Wolf PAC Ghostlight
Our light never goes out...
This blog is a multimedia collection of our treasured moments. We invite you to join in our processes and witness our growth. Featuring students, staff, productions and classes, we hope this blog provides an entertaining resource for Wolf PAC’s expansive programming.
The Butterfly Project: Mannequin Challenge
November 29, 2016
On December 10th the cast of The Butterfly Project is participating in a non-thon, that's 12 hours with their cell phones, social media, or computer screens, to promote their original play, The Time We Give Each Other. Learn how you can sponsor our actors here!
Wolf Performing Arts Center Performs at Bryn Mawr Day!
September 12, 2016
Behind the Scenes: Social Story Videos and Inclusion Practices
August 15, 2016
Wolf Performing Arts Center has always had inclusion at the heart of its mission, but this year we're taking additional steps to make sure every child that comes through our doors feels supported and set up for success. Want to learn more about inclusion supports for your child? Contact Brandi@wolfperformingartscenter.org
Meet our summer intern, Reed!
July 22, 2016
Meet our Intern, Reed! Reed has been working hard all summer helping out with our Wolf HIGH program, recording and editing videos, and helping Brandi with our new QUILT program! We're so glad you're here, Reed! Thank you for being a wonderful addition to the Wolf PAC staff!
Show us your talent!
July 21, 2016
Our session 2 campers blew us away yesterday as they showcased some of the skills they learned in their elective classes. Check out some of the highlights!
Wolf Performing Arts Center's Summer Intern is taking over the blog!
July 12, 2016
We are very fortunate to have Reed Smith as our intern this summer. Reed has been assisting Brandi with Wolf HIGH as well as our new QUILT program. Reed is a Wolf PAC Alum and we're very glad to have him back! Check out Reed's video from the second week of Wolf HIGH.
Disney's The Little Mermaid
June 23, 2016
Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Little Mermaid on an incredible run!
Sneak Peek: Disney's The Little Mermaid
May 31, 2016
Spring Classes begin April 4th!
March 24, 2016
At Wolf Performing Arts Center, we pride ourselves on being the place for young performers to learn, experience and create theatre. By offering a safe, nurturing environment, we encourage performers of all abilities to use their creativity, develop new skills, and let their lights shine. This spring we're offering classes from age 3 to 8th grade. Take a look at the video below to see some of the magic that happens in our classes.
Thanks for letting me hang out in rehearsals!
March 22, 2016
The casts of Disney's Aristocats KIDS and Disney's The Little Mermaid let me (Nikki) hang out with them in rehearsals this week! It was so cool to see their progress!
Rehearsals, winter classes, the start of The Butterfly Project and more!
March 15, 2016
Check out this week's behind the scenes footage of winter classes, rehearsals and more!
The adults make a blog appearance!
March 3, 2016
Check out this clip from our Adult Improv class and sign up for the next session here!
Blog videos are back!
March 3, 2016
Here's a sneak peak into what has been happening in classes, at rehearsals and in production meetings!
A Message about The Butterfly Project - Artistic Director, Tim Popp
"While the present state of our world might often feel frightening, our children, much like the children of Terezin, will use their voices as a beacon of love and hope."
For four years, I watched the brilliant casts of The Butterfly Project give sincere and emotional performances of Celeste Raspanti’s I Never Saw Another Butterfly. Each combination of actors uniquely captured the voices of the children of Terezin, transporting their audiences to places of remembrance and reflection.
With each performance came the talk back, a chance for actor and audience to engage in conversation about what they had experienced. Audiences’ questions ranged from historical and factual to the more esoteric, asking our actors to share how their perception of their world has been shaped by this play. Time and time again, I would listen to these insightful young people, wise beyond their years, explain to audiences how they felt more responsible for the world around them and how they gained a deeper appreciation of the comforts of their own lives as a result of The Butterfly Project.
It was not easy to say farewell to I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This story seeped into the mind and history of all of us who experienced it. We had grown intimately attached to these characters and their realities through our performances, conversations with the play’s creator and heroine and our life-changing visit to the grounds upon which this play began. And yet the time felt right to say good bye.
The beauty and difficulty of theater is that it does not exist forever. Thus, the memory of a play is all the more precious. But the spirit and mission of The Butterfly Project we knew would live on at Wolf PAC.
As we pondered how Butterfly would transform, we knew it was our duty to continue honoring the children of Terezin. Our next story had to similarly reflect the bravery, hope and sincerity in the voices of the children who experienced one of history’s most devastating moments.
