Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Summer Theatre of New Canaan Offers Education Programs

In addition to its mainstage 2012 Festival Season, the Summer Theatre of New Canaan (STONC) at Waveny Park also offers these specifically designed Education Programs giving area students unlimited opportunities to explore all levels of theatre arts:
  • Junior Company (for students 5th thru 8th grades)
  • Pre-College High School Apprentice Theatre Intensive Program
  • College Intern Program
  • DramaRamas Special Needs Production
Each of the individual programs allows participants to work directly with the theater company’s professional staff members in preparation for additional bonus performances scheduled to take place at the Festival tent venue at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Connecticut.
The Junior Company, for students 5th-8th grades, will rehearse Disney’s High School Musical 2 for three weeks (July 9 thru 27) at the Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan and then perform it (admission free) for the public on Friday, July 27 at 3:30. The story of High School Musical 2 takes place as school ends and everyone is on summer vacation. All of the characters from the movie of the same name will make the summer scene in this fun-filled musical. To schedule an audition for the Junior Company call the office at 203.966.4634.
Participation in the Pre-College High School Apprentice Theater Intensive Program allows area high school students to develop a more insightful understanding of building an ensemble of performers and personal inner discovery, as well as enhancing the tools necessary to be strong actors and informed theatre artists. Beginning Monday, June 25 and continuing thru Friday, July 20, the program is scheduled Mondays through Fridays from 10am to 4:30pm. Working with successful professionals in theatre, the students will take classes and workshops in audition prep, voice & speech, acting, Shakespeare, musical theatre, dance styles, set/costume design, play/screen writing, devising theater and more during the day as well as create a staff-guided apprenticeship according to their theater interests. As a final project, the Pre-College High School Apprentice Theater Intensive Program students will highlight the skills they have learned during a performance on Friday, July 20 at 4pm, free to the community. This is a tuition based program and those interested in participating should contact the Summer Theatre office at 203.966.4634.
STONC’s College Internship Program is a professional internship for a select number of college students pursuing a career in theater arts. Recent college graduates are also eligible. Paid positions include assisting directors, company management, marketing, stage managers, choreographers, costumers, actors, the musical director and the artistic director. This program will include 14 students working alongside the STONC professional designers and staff throughout the summer season.
The DramaRamas Special Needs program is a unique in that it offers students ages 8-17 an opportunity to play roles in a theatrical production while being personally mentored by professional actors and staff as well as college interns. This season the DramaRamas and their professional acting mentors will appear in one performance only of Wizard of Oz (featuring the script from the Theatre for a Young Audience) on Thursday, June 28 at 4pm. The students and their mentors will rehearse for ten one-hour sessions in June to learn the script, music and movements and then perform the musical on stage of the Festival tent theatre in Waveny Park New Canaan for friends, family and those supporting the program. The performance is free and open to the community. In addition, the “Rubber Band” from STAR will also be performing before the performance. To be part of The DramaRamas Special Needs program, contact the Summer Theatre office at 203.966.4634.
In addition to these Education Programs, the Summer Theatre of New Canaan 2012 Theatre Festival includes the Broadway classics My Fair Lady (June 15 - July 7) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (July 14 - August 5), plus The Wizard of Oz (June 17 - August 4) and Pinkalicious (July 4 - August 5).
For information about auditions plus performance information and to purchase tickets contact the Summer Theatre of New Canaan call 203.966.4634 or visit the theatre website at info@stonc.org.

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