Winter 2021 Classes

(December 1, 2020)

Registration for our Fall 2020 session is now closed and we are looking ahead to Winter 2021. As of now, Curtain Call is planning for both in-person and online classes beginning the week of January 25, 2021. Information can be found below. Registration will open later this week (pending any updates from the State of CT).

In-person classes will take place on limited days of the week (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) in accordance with a strict cleaning and sanitizing schedule and the safety and health guidelines listed below. Online classes will take place Mondays and Tuesdays. If our in-person classes are unable to run, they will be offered online. Class listings can be found on and below our calendar.

Curtain Call, Inc. Safety Protocols (Related to COVID-19)

Employees and students who feel sick or have been exposed to anyone feeling sick need to STAY HOME.

Teachers and students who have traveled to (or been in contact with anyone who has traveled to) states experiencing high rates of coronavirus, should quarantine for two weeks before returning to class.

Temperature screenings will take place for all staff and students entering our buildings. Any student or staff member with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be sent home.

Curtain Call staff, students and parents, guardians or sitters dropping off or picking up students, must wear a mask while inside the Curtain Call buildings.

Students and parents, guardians, sitters dropping off students need to wait outside the theatre complex until five minutes prior to the start of class. No student will be permitted inside the theatre buildings until five minutes prior to the start time. Parents, guardians and sitters may drop off students at the front door of the theatre buildings but will not be permitted inside any of the buildings or into the classrooms. (For young students who may be shy, apprehensive or nervous about attending class for the first time, we recommend a thorough conversation take place about the class ahead of time. Please contact our Education Director with any questions or to discuss class expectations with students in further detail if needed.)

Parents, guardians and sitters will not be permitted to wait inside the lobbies or any of the theatre buildings during class times.

Students will be escorted from the lobby to our classroom spaces at drop-off. They will also be escorted back from their classroom for dismissal. Parents, guardians and sitters must be on time for dismissal. If there are any emergencies that arise preventing you from reaching the theatre on time for dismissal, please contact our Education Director directly at brian@curtaincallinc.com or 203-329-8207.

Classes will have access to the outdoor stage on the property during daylight hours and if weather permits.

Our classes have been scheduled fifteen minutes apart to avoid any overlap between student arrivals and dismissals.

Class sizes will be limited to no more than eight students.

Hand sanitizing stations can be found in the entrance area of each of our theatre buildings and in all classroom spaces.

Each class space will be marked out with social distancing squares. Acting and dance students will be spaced six feet apart. Vocal students will be spaced fifteen feet apart.

All students should bring their own water bottles to class. Curtain Call, Inc. will not provide water for students and our water fountains will be off limits.

No snacks will be allowed during class time. Children who need to eat something before class should do so prior to entering the theatre buildings.

Dance students are asked to arrive dressed and ready for class. No changing will be allowed inside the theatre facilities (except for dance shoes).

Bathroom breaks will not be scheduled. Any student who must use our restrooms for emergency purposes may notify the teacher and restrooms should be occupied by one student at a time. Restrooms are available within or very nearby our classroom spaces, not just in the theatre lobbies.

Classroom spaces, restrooms and common areas will be sanitized regularly, but we still recommend that students and staff continue to wash their hands before and after class and make use of our hand sanitizing stations.

Should local health conditions change, or government shutdowns be put in place, we will continue our educational programs virtually.

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Grades K, 1 and 2:

Budding Actor’s Workshop (IN-PERSON)

Instructor: Tony Republicano

Saturdays, 10:00am to 11:15am

1/30, 2/6, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27

(No class 2/13 for President’s Day Weekend. Make up dates for weather or emergency cancellation: 4/10 and 4/17.)

This no-pressure class environment allows students to explore a variety pack of acting tools and techniques for budding young talents including improv, character creation, monologues, scenes, sketches, on-camera scenes and commercials. Build confidence, presentation, social and public speaking skills. Highlights of the students’ work will be recorded and made available to families for viewing.

