Summer Youth Programs

Curtain Call offers two different summer programs for youth: our Summerstock Programs (conservatory-style classes in dramatic and musical theatre arts) and our Summer Youth Theatre which produces a full-scale musical production each summer featuring performers and technicians entering grade four thru age twenty-one. Scroll down below our calendar for information on each.

June 2021
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
May 30, 2021 May 31, 2021

Category: TV and Film Acting Online for Adults with former NYC casting director Lisa Lelas (ONLINE) - ages 16+ welcome

June 1, 2021

Category: Teen’s Monologue Workshop Grade 9 to 12 (ONLINE)

Category: Off the Cuff: Adult Improv (ONLINE)

June 2, 2021

Category: Broadway Melodies: Musical Performance for Kids Grade 3 to 5 (IN-PERSON)

Category: LOL: Comedy and Improv for Tweens Grade 6 to 8 (IN-PERSON)

Category: Off the Cuff: Adult Improv (IN-PERSON)

June 3, 2021

Category: Theatre Jazz for Tweens Grade 5 to 8 (IN-PERSON)

Category: Music Box Theatre Grade K to 2 (IN-PERSON)

June 4, 2021 June 5, 2021

Category: Budding Actor’s Workshop Grade K to 2 (IN-PERSON)

Category: Voice Over and Stage Speaking Study for Adults (ONLINE)

Category: On the Spot: Comedy and Improv for Kids Grade 3 to 5 (IN-PERSON)

June 6, 2021 June 7, 2021

Category: TV and Film Acting Online Grade 8 to 10 with former NYC casting director Lisa Lelas (ONLINE)

June 8, 2021 June 9, 2021 June 10, 2021

Category: Theatre Jazz for Tweens Grade 5 to 8 (IN-PERSON)

June 11, 2021 June 12, 2021

Category: Budding Actor’s Workshop Grade K to 2 (IN-PERSON)

Category: Voice Over and Stage Speaking Study for Adults (ONLINE)

Category: On the Spot: Comedy and Improv for Kids Grade 3 to 5 (IN-PERSON)

June 13, 2021 June 14, 2021 June 15, 2021 June 16, 2021 June 17, 2021 June 18, 2021 June 19, 2021
June 20, 2021 June 21, 2021 June 22, 2021 June 23, 2021 June 24, 2021 June 25, 2021 June 26, 2021
June 27, 2021 June 28, 2021

Category: Summerstock Creative Theatre (Grade 6 to 12)

June 29, 2021

Category: Summerstock Creative Theatre (Grade 6 to 12)

June 30, 2021

Category: Summerstock Creative Theatre (Grade 6 to 12)

July 1, 2021

Category: Summerstock Creative Theatre (Grade 6 to 12)

July 2, 2021

Category: Summerstock Creative Theatre (Grade 6 to 12)

July 3, 2021

Summerstock Full-Day Workshops

Click here for our Summerstock 2021 COVID-19 Policies.

Our Summerstock and Summerstock Junior full-day performance workshops are conservatory-style programs where students hone creative, collaborative, performance and social skills. Summerstock and Summerstock Junior for 2021 is scheduled to take place IN-PERSON here at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex. (Some guidelines, such as masks, may still be in place.)

There are four separate, two-week sessions that run Monday thru Friday. Our Summerstock and Summerstock Junior programs can accommodate a maximum of 40 students per session. Students are then divided into age-appropriate groups for class rotations between three instructors, each in their own specialized area of study. (Information on our staff’s backgrounds can be found in the sidebar to the right if you are on your computer, i-Pad or tablet or at the bottom of the page if you are on your phone.) ALL OUR SUMMERSTOCK INSTRUCTORS AND PROGRAM DIRECTORS HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED.

Every Summerstock and Summerstock Junior session culminates in a showcase of student work. (It is still uncertain if our showcases will be held with in-person audiences this summer or if they will be recorded and then made available to parents and families.) The day typically runs 9:30am to 4:30pm in-person for grades 6 thru 12 and 10:00am to 3:00pm in-person for grades K to 5. A lunch and snack break will be part of the daily schedule. Lunch will normally take place on the playground and picnic area of the Sterling Farms property, weather permitting. Students will need to bring their own lunch, snack and water bottles.

