Summer Theater Workshops

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 build funky people structures, paint daffodils and breathe life into classic kid’s stories - acting, dancing, and singing their way through a fun-filled season. 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. Single week vacation workshops are offered during the summer school vacation weeks for children pre-school through teens, with half-day and full-day* sessions held weekdays from 9:00am - 3:00pm (see class list for specific workshop programs, descriptions and schedule).


2020 Schedule

July 6 - 10
The Lorax
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 13 - 17
Cinderella & Cinder Edna
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 20 - July 24
Charlotte's Web
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 27 - July 31
Jimmy Zangwow's Out of This World Adventure
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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August 3 - 7
Fairy Wings
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 10 - 14
Fairytale Detective Agency
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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Full Class Schedule

For half-day workshops, please have your child bring a nut-free snack and a water bottle. For full-day workshops, your child must bring a nut-free lunch, two nut-free snacks and a water bottle. Your child should be dressed in clothes that can get messy! Upon registration, download an Emergency Information Form at the bottom of this page and bring the completed form with you to the first day of class. All workshops are grouped by age and taught by professional theater artists. Refunds for summer workshops will be granted only if notification is given no later than May 10. There is a $10 administration fee for all refunds. Prorated fees/partial attendance is not available.

Directed by: Pocket Full of Tales Theatre Company

Kristy Pace is the Director of TCAN's Theater Education Programs and founder of The Pocket Full of Tales Theatre Company. Her 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 holds 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.