Summer Youth Programs

Curtain Call offers two different summer programs for youth: our Summerstock and Summerstock Junior program, which is a full-day, conservatory-style workshop program for ages six thru sixteen, and our Summer Youth Theatre which produces a full-scale musical production each summer featuring performers and technicians grade four thru age twenty-one. Scroll down below our calendar for information on each.

MonthWeekDay
August 2019
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
July 28, 2019 July 29, 2019 July 30, 2019 July 31, 2019 August 1, 2019 August 2, 2019 August 3, 2019
August 4, 2019 August 5, 2019 August 6, 2019 August 7, 2019 August 8, 2019 August 9, 2019 August 10, 2019
August 11, 2019 August 12, 2019 August 13, 2019 August 14, 2019 August 15, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17, 2019
August 18, 2019 August 19, 2019 August 20, 2019 August 21, 2019 August 22, 2019 August 23, 2019 August 24, 2019
August 25, 2019 August 26, 2019 August 27, 2019 August 28, 2019 August 29, 2019 August 30, 2019 August 31, 2019

Summerstock Full-Day Workshops

(Registration is still open and available)

Our SUMMERSTOCK (ages 11 to 16) and SUMMERSTOCK JUNIOR (ages 6 to 11) programs are full-day, theatre arts workshops. No previous experience is required and registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Each session culminates in a showcase performance on the final date (see descriptions below for specific dates and times). Each program session is two weeks. There is NO registration for just one week of the program. Students must be available for both weeks of any session and its performance showcase.

The maximum number of students accepted for each two-week session is forty (40). Students are grouped according to their date of birth and will rotate throughout the day in these age-appropriate groups between experienced teaching artists for specialized instruction. Our staff consists of three (3), specialized instructors, our program director, a program assistant and three (3) to six (6) classroom assistants. Material for classes (scenes, music, etc.) is often selected based on a different theme each summer. Students will work on a variety of pieces from different selected plays and musicals based upon that theme. Our showcase performance will present highlights of these pieces. 

Students should bring a lunch each day. Refrigerators and microwave ovens are available for use at the theatre complex. There is no food service or transportation provided. We also have access to the playground on the Sterling Farms Complex for outdoor activities.

Drop-off begins a half hour before the start of the program. Earlier drop-offs may be discussed and arranged with our Education Director. (Contact brian@curtaincallinc.com or 203-329-8207 x16.)

Discounts are available for siblings (10% off for each additional child). Scholarships and payment plans are also available for families in need. (See the sidebar to your right for scholarship application requirements or call 203-329-8207 x16.)

Please inform us of any allergies, special needs, conditions or medications.

There are four, separate Summerstock program sessions:

SUMMERSTOCK CREATIVE THEATRE FOR AGES 11-16

June 24 to July 3, 2019; Monday to Fridays, 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Through rotating study in Improv, Shakespeare and Modern Acting in age-appropriate groups (5th and 6th grade, 7th and 8th grade, high school), students will tap into their own creativity to assemble a showcase performance on the final date drawing upon the instincts, teamwork and timing built in Improv, the technique and discipline developed in Modern Acting and the power tapped through Shakespeare’s language. The session culminates in a showcase performance on the final date at 7:00pm.

Registration is $725 ($653 for each additional sibling after the first child).

Click here to register for Summerstock Creative Theatre (ages 11-16).

 

SUMMERSTOCK MUSICAL THEATRE FOR AGES 11-16: SOLD OUT! Registration is no longer available.

July 8 to 19, 2019; Monday to Fridays, 9:30am to 4:30pm.

This fun and focused, full-day workshop will sharpen skills in singing, acting and dance. In age-appropriate groups (5th and 6th grade, 7th and 8th grade, high school), students will rotate between these three subjects and be introduced to various musicals that share a common theme. The session also includes a day that focuses entirely on audition preparation. The session culminates in a showcase performance on the final date at 7:00pm.

Registration: $800 ($720 for each additional sibling after the first child).

 

SUMMERSTOCK JUNIOR FOR AGES 6-11 (two, separate, two-week sessions): BOTH SESSIONS SOLD OUT! Registration is no longer available.

Session One:  July 22 to August 2, 2019; Monday to Fridays, 10:00am to 3:00pm. 

Session Two:  August 5 to 16, 2019; Monday to Fridays, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Summerstock Junior provides a strong foundation in acting and performance for ages six to eleven by offering a balance of script acting, improv and musical theatre. The day will include warm-up games, exercises and activities that involve all students and other periods where students will receive specialized instruction in age-appropriate groups (ages six to eight and ages nine to eleven). Students will present a showcase of their work on the final day of each session at 3:00pm. They will also work on special arts and crafts projects relating to their showcase performance. 

Registration for each session is $750 ($675 for each additional sibling after the first child).

