Community Theater Academy
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 age 3 through ninth grade, every class is designed to be an accessible and successful experience for students regardless of age or ability. Class sizes are intentionally kept small so that every young performer receives individual attention and is placed in a role that shows off their specific and unique talents. Student showcase their work twice a year in our dynamic performances, with full theatrical sound, lighting, and effects that are designed to celebrate each child.
3yrs - 5yrs
Preschool Theater helps ease our youngest performers into the live stage experience. Shows are primarily performed through action and music with wonderful props and costumes! The instructor is an active narrator helping to guide them through the performance so they always feel confident and engaged.
K - 1st Grade
In Theater Kids scripts are introduced, assisting young performers with reading skills, speech and memorization. The basics of stage blocking are learned, so audiences feel they are a part of the action. Scripts are fashioned for the performers, taking advantage of school vocabulary and introducing new verbal concepts such as idioms, homophones and puns. Introductory singing and dancing techniques all add to their engaging performances.
Level I: Grades 2-4
Level II: grades 3-5
Level III: grades 4-7
Level IV: grades 5-9
CTA Theater instills confidence and creativity through dramatic and comedic works. Performers who lean toward dialogue-driven shows, learn methodologies from the times of Shakespeare to the present. Students who wish to become professionals of stage and screen mix with those pursuing the craft as a thrilling hobby. Experienced directors teach nuance in actors' verbal, physical and emotional performances. Actors learn how to make an audience root for, laugh at or despise characters. Players are constantly challenged to take roles they have not experienced before, stretching their abilities and keeping them from being pigeon-holed by future directors.
Level I: grades 2-4
Musical Theater / Voice & Movement II: Grades 3-5
Musical Theater / Voice & Movement III: Grades 4-7
Musical Theater / Voice & Movement IV: Grades 5-9
Improv: Grades 5-9
Nothing builds self-trust and confidence better than improvisation. It is great for players in Theater and Musical Theater; they learn to aid fellow performers when things go wrong and push the show back on track. An improvisor knows every seeming error is an opportunity to create a new part of the show. It is also great for talented performers who don't have the patience for scripted scenes and prefer to just leap head-on into the unknown.
Creativity and Collaboration are in full-swing during sketch comedy. This program brings together actors who are writers and lets their imaginations loose. Aristotle's concept that a story needs a beginning, middle and end is out the window. Like predecessors John Cleese, Tina Fey and Jordan Peele, sketchers learn the set-up, turning point and how to get out before a concept loses its allure.
Acting in Film
Forget everything you have learned for the stage. Performers learn that their faces will fill a tv or cinema screen. They abandon the exagerated styles that work so well on stage and explore nuance - the twitch of a smile, the concern in one's eyes; the camera captures it all. Through performances for close-ups, mid-shots and long-shots, actors also learn film's vocabulary which will aid them in future film projects.
Learn the basics of set construction in preparation of high school productions. Learn how to solidly construct platforms that can hold performers as well as tricks of illusion accomplished through forced perspective and paint. Elaborate designs are created using minature cut-outs that professionals use to pitch their ideas.