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Registration Open for ‘Kids on Stage’ Summer Program at West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park

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Two sessions are available for the ‘Kids On Stage’ Summer Program at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford.

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This summer, introduce your budding young actor to theater through creative play and interactive fun at Playhouse on Park! Registration for Kids On Stage is now open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The class runs in two sessions: session one starts June 26 through June 30, and session two starts July 24 through July 28

Kids On Stage focuses around the three disciplines of music, drama and the arts. Children will be introduced to theatre through creative play. Exercises and games will focus on acting through storytelling, creating a character, expressing a feeling, music, and movement. A craft and story will often be included. By the end of the class, students should be using their bodies and voices to start to create characters. Students will be split throughout the day within an effort to maximize ability levels.

Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present scenes. Students may participate in short adaptations of Frozen, 101 Dalmatians, Moana and more! All students enrolled in Session 1 of Kids OnStage receive free entrance to the Musical Theatre Preparatory Program Showcase on Friday, July 21.

Teachers extraordinaire Emily Santarsiero and Tori Mooney return to the Playhouse to instruct Kids OnStage. Tori Mooney’s Playhouse on Park Theatre for Young Audience credits include GO, DOG. GO!, GOODNIGHT MOON, MAIN STREET KIDS CLUB, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, BUSYTOWN, FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY, 3 LITTLE PIGS, and PINKALICIOUS. In 2010, Tori started teaching at Hartford Children’s Theatre, then was scooped up by Hartford Stage in 2013. She taught all sorts of classes throughout the years including Mini Production, Storybook Theatre, and Musical Theatre Cabaret Jr. Tori has also been the Director, Musical Director, Choreographer, and Costumer  for 101 DALMATIONS KIDS (2013) & THE JUNGLE BOOK (2015).Emily Santarsiero has worked with with various theaters such as The Hartford Children’s Theater, ParkRoad Playhouse, Performing Arts Programs, The Hartbeat Ensemble & various high school productions. She is a 2014 graduate of Marymount Manhattan College’s acting program. While in NYC she had the opportunity to intern with CBS Primetime Casting where she worked beside casting directors & was able to learn the ins & outs of show business. Since graduation she has been an acting teacher for The Warner Theater, Performing Arts Programs, & has been providing private acting lessons as well. She is trilled to join Playhouse on Park and is looking forward to working with everyone!

Kids On Stage meets at the Playhouse from 9 a.m.-noonThe fee is $200 per session, if you register and pay in full by May 1. The fee after May 1 is $250. To register, visit the Education page at www.playhouseonpark.org, and download the registration form, or call 860-523-5900 x10 for more information. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Rd., West Hartford, CT, 06119.

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