Footlights - MHT's drama classes!

Footlights Fall 2021, Non-Performance Option: $80 ($40/session) 

Footlights Session 1: Saturdays, August 28 - October 2  $40

Grades 1 - 3: Crafting Characters: Monster Tales. 8:00 - 8:55 AM. Build your acting skills through dramatic play and theatre games.  Each week we will use our bodies, voices, and imaginations to bring an exciting story to life and grow our acting skills in the process.  This class is great for young actors who want to learn the basics.

Grades 4 - 5: My Favorite Character.  9:00 - 9:55 AM. Get lost in your favorite book in a whole new way: through acting!  Each week we will explore scenes from our favorite books including The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Whatever After Series, Percy Jackson, and more.  Together, we will play games meant to hone our acting skills and become the characters we love to read about.  This class is great for young actors who would like to get a little more experience under their belts.

Grades 6 - 8: Greek Myth-tery. 10:00 - 10:55 AM. Explore the world of Greek Mythology and collaborate to create a brand-new story featuring your favorite Greek gods and goddesses.  This class is for creative storytellers who are looking for a new challenge.  Not only will you grow your acting skills, but you will gain experiences cooperating and problem solving with others to come up with a never-before seen theatrical experience.  

Grades 9 - 12: The Actor's Toolbox: Acting Theory. 11:00 - 11:55 AM. Each week we explore a different acting technique to expand a more experienced actor’s toolbox.  From Classical to Method acting we will engage in exercises that aim to help us develop our actor identity.


Footlights Session 2: Saturdays, Oct. 16 - Nov. 20. $40

Grades 1 - 3: Stories on Stage: Giraffes Can't Dance. 8:00 - 8:55 AM. Continue to develop as an actor and ensemble member in this collaborative performance class.  We will dance, play, and put together a fun presentation of the story Giraffe’s Can’t Dance with a strong emphasis on working as an ensemble. This is another great experience for beginning actors. 

Grades 4 - 5: Stage Ready. 9:00 - 9:55 AM. What does it take to be in a play?  How do I make an impression in auditions?  What are the habits of a good actor?  This class aims to teach performers the skills and habits of effective performers through theatre games, mock auditions, and working with scripts.

Grades 6 - 8: Scene Stealers. 10:00 - 10:55 AM, Performers in this class will practice working with text by diving into and preparing a performance ready scene.  We will engage in theatre games that help us develop characters and dig into our stories.

Grades 9 - 12: Devising Theatre: Exercises for Creative Performance. 11:00 - 11:55 AM, Each week participants will experience a new exercise for devising theatre.  Borrowing techniques from groups such as Frantic Assembly, Complicite and more, we aim to experiment with movement, storytelling, and to bust out of our comfort zones.

Instructor: Emily Griffin. Masks are required.

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Footlights Fall 2021 - Performance Option: $180 - Full Class!

Footlights Performance Session: Saturdays starting Aug. 28 - Dec. 4. Performances: Dec. 9, 10, 11, 12

Grades 1 - 8: Musical Theatre: Seussical KIDS! 9:00 - 11:00 AM. Join Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr Seuss characters from the Jungle of Nool as they tell the story of steadfast Horton who must protect the tiny Whos of Whoville from a world of dangers, all while guarding an abandoned egg left in his care by irresponsible Marzie La Bird.  It’s a dazzlingly colorful story bursting with rambuctious energy and song!  When cast members are not involved in rehearsal - they will participate in skill building (and fun!) theatre games.

Meets Saturdays from August 28 - Dec 4 from 9 AM - 11 AM.  Also, Nov. 29, Dec. 2, 3, 7, 8 at 5:30 PM. 

Directed by April Cochran, choerography by Emi Hensel
Masks are required


Imagination PlayShops

PICTURE IT! Imagination PlayShop

Ages 4-6

Thursdays, Oct 14 - Nov 18 (6 sessions) from 5:00-5:45

Creative drama activities based on engaging picture books! Young actors will develop & stretch their acting skills as well as play high energy theatre games. $40. April Cochran - instructor. Masks are required.


PICTURE IT! Imagination PlayShop

Ages 3 & 4

Saturdays, from 11:15-12:00

Creative drama activities based on engaging picture books! Three sessions comprise each unit.  UNIT 1: ANIMAL TALES - Animal antics to act out each week! (Sept 11, 18, 25). UNIT 2: UNDER THE SEA - Underwater adventure awaits! (October 16, 23, 30)

. $21 per unit.  April Cochran - Instructor. Masks are required.

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Footlights is MHT's theatre education program for pre-school through high school! Students learn the fundamentals of theatre while playing fun games, working on productions, and building crucial life skills.  

Don't ever let cost keep you away! Scholarships are available! Simply download the Financial Aid Application and return it to the MHT Box Office. 

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