The Cape Cod Theatre Company has proven success in bringing creative drama into the classroom. Focused on participation, not performance, our workshops give students the opportunity for dramatic expression that not only enhances self-confidence, it helps them to learn.
We offer a variety of existing workshops that make it easy for schools to incorporate creative drama into the curriculum in several subject areas. In addition, we can tailor workshops to meet your specific needs within the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
All workshops follow content that is age-appropriate and developmental in scope, and can be designed to meet your schedule.
Our Theatre in the Classroom workshops are fee-based determined by classroom hour and class size. Grant money from your local Cultural Council or the Massachusetts Cultural Council may be available.
If you’re interested in learning how to bring theatre into your classroom, please call 508.432.2002 extension 17 for more information. Or click on the Interested? button next to the class description and we’ll contact you.
Workshops for Pre-K & Elementary School
Concerts for Children
Preschool – Grade 2
Kathleen Healy is a singer and songwriter who entertains audiences with sing-along classics such as I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. She also has written original music to accompany such children’s literary classics such as Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In addition to performing, Kathleen offers a songwriting component of the workshop in which children can write their own songs.
“Kathleen Healy is delightful!”
— Cape Cod Times
Pre-school – Kindergarten
Children love to move. They’ll have so much fun in this Creative Movement workshop, they won’t realize how healthy it is for them. They will develop physical coordination through rhythm and movement exercises, and develop listening skills while exploring storytelling and imagery through music, song, and poetry.
Poetry and the Art of Listening
Kindergarten – 5th grade
Students experience poetry as a kinesthetic art form. This workshop enhances listening skills and concentration while exploring elements of poetic form such as rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, simile, and metaphor – all through creative drama.
“This workshop was absolutely attention-grabbing for the kids, and the teachers have been talking about it all week.”
— Kindergarten teacher, Harwich Elementary School
Children celebrate their creativity while freeing their voices. Students develop their ideas and engage in problem-solving while exploring movement, voice work, improvisation, theatre games, and characters from literature. Working in teams, students will create their own poems and stories that can be brought to life using their new theatrical skills.
Workshops for Elementary and Middle School
An American Journey:
Where in the World Did My Family Come From?
In this exploratory workshop, students are asked to research an ancestor who journeyed to America. This is a wonderful way for students to dramatize historical events while learning about their own heritage. Students will develop monologues and scenes which they will stage and perform. It is a great way for them to learn about the backgrounds of their fellow classmates as well as gain a profound respect for the circumstances of their ancestry. A musical component can be included in this workshop for an additional fee.
“I never knew learning could be so much fun!”
— 5th grade student, Cape Cod Academy
Theatre Games and Improvisation
Students have fun doing exercises involving group dynamics, imagination, concentration, sensory awareness, and physicalization. They’ll explore the who, what, where, when, and why of a given situation – including goals, tactics, obstacles, and relationships – in the context of the improvisation.
Workshops for Middle School and High School
Mythology comes to life with this intensive workshop. The modern theatrical experience is modeled after Greek theatre, which was at its height in 450BC. This workshop explores the history of Ancient Greece and the role of theatre in society. Students read various Greek myths and stage and perform them in much the same way they would have been done more than 2,000 years ago.
“I thought I would be nervous going up on stage but thanks to you I wasn’t.”
— 7th grade student, Mattacheese Middle School
This workshop brings literature to life! Short stories, fairy tales, folk tales, rhymes and poetry, Greek myths and fables – you name it and we can stage it. While the kids are having fun, teachers will learn how to incorporate drama into your language arts and English classes so that assigned work has greater impact. Workshop is tailored to grade level.
Cape Cod Theatre Company actor/teachers get students “up on their feet” to break down the mystique of performing Shakespeare. After analyzing a scene from Shakespeare, students paraphrase and update the situation through improvisation and theatre games. The class then is led back on a journey to the written word and setting, making the scene approachable and understood by all. Workshop is tailored to grade level.
Bullying and Teasing Prevention
Young people of middle and high school age are guided to explore and transform bullying and teasing into empathetic understanding and compassion. Teachers in many schools have requested workshops to address this universal and challenging issue. Cape Cod Theatre Company professionals have trained with Augusto Boal, a renowned expert in utilizing the dynamics of theatre for creating social change, and subsequently have developed workshops that focus on helping students learn an emotional vocabulary. Our practical workshops present dramatic techniques in the dynamic model of forum theatre that enable students to foster relationships based on mutual respect. Workshop is tailored to grade level.
Exploring Adolescent Health Issues
Improvisation is all about making choices. Help your students learn to recognize obstacles to personal freedom. The dynamics of peer pressure, resolving conflict, exploring relationship issues, violence prevention, addiction, alcoholism, and environmental health all are topics that lend themselves to dramatic interpretation. This workshop encourages young people to make healthy choices in their own lives. Past workshops have created award-winning public service announcements that were aired on TV Channel 18. Workshop is tailored to grade level.
Musical Theatre Workshop
Sing and act songs from Broadway musicals, including Rock musicals, an important aspect in the history of American Musical Theatre. Learn how to sell a song, explore tempos and Broadway dance styles – all while acting the part! Have fun becoming a “triple threat” while enhancing your confidence and stage presence. Naturally you will expand your performance opportunities. Workshop is tailored to grade level.