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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 Musical Theatre Experience Program and Little Stars as well as other opportunities in Scene Study, Audition Prep, Broadway favorites, and more. 

Summer Camps 2022:
Princess Academy 2022 (Facebook Post)Princess Academy
Cost: $125 + $25 Supply Fee
Ages: 4-8
Instructor: Dreams Do Come True Princess Parties

This magical summer camp includes one-on-one time with 5 different princesses (one on each day of camp), princess boutique makeovers, various games/activities, and photos with their favorite princess. In addition, there will be princess lessons, crafts, sing-along, story time, and dance parties. The camp concludes with the little princesses participating in a special performance and coronation ceremony that crowns them as official princesses! 

Each location has a 9am - Noon and a 12:30 - 3:30pm option.

Locations/Dates: 
- Nolensville Recreation Center
(June 13 - 17)
- Franklin Recreation Center
(June 20-24)
- Longview Recreation Center
(June 27 - July 1)

Click HERE to register beginning March 1. 

Super Hero Camps 2022 (Facebook Post)Super Hero Training Academy
Cost: $125 + $25 Supply Fee
Ages: 4-8
Instructor: Dreams Do Come True 

In this top secret classified course at Super Hero Academy, young campers will be immersed in the universe of their favorite Marvel and DC super heroes, taking part in exciting new missions each and every day. While making newfound friends and allies, campers will have the fantastic opportunity to take home all their creative projects for friends and family to enjoy, as well as their own personalized superhero certificate of achievement. Each day a different super hero provides super hero training on good manners, teamwork, confidence, and self-expression through fun crafts, games, and activities. The last day of camp includes American Justice Induction for each camper.

Each location has a 9am - Noon and a 12:30 - 3:30pm option.

Locations/Dates: 
- Nolensville Recreation Center
(June 13 - 17)
- Franklin Recreation Center
(June 20-24)
- Longview Recreation Center
(June 27 - July 1)

Click HERE to register beginning March 1. 

Little Stars Camp - LV  8.5 x 11 flyer  (Facebook Post)Little Stars Camp
Cost: $125 + $15 Supply Fee
Ages: 4-7
Instructor: Ashley Taft 

Calling all future performers! Does your little one love to Sing, Dance, or Act? Our popular weekly musical theatre class for our youngest performers is coming to Longview Rec this fall and we’re offering a camp so you can check it out! We will learn songs, put dance movement to them, learn lines, and present it to family and friends in an exciting Showcase the last half hour of camp on Friday. This camp is a great way to gain confidence, develop performance skills, and have fun.  Campers will receive a Little Stars t-shirt!

Location: Longview Recreation Center
Dates:
July 25 - 29
Time:
9:00am - 12:00pm

Click HERE to register beginning March 1. 

MCT Frog Prince (Facebook & Web Posts)Missoula Children's Theatre Camp: The Frog Prince
Cost: $175
Ages: Rising 1st - 8th Graders
Instructor: Missoula Children’s Theatre Tour Directors 

The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for nearly 50 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,100 communities this year with up to 44 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. A tour team will arrive in Franklin in their “little red truck” loaded with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play…except the cast. The show is rehearsed throughout the week and two public performances are presented at the end of the week (2:30pm and 7pm on Friday, June 17). Our week long day camp consists of daily activities of rehearsals, theatre workshops, crafts, and related activities. Participants should bring a sack lunch and snack daily.

For the summer of 2022, we are offering The Frog Prince. Sixteen rising 1st – 3rd graders and forty-four rising 4th-8th graders can register for the camp. 

Synopsis of The Frog Prince: Deep in the royal swamp, a lonely Frog retrieves a golden ball for Princess Prim in exchange for friendship and comfort. The spoiled princess doesn’t want to live up to her part of the bargain and puts her royal Knights on alert.  And so the trouble begins.  Luckily, Frog gets some good advice from Ollie the wise old Aspen tree, the well-read Alligator, and the kindly Swamp Things. The Ducks, a busy Fly, and dancing Flamingos also come to Frog’s assistance as the Frog’s kindly servant tirelessly tries to set things right. Even the kindly Princess Proper and spunky Princess Peppy get involved and, despite the trouble caused by the mischievous Venus Fly Traps, all ends happily.  Our hero becomes a Prince (formerly known as Frog) and realizes that friendships are made, not bought—and he discovers that it is not what you are but who you are that counts.

Location: Williamson County Performing Arts Center in Franklin 
Dates:
June 13-17
Time:
9:00am - 3:30pm

Click HERE to register beginning March 1. 

Aladdin Kids MT Camp (Facebook Post)Aladdin Kids Musical Theatre Camp
Cost: $325 + $25 Supply Fee
Ages: 6-12
Instructor: Ashley Taft and Aimee Lohman 

Our fun-filled musical theatre summer camp is a full-production 2-week camp that culminates in a final performance on Friday, July 1 at 5:30pm. (Campers will stay after rehearsal on July 1 for pizza dinner between rehearsal and the 5:30pm performance.) Participants will be trained in acting, singing, and dancing while rehearsing for the musical theatre production of Disney’s Aladdin Kids. Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin KIDS explores the story of the street urchin, Aladdin, who vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, as he uses a genie's magic power to become a prince in order to marry her.  Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin KIDS, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love. (Disney’s Aladdin KIDS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com.) 

Location: College Grove Artsitorium
Dates:
June 20 - July 1
Time:
9:00am - 3:00pm

Click HERE to register beginning March 1. 

