PPCT has three ongoing programs: a School Year program, the Actor’s Society, and a
Summer Intensive program.
The School Year program includes four full-scale productions, with two targeted to tweens and teens and two to children ages 6-12 years. Past productions include Shrek: The Musical, The Tempest, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Charlotte's Web, Our Town, and Into the Woods, among many other challenging classics. Participation in these productions requires a commitment to attend rehearsals 2-4 times per week (3-16 hours weekly) for the 8-10 week rehearsal and performance schedule.
The Actor's Society is a select group of teens deeply dedicated to the theatre who meet monthly and take on leadership roles in the theatre and community. As a theatre, our focus is not only on the performing arts, but also the team building skills that our children learn through the vehicle of theatre. PPCT fundamentally encourages the development of community and the core value of service to the community. The Actor's Society is formed yearly by application and awarded to teens with recognizable commitment to the theatre and qualities of service and leadership. Actor’s Society members act in or participate in the production of all four productions throughout the year. They take responsibility for costume and lighting design, mentor younger children, and volunteer as the face of PPCT at public events, such as the Medieval Festival, the Little Red Lighthouse Festival, the Harvest Festival and AIDS Walk NYC.
The 4-week PPCT Summer Intensive program provides skills-based instruction in dance, acting, voice, and theatre tech at low cost to our middle school and high school students. During the Summer Intensive, kids take classes in monologue preparation, scene study, improv acting, circus skills, tap, ballet, jazz dance, stage combat, stage makeup, and more! The students also take two meaningful field trips focused on developing theatrical experiences and team building, which have included a Broadway show and a ropes course. The summer culminates in a Showcase highlighting the new skills of all our participants.