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Theatre Arts Training

Institute


A four-year training program preparing young actors for college and professional theatre careers.

Highlights include:

  • intensive acting and musical theatre training with industry professionals
  • annual spring showcase
  • mentorship from CTC artists
  • college audition preparation
  • field trips to see plays at theatres around the twin cities
  • capstone project tailored to students’ strengths and learning goals. 

Each fall and winter students take a weekly class with their cohort focusing on a different skill each year. In the spring students prepare a showcase highlighting their progress. Each year students also choose one elective course tailored to their personal performance goals. During the final year, students collaborate on a capstone project based on the cohort’s strengths and interests.

In addition to their course work, Institute members will spend 10 hours each year building their resume through job-shadowing and hands-on opportunities in Education, Stage Management, Marketing, Production, and other areas of a professional theatre. Throughout the year, students will be asked to evaluate themselves and have opportunities to have their work viewed and assessed by their peers, professional instructors, and members of CTC’s artistic team.

Annual Tuition: $2000 | Financial Aid Available
Includes: Fall and Winter Cohort Acting Class, one elective (to be taken fall, winter, spring, or summer), and the spring showcase 

Class Days and Times:
Mondays, 5:00 – 8:00pm

Auditions for our Class of 2024 (students entering Grade 9 in Fall of 2020) 

Auditions for 2019-2020 are closed. Auditions for the class of 2024 will be held in May and September 2020. Information will be posted in Spring 2020.  

Summer Intensive


Urinetown
Director: Peter Brosius, CTC’s Artistic Director
Music Director: Victor Zupanc, CTC’s Resident Music Director
For Grades 6 – 12
by audition only

When a water shortage that leads to a government-enforced ban on private toilets in the fictional Urinetown, citizens are forced to pay to use public restrooms. The young people begin an uprising against the bureaucratic injustice. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, this satirical comedy digs into municipal politics, capitalism, corruption, and how citizens can demand change from their government. Content Advisory: Show includes depictions of violence. 

CTC’s Summer Intensive provides students with demanding material that seeks to challenge them as artists, educate them in a professional setting, and inspire them to be active voices in their community. It is designed for actors with a commitment to refining their craft and demonstrated a positive work ethic. Students work with like-minded peers and industry professionals to produce a musical. The Summer Intensive has a five-week rehearsal process and performs on our Cargill Stage.

Rehearsals: July 13 — August 16 (Monday – Friday, 10:00am — 5:00pm)
Tuition: $850 (financial aid available through ACT Pass)

Performances: 
August 14 at 7pm
August 15 at 3pm
August 15 at 7pm
August 16 at 3pm  

Auditions:
Monday, April 6 from 4:30 – 7:30pm
Tuesday, April 7, from 4:30 – 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 8, from 4:30 – 7:30pm

Callbacks:
Monday, April 13 from 5 – 9pm

  • Students will audition in groups of 20-30 and do not need to prepare outside material for the audition. They will be taught music from the show to sing as a group and individually. They will be taught choreography and dance as a group and individually. There will be some improv-based exercises and some short lines for students to act.
  • Students interested in being considered for both the Summer Intensive and the Junior/Senior Showcase do need to sign up to audition for each production separately.

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Senior Showcase


Treasure Island
Director: TBA
For Grades 7 – 12
by audition only

Bryony Lavery’s script puts a young woman at the center of the adventure as she navigates rebellion and the ocean waters. Forge relationships, question expectations of gender, and explore themes of greed, trust, deception, and courage with this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale.

Theatre Arts Training’s performance opportunities are specifically designed for students who have a demonstrated commitment to their craft as performers and display a positive attitude in their work. Students work with like-minded peers and industry professionals to produce a play. The Senior Showcase has a two-week rehearsal process and performs on our Cohen Stage.

Rehearsals: July 27 — August 7 (Monday – Friday, 9:00am — 4:00pm)
Tuition: $550 (financial aid available through ACT Pass)

Performances: 
August 7, time TBD 

Auditions:
Tuesday, April 7 from 5:30 – 6:30pm
Wednesday, April 8 from 4:30 – 7:30pm

Callbacks
Saturday, April 11 from 2:00 – 4:00pm

  • Students will be auditioning in groups and should dress to move.
  • Students do not need to prepare any material.
  • Students will do collaborative acting exercises. Some students may be asked to read from sides.
  • Students interested in being considered for both the Summer Intensive and the Junior/Senior Showcase do need to sign up to audition for each production separately.

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Junior Showcase


The Reluctant Dragon
Director: Megan Kelly Hubbell
Music Director:
Marya Hart
For Grades 4 – 6
by audition only

When a lonely dragon who writes poetry moves into a cave outside the village, fear and unfounded gossip sweep through the town. Can one thoughtful kid convince their family, the townsfolk, and a swaggering knight to make room for a new (large, scaly, intimidating) neighbor?

Theatre Arts Training’s performance opportunities are specifically designed for students who have a demonstrated commitment to their craft as performers and display a positive attitude in their work. Students work with like-minded peers and industry professionals to produce a musical. The Junior Showcase has a two-week rehearsal process and performs on our Cohen Stage.

Rehearsals: June 15 — June 26 (Monday – Friday, 9:00am — 4:00pm)
Tuition: $550 (financial aid available through ACT Pass)

Performances: 
June 26, times TBD 

Auditions:
Tuesday, April 7 from 4:30 to 7:30pm

  • Students will be auditioning in groups and should dress to move.
  • Students do not need to prepare any material.
  • Students will do collaborative acting and singing exercises. Some students may be asked to read from sides.
  • Students interested in being considered for both the Summer Intensive and the Junior/Senior Showcase do need to sign up to audition for each production separately.

Click here to Schedule an Audition