Sibling Discounts and Payment Plan Options are available. Scholarships are available for students in need. Details on how to apply can be found in the sidebar to the right if you are on your computer or tablet (or to the bottom if you are on your phone).

For more information, email


For students entering Grades 6 to 12:

SUMMERSTOCK CREATIVE THEATRE (Spaces still available): For students entering grades 6 thru 12. June 28 to July 9, 2021, Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm. Improv, Shakespeare and Modern Acting.

Instructors: Madison Coppola (Modern Acting), James Feuer (Shakespeare and Classical Acting) and Tony Republicano (Improv)

Registration: $750 (Register for both Creative and Musical and save $200.)

Click here to register for Summerstock Creative Theatre.


SUMMERSTOCK MUSICAL THEATRE (Spaces still available): For students entering grades 6 thru 12. July 12 to 23, 2021, Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm.  Acting, Singing and Dancing.

Instructors: Madison Coppola (Dance), Tony Republicano (Acting) and Matthew Stolfi (Voice)

Registration: $800 (Register for both Creative and Musical and save $200.)

Click here to register for Summerstock Musical Theatre.




For students entering Grades K to 5:

SUMMERSTOCK JUNIOR: two separate, two week sessions for students entering grades K to 5:

Session One (SESSION ONE IS FULL): July 26 to August 6, Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Session Two (Spaces still available): August 9 to 20, 2021, Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Acting, Improv, Singing and Dancing.

Instructors: Shannon-Courtney Denihan (Dance and Musical Staging), Tony Republicano (Acting and Improv) and Ruth Springer Lettera (Music).

Registration: $750 (Per session. Register for both Sessions One and Two and save $200.)

Click here to register for Summerstock Junior Two.



A few images from past Summerstock and Summerstock Junior programs:





Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre (SYT)

Now entering its 31st summer, Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre has provided creative outlets for youth both on stage and behind the scenes. Rehearsals are typically held Monday to Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm (with some weekends) beginning mid-June while crew work on sets, costumes, lights, etc. takes place Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Performances are typically the first two weeks in August. Overall, our Summer Youth Theatre provides nearly 100 hours of creative enrichment and interaction for youth with common interests under the guidance of a team of area professionals.

Participation fee for cast and crew is $50. (Each additional sibling receives $25 off.)

(PLEASE NOTE: Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre is its own, individual program and NOT part of Curtain Call’s Summerstock and Summerstock Junior workshop programs.)

*as of May 24, 2021:

Announcing our 31st Summer Youth Theatre production…

The Drowsy Chaperone

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison

Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears and decides to share his favorite cast album with the audience: a fictitious 1928 musical entitled, The Drowsy Chaperone. As the man looks on, the musical comes to life within his apartment. The 1928 storyline mixes in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan a female aviatrix….and oh, yes – a drowsy chaperone: the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

This show is perfect timing for Curtain Call’s SYT, considering Broadway and the rest of our theatre industry is preparing to re-open. While the Broadway production opened in May of 2006, our production has Man in Chair introducing this “golden age” farce NOW – as we reopen from the pandemic. The show builds up an excitement for the return of the theatre-going experience and also comments on some outdated conventions from the “classical” period of Broadway. It is a satire that educates as well as entertains.


COVID-19 Guidelines for This Summer

Our Summer Youth Theatre will operate under different guidelines than our workshop programs. Please click on the link below and review these guidelines carefully before beginning your audition submission or crew application.

**All Curtain Call staff and production team members have been fully vaccinated. In order to participate this summer, all cast and crew age 12+, and parent/adult volunteers working backstage must be vaccinated (having received their second shot no later than July 17, 2021).**

SYT 2021 COVID-19 Guidelines for Participation


Production Information and Dates

Executive Producer: Lou Ursone

Director and Producer: Brian J. Bianco

Music Direction: Greg Chrzczon

Choreography: Jennifer Silverman

Production Stage Manager: Molly Emmens

Stage Manager: Kaitlyn Pepa

Scenic Design: Jourdan Miller

Technical Director: Jamie LaJoie

Rehearsals begin June 21, 2021 and will be held Monday to Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Curtain Call’s Sterling Farms Theatre Complex. (Some weekend rehearsals may be scheduled after July 4, 2021.) Not all cast members will be called for every rehearsal or for the entire three-hours. Detailed schedules with specified call times will be distributed on a weekly basis. *Conflict cut-off is July 18, 2021. All cast must be available from July 19 through Strike on August 15, 2021.