Registration: $275 (10% off all eight-week registrations made January 4, 2021)

 

Music Box Theatre Online: Aesop’s Fables (ONLINE)

Instructor: Natasha Fenster

Tuesdays, 4:15pm to 5:00pm

1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23

(No class 2/16 for winter break in most area school systems.)

Using song, character expression and carefully coordinated gestures as storytelling tools, students will assemble a virtual mini-musical of some of the fabled fables of Aesop, the Greek storyteller who’s given us such tales as The Tortoise and the Hare, The Dog and the Bone, The Lion and the Mouse and more. These stories have offered examples in moral and social responsibility for centuries. Students will be cast in various roles and provided with a script and recorded music tracks. The class will also include special craft projects that can be done with items at home which will be incorporated into their virtual performance. Classes will meet using Zoom. Class materials and recordings will be provided through a Google Classroom.

Registration: $240 (10% off all eight-week registrations made January 4, 2021)

 

 

Grades 3, 4 and 5:

Broadway Melodies: Musical Performance for Kids (IN-PERSON)

Instructor: Jonathan Cahr

Wednesdays, 4:15pm to 5:30pm

1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24

(No class 2/17 for winter break in most area school systems. Make up dates for weather or emergency cancellation: 3/31 and 4/7.)

Musical theatre singing is not just about vocal quality, but character and storytelling as well. In this class, students will examine a few Broadway numbers, exploring character choices and story line as well building vocal technique and blending as an ensemble.

Registration: $275 (10% off all eight-week registrations made January 4, 2021)

 

On the Spot: Comedy and Improv for Kids (IN-PERSON)

Instructor: Tony Republicano

Saturdays 12:30pm to 2:00pm

1/30, 2/6, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27

(No class 2/13 for President’s Day Weekend. Make up dates for weather or emergency cancellation: 4/10 and 4/17.)

Laughter is something we all share and enjoy! In this eight-week, low-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 as they learn to trust in themselves and their fellow actors, and recognize the difference between appropriate and inappropriate humor. As this is primarily a skill-building class, students should not feel pressure to hold a showcase performance, but can if the class so decides.

Registration: $275 (10% off all eight-week registrations made January 4, 2021)

 

Grades 6, 7 and 8:

LOL: Comedy and Improv for Tweens (IN-PERSON)

Instructor: Tony Republicano

Wednesdays, 4:30pm to 6:00pm

1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24

(No class 2/17 for winter break in most area school systems. Make up dates for weather or emergency cancellation: 3/31 and 4/7.)

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. As this is primarily a skill-building class, students should not feel pressure to hold a showcase performance, but can if the class so decides.

Registration: $275 (10% off all eight-week registrations made January 4, 2021)

 

 

Tweens on Screen: TV and Film Acting and Audition Prep (IN-PERSON)

Instructor: James Feuer

Saturdays, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

1/30, 2/6, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27

(No class 2/13 for President’s Day Weekend. Make up dates for weather or emergency cancellation: 4/10 and 4/17.)

Very different than acting on stage, acting for the camera is very intimate and cameras pick up so much more detail than can translate on stage. This class will explore scene and monologue work for TV and film performance and auditions and also guide students in how to prepare for audition submissions.

Registration: $275 (10% off all eight-week registrations made January 4, 2021)

 

 

Broadway Bound Online: Musical Audition Prep for Tweens with the Music Director of Broadway’s WICKED, Dan Micciche (ONLINE)

Instructor: Dan Micciche

Mondays: 4:00pm to 5:30pm

2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29

(No class 2/15 for President’s Day.)

This intensive study in musical performance offers students opportunities for solo work and individual focus. Under the guidance of Broadway music director Dan Micciche, they’ll explore selections from some of Broadway and Off-Broadway’s best to find and prepare new audition songs (up-tempo and ballad) to add to their audition repertoire. Classes will meet using Zoom. Class materials and recordings of student work will be posted through a Google Classroom.

