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ACT Performing Arts Magnet High School Deadline for 2019-2020 Applications is January 31

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 2020-2021 school year is Fri., Jan. 31, 2020. For more information, to schedule a Shadow Day 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 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.