Community Theater Academy

Performance-based programs from preschool to high school

The Community Theater Academy develops confident, innovative, and expressive performers in an environment that is fun, creative, and energized! With proven techniques and programs for young artists from preschool through high school, every class is designed to be a successful experience for students regardless of age or ability. Class sizes are kept small so that every young performer receives individual attention and is placed in a role that shows off their unique talents. Musical theater and adventure theater performers showcase their work on stage twice a year in dynamic performances, with full theatrical sound, lighting, and effects that are designed to celebrate each child.

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community THEATER academy director

 Todd Morse
 

12 Highland St.
Natick, MA 01760

508.318.8189

tmorse@walnuthillarts.org

 

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Meet the Faculty

Samantha Kirk

Samantha Kirk

Community Theater Academy Teacher
Alexandra Magee

Alexandra Magee

Community Theater Academy Teacher
Todd Morse

Todd Morse

Community Theater Academy Director

what are people saying about cta?

"We are so glad we found this magical place. It was clear from the beginning [our third grader] loved her Musical Theater class and teacher, Ms. Alex . . . At home, her script for the fall show was always by her side and both of her sisters had no choice but to learn the songs from the script because [she] was always singing them. The production was such a blast. As [she] moved into Mr. Todd's class for spring, the magic continued. The Moana script continued to be a permanent fixture at the dinner table and around the house. In fact, [she] struggled a bit with reading in school at the beginning of the year and generally wasn't very interested in reading on her own but once she started theater, we noticed she would sit there for good chunks of time just reading the script on her own. Her reading ability took a huge leap forward and her endless energy of rolling around the house at times got redirected into this newfound love for reading her scripts. The Moana performance was spectacular. The kids radiated the care and love they clearly receive through this program. Thank you for creating this amazing place and having an incredible staff that brings out the best in these kids!" — Natasha S.

"I cannot thank you enough for everything this spring. [My eighth grader] has loved every minute of it. I was blown away by the show and the entire cast. Well done!!!" — Danielle M.

"CTA has been a wonderful part of [my seventh grader's] year! The warmth, inclusiveness, and technical direction have been equally impressive. As a slightly younger member of her group, she has felt included. She appreciates the way the teachers mentor all of the students in terms of being a cohesive, supportive cast for each other. And I cannot believe how much all of the students have grown in their theatrical skills! From [LINX] until now, I see a major transformation! We all really appreciated the mics, lights, and set as well. They showcased the performers without overshadowing them. Theater played a big part in building [her] social confidence, giving her an activity to feel proud of through hard work, and providing a whole extra social circle for friendships. KUDOS to you and the entire CTA team." — Elizabeth W.

"Thank you so much for all of your encouragement, guidance, teaching and mentorship over this past year. My [third grader] has gained so much confidence and we could not imagine a better year of theater class. Thank you again for everything." — Nicole S.