Crew Days will begin by the end of June, 2021. Crew days will take place on Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Some projects may also be available during the week. Crew members will likewise receive a detailed weekly schedule. *Conflict cut-off for running crew members (the crew that works performances) is July 30, 2021. All running crew must be available July 31 thru 15, 2021.

Saturday, July 31, 2021 is our Sitz Probe Rehearsal for cast and our final work day and Dry Tech for crew members. Cast and crew attendance is mandatory.

Sunday, August 1, 2021 is Tech Rehearsal. Tech is an all-day rehearsal with all cast and running crew; usually ending by 10:00 or 11:00 pm. Dinner will be provided by Curtain Call.  Cast and running crew attendance is mandatory.

Dress Rehearsals are August 2, 3 and 4, 2021 from 6:00pm to no later than 11:00pm. Cast and running crew attendance is mandatory

Performances are August 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2021 at 7:30pm AND August 8 and 14, 2021 at 2:00pm. (August 8 and 11 at 7:30pm are ON HOLD in case we need to add performances.) Cast and running crew must attend all performances.

August 15, 2021 is production Strike from 10:00am to 3:00pm where all cast and crew work together to take down the set and sort/put away all props and costumes.


Auditions and Crew Sign-Up

Auditions and crew applications are by online submission. Submission deadline is 5:00pm on June 10, 2021. Send all submissions to

Not every auditioning actor or applying crew member will be accepted. Our stage and dressing rooms can only accommodate so many performers to begin with, but this summer, Curtain Call must monitor and maintain a certain number of participants to be in accordance with recommended guidelines by the CDC.   


Step One: The Form (if you are applying for Crew, this is your only step.)

Please fill out the appropriate form below. Be sure to list ALL CONFLICTS for the summer. Scan and send the completed form to If you are signing up for crew, please type, “SYT 2021 Crew” in the subject line when you send your completed form, and this is all you have to do to apply. If you are auditioning, please send your form and your video submissions in one email and type, “SYT 2021 Audition” in the subject line.

Click here for SYT 2021 Audition Form Packet.

Click here for SYT 2021 Crew Application Packet.


Step Two: The Singing Audition

Please prepare 32 bars (a verse and chorus or bridge and chorus) of a song that showcases your talent, in the style of an older “classic” musical.  Pop songs are discouraged. Please use accompaniment (either an instrumental or karaoke track or a live or recorded pianist): NO ACAPELLA. Your song should not simply display your vocal strength, but also showcase your skill as an actor/storyteller. This is a very vibrant and comedic musical, so have fun and give lots of energy!


Step Three: The Dance Audition

Below is a link to our choreographer’s audition combination from the show’s Act One Finale, “Toledo Surprise,” the last 36 seconds of the number. In her video, Jennifer Silverman demonstrates the dance, breaks it down section by section and then reviews the combination a final time.

The recent issue with our dance video file has been resolved. The video file should be accessible again. If you encounter any problems, email

Click here to access the Dance Audition Video.

When you record your dance audition, please be sure that we can see your entire body within the camera frame, head to toe.


Step Four: The Reading (Optional)

If you are interested in reading for a particular character, here are links to downloadable audition sides. Most of them are short and sweet, but I have included notes on what I am looking for. Vaudeville is a high-energy and very physical form of theatre. Pacing is key. Comedy should never drag. Be quick but still comprehensible. Use big, broad reactions, facial expressions and gestures. Don’t be afraid to go over the top or lay it on thick. A character breakdown is listed below with detailed descriptions. The final side is a Kitty and Feldzieg scene but can be used for other characters as well, such as Tottendale and Underling, the Gangsters or George.

