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The Mission of Ellis County Children’s Theater is to: Create an enriching educational environment in which children can learn through performing music, drama, and dance. Engage the minds and hearts of children in our community through inspirational and imaginative classes and productions. Instill a lifelong appreciation of fine arts in the children we serve.

The Vision of Ellis County Children’s Theater is to establish itself as “The Leading Children's Theater” in the South Dallas Region.

 

We strive to become the best choice for parents and children when seeking opportunities to

learn music, theatre, and dance, while developing problem solving skills through creativity and teamwork.

 

These skills are integral for a child’s future in working with others and becoming bold decision makers, while expanding their appreciation of fine arts.

 

We seek to reach children of all ethnicities, income levels, and

learning abilities in our programs through scholarship programs.

 

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CLASSES

All Classes and Kamps will be held at Waxahachie High School, 1000 N Hwy 77, Fine Arts Center unless otherwise notified.
  • Holiday Play - "Mr. Scrooge's Christmas"

    “Mr. Scrooge's Christmas”

    Auditions: Monday, November 6th - 5:30pm

    Short memorized monologue required, no singing necessary.
    Waxahachie High School - Black Box Theatre

    $100 tuition ($105 PayPal)

  • Kamp for Kids

    “Sherlock is Missing”

    This session offers students entering grades 2 thru 8 an interactive study in drama, music, dance and set construction.  Using a script outline, teachers will guide students to offer creative ideas to write an original play, allowing those new to theatre the opportunity to explore their individual talents and ideas.  ECCT is offering one Kamp for Kids session this year. Class size is limited to 40 students.

     

    Monday, June 4th—Friday, June 8th

    8:00am to 12:00 pm

    Final Performance: June 8th at 7:00pm

    $150.00 tuition ($155.00 PayPal)

  • Kamp for Kidlets

    This is an abbreviated section of Kamp for Kids for grades K-1st and offers the same acting, dancing, singing and costuming opportunities as those in Kamp for Kids.

     

    Monday, June 4th–-Friday, June 8th

    8:00am to 10:00 am

    Final Performance: June 8th at 7:00pm

    $100.00 tuition ($105.00 PayPal)

  • Movie Camp

    This class gives aspiring filmmakers entering grades 4 thru 8 the opportunity to develop an independent, short film. In this fast-paced class, each student develops an original script and storyboard that is designed, performed, and filmed with their classmates.  Past productions featured confused ghosts, dingbat detectives, spooky mysteries, and much more.  To allow for more intense study in film, ECCT has extended this to a two-week course.  The final project video will be available at the completion of the course.

    Class size is limited to 10 students per section.

     

    Monday, June 4th—Friday, June 15th

    12:30 to 2:30 pm

    $200.00 tuition ($205 PayPal)

  • Audition Class

    Audition Class One

    This class is designed for students entering grades 2 thru 4 and will teach students acting strategies to capture the attention of casting directors.  Each child will explore appropriate Music Theater songs and monologues to optimize the audition experience. Students will learn the techniques necessary to calm nervous behavior and strengthen acting and singing skills. Class size is limited to 10 students.

     

    Monday, June 4th—Friday, June 8th

    12:30-2:00 pm

    $75.00 tuition per student ($80 PayPal)

     

    Audition Class Two

    This class is designed for students entering grades 5 thru 8 and will teach students acting strategies to capture the attention of casting directors.  Each child will explore appropriate Music Theater songs and monologues to optimize the audition experience. Students will learn the techniques necessary to calm nervous behavior and strengthen acting and singing skills. Class size is limited to 10 students.

     

    Monday, June 11th—Friday, June 15th

    10:30am—12:00 pm

    $75.00 tuition per student ($80 PayPal)

  • Comedy for Kids

    Comedy for Kids offers kids, tweens and teens (grades 5 thru 9) an exploration of improv comedy basic skills. Perfect for everyone from the aspiring actor, to the class clown, to the thoughtful observer–Comedy for Kids is open to all personalities and experience levels! Improvisation isn’t just for future comedians. Kids will gain confidence in navigating challenges, public speaking, critical thinking, and working as a team, all while laughing and playing fun improv games.

