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Casting for Success SUMMER DRAMA CAMP!
Introduction to Film, Television & TV Commercial Acting for pre-teens, teens and adults. Fun on-camera morning workshop developing
drama technique, audition skills, and marketing tips. Directed by former NYC TV casting director, Lisa Lelas, the shoreline’s premier acting
Monday-Friday, July 6-10 at Cedar Woods in Branford, 10AM-12noon. Call (203) 641-4405 or email:


Downtown Cabaret Theatre Jr. is a comprehensive immersive theatre experience for young actors, supported by a professional creative
staff of directors and designers at the Downtown Cabaret in downtown Bridgeport, CT. Both sessions will create a full production of a
musical, starting with the initial audition and followed by a multi-week rehearsal process, culminating in an exciting weekend of
performances where family and friends can enjoy your hard work from the audience. No previous experience required! Visit site for
additional camps information:


Opera House Players Summer Youth Theater
June 2nd - July 25


Community Music School
Ages 8 to 15; $350 per two-week session
Monday – Friday, 9 am to 3 pm

This two-week program is for boys and girls ages 8-15 and gives your child the opportunity to experience every aspect of staging a musical
with onstage and backstage roles for everyone – singing, dancing, acting, creating sets, and assembling costumes – all in just 10 days!
These shows are abridged, fully-licensed. Scholarships are available.

Broadway Bound East with Shari Wilcox: SHREK THE MUSICAL JR. - July 6 – 17
John Winthrop Middle School, 1 Winthrop Road,
Deep River

Everyone's favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film!  Adapted for young performers
and featuring a host of over-the-top characters, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show that proves that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Broadway Bound West with Joni Gage: DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR. - July 20– 31    
Westbrook High School, 156 McVeagh Road,
Westbrook, CT

The smash hit movie musical comes to life on stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR.! Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High
must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extra-curricular activities.  Infectious, danceable
songs like “We’re All in This Together,” “Get’cha Head in the Game,” and “Bop to the Top” are sure to engage performers and audiences

Community Music School, 90 Main Street, P.O. Box 387, Centerbrook, CT 06409, 860-767-0026,


Madhatters Theatre Company 2015 Summer Productions include:
Junior Summer Production:
Jr Broadway Baby
Open to ages 6-11yrs.  Medley of scenes/songs and dances from Broadway shows
Chester Meeting House.  July 27th-31st

Senior Summer Production
Defying Gravity
Open to ages 12 and over. Medley of Scenes/songs/dances from Broadway shows.
Chester Meeting House.  .August 3rd -7th
Summer Production Registration opens Jan. 15th.  
Visit site for more info.


New Haven Academy of Performing Arts & Broadway Dance present A Touch of Broadway - A Musical Revue. Two week performing arts
workshop. Register in person by April 1st. Limited Space.  Ages 8 - 17  Vist for complete program information.


The Whitney Players Theater Company is holding a two week Performing Arts Program this summer from June 29th to July 10th at the
Hamden Middle School.  The program is from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, except for July 3rd.  Children 5 to 17 are invited to
participate in a program which will cover all aspects of theater including music, dance, acting, theater games, costuming and set design.  
The program will culminate with two performances of Annie Jr. on Saturday, July 11th at 2 PM and 7:00 PM.  This program is sponsored by
the Hamden Arts, Recreation and Culture Department and is being directed by Cindy Simell-Devoe and choreographed by Joan
Christensen and Jaclyn Ianniello. For more info, call 203-281-6007.


Join Middletown Stage Company on Sunday, March 29 for a Summer Camp Open House! From 11am-2pm, come on down and meet the
staff, see our performance space, ask questions, and win prizes!

Middletown Stage Company is heading into their seventh summer season of bringing high quality musical theater productions to the
Middletown High School stage. This summer, they are offering three different camps for theater lovers of all ages.

MCT: Tiny Tots is the youngest camp for kids ages 4-7 and is based at Keigwin Middle School in Middletown, CT. During the days at Tiny
Tots, campers spend time with movement activities, arts and crafts, games, outdoor time, and, of course, learning how to act on stage. This
three week camp offers half day and full day schedules and culminates in a performance of 101 Dalmatians, KIDS at the end!  Dates: June
29-July 16, 2015 / 8:30am-3:45pm full day For 8:30am-12:00pm half day.

