Spring 2020 Classes

AS OF MARCH 19, 2020, Curtain Call has suspended all regular operations (classes, performances, etc.) thru April 30, 2020 in the interest of public health and safety in light of the recent outbreak. 

As a result, our Spring 2020 session of classes is hereby CANCELLED. We are hoping things will return enough to “normal” for our summer programming. You may contact 203-329-8207 x16 or brian@curtaincallinc.com with questions or for more information.

Click here for Summer 2020 program information.

Class details appear both in our calendar below when you click on each workshop title, and under our calendar as you scroll down (listed from youngest ages to adult).

Please call 203-329-8207 x16 or email brian@curtaincallinc.com if you have any questions.

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July 7, 2020

SUMMERSTOCK MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP (for ages 11 to 16)

Classes in Dance:

Broadway Tap Classes with Karen Casagrande

Designed for actors looking to get a “leg up,” our Broadway Tap classes explore a trademark style featured in popular musicals like Anything Goes, 42nd Street, Newsies and Something Rotten, and TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance.

 

Theatre Jazz Classes for Kids, Teens and Adults with Kristine Bingham Nielsen

Designed for young actors looking to improve their dance skills for musical theatre performance and auditions. Each class includes a Luigi-based warm up across the floor and combinations with a theatrical flare.

 

Classes in Acting for Ages 5 to 7:

 

Music Box Theatre: an Introduction to Musical Theatre (ages 5-7)

Instructor: Natasha Fenster

Using song and movement as storytelling tools, students learn the basics of musical theatre performance as they prepare and perform a mini-musical for an invited audience on the final class! As an ensemble, they will learn stage direction, vocalization exercises and most importantly, how music can help to move or drive a story. All students must be available for this showcase, which is June 2, 2020.

 

Enchanted Entertainers: an Introduction to Play-Acting (ages 5-7)

Instructor: Donnie Moody

This drama class introduces students to the genre of children’s literature including fractured fairy tales, Aesop’s fables, fiction and non-fiction stories that teach moral and educational lessons. Together with their instructor, they will develop their own storybook stage adaptation that will include acting, movement and music! Students will present this performance on the final date for an invited audience. This acting class promises to be fun, exciting and memorable, and students will leave with a better understanding of basic performance skills. All students must be available for the final showcase performance, which is June 3, 2020.

 

Budding Actor’s Workshop (ages 5-7)

Instructor: Tony Republicano

This no-pressure class environment allows students to explore a variety pack of acting tools and techniques for budding young talents including improv, scripted scenes and sketches, on-camera scenes and commercials, without the pressure of putting on a performance! Build confidence, presentation, social and public speaking skills. A performance showcase on our final date, June 13, 2020 is optional. As this is primarily a skill-building class, students should not feel pressure to perform, but can if the class so decides.

 

Classes in Acting for Ages 8 to 10:

Broadway Melodies (ages 8-10)

Instructors: Jonathan Cahr and Ruth Lettera

Musical theatre requires performers to not only sing but to act a song as well. Movement and motivation work together in any musical number to help tell the story. Harness these elements and build strong vocal and performance skills as we examine the best of Broadway! Students will learn how to not only sing a musical number, but explore musical staging, stage directions, how to act a song and most importantly how to blend and work together creatively as an ensemble. Acting games and exercises will also be incorporated into the curriculum. The session will culminate in an informal showcase on the final date.  All students must be available for this showcase, which June 8, 2020.

  

On the Spot: Comedy and Improv for Kids (ages 8-10)

Instructor: Tony Republicano

Laughter is something we can all share and enjoy! In this eight-week, no-pressure, workshop, young actors will tap into their own creative ideas and instincts as they explore improv, sketches, physical comedy, parody and joke-telling! They’ll build confidence and teamwork skills as they learn to trust in themselves and their fellow actors, and recognize the difference between appropriate and inappropriate humor. A performance showcase on our final date, June 4, 2020 is optional. As this is primarily a skill-building class, students should not feel pressure to perform, but can if the class so decides.

