Summer Theater 2014

On-Camera Drama Camp for pre-teens,teens & adults with acting coach, Lisa Lelas. July 28-August 1 (10-12 noon) at Cedar
Woods in Branford (exit 54-I-95). (203)457-2223
          Introduction to television, TV Commercials, film, comedy, drama and audition technique. Marketing tips on how to book
work professionally. $150 for week long program/refreshments provided.
          *Directed by Lisa Lelas, the shoreline's premier acting coach. A former NYC casting director, Lisa has helped train
thousands of actors who have attained professional acting work in TV, Film and Broadway. Lisa is the drama director at St
Mary's school in Milford and the performance coach for the Sacred Heart University Skate Team. She is also the founding
owner of Connecticut's first TV-acting studio and a regular segment reporter for ABC NewsChannel 8.


Bridgeport Theatre Company is proud to announce BTC, Jr., a 2-week summer theater production for young actors of all
experience levels (entering 1st grade through entering 8th grade).

This year's shows again will be held at United Congregational Church in Downtown Bridgeport, 877 Park Ave.  For more
information about our colleagues, please visit:

BTC, Jr. -- Summer Program 2014:

Session #1 runs July 7-18  (Hairspray Jr.) (PERFORMANCE for parents/families: Thurs July 17 @ 7pm)

Session #2 runs July 21-Aug 1  (BTC Rising Stars- a showcase of songs and scenes specially chosen for each unique
performer in the program) (PERFORMANCE for parents/families: Thurs July 31 @ 7pm)
BTC Rising Stars is a unique opportunity to create a show together as an ensemble based on the talents and personalities
of the cast. Last year, the program included songs from Annie, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Seussical and Matilda.
Visit the site for additional information.


Ages 8 to 15; $325 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: PETER PAN JR. - July 7 – 18, 2014    Evening performance on 7/18 and matinee
performance on 7/19
Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty Street, Chester, CT
Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of
the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to
the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook!
Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale
about a boy who wouldn’t grow up with no flying required! The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs,
such as “Following the Leader,” “You Can Fly,” “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.”

Broadway Bound West with Joni Gage: XANADU JR! - July 21 – Aug. 1, 2014    Performance on 8/1
Westbrook High School, 156 McVeagh Road, Westbrook, CT
It’s time to believe in magic with XANADU JR!
It’s 1980 and the magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira (portrayed in the movie version by Olivia Newton John), descends
from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, as he strives to
achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal
Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. This hilarious, musical adventure about
following your dreams, rolls along with a hit score. With songs including, “Magic”, “All Over The World”, “Suddenly”, “I’m Alive”,
“Evil Woman” and “Xanadu”, to name a few, this JR. title still has all the fun and excitement of the original production.  It’s
hilarity on wheels for children, adults and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired.  You’ll want to keep the music in your
head, and XANADU JR! in your heart, forever.


The Madhatters Theatre Company announces Summer Camp 2014 - The Snow Queen (aka: Frozen) - at the Chester
Meeting House August 4th - 8th.
No audition required but must register through e-mail or phone.
(860) 395-1861  e-mail:
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.  Thank you to all who registered.


The Young People’s Center for Creative Arts is now accepting enrollment for our 2014 summer theater camp to take place at
East Hampton High School during the month of July.  YPCCA is a non-profit theater arts camp devoted to bringing musical
theater to students in the central Connecticut area.  

The Young People’s Center for Creative Arts is also excited to announce our summer 2014 show, the Broadway hit – Shrek
The Musical! Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of
everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage.
In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre –
not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT
temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real
hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek. 

Mornings at YPCCA are devoted to workshops in a variety of artistic endeavors including Show Choir, Stage Combat, Comedy
Improvisation and Shakespeare.  Afternoons are spent rehearsing for our full-length musical production.  This year we also
plan to march in East Hampton’s Old Home Day parade where in 2009 and 2013, YPCCA won an award for our float and

Shrek The Musical auditions will take place at East Hampton High School on Sunday, June 15th. It is NOT mandatory to
audition to participate in the camp – everyone is in the show whether they audition or not.  Students will be asked to sing,
dance and read at the auditions. The cast list will be announced the first day of camp.

