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February 21, 2012 > Curtain Call launches "Youth in Arts"

Curtain Call launches "Youth in Arts"

Submitted By David Ojakian

Curtain Call Performing Arts, (CCPA) the San Leandro based non-profit theatre company, will introduce its "Youth in Arts" educational programming this spring with four performance-and play-based art courses designed to expand students' creativity and introduce them to theatre arts through affordable classes. All courses are taught by local working professional artists with extensive musical theatre experience and training, and will focus on teamwork, accountability, poise, commitment and collaboration.

"Imagination Explorers," designed for young performers in grades 1-3, will explore students' imaginations and creativity as they gain their first experience with theatre arts. This class includes puppetry, music, dance and storytelling. "Story Theatre," for children in grades 3-4, transforms children's favorite stories from the page to the stage. Students will make stories come to life using creative play and puppetry.

Performance-based classes mark the programming for middle and high school youth. "Pop Rocks," inspired by the smash hit TV series "Glee," is a musical theatre ensemble for young adults. Students will learn how to use their body and voice to deliver character and emotions while performing choreography and big production numbers. The ensemble will help prepare students for auditions and provide stage experience. Finally, "Blackbox Players, Speak the Speech" is an introductory course to the works of William Shakespeare. Through theatre games, group analysis and performance, students will collaborate to create a production of a classic Shakespeare play.

"Launching our 'Youth in Arts' educational programming is a great step forward for us as we work to achieve our vision of making the arts accessible to everyone in our community," said Andrea Gorham, CCPA Co-Founder and Artistic Director. "We're very excited about these classes which are tailored to the child just beginning, and to the high school senior developing as an artist in our community. I couldn't be happier with the quality of instructional staff we have assembled, and the outlook for the youth enrolling in these classes."

The spring courses officially launch CCPA's "Youth in Arts" educational programs with offerings for students in grades 1-12, and will run March - June 2012. Small class sizes, affordability, experienced staff and a variety of course offerings for children and teenagers set CCPA's spring courses apart from other programs in the Bay Area. Enrollment is available online and no experience is necessary.

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.

For more information, and to register for the spring courses, visit www.curtaincallperformingarts.org.

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