Fall 2020 Performance Schedule

  • Freelance in the Spotlight showcase: Saturday, December 5 @ 6pm
  • The JP Troupe presents Follow Your Hooves (live): Thursday, December 10 @ 6pm
    The Freelance Players Troupe presents No Zone: Friday, December 11 @ 5pm
    The Needham Troupe presents Monopoly: Saturday, December 12 @ 6pm
    The Newton Troupe presents Trouble in Oldtown: Friday, December 18 @ 6pm
    The Driscoll Troupe presents The Universe and Other Stuff: Saturday, December 19 @ 6pm

Fall 2020: Important Information & Season Schedule

To register, click here!

Questions? Call Artistic Director Kippy Dewey: 617-512-1947

Quick overview of Covid-19 spring productions:

The shows must go on!! After the success of our six spring 2020 productions, the Freelance Players is proud to announce the launch of our Fall 2020 season – plus, a brand-new program for our older students.


  • The shortened season will run for ten weeks at a reduced rate.
  • At this point in time, all rehearsals will be virtual.  
  • Because our season is predominantly virtual, we encourage you to register for a Troupe whose schedule and age restrictions best fit your unique family situation.
  • This fall, each Troupe’s musical will be adapted or written specifically for this virtual session and will culminate in a final performance streamed via Zoom and/or YouTube.
  • We remain open to the possibility of smaller group rehearsals during the week as safety precautions allow.


We are flexible! If you cannot make a start date for any reason, please contact the director.

The Players Troupe (starts at age 12) in No Zone
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm
Season: Sept. 16th through the week of Nov. 16th
Director: Kippy Dewey – 617-512-1947

Newton Troupe (starts at age 8) in Trouble in Oldtown
Rehearsals: Mondays, 3:30-5:00pm
Season: Sept. 14th through the week of Nov. 16th
Director: Sally Campbell – 508-277-3434

Jamaica Plain Troupe (starts at age 8) in Follow Your Hooves
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm
Season: Sept. 22 through the week of Nov. 16th
Director: Madeline Hurley – 857-445-5196

Driscoll / Brookline Troupe (starts at age 8) in The Universe and Other Stuff
Rehearsals: Fridays, 3:30-4:45pm
Season: Sept. 18 through the week of Nov. 16th
Director: Kippy Dewey – 617-512-1947

Needham Troupe (starts at age 8) in Monopoly
Rehearsals: Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm
Season: Sept. 18 through the week of Nov. 16th
Director: Mary Torpey – 617-515-9594

New this season!

Freelance in the Spotlight (ages 12-16)
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm
Season: Sept. 17 through the week of Nov. 16th
Director: Mary Torpey – 617-515-9594

We look forward to our creative journey with you. We may be physically distant, but our community is stronger and more connected than ever! We look forward to seeing you soon. Register with us today!


The Freelance Players engages youth in the creation and performance of original musical theater for audiences of all ages while fostering imagination, self-expression, empathy, and confidence in young people.

Through six performance Troupes across Greater Boston and story theater classes for younger children, the Freelance Players promotes community by building bridges across ethnic, geographic and socio-economic boundaries. Each Troupe produces two original musicals a year which are performed around the community, many free of charge as a public service.

The Freelance Players Troupes are proud to be a member of Massachusetts Cultural Council’s EBT for Culture program.

Spring 2020/Covid-19 Update

Spring 2020 was a Freelance season like no other. We achieved what sometimes seemed like the impossible: we successfully adapted ALL SIX of our Troupes’ live musical-theater productions to the screen!

When Covid-19 prompted school closures in March, we acted fast. We moved our rehearsals online without skipping a beat. Hear from one of our Freelance families about their experience this spring.

We embraced this unforeseen opportunity to innovate new ways of showcasing our talented students, including five video-theater productions and one final production, by our Jamaica Plain Troupe, that was performed entirely live on Youtube, complete with a virtual playbill. Watch the whole season here.