YPCCA will take place Monday, June 30th through Sunday, July 27th, 2014.  It is open to students entering grades six through
freshman year of college and is located at East Hampton High School.  Tuition for the four-week program is $550.00 per
student if you register by May 1st, 2014. We also offer two full and two partial scholarships each summer.

YPCCA will also be heading to New York City this summer to see a Broadway show.  All campers are eligible for the trip that
includes transportation, lunch and the show for  approximately $100.

The staff of YPCCA is made up of professional actors and teachers from throughout Connecticut.  Students and staff of the
program have gone on to work and perform on Broadway as well as regional theaters including Long Wharf Theater,
Goodspeed Opera House, Hartford Stage and the Eugene O’Neil Theater.

For more information and a brochure, please call (860) 267-2911 or e-mail  Additional information about the camp and online registration is available at


Epoch Arts Summer Session for Teens
Epoch Arts, a non profit arts for youth organization located in East Hampton , Ct. is now accepting registrations for our teen
arts summer session. Join us for a week of artistic expression and exploration. Teens will focus on two workshops: Film
Making and Fine Arts. The morning workshop will be geared towards students getting familiar with all aspects of film making.
Concept story boards, camera use and editing will all be incorporated into this workshop. Students will also have the
opportunity to do some acting for the short film if desired. The afternoon is dedicated to the fine arts. Painting, drawing,
watercolor, charcoal and the use of mixed media will be some of the areas that you be be exploring. Students will meet in the
Epoch Cafe' for morning introduction and lunch each day. At the end of the week, students will share their short film and art
work. July 21st-25th, 9:00-2:00. Students 6th -11th grade, $150. Space is very limited register at or call
860-365-0337. Come express yourself through the arts and have fun!!


The Whitney Players Theater Company is holding a two week Performing Arts Program this summer from June 30th to July
11th at the Hamden Middle School.  The program is from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, except for July 4th.  
Children 5 to 15 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 Magical Land of Oz on
Saturday, July 12th at 2 PM and 7:30 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.


Summer Studio at Hartford Stage.
Imagination. Is there anything better about being a kid? At the Hartford Stage Summer Studio, we encourage kids to let their
imaginations run wild through acting, dancing, creative movement, theatre games, arts and crafts. It’s a place for all kids—
whether they are the budding actor ready for the spotlight or the shy kid on the verge of breaking out of their shell—and with
classes for kids ages 3 – 17, the perfect opportunity is just a click away.

Hartford Stage Summer Studio—where a kid can be, well…anything they can imagine.


Oddfellows Playhouse  
8 - 14 years
This five week program provides instruction in Circus Arts to over 200 children. The Children’s Circus of Middletown
culminates in a huge outdoor performance with 200+ performers and over a thousand spectators annually.
For 26 years children have learned juggling, unicycling, acrobatics, clowning, stilting, dance and visual arts and worked with
skilled artists to create an original, open-air, Circus every summer since 1988!
Kids work together, build skills, strength and friendships over the course of this unique program.
Session: June 30 - August 1st (raindate August 2nd)
Days/Times: Monday - Friday. 9am - 11:30am OR 12:30 - 3pm
Instructor: Circus Artists/Teaching Artists
Tuition: Sliding Scale. See Kids Arts 2014 Application - Available SOON.
Additional Info: This program is administered by the City of Middletown - Commission on the Arts - Kids Arts.
Financial Aid and Transportation Available to Middletown Residents.

