TPES Spring Class

Storybook Theatre -- Wednesdays, Grades K-2
Who doesn't love to act out their favorite stories? In Storybook Theatre, students will engage with a classic story, then apply theatre concepts to become the characters in that story and act it out together. We'll start with warm-ups and imagination exercises, dig into a few stories with one to perform, experiment with key concepts, then perform it together (ending with a curtain call of course)! Each class will focus on a new story.
We will explore imagination, improvisation, sensory perception, subtext, physical character, and may other acting concepts that happen to be excellent for elementary development! Classes are on Wednesdays after school at TPES for 8 weeks. Pickup is at 5:30pm. Classes are limited to 14 students in order to be interactive, stay focused and work on a personal level. Cost is $208.

Wed 4-5:30pm, April 12- May 31
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This class is taught by Gretchen Weigel Doughty, Artistic Director of On Stage Takoma. I have an MFA in Theatre and have been teaching theatre classes/camps for the City of Takoma Park and in Takoma Park schools for over 10 years. My students have performed on and off Broadway and regionally. I am a former TPES mom and created and taught Storybook theatre at TPES for 10+ years pre-Covid.
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On Stage Takoma (Gretchen Weigel Doughty) has been producing local productions and offering classes in Takoma Park for the last 14 years. We offer music theatre, acting for various age groups and story-based theatre. Join us!

Gretchen holds an MFA in Theatre and has been teaching theatre classes through the City of TP and at TPES and PBES for over 13 years. She is also a professor, director (theatre, opera and film) and actor who has worked in New York, London and regionally. She has performed professionally in theatre, film, TV and voice over work. Her students have performed on/off Broadway and at various regional theatres (Kennedy Ctr, Ford's, Signature, Round House, Studio, WNO etc).


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“I've been very impressed by your work with the kids over the past few weeks. You're a highly skilled teacher and great with this age group. Your classroom management skills are top notch, even over Zoom (which is no small feat.) You keep things fun yet productive. I know from personal experience what a very tough tightrope that is to walk.
In fact, we had enrolled [our daughter] this week in a class via [Well Know Children's Theatre Co]  and your class is far superior to theirs. So much so that [our daughter] opted not to continue with theirs but was happy to still log on with you even though she's feeling generally done with Zoom.”

“ I can't thank you enough for this camp!  [Our child] really really loved it. She is still asking if she can take more classes with you! ”

"[Our daughter] absolutely LOVED the class today!  She was so excited to tell me all about it.  I'm so happy that you're doing this.  I've always been interested in the after-school classes, but [our daughter] normally does after care so it's never been an option.  I just wanted to pop in and say thanks.  Truly, it made [her] day."
“Thank you so much for all of the awesome theater this spring. 
When [our son] remembers COVID-19 time Storybook Theater will be a bright spot.”

"Thank you SO much, Gretchen, for a wonderful week!  [Our children] enjoyed the camp so much and we were so impressed by all the activities you had them do.  [T]hey would love to work with you again! "


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