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ACT Performing Arts Magnet High School to Host Virtual Open House on November 18, 2020

Prospective high school students and their families are invited to attend EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) Performing Arts Magnet High School Virtual Open House on Wed., Nov. 18, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. The event will take place on Zoom.

The Open House Zoom session will be hosted by ACT Principal Sarah Mallory, who will provide a detailed overview of ACT’s academics and arts opportunities, followed by a Q&A. Find the Zoom link at www.eastconn.org/act. Pre-registration is not required.

ACT is currently accepting applications for 2021-2022 from academically motivated students who seek intensive study in the performing arts. Interested students may call ACT at 860-465-5636 or visit www.eastconn.org/act to download an application.

Housed in Willimantic’s historic Capitol Theater at 896 Main St., ACT enrolls approximately 150 students from 41 towns in its four-year, NEASC-accredited, interdisciplinary and arts-infused academic program; ACT has a 96% graduation rate. Each grade-level enrolls about 35 students, making ACT an intimate, highly personalized learning environment.

In addition to enrolling in academic classes, prospective ACT students may select a major around which their arts education will be focused. The five arts disciplines available for study include Acting/Vocal Performance, Audio/Video Production, Creative Writing, Dance, and Theater Production (costuming, lighting and set construction).

Students have daily creative experiences in ACT’s state-of-the-art facility, which features a fully equipped theater, a scene shop, audio/video editing suites, dance studios, a costume shop, a café, classrooms, and more.

Partnerships with Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) and Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) allow qualified ACT upperclassmen to enroll in college classes and earn free college credits through the state university system, while still attending ACT.

Throughout the year, students in all grade levels have multiple opportunities to participate in professional-quality performances that showcase their artistic talents.

Over the years, dozens of ACT students have won contests and awards in state and nationally renowned arts competitions, such as Scholastic’s Art & Writing Awards contest; UConn’s Connecticut Writing Project; the DMV-Travelers Teen Safe Driving Video Contest; the Quiet Corner Film Festival; and the national Future of Technology Essay Competition, among others.

EASTCONN, which administers ACT, is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut’s schools and communities since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org.