Festiville (Film Production) – Open to Grades 5-12 – Studios

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In this premiere program, students in grades 5-12 will learn to produce film with training opportunities both in front of and behind the camera. Following NTPA’s successful production model, students will audition, rehearse, and perform a production, but instead of a stage production, these programs end in a video production. Each film will be performed and produced by NTPA students, and the final film will be screened for a public audience at the conclusion of the production.

What is the Production Process Like?

Each week will begin with a Production Meeting at Willow Bend Center of the Arts before breaking out into groups. On-screen actors will proceed to Acting Sessions led by Artistic Director Tammara Wright where they will learn techniques for acting on camera as they rehearse the script for the film. Off-screen production students will move to Tech Labs led by Senior Technical Director Greg McKnight where they will learn about production techniques as they prepare all technical aspects for the film.

Towards the end of the production, students will participate in Crunch Time (similar to Tech Week for our stage actors). During these two weeks, students will put the finishing touches on the production as they prepare for filming. Filming will take place on location at a local nature preserve.

  • Actors – Filming Crunch Week – November 13-18, 5:00-9:30 pm and November 19-20, 10 am-10 pm
  • Tech – Preliminary Editing Week – November 19-20, 10 am-10 pm and November 21-26, 5:00-9:30 pm
  • Tech – Crunch Editing Week – November 28-December 2, 5:00-9:30 pm and December 3-4, 10 am-10 pm


After premiering on the NTPA stage, NTPA Studios is proud now bring this exciting original musical to the big screen! Written specifically for our theatres by NTPA’s own Greg McKnight. After four successful musical premieres (Nightshade at Christmas, The Adventure of BetaKid, Simon Says, The Adventure of GammaKid) Greg returns with another work of musical genius, Festiville.

A curious and courageous young elf’s quest to uncover the truth behind a local medieval festival leads him on an adventure into the forest. There, Jax meets someone who teaches him a unique lesson that inspires him to return to Festiville and share his discoveries. His mother’s attempt to become the next Grand Marshall and the Senior Grand Marshal’s attempt to keep him away from his daughter only fuel Jax’s determination to uncover the truth and shake up the traditions of Festiville.


Book, Music, & Lyrics: Greg McKnight
Executive Producer: Greg McKnight
Creative Director: Tammara Wright