WASHINGTON — St. John’s Episcopal Church will offer a Summer Arts Program for youth from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays from July 8 to July 26.
The program, “The Rainy Days and Nights of Mr. and Mrs. Noah,” is a three-week musical theater workshop designed for children ages 6 through 11 that will culminate in two performances on July 26 and July 27, times to be determined.
The three-week program offers a dynamic learning environment. Directed and produced by theater professionals, the workshop provides opportunities for artistic growth, self-expression, education and teamwork by introducing participants to all aspects of a musical theater production including singing, dancing, acting and fun.
No experience is required.
The musical, an original created for this program, was written by St. John’s parishioner, award-winning playwright, novelist and director Tom Dulack.
Mr. Dulack’s plays include “Incommunicado,” which was awarded The Kennedy Center’s Prize for New American Plays; “Friends Like These,” which won the Kaufman & Hart Prize for New American Comedy and the long-running Off Broadway hit “Breaking Legs.”
A professor of English at UConn, he has also written and directed more than 40 Young People’s Concerts at the New York Philharmonic between 2005 and 2016.
Heather Lipson Bell, with whom Mr. Dulack has been collaborating since 2008, will be co-directing the musical program.
Ms. Lipson Bell is a Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer who works nationally and internationally on both stage and screen and specializes in outreach and special needs programs.
Since 2008, Ms. Lipson Bell and Mr. Dulack have worked together on nine Young People’s Concerts at the New York Philharmonic, two children’s shows telecast in the Midwest by PBS, two one-act operas staged at Symphony Space in New York City, and Mr. Dulack’s adaptation for children of a Baroque opera which was staged in Munich, Germany by the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.
Ms. Lipson Bell has also been an assistant director of the Los Angeles Opera Company’s annual production of Benjamin Britten’s opera “Noye’s Fludde,” and that experience has been invaluable, Mr. Dulack says, in helping create this new work based very loosely on the Biblical story.
“The Rainy Days and Nights of Mr. and Mrs. Noah” workshop costs $50 per child.
Program spots are limited. Those seeking additional information may visit stjohnswashington.org or call 860-868-2527.