Middletown Children’s Theater (MCT), also located at Keigwin Middle School, is a camp for kids 7-12. Daily workshops are offered in all
sorts of subjects including improvisation, stage combat, arts and crafts, show choir, dance, acting, and singing. Daily outdoor time, theme
days, community performances, Showcase performance, and sports activities also are part of five weeks at MCT. Three performances of
Aladdin JR will round out the camp at the end of July. Dates: June 29-August 1, 2015 / 8:30am - 3:45pm

Middletown Teen Theater (MTT) is based at Middletown High School and is for teens ages 12-20. This year, MTT’s musical production will
be Fame, The Musical which is based off the popular 80’s television show. Daily intensives in singing, acting, and dance are offered to
students for them to gain experience in all fields of musical theater. Additionally, all campers are in the annual Showcase and can be in MTT
Idol located in downtown Middletown. MTT offers the best college preparatory curriculum in Central Connecticut and many campers who
graduated from this program are now enrolled in colleges for the performing arts. Dates: June 29-July 25, 2015. 8:30am - 3:45pm

For what is offered, Middletown Stage Company is the most comprehensive and economical summer camp of its kind. The camps are
instructed by a professional staff that has been involved in musical theater for years and most are certified teachers in the state of

For additional information, you can visit their website at , call 860-748-8169, or join us at their Open House
on Sunday, March 29 at Middletown High School from 11am-2pm.

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The 2015 Advanced Circus Program at Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater is now accepting applications for the summer.

This exciting full-day, five-week program begins June 29 and ends July 31. Students train each day from 9am to 3pm. All interested
students, ages 12-15, are encouraged to apply. The cost for the entire five-week program is $350 and financial aid is available. Program
instructors are professional circus artists, let by Allison McDermott.

Applications for the program, and for scholarships, are available from
Oddfellows Playhouse, through the website, at: http://www.oddfellows.

The Advanced Circus Program (ACP) runs in conjunction with the Oddfellows Playhouse Children’s Circus of Middletown, an annual
Middletown event since 1988. The ACP is designed for dedicated and committed students interested in developing circus and leadership
skills. Participants receive advanced training in clowning, stilting, unicycles, juggling, acrobatics, and puppetry. The training builds strength
and flexibility and develops performance skills. Advanced Circus students serve as role models and student leaders at the Children’s
Circus of Middletown.

The Children’s Circus of Middletown is recognized by the American Youth Circus Organization as a national model of community circus, and
the ACP is the pride of the Children’s Circus.

Oddfellows Playhouse was founded in 1975 as a community-based, multicultural theater program designed to include children from all
backgrounds. Oddfellows remains Connecticut's largest and most active year-round youth theater, an independent, not-for-profit
organization that annually serves over 1,000 young people.

For more information, email, call Oddfellows Playhouse at (860) 347-6143 or visit


The mission of the
B.I.T. Players is to acquaint young minds with stories from the Bible using the vehicles of drama, movement and music.
During the process, participants will be encouraged
to develop a sense of commitment, discipline, community and self worth.  Each rehearsal will include time spent on learning music and
movement for a musical production that is based on the
Bible. Every effort will be made to foster each child's personal talents, while further developing their skills.
WHO: Eager young people in grades 38
Vacation Bible School with Acting, Singing, Dancing, Costumes, Scenery and Bible Stories
WHEN: August 314, 2015 Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: The program will be based at The Church of the Holy Tinity in Middlown, CT and is open to all those who are curious about
There is a CRT program at the church where participants are invited to go for a complimentary morning snack and lunch.
CASTING: To best showcase the participants, it is necesssary to evaluate their skills in the
following areas, prior to the first day of camp:
Singing: participant wll be asked to sing a short familiar folk song or another song of
their choosing.
Movement: participant will be asked to learn and present a combination of steps.
Acting: participant can choose between reading 48 sentences from a script/story book,
preparing a short poem, or speaking the lyrics to a favorite song. (Memorization will help to
highlight a participants talents.)  Regular attendance will be expected. Multiple absences may result in the participant’s role being recast.  
The program will culminate at the end of the
two week session with a performance that will be open to the public.  
The B.I.T. Players will be under the direction of Laurie Medvec Burke. Ms. Burke has been involved in musical productions since she was 14
years old. She has a degree in vocal performance and music education from The Hartt School of Music. She taught elementary school
music in the Region 4 school system for 11 years before she left to raise her children and to
continue giving private voice and piano lessons. Ms. Burke also created and directed a youth theater program for the Park and Rec
Department in Berlin, Connecticut. She has served as music director for theater groups throughout Connecticut, and has directed several
Christmas Pageants at churches in the Connecticut shoreline area.
(Other arrangements can be made for anyone with a conflict on that date)
To schedule a casting appointment contact Laurie at:
Phone: (860) 7673184 or (860) 3167002 or Email:



Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc., a professional, non profit theatre company specializing in family theatre, has announced its
upcoming schedule of theatre camps for young actors. In addition to its April School Vacation Week Camp, the company will also present
five weeks of Summer Theatre Camp in conjunction with the Milford Arts Council at the Center for the Arts in Downtown Milford.

In April, the company will present a five-day camp during school vacation week, April 13-17.
Throughout the week, young actors age seven to thirteen will learn, rehearse and perform a new musical based on the children's book
“Rocko and Spanky Go To A Party” by local authors Kara & Jenna LaReau of Stratford. The camp will be held daily 9 am to 3 pm at
Pantochino’s studio space in the former St. Ann School, with the Friday performance taking place at the Center for the Arts.

The Summer schedule includes five sessions of theatre camp. Session One (July 13-17) features the mini-musical “Phantom Mouse of the
Opera.” Session Two (July 20-24) will create and perform “The Jungle Book, Abridged.” For Session Three (July 27-31), Pantochino’s award-
winning musical “Cinderella Skeleton” will be featured. Session Four (August 3-7) will see a brand new musical, “Regally Blonde” come to
life. The final session of camp is Pantochino’s
original concept, “The Theatre Games” (August 10-14) where teams of young actors compete in a series of creative theatre challenges. All
of the summer camps are held 9 am to 3 pm at the Center for the Arts in Milford.

The camps are staffed by Pantochino’s producers Bert Bernardi and Jimmy Johansmeyer, along with musical director Justin Rugg. “Our
theatre camps have been so popular because they’re so much fun,” said Bernardi. “The kids respond to the material and enjoy the bright,
exciting atmosphere we create for them,” he added. “We’re not teachers,” Johansmeyer explained, “We’re working theatre professionals
who love to share our experience with young people.”

Tuition is $265. per week, with a special rate of $225. for siblings. Enrollment is limited to thirty per session and early registration is advised.
Complete details along with registration forms are available online at


New Britain Youth Theater wants children and teens to skip, sing, and dance down the Yellow Brick Road for its summer musical this year.
Follow Dorothy and Toto as they meet the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Good Witch of the
North, Munchkins, monkeys, and more in The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition, a slightly shortened and simplified adaptation for
young actors and audiences based on the 1939 blockbuster film.

Registration is open to children and teens, ages 7 to 16, from any town, and space is limited. Rehearsals will be held over a four-week half-
day program on Mondays through Fridays from June 29 through July 24. Program hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All children who register
will be cast in the show, but auditions will be scheduled in June to place children in roles. Over the course of the program, the cast will
rehearse the performance—including music and choreography—and will also help to make some of the props and costumes for the show.
Rehearsals and performances will be held at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route71)
near West Farms Mall)). Performances will be held on July 24, 25 and 26.

The cost per child is $375 dollar, but those registered by registered by April 30 are offered an early-registration discount price of $325.
Although the full program is limited to ages 7 through 16, the theater offers an opportunity for a limited number of children ages 5 and 6 to
join the program during the final week and be part of the cast for any or all of the performances. As with the full program, all children who
register will perform in the show. Cost for this one-week program is $75.

For more program details, registration forms to download and print, and general information about New Britain Youth Theater, please visit
the company’s website at or call 860-515-8115.


