Theatre has so much to offer!
- It is collaborative, so it helps build soft skills like listening, communication, and patience.
- It improves reading and reading comprehension skills.
- It helps build meaningful relationships.
- It encourages creativity.
- It improves self-esteem and confidence.
- It provides opportunities to work with field professionals.
- And it’s FUN!
This is just a short list of benefits that come from participating in theatre programming. Children have amazing imaginations, and at Theatre Atchison, we help guide that ability with focus and structure, which ends with a wonderful, final product to share with family and friends.
After School Players
ASP has been a popular program since it was developed by Travis Grossman in the early 2000s. It is designed for grades 2nd-8th. Two shows are produced each year – October and February. It operates with two casts – Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday – that rehearse from 4pm-6pm on their respective days. It is a six week rehearsal process that ends in two performances.
Summerstage is TA’s longest running youth program. It was developed in 1989 and has been running ever since. It is two three-week camps: June is for grades 2nd (matriculating to 3rd)-6th (matriculating to 7th) and July is for grades 7th (matriculating to 8th)-11th (matriculating to 12th). There are two sessions for each camp. The AM cast works from 8:30am-11:30am and the PM cast works from 12:30pm-3:30pm. With only two and a half weeks to produce a full show, it is a fun challenge for all involved. Not only are all participants guaranteed a role, but it is designed as a workshop so that they learn more about acting and theatre craft than our school year programs. Wonderful friendships and memories are built during Summerstage!