A series of theatre workshops for children in pre-school through high school will make up the Fall Semester program for The Playmakers’ After-school program beginning with the start of Grove Schools.

   “We are excited about our new plan,” said Sandy McCabe, Instructor of the program, “because it will provide opportunities for more students to participate in shorter time periods.  Also, students from 1st grade and up may audition for an appropriate production that is part of our In-school program.”

  Off Broadway Troupers who have been in the program for at least one of the last two years are encouraged to audition for an appropriate production, also, or for “Elves and the Shoemaker,” a regular season production opening in early November,  (must be able to sing and move well for “Elves”—it’s a musical!).

   Rehearsals for most plays will begin immediately after school starts. In some cases students may be able to be in more than one production, assuming schedules don’t overlap too much.  Or, they may be able to work backstage on one and appear on-stage in another.  Again, schedule permitting. 

   Interested parents should go to The Playmakers’ website, gcplaymakers.com, for complete descriptions of the plays.

   The Schedule begins with the “Wiggle Worm” set:

Mondays, August 16, 23, 30, Three sessions, each one focusing on different themes—shapes, music and body—using music, movement and dramatic play with help from “Mother Goose Manners.”

Mondays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.  These sessions will take the basic steps and build on them.  Students will learn to use the body to imitate animals and people – expressing emotions without words.  Music from “Peter and the Wolf” and “Carnival of the Animals” will provide a musical backdrop for the performers.  (Previous August workshop is not a prerequisite.)

    The After-school workshops below will use age-appropriate material and content to teach similar theatre skills for the different age groups.  Students will learn the basic elements of theatre; improve listening skills; gain self-confidence and stage presence; develop characters through vocal and physical exercises to breathe properly, & control and project the voice; and explore the expression of a character’s emotions through gestures and use of the body.

Tuesdays, Aug, 17, 24, 31  and  Tuesdays, December 6, 7, 13, 14 are for the

Two Star Players  (1st & 2nd grade students).  The play, Totally Red will provide a performance format for skills learned in the December workshop.

Thursdays, August 19, 26, September 2 is for 3rd - 5th grade students, the Three  Star Players.

Tuesdays, November 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 30: Four Star Players  ( Middle School students)

Thursdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 21, 28, Nov 4: Five Star Players —New Off Broadway Troupers ( 3rd grade through high school) or those with only one year or less in the after school program.

   All workshops and rehearsals will be at the Off Broadway Troupers building, 311 S. Grand in Grove, OK. You may contact Sandy McCabe or Suzanne Boles for further information and registration.  Please leave a message at 918-786-8950 or email 1groveplaymakers@sbcglobal.net.  This program is partially funded by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the city of Grove.