Summer Theatre of New Canaan - Drama Camps for Middle School, High School and Special Needs Students!
We have three amazing programs this summer!
JUNIOR COMPANY: 3-week musical theatre program open to students entering grades 5-9. Professional theatre artists work with Junior
Company members to mount a musical - this year’s production is Legally Blonde, Jr! (July 6 - July 24)
PRE-COLLEGE THEATRE INTENSIVE: Students entering grades 10-12 participate in a three-week theatre intensive including workshops
and master classes taught by a variety of professional theatre artists. Program will culminate in a final presentation. Students will also have
the opportunity to attend a Broadway show with cast talk back! (June 29 - July 18)
DRAMARAMAS: A unique musical theatre program for children with special needs! Children ages 8-18 will rehearse and put on a musical.
STONC’s professional actors and creative staff will act as mentors for each child and help them interpret and perform their roles. This year’s
musical is Legally Blonde, Jr! (select dates June 6 - June 25)
For more information on programming please contact Education Director Meredith Walker: / 203-966-4634; registration
through our website:


InterAct Summer Theatre 2015

The Princess and the Princess
For Ages 10-14 Years
July 6-July 24, 2015
Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Performances:  Friday, July 24 at 7:00 PM
ACES Educational Center for the Arts
55 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT

Ingrid Schaeffer/Producer
For more information call:
203-795-9011 or
This fun, yet intense theatre experience, will allow your child to be part of a wonderful process into a great performance.  InterAct prides itself
on high quality theatre that gives each student individual attention.  The group will be kept small to insure that everyone feels that they are an
important part of each day’s theatrical event.  The play supplies great roles for both females and males, challenges the older student, and is
inclusive of the younger child. Slots will be filled on a first come first served basis, so get your registration in ASAP.

If your son or daughter loves to act, then this is the program for him or her!  Each day will begin with theatre games and improvisations,
followed by staging the play and creating characters. We are excited to include some exciting stage combat moments into our play.  Our
performance will be held on Friday, July 24, at 7:00 PM, in the ECA Arts Hall.  Daily attendance is mandatory.  The program is run by Ingrid
Schaeffer, Chair of the Theatre Department as The Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT.

If you would like your child to join InterAct Summer Theatre, please call Ingrid Schaeffer at 203-795-9011 or email her at ingrids@optonline.
net to request cost, brochure and registration.


Summer Dreamin’ With NCTC’s Summer Theatre Arts Programs

The Newington Children’s Theatre Company (NCTC), CT’s longest running children’s theatre, has opened enrollment for their 2015
Summer Theatre Arts Programs. NCTC’s Summer Theatre Arts Programs give participants the opportunity to learn and strengthen their
theatre skills by working with professional acting, dance and music instructors. All programs culminate in fully-produced public productions.
For sessions 1, 3 & 4: All participants enrolled will be cast in the show.

Session 1: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (non-musical)
Ages 8-16; June 22-28; Auditions June 13 and 14, by appointment.
Full-day (9am-4pm). Public performances: June 26-28 (Friday and Saturday at 7pm & Saturday and Sunday at 2pm). Cost: $275

Session 2: Workshop Week, June 29-July 2 (Monday-Thursday)
Ages 8-16: Day-long (9-4pm); Monday: Singing, Tuesday: Puppetry, Wednesday: Acting, Thursday: Dance. $50 per day or $185 for all four.
Ages 5-7: Half-day (9am-12pm); Monday: Dance, Tuesday: Singing, Wednesday: Puppetry, Thursday: Acting. $25 per day or $90 for all four.

Session 3: Disney’s Beauty & the Beast Jr.
Ages 8-16: July 6-24 (Auditions will take place on Day 1)
Full-day (9am-4pm). Public performances: July 23-26 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2pm). Cost: $750
Ages 5-8: July 20-24; Half-day: select either morning session (9am-12pm) or afternoon session (1pm-4pm). Each session will perform in 2-
3 performances TBD. Cost: 125  

Session 4: Treasure Island
Ages 8-16: July 27-August 7 (Auditions will take place on Day 1)
Full-day (9am-4pm). Public performances: August 8-10 (Friday & Saturday at 7pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2pm). Cost: $495
Ages 5-8: August 3-7; Half-day: 9am-12pm. Public performances: August 8-10 (Friday & Saturday at 7pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2pm).
Cost: $125

NCTC creates a safe, engaging environment for kids to explore and expand their imaginations. Kids will learn how to take positive risks and
conquer fears, while building confidence and self-esteem, collaboratively working to reach a common goal.
Space is limited. Registration is required. Before and after care is available daily. Sibling discounts are available. All programs, rehearsals
and performances will take place at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre located at 743 North Mountain Road in Newington. Registration
forms are available online ( or at the theatre. For more information, please call 860.666.NCTC.