  

Let’s Put On a Show (ages 8-10)

Instructors: Shannon-Courtney Denihan and Tony Republicano

Challenge your creativity by putting on your own show! In this eight-week workshop, students will learn the process of creative collaboration as they develop their own performance piece to be presented to an audience of family and friends on the final class. Students will work (following a carefully-planned outline) on developing characters and providing creative contributions to their script. All students must be available for this showcase, which is June 13, 2020.

  

Classes in Acting for Ages 11 to 13:

LOL: Comedy and Improv for Tweens (ages 11-13)

Instructor: Tony Republicano

If you’ve got a talent (and a love) for making people laugh, this eight-week workshop is for you! Sharpen your timing, heighten your instincts, develop your own comedic characters and ideas as you explore improv, sketch, physical comedy, parody and stand-up. A performance showcase on our final date, June 3, 2020 is optional. As this is primarily a skill-building class, students should not feel pressure to perform, but can if the class so decides.

   

Broadway Bound (ages 11-13)

Instructors: Jonathan Cahr and Brian Bianco

This intensive study in musical performance offers students opportunities for solo work, duets, trios and other small-group features. They’ll explore selections from some of Broadway and Off-Broadway’s best to find two new audition songs (an up-tempo and ballad) to add to their audition repertoire. The class will culminate in a very informal showcase on the final date. All students must be available for this showcase, which is June 4, 2020.

   

Scenes for Tweens (ages 11-13)

Instructor: Shannon-Courtney Denihan

Build confidence, performance and presentation skills, and learn how to prepare for auditions and cold-readings. Explore character development, objectives, obstacles and making character-driven choices on stage. Create a more truthful performance using age-appropriate scenes for stage, film and TV.

   

Classes in Acting for Ages 14 to 17:

   

Audition Noticed: Getting Yourself Noticed at Professional and College Auditions (ages 14-17)

Instructor: Madison Coppola

This class is a focused study in not only how to prepare for professional or college auditions, but how to market, promote and manage yourself as an actor. On top of building and preparing a repertoire of audition pieces (be it monologues, musicals or TV and film), students will explore the kinds of details that will help get their headshots, resumes and submissions noticed and get them through the door. They’ll also be informed in how to work with agents, managers and casting directors.

TV and Film Acting for Teens (ages 13-16)

Instructor: Lisa Lelas

Acting for the camera comes closer to reality than acting on stage and requires its own, unique set of skills. In this eight-week workshop, you’ll build the basic skills necessary to act and audition for television, film and commercials using actual network and film scripts. Explore how body and facial gestures convey important information to a viewing audience and how the camera lens can become your best friend. You’ll also receive tips for finding agents and booking professional work.

   

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TV and Film Acting for Adults

Instructor: Lisa Lelas

Acting for the camera comes closer to reality than acting on stage and requires its own, unique set of skills. In this eight-week workshop, you’ll build the basic skills necessary to act and audition for television, film and commercials using actual network and film scripts. Explore how body and facial gestures convey important information to a viewing audience and how the camera lens can become your best friend. You’ll also receive tips for finding agents and booking professional work.

 

Spontaneous Fits: Adult Comedy and Improv (Beginner to Intermediate Levels)

Instructor: Tony Republicano

Improv is unscripted, allowing artists to draw from their own instincts while shedding inhibitions, building personal ease and confidence onstage, and developing trust among fellow performers. These skills also apply to social, business, interview/audition and presentation situations. In this eight-week class for continuing students, you’ll strengthen your creative reflexes through a series of theatre games, impromptu scenarios, and character and team-building exercises.

 

Spotlight Cabaret: A Musical Workshop for Adults

Instructors: Brian Bianco and Jonathan Cahr

Sharpen vocal technique as you also delve into character choices and story-telling within a song. This intimate classroom environment offers opportunity to explore Broadway show-tunes and standards that can be used for either a cabaret-performance situation or to add to your audition repertoire. Students are welcome to bring in songs they would like to try out or build upon; otherwise we will help find the right song for you.

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