Advanced Circus Program
12 - 15 years
In conjunction with the Middletown Children's Circus, young people with prior circus experience who want to extend their
circus training are invited to enroll in this full day program.
Young people will receive advanced training with Allison McDermott. Expect to work hard - building strength, flexibility and
skills over the 5 week session. Advanced Circus students also serve as role models and student leaders in clowning,
stilting, unicycling, juggling, acrobatics and puppetry classes and performances.
The Advanced Circus Program performs with the Middletown Children's Circus in the final spectacular!
Session: June 30 - August 1st (raindate August 2nd)
Days/Times: Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm.
Instructor: Allison McDermott
Tuition: $350
Class Limit: 40


Middletown Stage Company


New Britain Youth Theater Planning Summer Musical Production of Into the Woods Jr.
NEW BRITAIN, May 7 – The New Britain Youth Theater has announced that its summer musical production for ages 7 through
16 will be Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods Jr. Rehearsals and performances will be held this year at Raymond Hill
School in New Britain. “We’re excited about this new partnership with Raymond Hill,” said NBYT Executive Director Darren
Farrington, “and the chance to work on one of the nicest school stages in New Britain.”

In Into the Woods, fairy tale characters—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Rapunzel, and the
Witch—meet and interact in an original twisted tale. The story centers on a baker and his wife who wish to have a child;
Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his
wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Additional
roles include princes, Cinderella’s family, Red Riding Hood’s grandmother, Jack’s mother, Jack’s cow, a wolf, narrators,
woodland animals, and a mysterious man.

Rehearsals will be held over a four-week half-day program  on Mondays through Fridays from June 30 through July 25 (except
for July 4) with a weekend of performances at the end of the program. Rehearsal hours will be 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 to be used in the show. Registration for the program is open to children from any
town. Performances of the musical will be held on July 25, 26 and 27.

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


InterAct Summer Theatre is looking for teens to perform the greatest trilogy of all time Aeschylus’ The Oresteia.
The program will run from July 7-July 26, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM daily and takes place at The Educational Center for the Arts,
55 Audubon Street, New Haven.  Performances are on July 25 and 26 at 7:00 PM.  This high quality summer theatre emersion
is for the serious acting student.  Call Ingrid Schaeffer for more information:  203-795-9011.

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Long Wharf Theatre
FOR AGES 8-13:

DATES: Wizards report July 7-11 from 9 am-3 pm
AGES: 8-13
COST: $350

Back by popular demand...Join us for a week filled with the wonderful world of witchcraft and wizardry at Long Wharf Theatre!
Students will be sorted into houses, learn to cast spells and make potions, meet some magical creatures, and even play a
few games of Quidditch! All participants will tie-dye their own t-shirt to show house pride and select their own wand. Parents
may come to an “Open House” on the final day to catch a glimpse into this magical world.

DATES: Half-bloods report July 14-18 from 9 am-3 pm
AGES: 8-13
COST: $350

Which god or goddess’s house do you belong to? Find out in this exciting new class. We will learn and explore several of the
most famous Greek myths, create some of our own magical creatures, and even go on several heroic quests…but we
promise we’ll be back by suppertime!

MONSTERS for an extra $25 (per week).  



Enrollment Now Open for NMS Summer Rocks! 2014:
A Unique Five-Day Contemporary Music Program at the Neighborhood Music School
Neighborhood Music School (NMS) is excited to announce the fourth annual NMS Summer Rocks! program. This five-day
program intensive runs August 11-15 from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily. The program culminates with a full rock concert at 7
p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, which is free and open to the public to showcase what the Summer Rocks! kids have learned,
created and accomplished.

This year, as Peter DiGennaro, director of Summer Rocks!, explains, "Summer Rocks! will explore world cultures in order that
students may best appreciate the whole of the world they live in by creating great, contemporary music using the
compositional structures of other countries infused into their own natural sensibilities."

Students will learn from an esteemed faculty of professional musicians while exploring a wide array of musical
circumstances through ensemble work, master classes, electives and group workshops in areas including, but not limited
to, music theory, improvisation, songwriting, basic vocal skills, amplification and effects and healthy collaborative practices.

