Pre-Professional Training

For those seriously considering a future in the arts, Pre-Professional Training courses are offered for intermediate and advanced students in Grades 4 – 12. Students will be challenged to expand their skill set in a disciplined and technique-driven atmosphere. Students are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment and independence and are held to a high standard for focus, work ethic, attendance, and punctuality.

Pre-Professional classes are either a nine-week class or a four-week intensive. Students are allowed no more than one absence in a nine-week class and are allowed zero absences in a four-week intensive. All Pre-Professional offerings will have required homework between classes, such as reading articles and scripts, memorizing lines or lyrics, doing independent research, or reviewing choreography. Students who fail to meet the expectations for attendance and homework will be dismissed from class without refund.

Fall Session: September 23 – November 23
Winter Session: January 21 – March 23
Spring Session: April 6 – May 16

Acting 2 (Grades 4 – 5, Grades 6 – 8, and Grades 9 – 12)

Build on the skills you learned in Acting 1 by applying vocabulary and technique to scripted material. Delve deep into next-level acting skills as you analyze text for objectives, stakes, obstacles, tactics, and playable actions.
Prerequisite: at least two sessions of Acting 1 (or by audition)
Tuition: $220

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Acting 3: The Classics (Grades 6 – 8 and Grades 9 – 12)

Build on the skills you learned in Acting 2 as you apply high-level acting technique to classical scripts. Each session will delve into a different classical style (such as Greek tragedy or Commedia dell’Arte) or playwright (such as William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, or Henrik Ibsen). Gain the specificity and authenticity required to successfully bring classical texts and characters to life.
Prerequisite: at least two sessions of Acting 2 (or by audition)
Tuition: $220

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Musical Theatre (Grades 4 – 5, Grades 6 – 8, and Grades 9 – 12)

Work with a choreographer and music director to learn how to seamlessly combine healthy vocal production with dance combinations while convincingly acting the part. Challenge all three skills in the execution of ensemble numbers from beloved musicals.
Prerequisite: at least one session of Broadway Dance and one session of Broadway Voice, at any age level (or by audition)
Tuition: $240

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Mainstage Musical Theatre Boot Camp (Grades 4 – 12)

This fast-paced, multidisciplinary training program focuses on the in-depth musical theatre performance skills required for student actors performing at CTC. With an emphasis on learning, retaining, and performing choreography and song, this course models the rigor, dedication, and etiquette expected in professional rehearsal spaces. The age range of this course is intentionally reflective of the typical casting for professional productions at CTC, so students will be able to practice collaborating in an ensemble with a wide age range. Students are expected to have a foundation in basic ballet and jazz vocabulary and technique. It is pre-requisite that students have a mastery of pitch, breath support, and diction. Students will be held to a high standard for focus, stamina, and work ethic. Enrollment in this boot camp does not guarantee casting in a CTC professional production.

Class Days and Times: Tuesdays 5 – 7:30pm
Class ID: 242
Spring Tuition: $340 (Spring Only)

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Audition Workshops

Theatre Arts Training offers audition workshops to allow students to audition more confidently. Students work with a music director, a choreographer, and an acting coach to tackle the key components of selling an audition. When student actor audition opportunities arise at CTC, all Theatre Arts Training students of the appropriate age will receive an email announcing the auditions along with an exclusive invitation to an audition workshop. Attending an audition workshop does not secure an audition slot, nor does it guarantee being cast.

Private Coaching

Have a monologue or song you are preparing for high school, college, community, or professional theatre auditions? On Tuesday nights (when classes are in session), we offer 45-minute private coaching sessions with our professional faculty. Schedule at least two-weeks in advance at

Junior Company Show

Sideways Stories from Wayside School
By Louis Sachar, Adapted by John Olive
For Grades 6 – 8
Winter Session (by audition only)

Welcome to Wayside School—home to a cast of zany characters like hypnotic pigtails, a talking pile of rain coats (who turns out to be a dead rat), and a teacher who turns her students into apples.

Auditions: Wednesday, November 6, and Tuesday, November 12, from 4:30 – 6:30pm
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Rehearsals: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 4:30 – 7:30pm beginning January 21, 2020

Tech/Dress: March 16 – 18, 4:30 – 9pm

March 19 at 7pm
March 20 at 7pm
March 21 at 7pm
March 22 at 2pm

Class ID: JC6
Tuition: $550 (financial aid available)

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Senior Company Show 

Untitled Experimental Devised Gay Sports Comedy: An Avant-Garde World Premiere Gay Comedy About Sports

For Grades 9 – 12 
Fall Session (by audition only)

It’s the night before the big championship, and everything has been leading up to this moment. But Coach sprained their ankle, the uniforms have gone missing, and Zack is in love with Geoffrey—who’s on the other team! This ensemble-driven process will challenge actors to generate original characters, build a compelling narrative, and flex their physical theatre muscles. Together the ensemble will create a surreal comedy that wrestles with themes of team spirit, personal identity, and Gatorade. Lots of Gatorade.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 5 – 8pm, September 24 – November 15

Tech/Dress Rehearsals: November 18 — 20, 4:30 – 9pm

November 21 at 7pm
November 22 at 7pm
November 23 at 7pm
November 24 at 2pm

Class ID: SC9
Tuition: $550 (financial aid available)

We especially encourage queer actors to audition, and we welcome allies to audition as well. For Senior Company, students will be auditioning in a group. Come dressed to move and bring a water bottle. There is no need to prepare any material in advance. The audition will consist of ensemble, movement, and improv exercises.

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For Grade 9
Full-year program (by audition only)

This four-year program prepares young actors for collegiate and professional theatre careers. Highlights include intensive acting and musical theatre training with industry professionals, an annual spring showcase, mentorship from CTC artists, college audition preparation, and a capstone project tailored to the students’ strengths and learning goals.


Fall Focus

Winter Focus

Spring Showcase



Scene Work

One-Act Plays




Musical Revue


Classical Acting

College Audition Prep

Scenes and Monologues


Capstone Project

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