Man in Chair Intemission Monologue (Man in Chair)

Janet Van De Graaff’s Mental Breakdown Moment (Janet Van De Graaff)

Robert Martin’s Toast (Robert Martin)

The Drowsy Chaperone’s Advice to Janet (The Drowsy Chaperone)

Feldzieg Meets Aldolpho (Feldzieg and Aldolpho)

I’ve Been Working on a Mind Reading Act (Kitty and Feldzieg, Mrs. Tottendale and Underling, Gangsters or George)


Step Five: Submit Your Form and Videos

Please send your form and your video submissions in one email to and type, “SYT 2021 Audition” in the subject line. Videos can be sent as mp4 files, iCloud attachments or with a Dropbox or Google Drive link.



Callbacks will be held in-person if needed on Monday, June 14, 2021 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Curtain Call’s Sterling Farm’s Theatre Complex. If the directors do need to see you again to have you dance, sing or read for us in-person, we will call you. (Please be sure to list all contact phone numbers on your audition form.) If you we do not call you back for the directors to see you in-person, it does NOT mean you are not being considered.

All auditioning actors and crew applicants will hear back by June 19, 2021.


Casting Break Down

ROLES ARE OPEN TO THOSE ENTERING 4TH GRADE TO AGE 21. With the exception of Man in Chair, actors within “the show” sometimes display two personas: their character within The Drowsy Chaperone and the fictitious actor playing that character in the 1928 album. For example, in the story, the character of The Drowsy Chaperone is played by a fictitious actress named Beatrice Stockwell. On occasion, we see these fictitious actors slip out of their onstage personas.

Man in Chair:

A musical theatre aficionado who still appreciates the Golden Era of musical theatre. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl and makes commentary to the audience. The show seems to speak to some issues rooted deeply in his psyche and resurrect some emotionally heightened experiences for him. While the role requires little singing, there are several monologues and the character is on stage the entire show.

Gender: Male


Mrs. Tottendale:

The doddering, often befuddled, proper, yet sometimes bossy host of the wedding (played by fictitious Vaudeville performer Ukulele Lil). It is not clear what her relationship is with the wedding couple, but she is a wealthy widow and enjoys parties and weddings…any excuse to wear her fancy dress. While she bosses her head servant Underling throughout the show, over time we come to discover her true affection for him.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: Db5

Vocal range bottom: G3



Mrs. Tottendale’s savvy butler (played by fictitious Vaudeville performer Noel Fitzpatrick) who is thrifty and stiff, yet has an understated sense of humor. He is George Burns to Mrs. Tottendale’s Gracie Allen (to use an example from Vaudeville). The role requires a dry, often deadpan delivery and a keen sense of comedic timing. While he grows continuously frustrated with Mrs. Tottendale throughout the show, the two come to discover what they truly mean to each other in the end.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: Ab2


Robert Martin:

The dashing, ever-cheerful groom (played by fictitious matinee-idol Percy Hyman). He displays a constant and unflappable positive attitude which sometimes reveals his naivety and social ignorance, and becomes the consternation of his bride Janet. The fictitious actor who portrays Robert, Percy Hyman, was a former model and actor for toothpaste advertisements. While the character of Robert often seems clueless, the role takes great coordination, precision and reflexes. Robert must tap in one number and do another on roller skates.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: Ab4

Vocal range bottom: C3



Robert’s anxious best man who always has Robert’s best-interests at heart. Tasked with managing the wedding and insistent upon Janet and Robert not seeing each other before the ceremony, George grows increasingly stressful as events unfold but manages to tie up all the loose ends and becomes everyone’s best man by the end. George must tap along with Robert in “Cold Feets.” The role requires high energy and pacing.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: Bb4

Vocal range bottom: F3


Mr. Feldzieg:

Broadway producer (played by fictitious actor Jack Adler) who is desperate for his star, Janet Van De Graaf to give up Robert Martin and return to his show. He is bossy, boisterous and after being threatened by two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, he concocts a scheme to stop the wedding by using the gullible Aldolpho as an unwitting pawn. Feldzieg is what’s known as a “straight man” in comedy and plays opposite an assortment of wildly comedic characters.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: Db4

Vocal range bottom: Db3



Feldzieg’s chorine girlfriend who has hopes of being a star (played by fictitious actor Sadie Adler, married to the fictitious Jack Adler who plays Feldzieg). She comes across as dim-witted but turns out to be keener than everyone realizes in the end. A delightfully bubbly and vibrant personality, but not afraid to turn on her tough side.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: Bb3


Gangsters (One and Two):

Posing as pastry chefs, this duo (played by the fictitious Vaudeville duo The Tall Brothers) is intending to collect from Feldzieg for a “certain individual” who has invested in Feldzieg’s show and stands to lose a bundle if it closes due to Janet’s marriage to Robert. They’re an example of the “stock character” portrayal of gangsters in musicals like Kiss Me, Kate and Anything Goes. These roles require a great deal of slapstick and physical humor.

