CTA provides young performers workshops, audition training, summer camp and “Behind the Scenes” theater training days. These programs give each participant the opportunity to learn the basics of theatre, expand their imagination, develop voice, dance and performance techniques, and much more.
CTA provides a wide range of theatre arts education, including:
- Audition workshops, including the basics of how to audition and how to get noticed by the production team.
- Workshops with multiple sessions in both fall and winter sessions, held weekly over 8 to 12 weeks period focusing on development of the total performer and ending with a performance for family, friends, and the general public.
- Special master classes are presented periodically with highly regarded professionals in different areas of the theatre arts.
- “Behind the Scenes” training is presented to all production participants and walks them through all the aspects of the physical theate.
All training, workshops and camps are aimed to specific age and skill groups.
Registration is required for all workshops and students must be a CTA member to participate. To register, download and complete the Education Registration Form and follow the instructions at the bottom of the form on how to submit your completed Registration Form and payment.
Students are required wear comfortable clothes and sneakers or closed toe shoes (no Crocs, sandals, flip-flops or skirts for the ladies.) Students are not allowed to bring cell phones, toys, games or other electronic devices. A telephone is available for emergency use.
All workshops are located at CTA’s new theater in Bay Head Park, 1661 Bay Head Road, Annapolis 21409. For more information email or call us at (410) 757-2281.
- Minimum of 3 weeks prior to camp: Full refund minus the membership fee.
- 2 weeks prior to camp: Refund minus $75 registration fee and membership fee.
- First day of camp or later: No refund
Inclement Weather Policy: Workshops follow the Anne Arundel County School closings. If schools are closed or afternoon and evening activities are cancelled, the workshop is cancelled for the day. You can email the instructor if you have questions or concerns.
STAGE COMBAT WORKSHOP
Ever wondered how they make fight scenes look so real on stage? It’s called stage combat! In this class, you will learn to perform techniques and maneuvers found in basic “fight” choreography recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). This class emphasizes: commanding your body in relation to theatrical physical conflict; accuracy and safety; fundamental combat techniques; how combat applies to the actor’s character. Class will conclude with the students performing a scene containing fight maneuvers that will leave spectators gasping!
Ages: 8 to 14
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Instructor: Emily Cory
IMPROVE YOUR IMPROV
Ask any Casting Director what skills are most important for actors to have at an audition and the vast majority will answer that it is the ability to improvise. Whether you want to nail an audition or learn how to handle “situations” when they come up on the live stage, set, or out and about, this workshop is for you. Through fun games, exciting activities, and the development of performance techniques, your improvisational, storytelling and stagecraft skills will be brought to a whole new level. It’s time to IMPROVE YOUR IMPROV!
Ages: 10 to 16
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Instructor: Emily Cory
Workshops presented by Tiffany Shannon Productions
Dates: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, October 21, 2013 to January 27, 2014. (No class on November 25th, December 23rd or December 30th). Final performance at 6:30 p.m. January 31, 2014.
Ages: 12 to 17
By Alec Strum; Music and Lyrics by Bill Francoeur
A courtroom has never been more lively and fun than in The Big Bad Musical! The jury — your audience — must decide the outcome of the biggest trial ever in the fairy-tale world! The notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by storybooks of quirky characters who want to get even: Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. With Sydney Grimm as the commentator on live Court TV, the two greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest — the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother — clash in a trial that will be remembered forever after. As our wronged fairy tale characters testify, the wolf seems deserving of all that’s coming. Yet, even though the infamous Evil Stepmother resents doing pro-bono work on such an obviously futile defense, Mr. Wolf makes a good case for himself. Was he born a criminal, or made one?
Dates: 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, November 14, 2013 to January 30, 2014. (No class on November 28th, December 26th or January 2nd). Final Performance at 6:30 p.m. January 30, 2014.
