We are so excited to kick-off our seventh Summer Session! We offer programs for children ages 5-17. You can find detailed descriptions for each program under REGISTER/Summer 2023.
One-week programs are for ages 5-10 and offer a different theme dependent on the week. Here is what a typical day might look like- 9am- 9:30am arrive and play theatre games. 9:30am-10:30am- learn the group numbers and work on solos. 10:30am- outside snack break. 10:45-noon- work on acting scenes and learn dances. noon-12:30pm- outside lunch break and outdoor games (weather permitting) 12:30-1:30pm- art projects in our art room or acting on the stage. 1:30-2pm- review all of the material we learned for the day.
Two/three-week programs are for kids 10+ who are ready to take on a fully staged production. We will audition the actors on the first day and the cast list will be sent home that evening. The rehearsal days will consist of learning music, blocking scenes and choreography. Actors will also assist the tech crew with painting the scenery and creating props and costumes. The two or three-week programs will culminate in a ticketed performance for the general public.
Why our programs are so popular-
Our Artistic Director, Kelly Walsh, is entering her 12th year of directing summer theatre programs. Her programs are as much fun as they are educational. Not only will students learn the art of theatre, they will do so in an incredibly welcoming and supportive environment.
Stacy Whalen-Kelley joined NESPA in 2016. She serves as the Music Director for the productions and the lead teacher for many of the mini programs. Stacy is a warm and nurturing teacher with a knack for bringing out the best in every child she encounters.
Our mission at NESPA is to develop a love of the arts in children while providing them with a nurturing environment that brings out the best in everyone involved.
Here is what parents have to say-
"Kelly and Stacy, I just want to thank you for all you do at NESPA for these kids. You have created a welcoming, accepting, supportive environment that allows all kids to thrive. You make it so that they WANT to work hard and put in the time. You are encouraging and request excellence -- which the kids want to give because of the place you have created. NESPA has been a game-changer for Avery, helping her to come out of her shell, develop confidence, make new friends and learn to be comfortable with herself." ~Jill B, (Reading, MA)
One-week programs (ages 5-10)!
6/26-6/30- All About Disney! (studio 101) Broadway Bound (studio 106)
7/5-7/7- Descendants (studio 101)
8/14-8/18 The Little Mermaid (studio 101), Musical Mash-up (studio 106) 8/21-8/25- Zombies (studio 101)-FULL All About Disney (studio 106)
Two and three-week productions!
7/10-7/21-The Little Mermaid Jr. 7/24-8/4-Newsies Jr 7/24-8/12- Mean Girls HS Edition
Payment plans are available. A non-refundable deposit is needed to hold your spot.
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