun! Kids receive interactive and personalized direction from Kristy and other experienced counselors to breathe life into classic kid’s stories - acting, dancing, and singing their way through a fun-filled theatre experience. By selecting from a variety of sessions, your child can choose what they want to do, and you get the guarantee of a rewarding and fun arts experience.

Using the familiar Zoom platform and original scripts, music and lyrics (provided), children learn songs, play theater games and rehearse lines to create an exciting final online performance for family and friends. Single week online workshops are offered during the summer for children weekdays. (see class list for specific workshop programs, descriptions, and schedule). 

 

2020 Online Schedule

July 6 - 10
The Lorax
Full Day: 9:00am-3:00pm EST (6:00am-12:00pm PST)
Half Day: 9:00am-12:00pm EST (6:00am-9:00am PST)

A child encounters an old factory and hears the tale of the Lorax. The Lorax speaks for the trees and tries to protect the forest and nature around him. He and his friends the humming fish, the swammy swans and the barbaloots spend the story fighting a losing battle against the Once-ler character, whose greed causes him to strip the trees from the plentiful land around him and turn it into a factory. Unless, someone cares a whole awful lot, does something, nothing is going to get better it's not. Will the young child be able to save the day.

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July 6 - 10
1 Script, 2 Script, Silly Script, New Script
3:30pm-5:30pm EST (12:30pm-2:30pm PST)

Join us to write your own original scripts for imaginative new fairytales. We will teach you how to craft a strong story and coach you through the rehearsal process. We will present virtual staged readings with other classmates on the final day of class for family and friends. Write, perform, and make new friends!

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July 13 - 17
Cinderella & Cinder Edna
Full Day: 9:00am-3:00pm EST (6:00am-12:00pm PST)
Half Day: 9:00am-12:00pm EST (6:00am-9:00am PST)

Once upon a time there were two girls who lived next door to each other. Cinder Edna was forced to work for her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, just as her neighbor, Cinderella, was. Edna, on the other hand, had learned a thing or two from doing all that housework, such as how to make tuna casserole sixteen different ways and how to get spots off everything from rugs to ladybugs. She even uses her new found skills to start her own business. She was strong and spunky and also knew some good jokes. Then one day the king announced that he would give a ball and the surprises just kept on coming.

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July 13 - 17
Comedy Kids! Improv
3:30pm-5:30pm EST (12:30pm-2:30pm PST)
Join us to laugh, create, and learn the art of improv comedy through theatre games and spontaneous scene and story-building exercises.  It’s a great opportunity to loosen up, share some smiles, and learn to go with the flow.  Improv is always changing and growing and so are you!  On the last day of class, we will invite friends and family to our virtual improv show so they can join the fun.

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July 20 - July 24
Charlotte's Web
Full Day: 9:00am-3:00pm EST (6:00am-12:00pm PST)
Half Day: 9:00am-12:00pm EST (6:00am-9:00am PST)

Down on the farm, Fern's beautiful young pig Wilbur is in trouble. It'll take a very talented spider and all of his loving farmyard friends; goose, rat, horse, sheep and the lot to save his life and restore peace. How will they do it, they'll have to impress some determined grown-ups, savvy reporters and big shot contest judges that Wilbur is "Some Pig"!

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July 20 - July 24
Sets, Costumes...Actions!
3:30pm-5:30pm EST (12:30pm-2:30pm PST)

This fun-filled class will challenge you to make cool costumes and set models out of things you have laying around the house. No need to shop when you can imagine! Create your own original costumes and set designs and share them with family and friends in our virtual gallery on the final day of class.

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July 27 - July 31
Jimmy Zangwow's Out of This World Adventure
Full Day: 9:00am-3:00pm EST (6:00am-12:00pm PST)
Half Day: 9:00am-12:00pm EST (6:00am-9:00am PST)

Jimmy Zangwow, budding inventor and adventurer, is on search for his favorite treat, which his mother forbids him to eat before dinner. He boards his "junk jumbilee jalopy" and suddenly the machine rockets off the ground. He visits Mr. Moon and acquires 1,000 Moon Pies; next to the Milky Way in search of milk; then Mars, where he encounters Mars Men and the fearsome Grimble Grinder. Jimmy discovers his love of Moon Pies is universal; he makes a number of extraterrestrial friends and saves the day by giving away every one of his treats. His friends then combine their efforts to send him back just in time for dinner and that special dessert.

