African American Children’s Theatre Enrolling Children at NO COST
The fun, interactive after-school theatre arts classes at African American Children's Theatre provide children with opportunities to learn life skills along with singing, dancing and acting.
The fun, interactive after-school theatre arts classes at African American Children’s Theatre (AACT) provide children with opportunities to learn life skills along with singing, dancing and acting. This year, the company is able to open its “Be Art Smart” classes to community children, ages 8 to 14, at no cost to enroll.
Parents should call Artistic Director Constance Clark at 414-324-9821 to set up a time to register in person. AACT’s fall classes will be held from 4 to 6:00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning October 6, in the Sondheim Room at Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St.
“Our after school program teaches students important communication skills,” said Constance Clark, AACT’s Artistic/Executive Director. “Through acting and theatre games, children learn to imagine, solve problems together, and adapt to change. We encourage you to sign up siblings, cousins or friends who can enjoy the experience together.”
Teen mentors from the theatre program at Milwaukee High School of the Arts will again assist the adult teachers and take lead roles in the touring Choir, being developed this year. AACT also presents in-school sessions to 3rd – 5th graders at O.W. Holmes, Lloyd Barbee Montessori and Elm Creative Arts Schools.
Every student is included in the studio shows (tentatively December 9) and a major musical production in May, 2016. Instructors include Milwaukee area professional theatre artists Dr. Wallace Cheatham, G. Dwight Hamilton and Jason Drake Hames. The program runs throughout the school year on the same schedule as MPS.
“All children from the Milwaukee area are welcome,” Clark emphasized. “No experience is necessary – we’re just looking for enthusiasm and the willingness to learn.”
Parents are required to accompany their child and register in person. AACT’s home is in the Sondheim Room at Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St. Visit African American Children’s Theatre on Facebook, find more details at www.aact.us or call 414-324-9821 for more information on the company.
AACT receives funding from the MPS Partnership for the Arts and Humanities, CAMPAC Milwaukee County, Herzfeld Foundation and Wisconsin Arts Board, Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the Isabel and Alfred Fund – A BaderPhilanthropy.