Registrations for Summer Rocks! 2014 are currently being accepted. Any instrumentalists and/or vocalists ages 10 and up
with at least two years of experience on their instrument are strongly encouraged to sign up. Register by July 11 to receive an
early-bird discount and be guaranteed an original Summer Rocks! 2014 t-shirt. Space is limited, so be sure to visit to register.
NMS Summer Rocks! program is a unique, resource-rich opportunity to explore all of the exciting creative, technical, social,
historical and cultural aspects of the Rock music kids love in a fun and fabulous environment.

For more information, contact Peter DiGennaro at


Enrollment Has Opened for NCTC's Summer Theatre Arts Program!
The Newington Children's Theatre Company (NCTC), Connecticut's longest operating children's theatre, has announced
their 2014 Summer Theatre Arts Programs. Throughout the summer, participants have the opportunity to learn and
strengthen their theatre skills by working with professional actors, directors, choreographers and musicians, preparing for a
fully-produced production.NCTC encourages a safe, collaborative environment for kids to learn how to work together as a
team to reach a common goal, develop self-esteem and self-confidence and to explore and expand their imaginations. Every
child enrolled will receive a role in the production.

For Ages 8-15: Each full-day program runs Monday through Friday, from 9am-4pm, with before and after care available Each
session culminates in public performances.

Session one: Disney's The Jungle Book, June 16-29 (performances: June 27-29; Friday & Saturday at 7:00pm and Saturday
and Sunday at 2:00pm). The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in Disney’s The Jungle Book. Specially adapted from the classic film,
this musical includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” On the run from
Shere Khan, a ferocious tiger who has banished him from the jungle, a human boy named Mowgli is aided by an agile
panther named Bagheera. Along the way, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants, and a giant bear
named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a
band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. Shere Khan returns, leading our
protagonists to rally their follow jungle creatures into battle and restore peace to the jungle.Cost: $475.

Session 2: The Wizard of Oz, June 30-July 27 (performances: July 17-20; Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:00pm and Saturday
and Sunday at 2pm). No program on July 4. Adapted from the 1939 box office smash, The Wizard of Oz includes hits like,
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "If I Only Had a Brain," and "We're Off to See the Wizard." Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like
so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the
rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the
universe of Dorothy's imagination and meet all the colorful characters of Oz. Cost: $995.

Session 3: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, July 28-August 10 (performances: August 8-10; Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm
and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm. Based on Disney's first animated 1937 movie of the same name, Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs is a non-musical. The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom
except one -- her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White is the fairest one of all, she
must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs -- Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and
Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love's kiss can save her! Cost:

Not quite 8 years old? Check out NCTC's IN PERFORMANCE Half-Day camps for kids ages 5-8. Participants will have the
opportunity to learn and strengthen basic acting techniques, as well as, to learn songs and movement in preparation to join
the ensemble of our current mainstage production. Session 1: Disney's The Jungle Book, June 23-29; Monday-Friday, 9am-
12pm. Cost: $100. Session 2: The Wizard of Oz, July 14-27; Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm. Cost: $225. Session 3: The Wizard of
Oz, July 14-27; Monday-Friday, 1pm-4pm. Cost: $225.

All Summer Theatre Arts Programs will take place at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre located at 743 North Mountain Road
in Newington. No audition or experience necessary. Registration and deposit required. Registration forms and more
information is available at or by calling 860.666.NCTC.

NCTC’s Summer Theatre Arts Program Date Changes
Please note that the Newington Children’s Theatre Company has adjusted the dates for their Summer Theatre Arts
Programs. The Wizard of Oz: Ages 8-15- June 30-July 27 (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. No program July 4th). Ages 5-8: July 14-
July 27 (Monday-Friday; Session one: 9am-12pm or Session two: 1:00pm-4pm). For Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids: Ages 8-
15-July 28-August 10 (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm). Ages 5-8: August 4-10 (Monday-Friday; 9am-12pm). Auditions for college
and high school students for Les Miserables are June 1st and June 2nd by appointment. For more information, please call
860.666.NCTC or visit


Crystal Theatre Summer Camps 2014
Located at the Ben Franklin Theater or Cranbury Park
Director: Cheryl Kemeny

In our 26th year, we continue with our philosophy of “learning by doing” in a supportive and fun atmosphere. We know kids
want to “put on a show” and we do all we can to give them the training to look and sound great by providing the opportunity to
work with superior teachers.

