Piper’s Education Program 2022-2023

PIPER THEATRE EDUCATION PROGRAMMING: 

Ensemble Based.  Process Driven.  Rooted in Grotowski’s Principals of Physical Theatre.    Join a community of emerging young artists.  

PIPER FALL & SPRING AFTERSCHOOL

Rehearsals and Performances are inside the Old Stone House in Washington Park.

Jo’s Play

By Meredith Hackett; Based on the characters of Louisa May Alcott

While waiting in the attic for their father to return from the Civil War, four sisters write a play together.

Tuesdays, March 7 – May 16 (No Class April 11th); 3:30 – 5:30pm

Ages 11 – 13; $375

The Good Monster

Under the guidance of Laura Dillman Frank 

Students will create their own story about a group of children that discover a monster living in their backyard.  Program will incorporate acting, original storytelling, process drama, and ensemble building.  This program is designed for children who are interested in exploring imaginative play and performance.  

Fridays, September 16 –  November 18 (No Class November 11th); 3:45 – 5:15pm

*Final Share: Saturday, November 19th

Ages 8 – 10; $350

Nana Grooda is a Vampire (WAITLIST ONLY)

By Joan Nixon Shelley

Two teens sent to live in Romania suspect that their babysitter might not be what she seems.  A spooky tale for the fall.  

Tuesdays, September 13 –  November 22 (No Class September 27th); 3:30 – 5:30pm

Ages 10 – 12; $375

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PIPER SUMMER STARLINGS

A gentle introduction to theater. Each program is process-based with an informal share for friends and family at the conclusion of each session.  Costumes will come from our large costume collection.  Sets and props will be made by the children. 

STARLINGS IMAGINATION STATIONS

Under the direction of Laura Dillman

Weeklong immersions in creative play, improvisation and physical storytelling where exploration and imagination soars.

Imagination Station 1: Imaginary Friends

Where do imaginary friends come from? And what happens after their child grows up? Build your very own imaginary friend – or become an imaginary friend for others! Bring your ideas to life in a never-before-seen show of your own creation. Imaginations required. Prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!  Inspired by The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat and Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer. 

July 17-21; Ages 7-9; $500

Imagination Station 2: Monsters under the Bed

What if YOU were the monster under the bed – what kind would you be? Or what if your best friend was a monster? Explore the world of bedtime monsters and the kids who love to ‘fear’ them. Write and star in your very own bedtime story! Prepare to be scared silly!  Based on How I Met My Monster, I Need My Monster, Hey, That’s My Monster by Amanda Noll, and Leonardo, the Terrible Monster and Sam, the Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the Whole World by Mo Willems. 

July 24-28; Ages 7-9; $500

PIPER STARLINGS SHAKESPEARE

Under the Direction of Madeline Wall

Introduction to Shakespeare: Prospero’s Dream

Land on a magical island where a mad magician holds court over beasts and spirits. A great first introduction to Shakespeare.

July 5-14; Ages 8-10; $800

Shakespeare Workshop: Winter’s Tale 

Shakespeare’s strangest tale of a cruel king, mad shepherds, a bear attack, and a statue coming magically to life. Students will devise an original 30 – 40 minute production incorporating The Bard’s language, characters, and themes. This program is designed for older students who have had some experience in performing. 

July 17-28; Ages 10-12; $1000

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PIPER THEATRE WORKSHOPS (PTW)

PIPER MUSICAL WORKSHOP

An introductory exploration of musical theater.  Structured for students with an interest in musical theater and who are ready to learn how to sing and dance.  Musicals are 35 – 45 minutes with at least 6 brand new songs.  

Gorbal Woods (World Premiere)

Book by John P. McEneny / Music and Lyrics by Rob Parker.

 In a small steel town in 1950, the children of Gorbal believe there’s a monster in the woods that only they can defeat.

July 17-29; Ages 11-14; $1095

PIPER THEATRE WORKSHOP

A three week intensive exploration of farce and comedy.

Clue (High School Edition)

Adapted from the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn. Written by Sandy Rustin. Additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by the butler, Wadsworth, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up.  

July 10-29; Ages 12-15; $1675

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FOUR-WEEK MUSICAL INTENSIVE

MUSICAL INTENSIVES

An intensive musical theater experience where students learn to sing, dance, and act in a full musical.  Students should have at least acted in one musical before and be seeking a rigorous environment. Students will audition for both shows. Preferences will be taken into consideration, but students in the intensives must remain open and may be cast in either production.

Disney’s Newsies Jr.

Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a book by Harvey Fierstein 

This Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899.   

July  5-29; Ages 12-16; $2210

Disney’s Newsies JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Mean Girls High School Version

Music by Jeff Richmond, lyrics by Nell Benjamin, and a book by Tina Fey. (July  5-29; Ages 12-16; $2210)

Cady Heron is the new girl at North Shore High School in Chicago, desperate to fit in and find friends. Janis and Damian befriend the new girl, and when The Plastics set their sights on Cady, Janis convinces naive Cady to be their “friend” in order to bring down Queen Bee Regina George’s reign. Along the way, Cady loses herself, her friends, and her crush, all for the chance to be popular and loved. When dethroned Regina gets revenge by releasing the Burn Book, Cady is brought down and must mend her broken relationships with Janis, Aaron, and even Regina. 

 July  5-29; Ages 12-16; $2210

Mean Girls High School Version is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com


Note:  Auditions will be on Zoom in late June.  Students in Four Week Musicals will be asked to prepare (2) songs.  Students in Two Week Musicals will be asked to prepare (1) song. Once again, while preferences for musical intensives are considered, placement in a particular company is NOT guaranteed.

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

All rehearsals will be held from 9am – 4pm at a Park Slope location to be determined. Due to the performance nature of our program, students are expected to attend EVERY day.

Note:  Suggested ages are just that, suggested.  Inquire further to see if a program is right for your child’s creative development.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all students and staff. (Students will also need to provide proof of MMR immunizations.) Additional safety guidelines can be found here.

Financial aid is available upon request. Application Deadline is April 15, 2023 (early submission strongly recommended.)  Apply upon registration.  Deposit waived pending awards announced on May 1, 2023.

Non-refundable deposit is required upon registration:

$250 for one-week programs / $500 for two-week, three-week & four-week programs

Full payment is due by May 15, 2023

10% Sibling Discount

Titles and Dates are subject to change

Questions?  Email register@pipertheatre.org

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NEW THIS SUMMER!

Design Workshop

Interested in learning about theatre design? We are considering running a three week workshop July 5-7 to explore three facets of technical theatre – props, set and costume. Please email info@pipertheatre.org if this is of interest.