Puppets and Pantomime
Performance in December 2016
Classes Saturday mornings:  11:30am – 12:30pm
Ages 5-9
Registration:  September 17, 2016 @ 11:30 am
Registration/Classes Fee: $120

This course is designed for first timers, aged 5 – 9. The goal of the course is to acclimate young actors to performing in front of an audience. To accomplish this, we study the art of the hand puppet.  The Playhouse boasts over 100 different hand puppets and an eight person puppet stage.  Primarily, we work at stretching the young actor’s ability to focus over an extended period of time. Pantomime plays a significant part in this. We also stress creative dramatics and vocal technique.  All of it coming under the heading of FUN.  The class meets for 12 Saturdays for a modest fee of $120. The class culminates with a live performance for the Adult Seniors and the puppeteers families in December. We can accommodate children younger than five, but they must be accompanied by a parent during class.

Acting for the Stage Class
Performances:  May 12 – 21, 2017
Rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday Afternoons
(Times to be determined by cast and schedule)
Ages 9 and up
Registration:  January 14, 2017 @ 1pm
Registration/Classes Fee: $120

This is our main stage acting class that culminates in a Pelican Playhouse production. It is the hallmark of the Pelican Playhouse that we present our family oriented productions using both adults and children on stage together. Very often, parents and their children appear together in the same production.  We have always believed that real growth in acting only occurs during a live performance. We start with the basics, work on vocal technique, stage presence, and improvisation.  Once the actors are settled in, scenes and monologues are selected that would best suit the company.  The play is cast and the remainder of the weeks is spent in rehearsal.

The class culminates with performances over two weekends: May 12 – 21, 2017; Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm.


Our playhouse is unique in that we hold classes instead of auditions for our productions.  We are a teaching theater and invite everyone to participate, no matter their background in acting.  On rare occasions we will select a play and “cast” accordingly, but the majority of our productions are performed from our Acting for the Stage Class.