First, the sad news…

As some of you may have already heard, effective immediately, SOOP will NO LONGER be presenting our Main Stage productions at The Manor Club, which means that our previously scheduled production of SEUSSICAL JR will be CANCELLED (but look below for an exciting new program being offered for kids grades 3-8!).

PLEASE NOTE:  because of a separate contract, we WILL continue to house our Voice/Piano lessons and Workshops there through June 2019.

We are deeply saddened by this unfortunate turn of events – as a result of a disagreement in expectations from both sides, we were unable to find a way forward in these recent negotiations.  We will miss our partnership with TMC and value deeply our creative time and energy spent there!  We wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.

We thank you, our community of parents, students, actors, teachers, musicians and dear friends for all of your incredible love, support and encouragement over these past ten years, of all that we have done.  We hope that the special support and sense of “community” we have come to cherish will continue to thrive and nurture us forward through the next part of our journey!

Now, for the wonderful things…

SOOP is actively seeking a new, permanent HOME OF OUR OWN here in Pelham and will have a more detailed update soon!  A studio and rehearsal space of our own will allow us to grow our program exponentially…an idea whose time has come!

As a result, our GO FUND ME campaign has never been more important than right now!  In addition to our summer program, which will now have a Pelham location with central AC, we will need to secure our new spot and move ALL of our sets and props out of TMC by mid-January…the extra help will go a long way.  Many of you have already donated so generously to the cause and we thank you!  For anyone else who might be interested, we’ve included the link below.  Thanks in advance for whatever you can do!

And, in the meantime…It is business as usual for SOOP at TMC with our WINTER / 2019 WORKSHOPS!

Introducing our newest Child Stars “Song and Dance” Performance – Focused Workshop Series

This performance-driven, musical theatre workshop, open to grades 3 – 8 is a great alternative for ANYONE who was excited to work on SEUSSICAL JR!   This hot new Workshop, with musical direction by Miles Mandwelle, choreography by Lena Gilbert, and direction by Paul Romanello is all about the song and dance!  It will feature approximately eight numbers from the musical sensation HAMILTON, with some solo performance opportunities (by audition only, during first class) as well as total ensemble singing and dancing!  Through this innovative Workshop, students will learn about musical genres such as Hip-Hop, R&B and Soul and perform them live for family and friends on the final day.  Do not miss this unique theatrical experience!

Thursdays  / January 10 – March 21, 2019
Grades 3 – 8
4:30pm – 6:30pm

Adventures of Peter Rabbit!

Original story by Beatrix Potter
Adaptation by Rebecca Strimaitis

In this 10 week workshop, students will explore their “actor’s toolbox” helping to open their voices, creatively move their bodies, and expand their imaginations through exercises and interactive theatre games. Each week, children will work on diction and projection, singing, creative movement as well as an abridged script. The class will culminate with a low pressure final sharing on the Manor Club stage to give them a nurturing performance opportunity. Class goals are to teach students how to tell a story using text, movement and song while learning how to collaborate, improve focus, gain confidence and expand their creativity through imaginative theatre play in this classic children’s tale!

This Workshop is almost Full!

Wednesdays  / January 9 – March 20, 2019
Grades K – 2
4:30pm – 6:00pm