Residencies

Residencies

Theater reinforces the life skills and character qualities valued in any profession: creativity, observation, self-confidence, communication, promise-keeping, leadership, empathy, listening, and teamwork.

Students are encouraged to take risks, be bold, laugh a lot, and have fun!

Theater helps the written word come alive for students. Using a theater-based approach, our in-school residencies advance literacy, poetry, and reading in schools in the greater Houston area. Past partners include North Belt Elementary, Cunningham Elementary, Beth Yeshurun Day School, and The Shlenker School, to name a few.

Drama Day

Actors and performing artists spend a lifetime exploring the possibilities of theater and performance, but there is a way to introduce your students to a variety of activities in just one afternoon! It’s Drama Day, a fun, fast-paced workshop that gives students an opportunity to participate in a range of hands-on theater projects.

Groups of students rotate through each of four performing-arts related activities over the course of the workshop. Your Drama Day activities may include:

  • Theater and improvisation games
  • Dance games and exercises
  • Mask-making
  • Puppet-making
  • Stage combat

We will do our best to accommodate your preferences when booking a Drama Day! Some activities may not be available on all dates or for all age groups.

Drama Day Price: $400 for 2 hours

Drama Day Capacity: 60 – 100 students per hour

We will supply:

  • Four qualified teachers
  • All supplies and equipment

Requirements:

  • One large, open room (like a cafeteria or gym) cleared of furniture and computers OR four smaller classrooms cleared of furniture and computers. We will need access to electrical outlets.
  • 2 volunteers per group to supervise students as they work with teachers

Storytelling

Main Street Theater’s storytelling class encourages kids’ creativity and curiosity as they explore the events of their lives, family history, stories from many cultures, and their own imaginations.

Participants will examine several types of stories, from fables to students’ original fiction to tales they hear from elderly family members. They will also experiment with different types of storytelling, using speech, music and movement. At the end of each semester, students present the result of their hard work in a fun event for an audience of family and friends.

Poetry and Public Speaking

Main Street Theater’s poetry and public speaking class builds confidence as students experience firsthand the words of great poets and speakers from Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss, Maya Angelou to Barack Obama!

Not only will students explore the rich world of existing poetry and oratory – they will also create their own pieces for performance. At the end of each semester, students present the result of their efforts in a fun event for an audience of family and friends, featuring a combination of interpreted and original work.

After-School Classes

We offer after-school programs to enrich the theater arts at schools. Our theater classes allow students to experience the creative process from inspiration to performance, learn the fundamentals of drama, focus on collaboration, take pride in the original plays they create, and foster a lifelong interest in the performing arts.

Our after-school classes are available to public and private schools, community centers, libraries, and more.

Bellaire Parks & Recreation

We are looking for good team players, movie fans, avid readers, sports fans, brainiacs, shy kids, pirates, princesses and born performers – anyone and everyone who has ever imagined their own adventure! What you will need: your body, your voice, and your imagination!

Our energetic, professional teachers are ready to help your students create an original play. Mark your calendar now for the performances on the last day of class!

Fall 2019 Dates: September 12 – November 14, 2019
Times: 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Final Performances: Thursday, November 14th, 5 p.m.
Tuition Fee: $250 per student

Robert M. Beren Academy After-School Enrichment Class

Main Street Theater’s After-School Enrichment classes at Robert Beren Academy offer the chance for young actors and actresses (who are currently enrolled Beren Academy students) to explore new worlds, build confidence, and have lots of fun!

Our classes are open to grades K – 8! Students will be divided into three groups: K -1, 2 -5 and 6-8.

We are looking for good team players, movie fans, avid readers, sports fans, brainiacs, shy kids, pirates, princesses and born performers – anyone and everyone who has ever imagined their own adventure!

What you will need: your body, your voice, and your imagination! Our energetic, professional teachers are ready to help your students create an original play. Mark your calendar now for the performance on the last day of class. .
Our Main Street Theater class will meet each Wednesday at Robert Beren Academy. To be eligible to enroll in this class, child must be a current student at Robert Beren Academy (11333 Cliffwood Drive, 77035).

Fall 2020 Dates: Sep. 4 – Dec. 11
Times: 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Final Performance: Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 5:00 p.m.
Tuition Fee: $220 per student

Tour Dates

2019-2020 TBD
Monday – Friday
Performance and travel must be
completed by 3:30pm.
Call 713-524-7998

To book a tour, contact the Education Department at 713-524-7998

Shakespeare for All

Performance

At a Shakespeare for All performance, students participate in the action when our traveling troupe of performers needs their help to complete the scenes from classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, and Macbeth, among others. While your students help the actors by using their creativity and imagination, they are also introduced to Shakespeare’s language, characters, and stories in an exciting and fresh way. Shakespeare for All is a unique, interactive assembly for middle and high schools with an alternate version available for elementary schools.

Workshop

We also offer Shakespeare for All workshops and have presented at primary and secondary schools, universities, juvenile detention facilities, and the DePelchin Children’s Center. Our mission is to help students find their own voice using the tools of Shakespeare’s language and ideas. We can provide additional workshops on Shakespeare or about a specific Shakespeare play and/or assist your ELA educators in teaching Shakespeare in the classroom with our performance-based approach.

“The performance was wonderful! The students loved it. It was for nearly all of them their introduction to both Shakespeare and live theater. How fortunate they were to have Main Street Theater provide them both experiences. The cast worked their craft to captivate their audience. Students are talking about it still. Just yesterday, a student used a phrase from ‘Romeo & Juliet’ in an essay. In middle school that’s very high praise indeed. Please convey our thanks to the cast for their kindness and professionalism.”

~ Warmly, Dom Zuccone, Deady Middle School

“Length was perfect … You keep in all the important monologues and soliloquies … Students really loved Mercutio, Romeo, Juliet, and the Nurse – oh and Benvolio – all of them! … Best of all, many students who didn’t like the play loved the performance! We have enjoyed having you here for the last two years, and hope to do it again next year!”

~ Kathleen Parker, The John Cooper School

SteAmwork brings the theater arts into the classroom to enrich learning in science, math, engineering, and technology. Working closely with a core curriculum specialist, our education team fuses their skills in the performing arts (using voice, body, and imagination) with scientific and technological concepts and lessons. Our partner in developing a significant portion of our SteAmwork curriculum is Lisa Felske, Curriculum Director of Science, Harris County Department of Education. Says Felske, “It is when students are physically and creatively engaged in what they are learning, when they are physically experiencing the curriculum content, that their brains are in the optimal conditions for learning.”

SteAmwork teaching artists use the theater tools of storytelling, playwriting, visual design, improvisation, and movement to bring scientific concepts to life. SteAmwork also allows the students themselves to become 3-D models to demonstrate these concepts. We will work with your school and specific teaching team to develop the games, activities, and projects that fit best with the subject needs of your particular classes.

To bring SteAmwork to your school, please contact the Education Department at 713-524-7998 or email Jonathan at jonathan@mainstreettheater.com.

Videography by Ric Ornel Productions