 

 

For more information, call 203-329-8207 x16 or email brian@curtaincallinc.com.

 

A few images from past Summerstock and Summerstock Junior programs:

 

  

  

 

Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre (SYT)

For over twenty-five years, 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.)

Our Summer Youth Theatre is proud to announce its 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

What an amazing turn out of talent for our auditions! We are so proud of how well-prepared everyone was. It made our decisions very challenging.

We are proud to announce our 2019 Summer Youth Theatre Cast of Matilda:

Matilda Wormwood              Elena Cappella and Beverlyn Lopez      (alternating performances – TBD)

Miss Agatha Trunchbull      Dante DiFederico

Miss Honey                            Franki Spinelli Mastrone

Mr. Wormwood                    Liam Gelling

Mrs. Wormwood                   Emma Sawch

Michael Wormwood             Zachary Vlcek

Mrs. Phelps                            Rachel Lese

The Escapologist                   Robert J. Failla

The Acrobat                          Nicole Henkel

Rudolpho                               Joshua Leferman

The Doctor                             Finley Vigliotti

Sergei                                      Justin Villard

 

Matilda’s Classmates:

Bruce Bogtrotter                   Samantha Sperling

Lavender                                Cooper Toland

Amanda Thripp                    Sophia Sibilia

Alice                                        Matilda Odin

Hortensia                                Liliana Gomez

Tommy                                   Owen Priscott

Eric                                         Sean Kilcullen

Nigel                                       Jake Sperling

Additional Classmates          Valeria Antunes

                                                Sofia Caurant

                                                Sabina Farley

                                                Lucas Gomez

 

Older Students                   Chloe Cerniglia

                                                Lola Duhov

                                                Grace Eagleton

                                                Maddy Galgano

                                                Maggie Lockwood

                                                Kristin Morrow

                                                Aerin O’Brien

                                                Nikolas Rinaldi

                                                Daniella Sallese

                                                Katherine Scully

                                                Sydney Sibilia

                                                Chloe Simner

                                                Isabelle Tiska

 

Grown Up Ensemble        Molly Eagleton

                                                Robert J. Failla

                                                Elsa Franks

                                                Nicole Henkel

                                                Arianna Hernandez

                                                Grace Huber

                                                Jeannette Jerry-Collins

                                                Joshua Leferman

                                                Liliana Santos

                                                Ava Spinelli Mastrone

                                                Justin Villard

                                                Nora Watson

                                                Zara Williamson

 

We are still looking for more stage crew members. Any interested young techies entering 4th grade thru age 21, please click here: MATILDA Crew Sign Up Packet

 

PERFORMANCES: August 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30pm and August 4 and 10 at 2:00pm. August 4 and 7 at 7:30pm are ON HOLD for possible performances. 

***All cast and running crew must be available for ALL performances.***

FIRST COMPANY MEETING AND AD CANVASS DAY: June 15, 2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

  • A mandatory meeting for cast, crew and parents will begin at 10:00am in Curtain Call’s Dressing Room Theatre to kick off the summer’s production, review the commitment for the summer with our production team, discuss volunteer opportunities for parents and answer any questions.
  • At 11:00am, the cast and crew will be divided into teams and assigned to volunteer drivers to canvass local businesses for advertising in our playbill. Playbill advertising helps defer much of our production costs and ALL CAST, CREW AND PARENTS MUST HELP SELL ADVERTISING AND BOOSTERS IN OUR PLAYBILL.
  • Parent volunteer drivers will be needed for our ad canvassing.
  • Our ad canvassing teams will return to the Dressing Room Theatre by 1:30pm for a pizza lunch where cast members will receive their scripts and vocal books.

REHEARSALS:

Rehearsals begin the week of June 17 and will take place at our Sterling Farms Theatre Complex Monday to Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm with some weekends (either Saturday or Sunday during the day) possible. Not every cast member may be called for every rehearsal. There is a strict cut off date for any cast conflicts of July 15. All cast members must be available from July 15 thru August 11.  ALL CAST MUST ATTEND ALL TECH AND DRESS REHEARSALS, AND PERFORMANCES – NO EXCEPTIONS.

CREW WORK:

Work days are scheduled for Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm in our scene shop and/or on the Kweskin Theatre stage. The starting date for crew work on our 2019 production is to be determined. Anyone signed up for running crew (during performances) must be available to observe rehearsal and start learning the show the week of July 22. ALL RUNNING CREW MUST ATTEND ALL TECH AND DRESS REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES – NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

NEW: SYT APPAREL IS AVAILABLE FOR ORDER!

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.

 

       

A few images from past productions (courtesy of FotosbyFailla.com):

Bye, Bye, Birdie (2018):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pippin (2017)  

 

 

Peter Pan (2016)

 
 
 
 

 

Oliver! (2015)

 

Kiss Me, Kate (2012)