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ACT Performing Arts Magnet High School Deadline for 2019-2020 Applications is February 1

EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school is currently accepting academically motivated, grade 9-12 students seeking intensive study in the performing arts. 

The application deadline for 2019-2020 classes is Fri., Feb. 1, 2019. Auditions and an applicant “Meet and Greet” will be held on Sat., March 2, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information or to schedule a Shadow Day, call ACT’s main office at 860-465-5636. To learn more or to download an application, visit www.eastconn.org/act.


ACT, housed in Willimantic’s historic Capitol Theater, enrolls students from 37 towns in its NEASC-accredited, interdisciplinary and arts-infused academic program. Each grade is limited to approximately 35 students, making ACT an intimate, highly focused artistic learning environment.
ACT students select a major focus area from among five arts disciplines that include acting/vocal performance, audio/video production, creative writing, dance and theater production (set design, lighting design and costuming).


Students have daily creative experiences in ACT’s state-of-the-art facility that features a fully equipped theater, a set 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 a variety of community performance opportunities throughout the year.


Among student awards and recognitions in 2017-2018: 17 students won 26 regional awards, including 7 Gold Keys, in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contest; 19 students received awards for writing and poetry from UCONN’s 2018 Connecticut Writing Project; video production students placed top 6, and received an award for best use of humor in the DMV-Travelers Teen Safe Driving Video Contest; and an ACT junior got an Honorable Mention in the national 2017 Future of Technology Essay Competition. 


ACT’s school hours are a plus for many students, with its later start time of 8:30 a.m., and its extended-day schedule, ending at 3:35 p.m., Monday-Thursday. On Fridays, classes meet 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 and follow EASTCONN at www.facebook.com/wherelearningcomestolife.