Apple Tree Arts offers students a way to stay creative during pandemic

Belle Geoffroy (Belle) looks into a magic mirror given to her by Saket Damle (Beast) in Apple Tree Arts’ musical, “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

Grafton –   Apple Tree Arts has created several opportunities to help its communities (in Massachusetts and beyond) cope with the anxiety and uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic. These plans will also ensure that the nonprofit’s staff and faculty are employed during the crisis.

The staff and instructors have quickly stepped up to bring their students virtual learning opportunities. One-on-one instrumental and voice lessons are now available online using Zoom. Registration for group classes including Mixed Age Move & Groove for ages 1-4, KiddyKeys for ages 3-5, and Keyboard Magic for ages 6-9 is open.

Anne Roney plays flute at Apple Tree Arts’ student recital held at the Great Hall.

The Theatre Arts department is providing twice weekly online group rehearsals for “Willy Wonka Kids” actors and offering online options to Performance Troupe students.  After weeks of rehearsals, Willy Wonka (scheduled to open last weekend) had to be put on hold. The cast is hoping that fans will support them by watching clips of group rehearsals and actors rehearsing at home on social media as they continue to prepare for their performance.

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Caelan Laverty sings during a recital at Apple Tree Arts.