Be a star this summer at Crystal Theatre's rockin' camps. The following Musical Theater camps take place at the Ben
Franklin Theater: Storybook Theatre Camp for Preschool and Kindergarten; Broadway Blast for current 4th – 11th graders;
Land of the Midnight Sun for current 4th – 10th graders; Intensive Audition Workshop for current 7th grade – college; Improv
and Acting for current 4th – 8th graders; Thumbelina for current Kindergarten – 3rd graders; & Puss in Boots for current 3rd –
7th graders.

The following Multi-Arts camps take place at Cranbury Park in Norwalk (with the last two days of camp at the Ben Franklin
Theater): Arts in the Park Session 1 & Arts in the Park Session 2  (Younger Group- for current Kindergarten – 2nd graders &
Older Group- for current 3rd – 7th graders). All camps culminate in shows at the air-conditioned Ben Franklin Theater. Learn
more about each camp and register online at


Auditions for cast and signup for the backstage crew for SST's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical
Carousel will be June 1 and 2 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dance auditions are at 7:45 on June 1 and June 4. Auditioners need only
to come one of the two nights. Full audition information and online pre-registration can be found on the organization's

SST is not-for-profit, completely self-funded organization for high school and college students, is in its 49th year of producing
a Broadway show. Staff members include professionals from the Hartt School of Music, New England Dance, and
professional theatre companies. Participants do not have to be Simsbury residents, but must meet age requirements: Fall
2014 high school freshmen through age 23 may audition for cast and/or dance or signup for crew. Auditions, rehearsals and
performances are held at the Werner Centennial Theater on the campus of Westminster School.

Simsbury Summer Theatre alumni include Oscar, Grammy and Tony nominees and winners; composers, conductors,
professional actors, instrumentalists and vocalists; Broadway, national tour and regional performers; and professional stage
managers, crew, designers and technical theatre experts.  For more information, please email


Theater Camp for Children in Grades 3-8
This summer, the
Mandell JCC's Theater Camp will proudly present Little Mermaid.
Budding thespians who are entering grades 3-8 can hit the boards at Theater Camp, with daily rehearsals culminating with
two very special performances in July.

Campers at Theater Camp get a good taste of life in the front of the footlights, as they spend four weeks preparing a summer
theater production. Based at the Mandell JCC facility in West Hartford, campers spend their days in rehearsal in the Herbert
Gilman Theater, also enjoying daily swim and playground time.


Cirillo Summer Theatre
(Senior Division – ages 14 through 25)
L. P. Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., Windsor, CT 06095
Auditions by appointment for Godspell on June 3 and June 4.  Write to Artistic Director, Sue Vinick, at for
more information and/or to schedule your audition.  Include your name, age in June, e-mail and mailing address,
phone number and preferred date of audition, either June 3 or June 4.  Rehearsals are in the evenings, generally 3 – 4
evenings per week.  There will be six performances in early August.
Fee: $150 Windsor residents; $170 Non-residents
Registration fee is due at the audition, but it is refundable to anyone whom is unable to be cast.

Cirillo Summer Theatre (Junior Division – ages 8 through 14)
L. P. Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave., Windsor, CT 06095
All who register will be awarded a role in the musical,
Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood.
Early registration is encouraged as there is a maximum number of students that can be enrolled.  Write to
for a registration form.  Fee: $140 Windsor residents; $160 Non-residents.
1st meeting on June 23 at 12:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.  Rehearse weekdays during that time slot.  There will be three public
performances in late July.
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