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ACT Arts Magnet High School Recruiting Students for 2017-2018

Willimantic – EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) performing arts magnet high school is now recruiting academically motivated students who will enter grades 9-12 in the  2017-2018 school year. Students residing in northeastern Connecticut, who demonstrate a passion and commitment to the arts, are encouraged to apply.

ACT is located at 896 Main St., across from the public library in downtown Willimantic.

Once enrolled, ACT students select a major focus area from among five arts disciplines that include acting, dance, theater production (lighting/set design/set construction/costuming), audio/video and creative writing. Students have daily access to creative experiences through a rigorous curriculum that integrates the performing arts with more traditional academic high school subjects.

Highly qualified ACT teaching artists and certified teachers work collaboratively to provide students with personalized educational experiences unlike any other public school in northeastern Connecticut. Each grade is limited to approximately 35 students, making ACT an intimate, highly focused learning environment.

Among the many other features that characterize ACT’s high school program are its student-centered learning model; its state-of-the-art facility with the latest technology to meet the demands of each performing arts focus-area; the opportunity to participate in numerous professional-quality performances throughout the year; and its positive school environment, based on the principles of “Respect Yourself, Respect the Work, Respect the Community.”

The Art Deco-design Capitol Theater includes two fully equipped theaters, a black box theater, a set shop, audio/video editing suites, classrooms, dance studios, a costume shop, office space, CAD (computer-aided drafting) lab, a café and an art gallery.

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.

ACT’s school hours are also a plus for many students, with its later start time (8:45 a.m.) and its extended-day schedule (ending at 4:25 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.). On Fridays, classes run from 8:45 a.m. to 1:07 p.m.

Over the years, ACT creative writing and audio/video students have earned many accolades for their work, not only locally, but statewide and nationally. Creative writing students have earned recognition and awards from the renowned Sunken Garden Poetry contest, the Connecticut Writing Project, the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf, and both the regional and national Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards contests. Since 2007, ACT’s audio/video students have consistently placed in the Top 10 in the statewide Department of Motor Vehicles’ Teen Safe Driving Video Contest. 

The application deadline for 2017-2018 classes is Fri., Feb. 3. Auditions and an applicant Meet and Greet will be held on Sat., March 4 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 download an application, visit

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


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