Monthly Theatre Workshops

We were heartbroken when we heard about the seriousness of COVID-19 and it’s spreading back in March. We tried to do our part in everyone’s safety by cancelling our Summer 2020 Theatre Workshops. This would have been our 22nd Season and we, like many of you, were saddened to cancel the 2020 season. Ever since then, we have been trying to come up with a way to offer some sort of outlet for our students and we are really excited with what we have come up with!

Our New Covid-19 Policy

 Our number one priority is your safety. We understand that there is a virus, and we want to reassure you that we are taking every precaution to ensure our participants’ health and safety. Upon arrival, every student will have their temperature taken with a touchless, forehead thermometer. If anyone’s temperature is over 100.4 degrees, they will be sent home. Every participant is required to wear a facial mask to class (please no bandanas or neck gaiters). Classes have been designed to be socially distant. Class sizes will be no larger than 8 participants and chairs will be spaced six feet apart. Masks can be taken off when working individually with the instructor or when performing. Hand sanitizer bottles will be placed throughout the space for students’ use and surfaces will be sanitized in between classes.


Thank you for understanding and abiding by our precautions.  

Our Instructors

Annette Hutton is the owner and proprietor of Hutton’s Hamlet. She began the business in 1994 with her Husband Richard teaching music lessons. She graduated from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music with a degree in both Music Education and Piano Performance. In 2003, Annette was honored with the Excellence in Music award by the Stanislaus County Arts Council. She also received an award as a Woman of Distinction (in Education) by Soroptimist International of Oakdale on May 31, 2007. 


Emily Frantz is a recent graduate from the University of California, Irvine with a major in Theatre. She has been doing musical theatre since the age of 6 when she was introduced to it at Hutton’s Hamlet. She has worked at Hutton’s Hamlet for many summers as their Assistant Director and has also choreographed for the Oakdale Junior High and High School Show Choirs. She is excited to pass on her knowledge and passion for performing to the kids and teens near her hometown.


To sign up for a class, please print and fill out the attached Registration Form and mail it or bring it in to the office at 149 Church Ave, Oakdale Ca, along with your deposit.


Intro to Theatre

Nov. 2nd- Nov. 20th

MWF, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

(the 11th Off- Veterans Day)

Taught by

Annette Hutton and Emily Frantz

Our Intro to Theatre class teaches the basics of theatre. This class will cover many of the things we do in our Summer Workshops: stage directions, improvisations, personal expression, using the voice, group theatre games, and stage movements. Although we will not be working toward a full play performance (due to COVID restrictions) we will spend some time applying what we've learned in short improvisations.

*** Please wear closed- toed shoes.

20 spots open. Ages 7-18. No experience necessary. $100

The Art of Clowning

Nov. 2nd- Nov. 20th

MWF, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

(the 11th Off- Veterans Day)

Taught by 

Emily Frantz

The Art of Clowning (1) will guide students through the activities in finding their inner clown.

Eli Simon, professor at UC Irvine and author of "the art of clowning" states, "We all have an inner clown living somewhere inside us. Clowning reveals profound aspects of your own persona - often called your "inner child".

Simon goes on to explain, "if you have trepidation about being reduced to a maniacal clown that scares the neighborhood kids, fear not: there are many beneficial reasons to clown because it steadily encourages you to: perform with a high level of energy and commitment, stretch your range of playable actions, and make moment-to-moment discoveries"... and much, much more! Sessions will consist of exercises and activities that will bring out your clown in a fun and exciting way! Students will learn what it means "to clown" and who their clown is.

"This was one of my favorite classes to take at UC Irvine" Emily states, "and I am so excited to pass along this fun and different style of entertaining and learning!"

***This class requires a red clown nose (provided) and it is encouraged to purchase “The Art of Clowning” by Eli Simon before attending class. 

Also, please bring a notebook and pen/pencil to class everyday. Please wear all black (or muted colors with no logos, if possible) and closed-toed shoes.

20 spots open. Ages 7-11. Some “performance” experience suggested. $155

*Since this is a 3 week class, those who have taken Clowning before with Emily can take this again, as there will be new material to work on!

To sign up for a class, please print and fill out the attached Registration Form and mail it or bring it in to the office at 149 Church Ave, Oakdale Ca, along with your deposit.


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