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July 27 - July 31
Comedy Kids! Improv
3:30pm-5:30pm EST (12:30pm-2:30pm PST)

Join us to laugh, create, and learn the art of improv comedy through theatre games and spontaneous scene and story-building exercises.  It’s a great opportunity to loosen up, share some smiles, and learn to go with the flow.  Improv is always changing and growing and so are you!  On the last day of class, we will invite friends and family to our virtual improv show so they can join the fun.

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August 3 - 7
Fairy Wings
Full Day: 9:00am-3:00pm EST (6:00am-12:00pm PST)
Half Day: 9:00am-12:00pm EST (6:00am-9:00am PST)

Fia is the only fairy without wings. Shunned by her sisters because of her difference, she amuses herself by befriending the frogs, crows, and rats and creating alternative modes of transport. When she meets a kind young stranger who invites her to the annual May Dance, she has no idea he is a prince. Fia overcomes her fears and attends the dance with the help of her friends. At first the Prince's parents' object to her being there, until she saves them all from the hands of a troll.

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August 3 - 14
Puppetry for TV
3:30pm-5:30pm EST (12:30pm-2:30pm PST)
In this exciting new class, we will learn to build simple puppets from materials we have at home, create awesome characters and write a puppet variety show inspired by classics like the Muppet Show.

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August 10 - 14
Fairytale Detective Agency
Full Day: 9:00am-3:00pm EST (6:00am-12:00pm PST)
Half Day: 9:00am-12:00pm EST (6:00am-9:00am PST)

Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Robin Hood and friends have gotten their stories all mixed up after a big wind storm. There is only one place to go for help. The Fairytale Detective Agency! Will the detectives be able to put them back together again or will they end up like Humpty Dumpty after that fateful day on the wall?

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Directed by: Pocket Full of Tales Theatre Company

Questions? Please contact Kristy Pace, Program Director

pocketfulloftales.com

 


 

Kristy Pace is the Director of TCAN's Theater Education Programs and founder of The Pocket Full of Tales Theatre Company. A professional director, producer and member of SAG/AFTRA, Kristy's experience in teaching dramatic arts and directing children's theater includes successful productions at the Worcester Children's Theater, The Fiddlehead Theater Company, Kidstock Creative Theater Education Center, Theater After Hours, and dozens of theatre programs for pre-school, elementary and secondary school children in Massachusetts, North Carolina and Los Angeles.

Kristy earned her Master's Degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and held an MA Teaching Certificate in Communications and Performing Arts for grades K-12. Kristy has performed in and directed live theater throughout New England and in Los Angeles since 1984.

 

Marianne Ryan is a New England/Los Angeles based AEA~SAG/AFTRA actor, singer and voiceover artist with a passion for arts education. A graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NY, her work has spanned regional theatre across the United States and TV/Film work. For over 10 years, Marianne was the Founding Director of Discover Music And Art, a music and performing arts studio for families in Dedham, MA, teaching drama/musical theatre classes for children ages 4 - 14 yrs. She thoroughly enjoys developing this love of creativity with her students. When not in the classroom (as a student or a teacher), Marianne enjoys tap dance, reading, and spending time in the great outdoors.

 

Molly McCoy just graduated from Longy School of Music with a Masters of Music Degree in Opera. She has been teaching music for 5 years, loves working with kids, and will jump at any excuse to sing. A private voice coach as well as a professional opera singer, McCoy has starred in numerous operatic roles and as a featured soloist in a number of orchestras. Her true passion lies in Modern Opera and she regularly performs and cultivates the art. In her free time, she loves paddleboarding, cuddling with her cat, and anything Disney.