Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Winter Class Registration Open at Oddfellows

Oddfellows Playhouse is pleased to announce its winter classes and programs. Oddfellows uses high quality arts programs, classes and performances to help young people ages 3 to 20 build self confidence and learn teamwork, cooperation, self-discipline and respect for others. It serves 1,500 students a year from 31 different communities throughout Connecticut.

In addition to its regular array of classes, Oddfellows recently added Saturday classes for three to four year-olds called Little Fellows which allows children to explore a new story each week through song, instruments and dance. Its First Act classes are designed to introduce pre-K and kindergarten children to the world of theater through creative play activities, art, movement and song.

Students interested in acting for the first time will be able to build their skills in the introductory Complete Actor 1 (grades 1-3) or Complete Actor 2 (grades 4-5). Oddfellows Playhouse also produces top-quality original theater. This winter students in grades 1-3 will stage the West African folktale How Anansi Got His Tales and students in grades 4-5 Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, the Junior Repertory (grades 6-8) will present Snow Angel by David Lindsey-Abaire, while the Teen Repertory Company will offer Thorton Wilder’s Our Town.

Also for Students 12 and up, Technical Theater classes are also on the schedule for students who want to learn the in and outs of the design process while also learning the nuts and bolts of construction, painting and theatrical lighting and sound. The CT School of Circus Arts is the premiere youth circus program in the area and will build students’ skills as a juggler, unicyclist, acrobat, clown and stilter.

For more information, to register for classes, call Oddfellows at (860) 347-6143 or log onto

Oddfellows Playhouse is located at 128 Washington Street, Middletown. For more than 35 years Oddfellows Playhouse has been more than just a performing arts program. It aims to make a positive difference in the lives of 1,500 young people each year by using the arts as tools to build self-confidence, communication skills, a sense of responsibility, and an appreciation for the richness and diversity of the world in which we live. Oddfellows programming is made possible through the generous support of the CT Department of Education, the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, Middlesex United Way, The Stare Fund, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Pratt & Whitney, the Irving Kohn Foundation and the Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Fund. Media support is provided by Comcast.

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