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.
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Summerstock Full-Day Workshops:
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.
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.
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
Dates for 2019: TBD. (Program runs Monday – 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 $750 ($675 for each additional sibling after the first child).
SUMMERSTOCK MUSICAL THEATRE FOR AGES 11-16
Dates for 2019: TBD. (Program runs Monday – 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)
Session One: Dates for 2019: TBD. (Program runs Monday – Fridays, 10:00am to 3:00pm.)
Session Two: Dates for 2019: TBD. (Program runs Monday – 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 email@example.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.)
PERFORMANCES: Our 2019 SYT production will perform in August. The exact dates and the summer’s production are still to be announced. ***All cast and running crew must be available for ALL performances.***
FIRST COMPANY MEETING AND AD CANVASS DAY FROM 10:00AM TO 2:00PM: Our 2019 date for this is to be determined.
- 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 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. The start of rehearsals for our 2019 production is to be determined. Not every cast member may be called for every rehearsal. ALL CAST MUST ATTEND ALL TECH AND DRESS REHEARSALS, AND PERFORMANCES – NO EXCEPTIONS.
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 prior to tech weekend. ALL RUNNING CREW MUST ATTEND ALL TECH AND DRESS REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES – NO EXCEPTIONS.
A few images from past productions (courtesy of FotosbyFailla.com):
Bye, Bye, Birdie (2018):
Peter Pan (2016)
Kiss Me, Kate (2012)