Musical Theater

Welcome to The Pakachoag Musical Theater Program.


Musical Theater For Grades 3 to 6
(Grade 2 – Please see below*)

School Year 2018-2019:  November to April

Our Show:  Laffin’ School Reunion

The classroom at ‘Laffin’ School is running amok with a substitute teacher.  Poor Miss Quackenbush, our teacher, is frantic because her pupils, although nice kids, are comically-challenged. But eventually, everyone gets back on track just in time for the Department of Education’s evaluation.

This play is best suited for students reading at a Grade 3 level and above.  *For students in Grade 2, we request that the student be a fluent reader.  We will screen for reading skills on the first day of class.  For children who are emerging readers, we can assign a “chorus” role to reduce the stress of memorization.

Rehearsal Day and Dates:

  • Wednesdays starting November 7, 2018
  • 4:15 to 5:30 pm

Rehearsal Location:

Emanuel Lutheran Church Hall (Worcester) at the corner of Greenland and Upland Streets close to Route 20/Rt. 146 interchange and I-290 at Holy Cross.

Registrations are handled at our central office location at 10 Irving Street (All Saints Church).

Show Date & Time:

  • Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Time:  6:30 pm

Note:  Depending on anticipated ticket sales, we may schedule two performances for 6 pm and 7:15 pm

Director: Gretchen D’Andrea.

Gretchen has worked with young theater enthusiasts over many years; she is also a seasoned classroom music teacher.  Read more about Gretchen here.

Gretchen will also lead students in playing some theater games will help students learn to resonate, so voices project to the back of the room.  Working as a team for great rehearsals and a strong performance will bring Laffin School Reunion to life come show time.

No rehearsals on:

  • Wednesday, November 21 (Thanksgiving week)
  • Wednesday, December 26
  • No regularly scheduled rehearsal on February 20, 2018

Tuition/Registration:  2018-2019

Musical Theater:

  • Open Tuition – Cash/Check Discounted Rate:  $290.
  • Online with Credit Card:  $302

Siblings

  • 2nd child subtract $15.

Register using the downloadable/printable Group Classes and MT Reg Form 2018-19 or use our on-line registration portal.


More about Laffin School Reunion

A young substitute teacher, Miss Quackenbush, returns to the Little Red Schoolhouse only to find her class is comprised of nice but confused students.

And now, Miss Quackenbush learns that she will be evaluated by Mrs. Sassafras of the Department of Education.  Poor Miss Quackenbush is frantic because her pupils, although nice kids, are comically-challenged.  If you think the four basic food groups should be ‘fresh,’ ‘frozen,’ ‘fast,’ and ‘junk’, you will feel right at home at the Laffin School.   Fortunately, Miss Q. turns things around and everyone ends up back on track.

Our comic characters include, in addition to Miss. Q. and Mrs. S, little Mary MacIntosh, Clydesdale, Bonnie, Patsy, Skippy and other comical, sometimes rowdy, pupils.  Everyone has fun with Laffin’ School Reunion.


2017-2018, In Review:

We Performed:

Hansel and Gretel and the Big Woods

The classic Grimm’s Brothers story with a comic twist!

Featuring student roles for annoying kids, pesky parents, and a few clueless characters along the way (seven dwarves with names like Bossy, Whiny, Narcolepty…) that become heroes.

In this adaptation of the classic story we travel from the woods to the Witch’s house and meet some annoying kids, their parents, and a few clueless characters along the way (seven dwarves with names like Bossy, Whiny, Narcolepty…) that become heroes.

There are plenty of laughs as the kids discover a mean witch, and learn that you can’t believe everything you hear, and you can’t trust everyone you meet.

This play has opportunities for everyone!

The characters in this show are silly and fun to act, no matter what part you get. We have roles for Kid who like to be in the forefront, and kids who might be hesitant, preferring a supporting role. There are songs to learn that are easy to memorize, and some basic choreography too.

Playing theater games will help us learn to resonate, so our voices project to the back of the room.  Working as a team for great rehearsals and a strong performance will bring this comedic rendition of the classic Brothers Grimm story to life.


How are we doing?

If you enroll or have been enrolled in Musical Theater with Pakachoag we invite you to complete this 10 minute online evaluation form.  Your feedback is appreciated.  Thank you.


Returning in 2019:

Nail Your Audition Workshop

  • Wednesdays
  • 4:15 to 5:15 pm
  • September through October  (five weeks)

Would you like to get a head start on preparing your audition for Pakachoag’s School-Year production?  Or your next school play?

We’ll learn basic techniques for how to audition; things like:

  • How to get comfortable with projecting your voice
  • How to make sure your words have clarity
  • How to set your pitch and stay on pitch when singing
  • How to position yourself on stage
  • How to take a bow and come across with confidence

The workshop will be limited to no more than 10 participants so early registration recommended.

Cash/Check Discounted Tuition:  $75
Online with Credit Card:  $78

Musical Theater with Audition Workshop:

Combined Show and Workshop Tuition – Cash/Check Discounted Rate:  $350
Online with credit card:  $364

Audition Workshop Only:

Cash/Check Discounted Tuition:  $75
Online with Credit Card:  $78


About Musical Theater at Pakachoag

For this program, we do not schedule make-ups for teacher sickness or bad weather as rehearsals are set around the performance date.

Musical Theater at Pakachoag provides young theater enthusiasts the opportunity to:

  • Work as part of a team
  • Learn basic stage directions
  • Develop basic skills for on stage expression and vocal projection
  • Learn fun songs and basic dance/movement routines

Parts are assigned by the Director, according to student experience and ability.

“From a happy and entertained set of parents and grandparents, as well as a delightedly involved kiddo, thank you so much for a great camp / theater experience!!  we were all quite amazed at what you were able to accomplish, with such creativity and camper contributions, in such a short time.  thank you and bravo!!”
Kate McCann
Mom/Grandmom – Summer 2015.