Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown has announced its Winter 2020 programs in the arts, for young people ages 6-20. Programs begin in early January and range from classes in theater, music, and visual arts to Mainstage theater and circus Productions.
Oddfellows has been offering fun and challenging theater and circus experiences to central Connecticut young people since 1975, and has consistently been recognized by Connecticut Magazine as the State's "Best Children's Theater". This Winter, the Playhouse will be offering young people of all ages opportunities to create, train and perform.
Young people ages 6 – 12 are offered a host of classes in the after-school hours Monday through Thursday. Classes for ages 6 – 8 include Culture Couture, Seuss on the Loose, Circus Arts 1, Musical Mentoring and Complete Actor 1. For ages 9 -11 there is Musical Mentoring, Complete Actor II, Circus Arts 2, Intro to Musical Theater and Hip Hop Dance. Students ages 11-14 can join in Circus Arts 3, Technical Theater & Design, Teen Hip Hop or join our Junior Repertory Company's Mainstage Production of The Love of Three Oranges-- directed by Dic Wheeler. Performances will take place March 12-14. All classes & rehearsals begin the week of January 13. Middletown Public School students ages 6 – 14 can also sign up for Oddbridge, an extended-day program in which students take the bus directly from school to Oddfellows and participate in Arts Programming before formal classes start at 4:30pm. Oddbridge is designed to take you from the school bus to performing arts classes, while preparing you for successful class and production experiences.
Saturday "Circrobatics" classes are also being offered for students 18 months- 8 years old. Starting January 11.
The Teen Repertory Company-- the Playhouse's senior company for ages 14 -20, will be doing Romeo and Juliet this upcoming Spring. In preparation for this Mainstage Production, Oddfellows is offering a Compleate Shakespearean Actor class, designed to train students in classical acting, voice, text analysis and stage combat. Class will meet Monday evenings, starting January 6. Teen Rep. students also have the opportunity to join a Writing Plays Class, that will meet on Thursday evenings, starting January 9. Lastly! Teenagers can join Circophony's Mainstage Winter Production: Spysight is 20/20. Circophony Teen Circus is a collaboration between ARTFARM and Oddfellows Playhouse. Performances will be February 27-29.
Oddfellows programs are tuition based, but the Playhouse is committed to making these experiences available to every young person, regardless of ability to pay. Please refer to the website for financial aid information, official class listings and registration.