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Classes, Camps & Workshops

WCPR works with a variety of performance professionals to bring you performance-related classes, camps and workshops.  Here you can find a variety of options, such as our popular STAR Program and Little Stars as well as other opportunities in Scene Study, Audition Prep, Broadway favorites, and more. 


FREE WORKSHOPS THIS SUMMER:

free youth audition workshops (Instagram Post) (1)Youth Audition Workshop
Ages: 7-12
Cost: FREE
Instructors: Ashley Taft and Deidra Anderson
Location: Enrichment Center (Franklin)
Activity #: 36271
Dates: Tuesday, July 16, 2024 
Schedule: 5:30 - 7:30pm 

Two of our popular instructors are working together to bring a great audition workshop to our younger actors. Topics to be covered include: 
- Preparing for Auditions
- Do’s and Don’ts for the big day
- Cold Readings
- Callbacks
- Gaining confidence

As even our classes have auditions within the class, this are important and valuable skills to become comfortable with. 

Instructor Bios: 
Ashley Taft is the instructor/director of our popular Little Stars and STAR programs. Most recently, she has directed Seussical Kids, Finding Nemo Kids, and Jungle Book Kids. Ashley is a veteran of the theater, both on stage and behind the scenes. She is going on 20 years of working with local Children's Theater wearing the hats of Director, Producer, and Musical Director. She is an experienced professional vocalist who has trained in both Nashville and Los Angeles, and has performed in Los Angeles with Civic Light Opera professional theater. Ashley has also owned her own Vocal Studio business teaching beginners and intermediate singers how to reach their full potential.
Deidra Alexander is the director of this summer's upcoming Straight to the Stars production of She Kills Monsters. As a Franklin native, Deidra’s love for theatre bloomed at her high school’s theatre department, where she was granted incredible opportunities as a performer, crew member, and student choreographer. She continued her passion for performance at Western Kentucky University. Her time at Western gave her the structure to expand and explore her love for the arts in several different areas such as choreography, directing, casting, producing and more. Deidra graduated in Spring 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Theatre, with concentrations in Musical Theatre and Performing Arts Administration. She will be the Assistant Choreographer of the Star Bright production of Urinetown this fall.

This workshop is FREE, but space is limited. To reserve a spot, click HERE.

Summer Camps 2024* 


 

 

camp broadway 2024 (Instagram Post) - CopyCamp Broadway
Ages: 8 - 12
Cost: $250 + $20 supply fee
Instructor: Ashley Taft

NOTE: These camps are full (although you can add your child to the waitlist).

Spend the week learning and performing some of the biggest show-stopping songs and scenes from Broadway plays. Kids in this one-week program will sing, dance, act, and create! Perfect for those who are just beginning to explore their interest in theatre or those who are more experienced in Musical Theatre. Our fun-filled week consists of singing, dancing, creating skits, and theatre games and crafts, all while preparing a revue performance for family the last hour of camp on Friday. 

NOTE: There is a $25 sibling discount (starting with 2nd sibling) if siblings register in same transaction. There is also a $20 supply fee due to the instructor on the first day of camp. Campers should bring a labeled, refillable water bottle and a non-messy, nut-free lunch each day to camp.

Our camp options are:

Location: Franklin Rec Center
Activity #:
32908
Dates:  
June 17-21, 2024
Schedule:
9:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Nolensville Rec Center
Activity #:
32907
Dates:  
July 22-26, 2024
Schedule:
9:00am – 3:00pm
 
Register HERE beginning March 1.


 

Cabaret Camp Flyer (Instagram Post) - CopyMusical Theatre Cabaret Camp  
Ages: 12-18
Cost: $225 + $20 supply fee
Instructor: Stefani Rose Martin
Activity #:
32930

Location: Williamson County Performing Arts Center (Franklin)
Dates: July 22-26, 2024 
Schedule: 10:00am – 3:00pm 
Performance: Friday, July 26 at 7:00pm

Campers will spend time honing their skills in singing and acting in musical theatre productions in this camp designed for teens. Campers will have an opportunity to work on chosen songs/musical theatre scenes with an experienced theatre director to gain strength and confidence in their voices and work together to create a fabulous cabaret for friends and family! (Show – 7pm on Friday, July 26 at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center)  

NOTE: There is a $20 supply fee due to the instructor on the first day of camp. Campers should bring a labeled, refillable water bottle and a non-messy, nut-free lunch each day to camp.


Register HERE beginning March 1.


*Please note our summer specialty camp refund policy HERE.


Fall Classes 2024 


Little Stars Broadway Bound (Square) (3)Little Stars - Broadway Bound
Ages: 4.5 – 8
Cost: $200 + $10 supply fee
Instructor: Ashley Taft

Calling all future performers! Does your little one love to sing, dance, or act? Here’s your chance to watch them shine! This 12 week class meets for 1 hour each week and will have a “Broadway Bound” theme, featuring a program of favorite Broadway songs. During class, participants will learn music, choreography, and lines from a script. They will present all that they have learned in an exciting Showcase on the last night of class. Little Stars is a great way to gain confidence, develop performance skills, and have fun.

Participants should bring a labeled water bottle to class each week. 