Registration: $275 (10% off all eight-week registrations made January 4, 2021)

      

 

Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12:

Intro to Directing for Teens (IN-PERSON)

Instructor: James Feuer

Thursdays, 4:30pm to 6:00pm

1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25

(No class 2/18 for winter break in most area school systems. Make up dates for weather or emergency cancellation: 4/1 and 4/8.)

This class is for high school drama students who have a yearning to sit on the other side of the production table. Learn how to communicate and collaborate with actors, crew, designers, producers, audiences, and the press. You’ll also investigate plot, theme, character, exposition, imagery, motivation, conflict, blocking, lighting, script analysis and how to revolutionize and transform spaces.

Registration: $275 (10% off all eight-week registrations made January 4, 2021)

 

 

An Actor’s Toolbox for Teens (IN-PERSON)

Instructor: James Feuer

Saturdays, 10:00am to 11:30am

1/30, 2/6, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27

(No class 2/13 for President’s Day Weekend. Make up dates for weather or emergency cancellation: 4/10 and 4/17.)

This class offers study in a variety of acting areas: physical theatre, stage speaking, scene and monologue study as well as some theatre history. A new subject will be covered every two to three weeks. Students will build more confidence in how they present themselves on stage and in auditions, learn how to physicalize their creative instincts, make acting choices that are specific and motivated, and create a toolbox of techniques they can use for audition and performance situations.

Registration: $275 (10% off all eight-week registrations made January 4, 2021)

 

 

 

Broadway Bound Online: Musical Audition Prep for Teens with the Music Director of Broadway’s WICKED, Dan Micciche (ONLINE)

Instructor: Dan Micciche

Mondays: 5:45pm to 7:15pm

2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29

(No class 2/15 for President’s Day.)

This intensive study in musical performance offers students opportunities for solo work and individual focus. Under the guidance of Broadway music director Dan Micciche, they’ll explore selections from some of Broadway and Off-Broadway’s best to find and prepare new audition songs (up-tempo and ballad) to add to their audition repertoire. Classes will meet using Zoom. Class materials and recordings of student work will be posted through a Google Classroom.

Registration: $275 (10% off all eight-week registrations made January 4, 2021)

 

 

Adults:

Broadway Tap for Adults: Advanced Beginners and Intermediate Levels (IN-PERSON)

Instructor: Karen Casagrande

Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24

(No class 2/17. Make up dates for weather or emergency cancellation: 3/31 and 4/7.)

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, Something Rotten, Newsies and TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance. For those with a year or more tap experience.

Registration: $128 (10% off all eight-week registrations made January 4, 2021) or register at a drop in rate of $18 per class. 

 

 

Off the Cuff: Comedy and Improv for Adults ages 16 thru adult (IN-PERSON)

Instructor: Tony Republicano

Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24

(No class 2/17. Make up dates for weather or emergency cancellation: 3/31 and 4/7.)

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

Registration: $275 (10% off all eight-week registrations made January 4, 2021)

 

 

Between the Lines: Unlocking the Power of Text and Speech for Actors and Non-Actors (IN-PERSON)

Instructor: James Feuer

Thursdays: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25

(No class 2/18. Make up dates for weather or emergency cancellation: 3/31 and 4/7.)

For non-actors looking to overcome their apprehensions with public speaking and add more power and punch to their interviews or presentations as well as actors looking to improve their skills in stage speaking and character analysis. This one-of-a-kind professional training program will help you add strength, specificity and persuasiveness to your presentation, inform you in making more character-driven choices that lead to a more truthful performance, how to speak with intention and not just emotion and how to captivate your scene partners, listeners or audience. Sharpen your interpersonal skills (speaking, listening, presenting, pitching, networking) and intrapersonal skills (self-awareness, nonverbal communication, managing emotions, demonstrating respect, empathy and understanding).

Registration: $275 (10% off all eight-week registrations made January 4, 2021)

For more information or questions, please email brian@ curtaincallinc.com.