Age: For homeschoolers age 7 to 17
By Charlie Lovett
Ursula Bear buys her porridge by the 50-pound precooked bag. But her husband Builda and her son Teddy think the porridge smells like swamp mud and tastes like secondhand fish eyes! So only Ursula is upset when a bowl of porridge goes missing and scandal breaks out in the forest. As usual in Wychwood-under-Ooze, things are not exactly what they seem. Goldie Locks has been arrested, but is she guilty… or was she framed?! And who was the culprit who blew down the homes of Oscar Meyer and Jimmy Dean? Could it be poor Alfred the Wolf, who gets blamed for everything? One thing’s for sure, Police Chief Sherlock McGarrett is too busy eating doughnuts to sort out the mysteries of the forest, so it will take the crack investigative reporting of Woodsman and Bernadette, along with some help from a top secret source, to unravel the biggest scandal in the history of Wychwood — Porridgegate!
- Session one: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, February 17 to May 12, 2014. (No class on April 14th). Final performance at 3 p.m. May 17, 2014.
- Session two: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, February 19 to May 14, 2014. (No class on April 16th). Final performance at 5 p.m. May 17, 2014.
- Session three: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, February 19 to May 14, 2014. (No class on April 16th). Final performance at 7 p.m. May 17, 2014.
Ages: 7 to 11
By Charlie Lovette; Music and Lyrics by Bill Francoeur
Did you know that Cinderella has a long lost twin brother named Bob living in the same kingdom with his own wicked stepfamily? The separated siblings have enlisted the services of the Fairy Godmother, the Godfather, and two enchanted gerbils to help wile their way into the exclusive royal festivities of Wychwood-under-Ooze. Bob has his sights set on Prince Percy’s all-kingdom baseball game, while Cinderella eyes the birthday gala for Princess Petunia. When the two strangers disappear at midnight after Cinderella hits a game winning homerun, the search is on to find the feet that fit the glass slipper and the muddy cleat!
Dates: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, February 17 to May 12, 2014. (No class on April 14th). Final performance at 6:30 p.m. May 16, 2014.
Book by Martin A. Follose; Music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur
Shiver your timbers with this swashbuckling musical comedy! Captain Jennings’ crew jumps ship, leaving him with only a handful of prisoners and Fergus, a sailor who can’t swim, to protect his wealthy passengers from a pirate attack. Captain Bree and the pirates demand gold in exchange for the lives of the pretentious Madam Prescot; her nephew Samuel, who is masquerading as a girl to avoid becoming shark bait; and her niece Julia, bursting with desire to join the lady pirates — much to her aunt’s dismay! While waiting for a response from the English, the pirates entertain themselves by teaching Julia the ropes of pirating, such as threatening their prisoners with the plank. But what is in store when a British fleet arrives, set on both hanging the pirates for their deeds and punishing Captain Jennings for not fighting them off more effectively?
Dates: 1-3 p.m. March 6 to May 15, 2014. (No class on April 17th). Final performance at 6:30 p.m. May 15, 2014.
Ages: For home-schoolers age 7 to 17
By Brian D. Taylor
It’s the beloved tale of The Ugly Duckling with a super-powered, action-packed twist! When a strange egg falls from the sky and lands near the duck pond, a mother duck decides to let it hatch and raise the strange looking creature as her own. Cluck quickly becomes an outcast at swim school. He looks weird and swimming is impossible because the water burns his skin and all the other ducks make fun of him. Certain that he’s not a duck at all, he sets out to find his real family. Along the way, he discovers he has super powers when he rescues a flock of migrating geese and a crazy chicken who are being terrorized by the evil feline genius, Dr. Tabby Clawslice, and her sidekick, Squishy the Worm. This pair of vile villains wants to destroy — and devour in Dr. Tabby’s case — any feathered creature they encounter. When Cluck meets a beautiful family of royal swans, he finally learns who he really is. No, not a swan — that’s too ordinary a tale! Cluck discovers he’s a duck from another planet with amazing superpowers and a hero’s heart. He finally returns home only to have to rescue his family from — guess who? — Dr. Tabby and Squishy in an epic battle of feline vs. fowl!