CHECK OUT OUR NEW THEATRE WORKSHOPS!
Summer Semester registration now open – Summer classes begin June 26.
MoCo Arts’ award-winning theatre program offers classes in Musical Theatre and technique focused Acting Workshops. (If your student is in 1st grade or younger, please refer to our Young Arts program.)
Musical Theatre (Runs Fall & Spring Semester only)
- Students grades 2-6 participate in our “Tweens” Musical Theatre program
- Students grades 6-12 participate in our “Teens” Musical Theatre program.
Each musical theatre class meets for 18 weeks and culminates in a fully produced performance. All students are cast in a role and then work together learning elements of acting, singing and dancing to put on the production.
Theatre Workshops at MoCo Arts take a closer look at developing technique in each budding performer. This is a great opportunity for students who are looking to enhance their characterization, emotion, performance and auditioning skills or for students who simply want to explore the world of theatre. These classes supplement the Tweens and Teens Musical Theatre classes or can be taken as a standalone program. These classes run in half session terms, with new and engaging workshops available each session.
Vocal Workshops coming in April! Click here for more information.
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Tweens Musical Theatre
Grades 2nd through 6th
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
Rehearsals: August 31, 2016 – December 7, 2016
Auditions: August 31, 2016
December 4, 2016 at 2:00 & 4:00pm
MoCo Art Black Box Theatre
Meet Tom. He is a young schoolteacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music.
Based on the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series and pop culture phenomenon, Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. is performed by MoCo Arts students 2nd – 6th grade, featuring memorable songs like “Just a Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction”, bringing Tom’s lesson plan to life.
The Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS
Rehearsals: January 4 – April 12, 2017
Auditions: January 4, 2017
April 9, 2017 at 2:00 & 4:00pm
MoCo Arts Black Box Theatre
One afternoon, siblings Jack and Annie discover a tree house full of books. Jack looks through a book about dinosaurs and wishes he could see one in real life. Adapted from the book of the same title by Mary Pope Osborne, Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS is a fantasy adventure through time, performed by MoCo Arts students 2nd – 6th grade. Jack and Annie’s tree house transports them back in time to the ages of the dinosaurs, where the siblings courageously learn that things are not always what they seem.
About Tweens Musical Theatre
Our Tweens Musical Theatre program produces 2 shows each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. All students who enroll in Tweens Musical Theatre are cast in a roll and then work together through the semester towards a fully produced performance.
As part of the education process, MoCo Arts provides professional performance experience for our students and family-friendly entertainment for audiences of all ages at our Black Box Theatre on Railroad Street.
Teens Musical Theatre
Grades 6th through 12th
Grease: School Version
September 2, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Auditions: September 2, 2016
January 14, 2017 at 2:00 & 7:00pm
Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College
Experience the friendships, romances, and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Greaser Danny Zuko and new girl Sandy Olsson have fallen in love. They spend their summer by the beach, but what will happen when it’s time to go back to school? Grease: School Version is performed by MoCo Arts students 6th – 12th grade, and is a family-friendly version of the classic story, appropriate for all ages.
Singin’ In the Rain Jr.
Rehearsals: January 20 – May 5, 2017
Auditions: January 20, 2017
April 29, 2017 at 7:00pm & April 30, 2017 at 2:00pm
Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College
As the days of silent movies end with the premier of The Jazz Singer, Hollywood is frantic and studios are forced to change their movie-making rules to accommodate sound. In doing so, they leave silent pictures, and some of their stars, behind. When Monumental Studios turns silent The Dueling Cavalier into The Dancing Cavalier, a musical picture, in order to stay relevant, they are faced with a problem: their star, Lina Lamont can’t sing, and can’t even really talk. Lina’s voice sounds something like nails on a chalkboard. Enter Kathy Selden, an aspiring actress whose dulcet tones are able to cover Lina Lamont’s, calling into question what it means to act, how credit is distributed, and what it means to get a fair shake in the movie business. Singin’ In the Rain is performed by MoCo Arts students 6th – 12th grade, and includes some of the best-loved comedy routines, dance numbers, and love songs ever written, including “Good Mornin’,” “Make ‘em Laugh,” and – of course – the show-stopping dance number, “Singin’ in the Rain.”
About Teens Musical Theatre
Our Teens Musical Theatre program produces 2 shows each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. All students who enroll in Teens Musical Theatre are cast in a roll and then work together through the semester towards a fully produced performance.
As part of the education process, MoCo Arts provides professional performance experience for our students and family-friendly entertainment for audiences of all ages at our Black Box Theatre on Railroad Street as well as other stages including The Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College.
We have redesigned our Acting Workshops to become the new Theatre Workshops! With a wider range of topics, these workshops will rotate each session. These workshops are an affordable option at only $102 /workshop, and will cover a broad range of exciting subjects. Check back often to see what subjects are available!
Summer 2017: June 26 – August 19 Registration now open!
Theatre Workshops at MoCo Arts are a series of fun and engaging classes that explore all kinds of theatre based topics. This is a great opportunity for students who are looking to enhance their characterization, emotion, performance and auditioning skills or for students who simply want to explore the world of theatre. These classes run in half session terms, with new and engaging workshops available each session. Examples include stage combat, miming, monologues, and more. Acting Workshops are available for kids 2nd – 12th grade.
Check back often to see what Acting Workshops are available, they change each session!
Improvisational Theatre with Eric
Summer Semester, Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00pm
Ideal for grades 6-12
Sometimes, you just need to make it all up. Whether you’re inventing whole worlds out of nothing, or just covering for a missed cue, the skills covered in this workshop will give you the tools you need to think on you feet. Beginners and experienced improvisers welcome! Some topics covered will include: mime; fast character creation; creating a sense of location, effectively driving a scene forward (and things which get in the way). At the end of the session, the students will present their work for an audience of friends and family.
Shel Silverstein Reader’s Theatre with Shannon
Summer Semester, Monday, 5:00 – 6:00pm
Ideal for grades 2-6
Students will read, perform, and create simple props for short plays based on stories by Shel Silverstein. We will also play fun theater games and learn more about theater and what it takes to put on a play! Students will not be required to memorize lines. This workshop encourages reading fluency, collaboration, and creative problem solving in a fun, engaging way. Stories will be chosen based on class size. At the end of the session, the students will present their work for an audience of friends and family.
How to Register
- Visit or call the MoCo Arts front desk at 603-357-2100 to inquire about classes.
- Payment in full or setup of a payment plan is required upon registration. The front desk staff will gladly work with you to create a payment plan.
- Accepted methods of payment
- Credit/Debit Card
- Accepted methods of payment
- To register for Spring 2017 classes fill out the ‘Class Registration Forms 2016 – 2017’
- Class Registration Forms must be filled out once per school year. If you submitted paperwork for the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester you do not need to fill them out again unless you are updating contact and/or medical information.
- Paperwork is available for download On the ‘Parents Page’ or can be picked up at the MoCo Arts front desk.
- Return paperwork to MoCo Arts before the first day of class. We suggest that paperwork is returned at least one week prior to class.
- Paperwork can be dropped off or mailed to:
76 Railroad Street
Keene NH 03431
- MoCo’s front desk staff is there to help with any questions or concerns.