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Curtain Call announces summer educational programs

By Curtain Call

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Student participants in the SummerStock Jr, program
When a parent hears that his/her child has been acting out, it normally sends shivers down the spine. But when the child is participating in one of Curtain Call’s performance workshops it’s music to their ears! And while we’ve all been shivering from this wild winter, it’s not too early to be thinking about summer!

For 20 years, Curtain Call (Stamford’s longest-running and only year ‘round non-profit producing theatre company) has offered educational workshops in the performing arts. The hallmark of those has been our SummerStock series of programs. These full-day programs are offered throughout the summer and take place in the safe, nurturing environment at the theater's Sterling Farms campus in Stamford. Taught by teaching artists with years of experience, these two-week, small-class workshops offer a terrific option for summer daytime activities.

A scene from the Summer Youth Theatre production of OKLAHOMA
SummerStock, for ages 11 through 16, offers Creative Theatre from June 27 through July 8. Relive history through improv, modern acting and Shakespeare! This program is designed to build performance skills, creative instincts and confidence, featuring the comedy and tragedy of world history! The second session of SummerStock, Musical Theatre, runs July 11 through 22. Explore Broadway hits from the history books! A fun and focused study in voice, movement and acting for musical theatre performance, staged against a backdrop of history! Both sessions run Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm.

SummerStock Jr., for ages 6 through 11, offers two unique sessions; July 25 through August 5 and August 8 through August 19, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Young performers receive a well-rounded, creative experience in the performing arts. They study acting, movement, music and basic stage craft, and put all these skills to use creating a showcase performance history will remember!

Each session of SumerStock and SummerStock Jr. may be taken independently, but a discount applies when taking more than one. Sibling discounts are also available. Since class sizes are small, these sessions tend to fill up quickly, so call today for more information: Brian Bianco, Education Director, Curtain Call, Inc.,
203-329-8207 x16 or online at You can register today with the secure, online registration forms.

Another aspect of Curtain Call's educational programming is its Summer Youth Theatre (SYT). Each year, nearly 100 students from all over Fairfield County age 10 through 21 participate in a full-scale musical production. The SYT program offers 100 plus hours of program time for only a $50 registration fee for these students who work on and off the stage throughout the summer. This summer's production will be Les Miserables. Auditions will be held the first weekend in June with performances mid-August. Watch our website for further details.

Curtain Call has been voted Fairfield County’s Best Local Theatre Group every year since 2005 by providing year-round live theatre and educational programming in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre and was recently recognized with The Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Conveniently located at the Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT.

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