• Ashland Productions                                                                                 

    Cowern students in 2nd through 5th grades are invited to participate in this year’s Ashland Production musical: This after school experience reveals the process of bringing a musical to life.  Students will work with theatre professionals in twice-a-week rehearsals (Tuesdays and Thursdays from after school until 4:30 p.m.) and present a performance of all their work in the theatre at Maplewood Community Center next spring. 

    Coming to Maplewood Community Center next Spring will be Cowern students presenting Ashland Productions' musical The Grunch!!!  Sign up info coming home soon.  More from Ashland website:

    Inspired by "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas", The Grunch tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider.  When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, he comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone; he will steal the sets, costumes and lights the night before it opens.  But will the spirit of theatre prevail?

    Ashland Collaborative Theatre (ACT!) is an exciting artist-in-residence program for schools of all sizes.  This innovative program allows schools to offer their students a one of a kind theatre arts program for low or no cost to the school.  Ashland artistic staff work with students each week at the school learning the songs, dances and lines for a full youth production.  Learning the show is only part of the fun.  Students will also learn performance fundamentals and team work with interactive theatre improvisational games.

    During the last week of the program, the students' worlds open up as they take the rehearsal process to the Maplewood Community Center on stage in the Maplewood Performing Arts theatre.  Students top off the experience by showcasing their hard work with several performances for their school, family, friends and community with professional sets, costumes, lights and sound!  Your students will come away with improved poise, self-discipline and self-esteem--skills that will help them at school and last for a lifetime!

    For more information, visit ashlandproductions.org/act-program.