You Can Fly! at Hartford Stage April Vacation Week

By Erin Rose, Education Enrollment & Marketing Coordinator

It is not unusual for the Hartford Stage administrative offices to be flooded with the sounds of shows rehearsing in the nearby Hartford Stage rehearsal studios. In the past year, business has been conducted to the sounds of Romeo and Juliet’s passionate angst, the Ghost of Christmas Present’s booming laugh, the hilarious Bollywood antics of The Comedy of Errors, and Anastasia’s soaring “Journey to the Past.” But this April, Hartford Stage staff members may find themselves thinking happy thoughts and allowing their imaginations take flight as the rehearsal studios play home to a younger set of actors—the 5 to 16 year old students taking part in our April Vacation Week program!

April Vacation Week is Hartford Stage’s annual one-week program that takes place over many students’ spring break. This year, the program runs from Monday, April 10 to Friday, April 14. Students will spend the day in our hallowed rehearsal halls exploring this year’s You Can Fly! theme by studying how Peter Pan has been represented onstage in the shows Peter Pan, Finding Neverland, and Peter and the Starcatcher. “Our program offers students the opportunity to explore drama, dance and song through the familiar characters from Peter Pan,” says Studio Manager Emely Larson. “It’s a terrific way to meet new friends and try something new while having a great time!” Each age group will then use their imaginations and newfound performance skills to create their own original take on the tale, including musical numbers. Students will get the opportunity to show off what they’ve learned that week as they perform these scenes for family, friends, and Hartford Stage staff on the afternoon of the final day.

You Can Fly! April Vacation Week is open to students ages 5-16. It runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, April 10-14, 2017. Early drop-off and late pickup options are available. The program is $300 and includes classes in theatre techniques such as acting, improvisation, and dance, as well as a special behind-the-scenes tour of Hartford Stage! For more information, or to register your child for Vacation Week, visit or call 860-520-7244.