We delved into stories from the past, hoping to find something akin to I Never Saw Another Butterfly. Something that was both a testament to the power of art and a call to action for those who saw it. However, nothing quite captured the same authenticity.
In my search, I kept returning to the talk-backs. While the performance of the play was evocative and emotional, those conversations profoundly resonated with me.
I remember during the second year of the tour, my mom came to see a performance. Following the show she said to me, “Those kids are amazing. I liked the show, of course, but I have never heard people that age speak so well about such difficult material. You should be so proud of them.”
“Proud” does not begin to explain it.
At the time, I accepted her compliment and stored it away in my memory. But as I was seeking our next story, this moment kept coming back to me. (Somehow, my mom’s words always have a way of catching up with me). The power of our actors’ voices was undeniable. In fact, with each performance, I most looked forward to the talk-back. It provided all of us an opportunity to see the play from a new perspective and deepen our understanding of its impact on actor and audience.
Realizing this, memories from our 76 talk-backs began flooding my mind. The time one actor shared how this play made her feel closer to a grandmother she barely had the time to get to know. The time a Holocaust survivor thanked the actors for their emotional performance, for keeping alive the memory of the people she lost in a camp. The time an actor received an uproarious applause for proudly announcing to an audience of 1,100 high school students that he just turned 11. To the time an audience of ESL students, many of whom were refugees from war-torn nations, shared their connection to Raja feeling alone as they were here in the US alone, separated from their families.
That last memory, etched deep into my mind, cementing the permanence and relevance of I Never Saw Another Butterfly and any story about lives lost in the Holocaust, brings us to today. I’ll never forget that afternoon in the lobby of the Wilma Theater. The nine actors who performed will never forget that day. Together, we met children not much older than the cast living through the story we were telling. No performance, no article, no documentary could ever make the work we do through The Butterfly Project feel more necessary and important.
The Butterfly Project is more than remembrance. It is empowering the lives of young people to take an active role in their world. It is teaching them to see hate and oppression and fear and providing them the vehicle to use their talent and energy to speak against it and the lifelong tools to empathize with their fellow citizens.
So rather than finding a story written by someone else and helping our actors understand it for themselves, we decided we would give them the opportunity to author their own story. Through our partnership with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, 10 students from unique walks of life will come together to write a play that speaks to their reality.
We do not know yet what story these 10 children will tell or upon which issue they will focus. But with the sensitivity and eloquence of their voices coupled with the support of inspiring teaching artists, I am eager to see how this process leads us to a new play that honors the spirit of The Butterfly Project and gives voice to others who have also been silenced.
While the present state of our world might often feel frightening, our children, much like the children of Terezin, will use their voices as a beacon of love and hope. This season, we will bridge the gap between history and present and give voice to a new generation of story tellers remembering that we are not alone and not afraid.
Mainstage Season Fall 2015
December 21, 2015
We're so proud of all of our young performers who joined us for our fall season. Three brilliant productions hit our mainstage and as we look back with happiness we're also looking forward to our spring productions! Sign up here to audition for "Disney's Aristocats KIDS" and "Disney's The Little Mermaid".
Fall Class Highlights
December 15, 2015
Sneak Peek! Little Women: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy
December 7, 2015
Performances December 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30pm
For tickets click here!
Sneak Peek! James and the Giant Peach
December 7, 2015
Performances: December 12th at 11am and 3pm, December 13th at 3pm
For tickets click here!
We asked Cast A of Disney's Winnie the Pooh KIDS why audiences should attend their show...
December 2, 2015
Have a Coffee and a Song!
November 23, 2015
The inaugural cast of "Coffeeshop Cabaret" presented their solo work last night! Check it out!
November 21, 2015
The inaugural cast of “Studio Performance” performed a quirky and hilarious production last night to a sold out house! Check out some of our highlights! Registration is now open for Winter Blackbox Production Series as well as Classes and Workshops!
Who you calling LITTLE?!
November 13, 2015
Meet the ladies, gentlemen, and hoop skirts that make up our next main stage show, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”.
It's a bird, It's a plane, It's a...PEACH
November 7, 2015
James takes over the blog!!
A Bear, a Peach and a Detective Walk into a Theatre...
October 30, 2015
Shadow Puppets, Top Hats, Monocles, Oh My!
October 24, 2015