Oddfellows Playhouse is pleased to announce its Fall 2013 Programming. The youth theater, which provides afterschool and weekend theatrical programming, is excited to unveil its programmatic offerings under the guidance and direction of Artistic Director Kristen Palmer. Oddfellows’ programs use theatre as a vehicle to build essential life skills, while exploring highly educational and creative themes and plays.
year at Oddfellows Playhouse young actors and audiences will travel
back through time and deep into the wilds of the imagination with the
productions and classes led by tremendously talented teaching artists
and artistic staff. We’re excited to welcome back our students and see
new faces in the theater this season!” - Kristen Palmer, Artistic
The Fall Session runs for 8 weeks, with programs beginning the week of October 14 and concluding the week of December 9.
There are no classes held the week of Thanksgiving. There are skill
building classes on weekday afternoons and on Saturday mornings for
students from pre-K -5th grade. Skill building classes are ideal for
students looking to get onstage for the first time, and also for the
more focused students looking to sharpen their talents.
Mini-productions meet twice per week and offer a more focused rehearsal
process putting together a short play.
Highlights for the fall include the Story Starters (Grades 2-3) Mini-production of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends.
Students will create characters and explore the stories of Shel
Silverstein’s wild poems for young people. Young actors will develop
imagination and focus on bringing their ideas to life on-stage while
they work together to create a memorable performance from Silverstein’s
The Kids Company (grades 4-5) will stage the Mini-Production: The Mystery Of… Creating
characters and a story built from popular children’s detective
literature, young actors will collaborate on an original mystery while
they develop performance skills, story-building and explore their own
ideas and creativity through theatre. Exciting skill building classes
at this level include The Actor’s Toolbox and Ensemble: Improvisation on
One of the biggest changes in the Playhouse schedule is a full scale-production for students in grades 3-5 of “For Feet’s Sake” by Krista Knight.
A wildly imaginative adaptation of Hans Christen Andersen’s The Little
Mermaid. The production will be onstage June 6-7, 2014. Students
must meet the pre-requisite requirements in order to be cast, which
include taking part in either a fall or winter session Mini-Production
or take two skill building classes during the 2013-14 season.
The Junior Repertory Company (grades 6-8) will stage The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet from
November 14-16, 2013. Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet
meets the whimsical rhythms of Dr. Seuss in this fast paced
tongue-twister of a comedy by Peter Bloedel. Young actors will get to
sink their teeth into broadly comic characters, deliciously fun word
play and be part of an exciting main-stage production. Rehearsals begin
the week of September 16, 2013 for students in grades 6-8. Additional
classes for students in grades 6-8 are offered in the area of Technical
Theater, Acrobatics, and Musical Theater: Acting While Singing – a great way to prepare for the winter production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (April 10-12, 2014).
The Teen Repertory Company (grades 9-12) is an opportunity for
adventurous, committed teenagers to experience cutting-edge theater in a
supportive, challenging and non-competitive environment. The company
takes on mature, thought-provoking work with bold energy and high
artistic standards. Skill building classes in scene study and monologue
preparation, circus and stagecraft, as well as private coaching, are
The Teen Repertory Company follows with the Tony-Award winning musical OLIVER!
By Lionel Bart. Victorian London comes alive in this musical
adaptation of Dicken’s classic. Orphaned Oliver, abandoned to the
workhouse, is sold into servitude, escapes to a den of thieves, is
momentarily rescued by a wealthy benefactor and must navigate a hostile
world with wits and courage. Classic songs, indelible characters and a
rich world will offer an entertaining and engaging show this holiday
season, with performances December 5-17, 2013. The production is a
multi-generational show involving Oddfellows’ Teen Repertory Company and
adult actors, in partnership with CT Heritage Productions. Auditions
for students in grades 9-12 and adults are September 16 and 18 from
Auditions will be Monday September 16 or Wednesday September 18 for OLIVER! from 7-9pm at the Playhouse.
To register for classes and for more information visit www.oddfellows.org