Young people ages 8 to 14, and their families, can join in for a series of free afternoon workshops that will explore the realms of playwriting, improv, costume design, technical tricks, and more, that are part of daily creative life at the festival. Each session will feature a mix of activities targeted for kids. Workshops will be led by professional festival artists and members of the WTF apprentice company.
July 6 - “2b or not 2b-” Shakespeare with Mikaela Feely-Lehmann. Direct from The Public Theater Shakespeare Lab, in New York City, Feely-Lehmann will make Shakespearean actors of all. Explore life in Elizabethan England, learn to speak the words “trippingly on the tongue,” or learn a Renaissance dance to impress the “star-crossed lover.”
July 13 - “Just Kidding Around-” Comedy with John Dixon. Dixon is a professional teacher, improviser, and member of the Story Pirates who has performed across the country. Dixon will be the guest host for this special Family Friday and he is ready to release the inner comedian. Through games, jokes, and improvised scenes, everyone will have a chance to get some laughs. A full workout for the funny bone.
July 20 - “Elementary, My Dear Watson” - Backstage at WTF Free Theatre. Cast members from “The Valley of Fear”
will lead viewers on a whodunit-themed backstage/on-stage tour of their show. See firsthand what it takes to put on a professional show (and solve a mystery) each night.
July 27 - “Testing, 1…2…3…” - Behind the Scenes with Lights and Sound. Every show at the festival is powered by hundreds of high-tech lighting instruments, miles of cabling, and amazing audio gear - not to mention crews of hard-working technicians and designers who make the magic happen. This session is a rare opportunity to learn more about the artistry and technology that makes the shows look and sound so good.
August 3 - “One Singular Sensation” - Musical Theater. Become the coveted “triple threat” - actor/singer/dancer! Learn a dance from a professional choreographer, rehearse a chorus number around the piano, and act out a Tony-winning moment from a great musical- all in an afternoon.
August 10 - “Prop Till You Drop” - Behind the Scenes with Props and Costumes. Try out actual costumes and props from the WTF archives and act out the scenes that they inspire. Learn from theater professionals how costumes and props are designed and try a hand at basic sewing and building techniques. Sketch/dream-up/invent the most outrageous costumes and props imaginable.
Space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended for all workshops. Contact the festival box office at (413) 597-3400 to reserve. All sessions will start in the ‘62 Center Lobby at 4 pm and all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. After the afternoon workshops, enjoy a family picnic on the theater lawn before attending an evening performance.
For Friday evening Main Stage performances, families can get one free ticket for a child 18 or under with each full-price adult ticket purchased.