Summer Youth Theatre

Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre (SYT)

Now entering its 32nd summer, Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre has provided creative outlets for youth both on stage and behind the scenes. Participation is by audition and crew sign-up only. Participants must be at least entering 4th grade in the 2022/2023 school year and no older than age 21. This is NOT a workshop. Separate from Curtain Call’s Summerstock Full-Day Workshops (which are conservatory-style, classroom-based programs for building technique), our Summer Youth Theatre rehearses and produces a full-scale musical production each summer. (Please see further information on rehearsals and crew work days below.) 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 2022 Summer Youth Theatre production is…. The Pajama Game!

(Write up by SYT Youth Board Member, Grace Huber)

Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell

Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

 

Directed by Madison Coppola

Music Direction by Matthew Stolfi

Choreography by Anne-Marie Gerard Galler


The Pajama Game, with book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell and music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross (the team that brought us Damn Yankees), was released originally on Broadway in 1954 and would proceed to have two Broadway revivals (1973 and 2006) and play on the West End twice. The musical, based on Richard Bissell’s 1953 novel, is set in a pajama factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where workers’ calls for a raise and changes in the labor system are ignored. As the story unfolds, Babe Williams, head of the grievance committee, finds love with the new factory superintendent, Sid Sorokin – but can their love survive a labor dispute and possible factory strike? The show won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1955 (as well as for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Carol Haney’s portrayal of the secretary Gladys, and Best Choreography for Bob Fosse) and the 2006 revival won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a musical as well as Best Choreography for director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall. The show is famous for numbers like “Steam Heat”, “I’m Not At All in Love”, “Hey, There,” and “Hernando’s Hideaway” and was followed by a 1957 film of the same name. There are seven principal female roles and nine principal male roles with an extensive ensemble and featured roles. (Cast breakdown will be posted later in the spring.)

**All Curtain Call staff and production team members have been fully vaccinated. In order to participate this summer, all cast, crew and parent/adult volunteers working backstage must be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means that the participant or volunteer must have had their second dose of an FDA or WHO approved two dose COVID-19 vaccine, OR have had their single dose of an FDA or WHO approved single dose COVID-19 vaccine by May 29, 2022.**

Auditions and Crew Sign-Ups: Tentatively – Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm (times may be subject to change.) Auditioning actors need only come to ONE audition date, not both. Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song of your choice (and please provide sheet music to your song for our accompanist). You will also be taught a dance combination, so please have shoes and appropriate attire available. If needed, callbacks will be held June 5, time: TBA.

Rehearsals: Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm  beginning as early as the week of June 12 (and some weekends after July 4) through July 28. Sitz probe rehearsal Saturday, July 30 typically between 10:00am and 3:00pm (times may be subject to change), Tech Rehearsal Sunday, July 31 from 1:00pm to 11:00pm (dinner provided) and Dress Rehearsals August 1, 2 and 3 from 6:30pm to 11:00pm. *All cast members must be available for all rehearsals from July 17 through closing performance, August 13. No exceptions.

Crew Work Days: Mostly Saturdays between 10:00am and 4:00pm beginning late June through July, and some weekdays/evenings as need. Those who may not be available for performances can still participate building, painting, assembling props and costumes, etc. Our “Running Crew” (or those who wish to work behind the scenes during performances) MUST be available for our final week of run thrus, July 25 to 28, 2022 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm (to begin learning the show and how the technical elements will move), Tech Rehearsal Sunday, July 31 from 10:00am to 11:00pm (crew should bring lunch but dinner is provided), Dress Rehearsals August 1, 2 and 3 from 6:30pm to 11:00pm and all performances.

Performances: August 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30pm and August 7 and 13 at 2:00pm. (August 7 and 10 at 7:30pm ON HOLD in case additional performances are needed.)

Strike (or Tear Down): August 14 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. All cast and crew are asked to participate. Parent volunteers are welcome.

Parent Volunteering: Parents of cast and crew who wish to help in the areas of set construction, painting, costumes, props, lighting, ushering, box office, rehearsal and performance chaperoning and playbill ad sales may contact Education Director Brian Bianco at brian@curtaincallinc.com. A sign-up sheet will be made available for parents once casting and crew sign-up has been completed.

Contact brian@curtaincallinc.com or call 203-329-8207 for questions.

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.

 

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Matilda the Musical (2019)

 

   

   

    

Bye, Bye, Birdie (2018):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pippin (2017)  

 

 

Peter Pan (2016)

 
 
 
 

 

Oliver! (2015)

 

Kiss Me, Kate (2012)