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ACT Performing Arts Magnet High School to Host Virtual Open House on May 6

Prospective high school students and their families are invited to attend the Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) Performing Arts Magnet High School Virtual Open House on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will take place as an online Zoom session.

The ACT building, located at the Capitol Theater, 896 Main Street, Willimantic, is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. This online session will allow interested families to tour the building. Following the virtual tour, a Q&A session will be hosted by ACT Principal Sarah Mallory.

This special Zoom session can be found online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8757527325. The password for the session is ACT. The session requires no pre-registration.

ACT has a limited number of seats remaining for academically motivated, grade 9-12 students seeking intensive study in the performing arts for 2020-2021 school year. Students who are interested in enrolling may call 860-465-5636 or visit www.eastconn.org/act to download an application.

ACT, housed in Willimantic’s historic Capitol Theater, currently enrolls 150 students from 41 towns in its NEASC-accredited, interdisciplinary and arts-infused academic program with a 96% graduation rate. Each grade is approximately 35 students, making ACT an intimate, highly focused learning environment.

In addition to enrolling in academic classes, prospective ACT students select a major around which their arts education will be focused. The five arts disciplines available for study include acting, dance, theater production (lighting/set design/set construction/costuming), audio/video and creative writing.

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

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.

Students in all grade levels have the opportunity to participate in numerous professional-quality performances and showcase their artistic talents in competitions throughout the year.

In recent years, many ACT students have been recognized for their participation and excellence in Scholastic’s Art & Writing Awards contest, UCONN’s Connecticut Writing Project, DMV-Travelers’ Teen Safe Driving Video Contest, the Quiet Corner Film Festival, the national Future of Technology Essay Competition and other state and nation-wide contests and competitions.

ACT’s school hours are also a plus for many students, with its later start time (8:30 a.m.) and its extended-day schedule (ending at 3:35 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.). On Fridays, classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

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.