    These classes are ensemble driven and not simply a progression of difficulty. Honing and mastering improv comedy skills is all about practice and repetition. So, our comedy classes can be taken and retaken. Each session, our teachers will present both brand new games AND familiar games which will continue to challenge the students and offer the chance to fine tune previously learned techniques and concepts. There will be a short show/demonstration at the final class.

     

    Monday, June 11th—Friday, June 15th

    12:30—2:30 pm

    Final Performance: June 15th during class

    $80.00 per student. ($85 PayPal)

     

    There will be a 30-minute supervised lunch time between morning and afternoon sessions.  Students are requested to provide a lunch and drink.

  • Musical Production - “Aristocats, Kids”

    For younger actors in grades K thru 5, auditions will be held Saturday, June 9th at 10:00 am in the Fine Arts Center at Waxahachie High School. Students who prefer to be in the chorus are not required to audition.

    For the audition, students should have an age-appropriate monologue MEMORIZED and a short song from a musical.  Please provide your own accompaniment or sheet music.

     

    Monday, June 18th—June 29th

    8:00am—12:00 pm

    Final Performances: Saturday, June 30th at 3:00pm and 7:00pm

    $225.00 tuition ($230.00 PayPal)

  • Musical Production - “Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.”

    For the more experienced actor in grades 6 thru 11, auditions will be held Saturday, June 30th at 10:00 am in the Fine Arts Center at Waxahachie High School.  Students who prefer to be in the chorus are not required to audition.

     

    For the audition, students should have an age-appropriate monologue MEMORIZED and a short song from a musical.  Please provide your own accompaniment or sheet music

     

    Monday, July 9th— July 29th

    9:00am—12:00 pm

    Performances: Saturday, July 28th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, July 29th at 3:00 pm
    $250.00 tuition ($255.00 PayPal)

  • Musical Production - Technical Theater

    This class is designed for the non-actor, grades 5 thru 9, interested in behind the scenes action such as set design and construction, lighting, sound, and stage-managing positions.  Without these important people, performances simply would not and could not be outstanding!  Learn how to run lights and sound, build and make props, and move sets on and off the stage during an actual production.  Students will assist as a technician during the performance.

     

    Camp 1:  “Aristocats Kids”

    Monday, June 18th—June 29th

    8:00am—12:00 pm

    Final Performances: Saturday, June 30th at 3:00 pm and 7:00pm

     

    Camp 2: “Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.”

    Monday, July 9th—July 29th

    9:00am—12:00 pm

    Performances: Saturday, July 28th at 7:00 pm and July 29th at 3:00 pm

    $125.00 tuition ($130.00 PayPal)

  • Musical Production - Scenes for Teens

    A Theatre Intensive study of acting methods for those students desiring to improve theater skills, stage directions, characterization, pantomime skills, body posture for acting, etc. taught by a professional actor. Class is for students in grades 8 thru 12.

    Material used will be scenes from age appropriate One Act Plays.

     

    Monday, July 9th—Friday, July 13th, 1:00—4:00 pm

    Tuition: $100.00 ($105.00 PayPal)

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ABOUT ECCT

 ELLIS COUNTY CHILDREN’S THEATER (ECCT), a non-profit charitable organization, offers young people in-depth, hands-on opportunities to work with professional teaching artists. Students create original plays and musicals during class sessions while learning the art of compromise and refining essential communication and teambuilding skills.

 

 Under the leadership of Gail Stutts Harrell, Founder/Executive Director, Ellis County Children’s Theater is a team of dedicated individuals who believe in the power of the performing arts to inspire learning and motivate young people to work toward a meaningful future. Our team includes teaching artists, educators, students, administrators, civic leaders, and more.

ECCT Board of Directors

Heather Morrill
Molly Taylor

Leah Carlton
Melanie Reynolds

Elizabeth Winn
Gail Harrell

Michelle Griffith
Angie Sanchez

Kimberly Koelzer

Gail Stutts Harrell

Founding Director, ECCT

A Special Thanks to Contributors to ECCT:

 

Marc & Mary Roux

Dr. Laura Morgan

Ray Porter, CPA

College Street Printing

Waxahachie Foundation

Waxahachie Daily Light

Navarro Utilities

 

 

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