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September 20, 2011 > Curtain Call named performing arts resident

Curtain Call named performing arts resident

Submitted By David Ojakian

Curtain Call Performing Arts (CCPA) announced today that it has been named the resident theatre company of the new state-of-the-art San Leandro Art Education Center (AEC) on the San Leandro High School (SLHS) campus. Built with funds from the 2006 bond measure "B," the 550-seat theater is now home to the performing arts company, which is entering its fourth season. The theatre residency status connects the school district with live theatre and CCPA's focus on arts education programs in the community. Curtain Call will continue their "Gift of Broadway" Free Assembly program and looks forward to expanding its arts education programs by working with high school students.

"We are thrilled to bring Curtain Call full circle, back to where everything started for us here in San Leandro," said Andrea Gorham, CCPA's Co-Founder, Artistic Director, and SLUSD Alumnus. "I am particularly excited to work with new SLHS Drama teacher, John Sheridan and Dustin Brown, the AEC Theatre Facility Supervisor. Together we hope to create more stage craft and performing experiences for students."

"I am thrilled that Curtain Call Performing Arts will be the AEC's first ever resident theater company," said Cindy Cathey,San Leandro Unified School District Superintendent. "I believe this is going to be a fantastic partnership. We are really looking forward to the outstanding performances and experiences Curtain Call will bring to our students and our community."

The news comes as Curtain Call Performing Arts announces its 2011/2012 season,
featuring two main stage musicals and two choral concert series. Early December

2011 brings "A Broadway Christmas" featuring CCPA's community chorus, Cantare!, with new choir director Jon Siapno. Jon joins CCPA straight from Broadway. The critically acclaimed "A Christmas Carol, the Musical," returns to San Leandro in mid December, and will close with a Christmas Eve matinee. Cantare! Welcomes Summer 2012 in late June with "The New American Songbook," an exciting choral concert series featuring new and classic Broadway musical selections. July and August will bring the Irving Berlin classic musical, "Annie Get Your Gun," to the stage.

For more information and to purchase season tickets visit www.curtaincallperformingarts.orgor call (510) 909-9516.

The Vision of CCPA is to ensure that performance-based arts are accessible to everyone who desires to participate or attend performances by keeping both ticket prices low and class/workshop tuition affordable.

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