“It’s been wonderful! Thanks to your entire team for rising to the challenge and creating a novel and enriching experience for our children.”  ⁠— Freelance parent, spring 2020



Our daughter loves being part of Freelance! I am so appreciative that you have created this amazing environment where the girls and the boys support each other and feel connected to one another.

Freelance Parent

Thank you for all your work with the Troupe – their performance was wonderful! My children have loved being in Freelance, and I am so impressed with the confidence they have gained, and the joy they get from being on stage. They are already excited for the spring season! Thank you for the attention and care you show to all the kids.

Freelance Parent,

Freelance was the first place where I felt like I truly belonged and had something to offer. You taught me how to use my voice and be proud of who I was. I made some of the greatest friends and was at home. Freelance gave me so much. I’m a Freelance kid, through and through.

Allie Glickman, Freelance Alum
This year’s production was a blast, and it’s wonderful how much our daughter enjoys taking part in your theatrical company. You’ve made her a thespian for life!
Freelance Parent,

We’ve two very different children enrolled in Freelance and a third counting down the days until she can audition.
Our eldest relishes her roles on the stage, and her growing role within Freelance as an ‘elder’ of her troupe and within the Freelance community.
Our son has found a comfortable space to test his courage and share in the arts: from the safety of the auditions to the support of your team as the kids move to the stage, we are watching him grow and are thankful.

Freelance Parent,

Thank you again for helping all the actors, and in particular our child, put on three fantastic shows! We were so impressed with everyone and everything about it!

Freelance Parent,

This will be my daughter’s third year in the Troupes. She loves it! I was so excited for her to participate since I was a Player. My daughter’s presence and confidence has taken leaps and bounds, and she has learned to work together as part of an ensemble.

Julie Stuecken, Driscoll Troupe Parent & Former Freelance Player

Our daughter has loved being part of Freelance Players. She feels a strong connection with the staff and other kids. Having been in other theater groups, I can definitely say that you guys do an amazing job of making each child feel known and an important part of the show. This is the reason we do the drive so far each week!

Freelance Parent,

Words cannot express how grateful we are for all that you have done for our child.

What you have created at Freelance is not just a brilliant introduction to the world of the performing arts, but a stage for kids to express and to learn about who they are!

What can be more important than that!

When kids (and adults for that matter) are anxious or stressed out learning, growing and healing opportunities are limited. Your love for the kids and for the art creates a safe, loving and supported community, and only through that kids can thrive.

Our child came to Freelance anxious, shy, and without any self-esteem. With your help our child is now confident, strong and happy. What a transformation, which would not have been possible without your help.

Rehearsal for life” is not just your slogan, it is exactly what you provide the kids with. We will be forever grateful.

Freelance Parent,

Freelance has given my daughter the opportunity to find her own voice and unique journey. It is an unbelievably encouraging environment, and her confidence outside of the troupe dramatically improved. It’s been such a pleasure watching her self-esteem and acceptance of herself improve over the year.

Can’t thank you enough for your support!

Freelance Parent,
We wanted to thank you for welcoming [our daughters] into the program.
Through it, they received a wonderful introduction to theatre that will certainly enrich their lives for many years to come. Weeks after the play, the girls routinely sing the play’s songs at home. Borkdumps and Blinding Skags have become part of our family dialogue. We look forward to another show in the fall!
Freelance Parent,

I’m thankful because you helped me boost my confidence, and you helped me show my true self around people I don’t really know. You also helped me speak up when I have something to say.  Thank you for helping me become who I am now.

Freelance Student,

I just wanted to reach out to thank you for all that you do for the children — not just in JP Players, but in all your theater troupes.  This was my son’s first production involvement, and I only wish we’d have gotten him involved sooner. The experience for him was so positive, instructive and confidence building. His community is now so much larger and richer. We look forward to future involvement with JP Players.

Freelance Parent

(The) musical direction and piano playing was magnificent! Freelance is such a professional organization – directors, support staff, musicians, costume & set designers, writers! Bravo to all of you for giving so many kids throughout the Boston area a wonderful musical theater experience and a community that will last a lifetime!

Freelance Parent

Freelance Players is a proud member of Massachusetts Cultural Council’s EBT to Culture program.


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