Camp BW 2022 (Facebook and Web Post)Camp Broadway
Cost: $200 + $15 Supply Fee
Ages: 8-13
Instructor: Julia Nolan, Center Stage Entertainment 

Spend the week learning and performing some of the biggest show-stopping songs and scenes from Broadway. Kids in this one-week program will sing, dance, act, and create! Every child gets their own chance to shine and will receive individualized instruction in everything musical theatre. Perfect for those who are just beginning to explore their interest in theatre or those who are more experienced. Our action-packed, fun-filled week consists of theatre games (and lots of ‘em), all while preparing a cabaret-style revue for friends and family the last afternoon of camp. 
 
Locations/Dates: 
- Nolensville Recreation Center
(June 6-10, 9:30am - 2:30pm)
- Williamson County Performing Arts Center in Franklin
(July 5-8, 9:00am - 3:00pm)
- Longview Recreation Center
(July 18-22, 9:30am - 2:30pm)

Click HERE to register beginning March 1. 

Scene Study Acting Camp Summer 2022 (Facebook and Web Posts)Scene Study Acting Camp
Cost: $175 + $15 Supply Fee
Ages: 13-18
Instructor: Erin Laming 

Campers will explore how to apply a back story to the characters that they are creating while working on contemporary and classical scenes and monologues – some humorous, some dramatic, and some topical. (Warning: Some mature subject matter approached from a teen perspective.) They will also focus on various acting techniques and staging/stage pictures, under the director of an experienced theatre teacher/director.  Four days of day camp end with a late afternoon rehearsal and an evening performance showcase on Friday night for friends and family. 

Location: Williamson County Performing Arts Center in Franklin
Dates:
June 20 - 24
Time:
9:00am - 3:00pm (June 20 - 23), 5:00 - 8:00pm (June 24)

Click HERE to register beginning March 1. 

 Theatre Productions: We also have 2 audition-based theatre productions each summer. For more information about auditions click here
 
Early Fall Classes 2022:

Little Stars Fall 2022 Wonka   (Facebook Post)Little Stars Introductory Musical Theatre Classes
Cost: $115 + $10 supply fee
Ages: 4 to 7
Instructor: Ashley Taft

Calling all future performers! Does your little one love to Sing, Dance, or Act? This 9-week 1-hour class is for them! They will learn songs, put dance movement to them, learn lines, and present it to family and friends in an exciting Showcase on the last night of class. Our early fall session will have a super-fun Wonka theme! This class 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.

Each new participant gets a class t-shirt. Each 9-week session has all-new songs. 

Class Options:

Location: Nolensville Recreation Complex 
Dates: Mondays, August 8 – October 3 (Note: Class will meet on Thursday Labor Day Week.)
Schedule: 4:30-5:30pm or 5:45-6:45pm 

Location: Longview Recreation Center (Spring Hill)
Dates: Tuesdays, August 9 – October 4
Schedule: 5:00-6:00pm

Location: Williamson County Enrichment Center (Franklin) 
Dates: Wednesdays, August 10 – October 5 
Schedule: 4:30-5:30pm or 5:45-6:45pm

Click HERE to register beginning July 1. 


The Addams Family  MTE (Facebook Post)Musical Theatre Experience Program – The Addams Family (Young@Part® version)
Cost: $225 + $25 supply fee
Ages: 8-13
Instructor: Julia Nolan, Center Stage Entertainment 

The MUSICAL THEATRE EXPERIENCE (MTE) program offers a fast-paced, but FUN education in musical theatre: 10 weeks of singing, dancing, and acting, while working towards a culminating production of 2 performances on a professional stage. Under the direction of Julia Nolan with Center Stage Entertainment, this weekly program is offered in both Franklin and Nolensville and, this fall, we are adding a second Nolensville class!

About THE ADDAMS FAMILY Young@Part®: Celebrate the wackiness in every family with this best-selling Broadway musical adapted for elementary/middle school-age performers! Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family whom her parents have never met. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

The cost includes a show T-shirt and scripts. The supply fee covers costumes and props. There is a $25 sibling discount (after first child) if siblings register in the same transaction.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Young@Part® is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW). 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.TheatricalRights.com

Class Options:

Location: Nolensville Recreation Complex 

Schedule: Tuesdays, 5:00-7:30pm beginning August 16 (except for Fall Break 10/11) – “Pugsly Cast”
Performances: Friday, November 4 at 7pm and Saturday, November 5 at 4pm at the College Grove Artsitorium

Location: Nolensville Recreation Complex 
Schedule: Wednesdays, 5:00-7:30pm beginning August 17 (except for Fall Break 10/12) – “Wednesday Cast”
Performances: Saturday, November 5 at 7pm and Sunday, November 6 at 2pm at the College Grove Artsitorium

Location: Franklin Recreation Complex 
Schedule: Thursdays, 5:00-7:30pm beginning August 25 (except for Fall Break 10/13) – “Morticia Cast”
Performances: Saturday, November 12 at 2pm and 7pm at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center in Franklin 

Click HERE to register beginning July 1.


Ashley Taft headshotAshley Taft
Ashley Taft (Little Stars) 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 owned her own Vocal Studio business teaching beginners and intermediate singers how to reach their full potential until just recently when she, her husband, and 4 kids moved to Spring Hill from Southern California. Ashley is excited to be working with WCPR to bring new opportunities to young performers.

juliaJulia Nolan
Julia Nolan (Musical Theatre Experience Program), with Center Stage Entertainment, has an extensive background in all aspects of the performing arts industry. A graduate of Wagner College in New York City, she has toured the world, appeared in Las Vegas and on cruise ships, performed with Lee Greenwood and Earth, Wind and Fire, appeared in commercials, and had several number one hits in Japan. Prior to moving to Franklin, Julia created The Foundation for Performing Arts in Idaho that produced numerous children's theatre productions each year. Her love of directing and writing revue shows has been seen in many different schools and theatres across the country. 


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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