Gender: Male (Open to casting females portraying male characters)

Vocal range top: Gb4

Vocal range bottom: Db3



A “European” self-proclaimed lady’s man (played by fictitious former silent movie star and alcoholic  Roman Bartelli). Man in Chair comments that Aldolpho is an example of the outdated and often ignorant concepts that existed during the Golden Age of Broadway and Hollywood regarding the portrayal of indigenous people, and as we find out from Man in Chair, karma catches up with Roman Bartelli as the actor met a grizzly demise.  While we’re not certain as to why Aldolpho is in attendance (as he does not seem to know the bride or the groom) Feldzieg uses him as an unwitting pawn in his plot to stop the wedding from happening. The role requires an actor who can display great confidence, bold personality, is willing to take some risks and be very physical.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A#2


Janet Van De Graaf:

The famous bride and glamorous star of Feldzieg’s Follies (played by fictitious, rising star Jane Roberts). Janet says that she is ready to give up the stage to be happily married to Robert but the audience can see she is still wrought with doubt, especially when she encounters a blindfolded Robert and decides to pose as a stranger. The two get lulled into a kiss and Janet becomes distraught that Robert has kissed a stranger: “Robert kissed a French girl! Her name is Mimi! She’s very beautiful!” Janet has a wide vocal range: belty at times, yet tender and subtle when it needs to be. She is the epitome of melodrama. The role requires a great deal of dancing and stamina. Her feature number involves several tricks and novelties that show off her various special skills.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: -1

Vocal range bottom: G3


The Drowsy Chaperone:

Janet’s alcoholic confidante and friend (played by fictitious, well-established stage actress Beatrice Stockwell). The Chaperone’s one responsibility is to keep Janet and Robert from seeing each other before the wedding, but her failure to do so is what sets the plot in motion. The character is terribly self-serving at first (a supposed nod to the arrogance of the fictitious actress who plays her) but she ends up helping Janet and Robert to reconcile in the end. The role displays a confident and bold personality that requires great vocal strength and stamina, keen comedic timing and instincts, and cunning wit.  

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: F3


Trix the Aviatrix:

The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to perform the wedding. Her entrance, which is the “denouement” of the show, is set up in the opening number. Her plane swoops into land for repairs on her way to Rio for Carnival. She leads the rousing eleven o’clock number of the show, “I Do, I Do in the Sky.” Strong singer. The role is written for an actor of color.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: Ab3



House Servants to Mrs. Tottendale, Wedding Guests, Reporters, the Superintendent of the Apartment Building, Dancing Monkeys and Clouds.




That’s right! T-shirts, crew-neck sweatshirts and sweat pants are available featuring a new graphic design by SYT members Lily Fine and Liam Gelling. T-shirts are just $16, Crew-neck Sweatshirts and Sweatpants are $25. (Orders will be submitted for printing once we’ve reached at least 25 orders for any one item.)

Click here to download our SYT Apparel Order Form.

Our Summer Youth Theatre’s 29th production:

Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and book by Dennis Kelly

Based on the book by Roald Dahl

Director: Brian J. Bianco

Music Director: Greg Chrzczon

Choreography: Emily Frangipane

Scenic Design: Peter Barbieri, Jr.

Costume Design: Megan Latte Ormond

Assistant Director: Cara Grasso

Production Manager: Jourdan Miller

Stage Manager: Andrew Patashnik

Assistant Stage Manager: Molly Emmens

Tech Director: Jamie LaJoie





A few images from past productions (courtesy of

Bye, Bye, Birdie (2018):








Pippin (2017)  



Peter Pan (2016)



Oliver! (2015)


Kiss Me, Kate (2012)