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.
Summerstock Full-Day Workshops
(2020 Registration opens January 1)
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 email@example.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 22 to July 3, 2020; 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 $750 ($675 for each additional sibling after the first child).
SUMMERSTOCK MUSICAL THEATRE FOR AGES 11-16
July 6 to 17, 2020; 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).
Register for BOTH Creative Theatre and Musical Theatre Sessions and SAVE $200!
SUMMERSTOCK JUNIOR FOR AGES 6-11 (two, separate, two-week sessions)
Session One: July 20 to 31, 2020; Monday to Fridays, 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Session Two: August 3 to 14, 2020; 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).
Register for BOTH Junior One and Two Sessions and SAVE $200!
For more information, call 203-329-8207 x16 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few images from past Summerstock and Summerstock Junior programs:
Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre (SYT)
For nearly thirty 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.)
Curtain Call is proud to announce its 30th Summer Youth Theatre production:
BIG THE MUSICAL!
Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby with Book by John Weidman
Auditions are tentatively May 28 and 30, 2020. Production begins June 13, 2020. Rehearsals will run Monday thru Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm starting June 15, 2020. Rehearsal conflicts are negotiable thru July 19, but all cast attendance is mandatory from July 20, 2020 thru closing. Performances are tentatively August 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 2020 at 7:30pm and August 9 and 15, 2020 at 2:00pm, with August 9 and 12, 2020 at 7:30pm on hold in case of added performances. More information to come. Watch this site for further details.
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.)
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 FotosbyFailla.com):
Bye, Bye, Birdie (2018):
Peter Pan (2016)
Kiss Me, Kate (2012)