There is a $10 supply fee that should be paid directly to the instructor at the first class meeting. There is a $25 sibling discount (after first child) if siblings register in the same transaction. 

Note: Classes will not meet October 8-10, October 31, or November 5-7. Each new participant gets a class t-shirt. 

Our class options are:

Location: College Grove Artsitorium
Activity #: 34991
Dates:  Tuesdays, August 20 – November 19, 2024
Schedule: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Location: Franklin Rec Center
Activity #: 34988
Dates:  Thursdays, August 15 – November 21, 2024
Schedule: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Note: The Nolensville Wednesday class has been cancelled. 

Register HERE beginning June 1.  
       


Music Man Kids (square) (3)The STAR Program – The Music Man KIDS
Ages: 7-14
Cost: $250 + $25 supply fee
Instructor: Ashley Taft

For the 2024 fall classes, the STAR program will take on Meredith Willson’s The Music Man KIDS for their 10-week class.  Based on the six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man KIDS features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance.  The Music Man KIDS is family entertainment at its best — a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter! Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?  The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself. (This production is rated G by Music Theatre International.)

Performances and Tech/Show Week Rehearsals* for all classes will be at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Franklin:

•    The Franklin Rec Cast will perform Friday, November 8 at 6:30pm and Saturday, November 9 at 1:30pm. Tech/Show week rehearsals will be Monday, November 4 (4:30-6:00pm) and Tuesday, November 5 (6:15-8:15pm).
•    The Franklin Enrichment Center Cast will perform Saturday, November 9 at 4:00pm and 6:30pm. Tech/show week rehearsals will be Monday, November 4 (6:15-7:45pm) and Wednesday, November 6 (5:30-7:30pm). 
•    The College Grove Cast will perform Sunday, November 10 at 1:30pm and 4:00pm. Tech/show week rehearsals will be Tuesday, November 5 (4:30-6:00pm) and Thursday November 7 (5:30-7:30pm). 

There is a $25 supply fee that should be paid directly to the instructor at the first class meeting. There is a $25 sibling discount (after first child) if siblings register in the same transaction. There is an optional $10 show t-shirt fee at registration. 

Note: Classes will not meet September 2, October 7-10 or October 31.

Class Options:

NEW!!! Location: Enrichment Center (Franklin)
Activity #: 37045
Dates:  
Mondays, August 12 – October 28, 2024 plus above indicated tech/show week rehearsals and performances*
Schedule:
5:45pm – 7:45pm (Note: First class on August 12 will be 5:45 - 8:15pm.)

Location: College Grove Artsitorium

Activity #: 35043
Dates:  Tuesdays, August 20 – October 29, 2024 plus above indicated tech/show week rehearsals and performances*
Schedule: 5:45pm – 7:45pm (Note: First class on August 20 will be 5:45 - 8:15pm.)

Location: Franklin Rec Center
Activity #: 35045
Dates:  Thursdays, August 15 – October 24, 2024 plus above indicated tech/show week rehearsals and performances*
Schedule: 5:45pm – 7:45pm (Note: First class on August 15 will be 5:45 - 8:15pm.)

Note: The Nolensville Wednesday night class has been cancelled.

Register HERE beginning June 1.

Meredith Willson’s The Music Man KIDS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

For more information, contact alison.worden@williamsoncounty-tn.gov .


Topsy Turvy Fall 2024 (1080 x 800 px) (Instagram Post)Topsy Turvy Light Opera Workshop Classes with Franklin Light Opera
Activity #: 35144
Ages: 13-18
Fee: $250 + $25 supply fee
Length: 11 weeks + Dress Rehearsal & Performance
Schedule: Thursdays, 6:30-8:15pm, September 19 – December 19 (Dress Rehearsal: January 9; Performance: January 10)
Location: Williamson County Enrichment Center
Instructor: Franklin Light Opera

This weekly class taught by seasoned professionals with Franklin Light Opera will nurture the musical talents of teens, focusing on the unique vocal demands of light opera and classic musical theatre. From vocal exercises to song interpretation, participants will develop valuable classical singing skills which they will then use to delve into a delightful selection of light opera excerpts including comedic works by Gilbert & Sullivan, Strauss, Offenbach and more. They will learn stagecraft, acting techniques, and teamwork as they collaborate with their classmates in group numbers and ensemble scenes. The workshop will culminate in a performance to showcase their talents and share the joy of light opera with family and friends. No previous experience in opera is required, all are welcome! In addition, participants may have the opportunity to be a part of a pre-show or role in future Franklin Light Opera productions.

Showcase performance on Friday, January 10, 2025 – 7pm, at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center. (There will be a dress/tech rehearsal on Thursday, January 9.)
Definition: Light opera is a form of musical theatre that combines elements of both opera and musical comedy in plots that are often humorous, whimsical, and lighthearted.

Note: Will not meet on October 10, October 31, November 28, December 26, or January 2.

There is an additional supply fee of $25 that is paid directly to Franklin Light Opera to cover music supplies and t-shirts.

Register HERE beginning June 1.


For questions regarding WCPR's Children's Theatre Programs or to be added to the Children/Youth Theatre e-mail list, please contact Alison Worden at alison.worden@williamsoncounty-tn.gov.

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