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Hi Everyone!

It's been a long time since we've seen you, and we hope you're all doing well and weathering the pandemic as best you can.

Like other theaters throughout the country, we have been on hiatus for the past year. Though the school district has been open for their normal classes, they haven't yet allowed any after-school enrichment programs or intersession activities, so we've had to wait for things to get better. That's gradually happening, though, and we see light at the end of the tunnel.

In April, Joanna will be starting a "PDP Outside" program with Ahria Dawn who has worked with us in the past and who some of you know from private singing classes or Vocalocity. This program will be 4 once-a-week improv classes with a small number of students meeting outside and with social distancing at the Seaside Church. The April class is already full, but if it works out well, we'll have another one in May/June, so be on the lookout for info about that.

If things continue to improve, we're hoping to do a summer session. It's been quite a while since we've done one of our favorites, THE COMIC BOOK ARTIST, so that's most likely the play we'll choose. Like all our summer sessions, it will be for 3rd through 10th grade. We'll keep you posted through emails and our website about this. Cross your fingers!

We miss you all, and hope we'll soon be back together doing plays!

- Pat, Joanna, and Wendy (The Park Dale Players)



About the Park Dale Players

The Park Dale Players has been a fixture in North County Children's theater for the last 25 years. Beginning as a company of adults performing original plays for children and teaching drama workshops in the schools, PDP began its student musical theater program in the Encinitas School District in the fall of 1999. Since then, we have produced four original musicals a year, all of them written by PDP's own playwright and lyricist Pat Lydersen with music by composer Wendy Woolf.

With Pat and Joanna Griffin directing, Wendy as musical director, and Joanna adding her talents as a choreographer, this program has provided hundreds of students the opportunity to hone their acting, singing, and dancing skills, and to experience the excitement of working with others to present a polished performance on stage.


Our Goal

The Park Dale Players is not just for the experienced student with a strong interest in theater. It is for everyone, whether they are outgoing or shy, whether they have been in numerous shows or have never set foot on stage. We believe that theater is the perfect vehicle to help foster a child's natural creativity and to help him or her gain in confidence, self awareness, and self esteem. With that in mind, our plays are written specifically to give every child a special character to play. There are no "chorus" parts in our productions—everyone has lines, everyone sings, everyone dances. Our goal is to have our students come away from a Park Dale Player experience with the sense that they have taken part in something very special.




Fall, Spring & Summer Break Productions:
We run this program in the Encinitas School District during their fall, spring and summer breaks. During these two week periods, we rehearse and perform a full scale musical. Rehearsals run Monday through Friday from 9 until 12 for the drama and singing segment of the program and, after a half hour supervised lunch break, the dance segment runs from 12:30 until 2:00. Performances, complete with full costume, props, sets and lighting, are on Friday and Saturday evenings of the last weekend. The Fall and Spring sessions of this program are open to 3rd through 6th graders. The Summer session is open to 3rd through 10th graders.

Musical Theater, Acting & Dance Workshops (Grades 3-6):
Throughout the school year, we run various after-school programs for grades 3-6. We have a Musical Theater Production class which culminates in the presentation of a full- scale musical, as well as Acting/Dance and Musical Theater Workshops which help students interested in musical theater to develop their performing skills.

Tell-A-Tale Theater:
Younger students in grades K-2 can participate in TELL-A-TALE THEATER, a creative drama workshop which focuses not only on teaching children the basics of drama and dance, but also on developing their natural imaginative skills. Each class centers around a grade appropriate story which students will be helped to bring to life through theater games, improvisations, movement excercises, and role-playing.

For more information about current programs, please go to our Programs page.

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