The PAC at 32 Below, which is housed in the Connecticut Sports Arena, 32 Still River Drive, New Milford. We occupy the entire lower level of
the building, thus the "Below"! Our summer offerings are:

"The Battle for Broadway" a musical revue. Camp meets Monday-Friday from 10:00-1:00 beginning on June 29th and culminating in
performances on July 25th and 26th. This camp is for ages 7-17. The cost is $375.

The great musical theatre geek debate...are you a Sondheim or a Weber? Or wait...are you one of those rogue Shwarz junkies? Join us for a
"Miss Beth Revue" where we'll duke it our and see if Sondheim (Follies, Company, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd) will take out Weber (Evita,
Phatom, Superstar, Joseph...) or will Schwarz get a KO (Pippin, Godspell, Wicked, Children of Eden). Brace's going to be a
real fight for the Great White Way!

"Avenue Q, School Edition" Camp meets Monday-Friday from 2:00-5:00 beginning on June 29th and culminating in performances on July 31-
August 2. This camp is for ages 13-20. The cost is $400.

Winner of the Tony "triple crown" (best score, book and musical), Avenue Q is part flesh, part fur and packed with heart. This laugh out loud
musical tells the timeless story of Princeton, a recent college grad, who, along with his newfound friends struggles to find jobs, dates and
the ever elusive purpose of life.  More information can be found at the theatre drop down!


ArtsKids Summer Camp at The Palace Theatre
Circus Week
"Clowning Around"
July 13-17 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ages: 7-12
Fee: $320
A fun-filled week of circus-arts workshops where students learn exciting new skills including:  juggling, plate spinning, rope twirling, physical
comedy and classic slapstick. Camp participants will take away performance skills, gain confidence and experience the joy of circus!

Triple Threat Week
July 20-24 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ages: 10-16
Fee: $330
Taught by Broadway Veterans of Tony-winning hits!
The Triple Threat Performer Intensive immerses students in the exciting process of acting, singing and dancing -- with a focus on making
art with a purpose.
Visit site, for more information.


Musical Theater Summer Workshop for kids ages 7-12

Broadway Method Academy, one of Connecticut’s premier Musical Theater training programs still has space available for kids ages 7-12 in
their 3-week summer intensive workshop which runs from July 6 – July 24 from 8:30am – 12:00pm, Monday – Friday.  This morning
workshop includes acting, voice and dance classes providing young artists with a solid technique in musical theater.  Students will develop
a strong foundation of skills in movement and dance while exploring musical theater, focusing on popular musical theater shows and
composers through solo, group singing and scene work from age appropriate musical theater scripts.  The workshop concludes with a
showcase cabaret featuring the young artist.

BMA offers a variety of classes, private coaching sessions and performance opportunities for kids ages 7-12 and teens ages 13-21.  We
bring in some of Broadway’s top talents to work with our students and provide the essential tools for young artists to integrate acting,
singing and dance.  BMA helps to build audiences for tomorrow, educate audiences of today and to enrich both the community and the lives
of children.

All classes will take place at the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut,18 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull.  To register for our summer intensive
workshop program, or inquire about other classes we provide, please visit: or call (203) 996-6680.


Mandell JCC Theater Camp -- Honk, Jr.

June 22 – July 17

Registration is open for the Mandell JCC’s Summer Theater Camp for children entering grades 3-8. This year’s production is Honk! Jr. -- the
story of the ugly duckling. Theater Camp is a wonderful full-day experience in which we mount an entire production in 4 weeks, plus daily
swim and play time, theatre games, lunch, snack, and lots of fun.

Visit  and click on the "Summer Camps" tab for information, or call (860) 236-4571.


Performing Arts Academy of CT
Beauty and the Beast Summer Camp

PAACT presents Disney's Beauty and Beast Summer Camp for ages 5-12. If your child is interested in a three week all day performing arts
camp, please sign up today. Registration is online. For more information please call (203)936-8567. Camp times are 9am-4pm. The cost is
$500. They will be working interactively in classes for music, art, theater, dance and stage crew.