BUILDING CHARACTER ONSTAGE
Four age groups (5-19 years old) participate in full theatrical productions produced and performed for the general public. Experiential learning through the incomparable magic of theatre allows each production team to develop a keen sense of citizenship alongside their artistic achievements. CTC promotes theater as a tool for active and analytical learning (rather than prescribed and passive). By exploring socially relevant and challenging issues which face a global community, a CTC theater residency allows children and youth to develop their interpersonal and critical thinking skills, while considering the world which they will someday inherit. CTC’s process involves perceiving and interpreting the significance of current events in light of an appropriate historical perspective- and finding an artistic expression of that perspective.
ETHIC & VALUES-BASED MUSICAL THEATER
CTC has successfully integrated its ethical-education theater residencies with the State Learning Standards for Social Studies and Language Arts. Placing the SEVEN C's at the center of learning, CTC theater-residencies are designed to fill the gap in academic education through: Character building, Collaboration, Creativity, Community Service, Current Affairs, Critical thinking and Citizenship. By combining CTC’s unique musical-theater catalogue with a multi-disciplinary theater-arts program that includes a robust ethical education curriculum, a CTC residency creates a culture of inclusivity, learning, service and social action through arts.
Fostering a culture of learning, Parents meet Guest Artists, Casting Directors, Producers, but primary focus is on reviewing Character Education curriculum and the developmental goals of their child.
To strengthen the Partnership with Parents, and to provide children and youth with a true sense of village raising the child, parents are asked to sign-up to assist with four rehearsal days and two performance days. While parents will not be required to assist with the artistic direction, their positive encouragement throughout the rehearsal day towards all young performers can make a unique community development model that makes parents as integral and not incidental and true stakeholders not bystanders.
To promote a time for true reflection among young performers and the production team and to allow a communal opportunity for transcendence, the group gathers each week to praise, pray, and to honor each other's character and leadership qualities. Celebrating diversity in all forms, including religious tolerance, this unique experience also allows young performers to learn to honor the spiritual traditions of people of faith or secular backgrounds with respect and reverence.
FIELD TRIPS & OFF-SITE PERFORMANCES
Numerous VIP performances, including at the United Nations, nationally syndicated television, along side professional artists and composers
ANNUAL WEEKEND RETREAT
Cast members, teaching artists and families are invited to Greenacre Retreat and Conference Center to meet other CTC Chapters from around the country, learn, reflect and form life long bonds. (Scholarship rates apply)
Committed to a culture of service and learning, CTC asks all participants from Parents to Artists, Interns to Performers to all participate in weekly reflection. In particular all teaching and production staff, as well as Parent Principals are required to submit site reports to assess student progress, production status and community impact.
Encouraging the village raising the child, and an authentic practice of reflection and evaluation, Parent and child host a simple home-visit where the character education teacher and their student, share learning milestones and memorizations.
Paid and Unpaid for Pre-professional, College and High School Internships serving in all areas of production, pedagogy, and management with on-site instruction / supervision / evaluation and training.
PROGRAMS SERVICES INCLUDE
- FULLY STAGED MUSICAL THEATER PRODUCTIONS for 4 age groups
- MULTIPLE PERFORMANCES for general public (not just one-time recital)
- RECORDING STUDIO / CAST ALBUM CD- published with each performer's name
- INCLUSIVE CASTING: Cast members are divided by age group, not beginner vs. intermediate vs advanced.
- SMALL CAST SIZES : 12:2 Average Student to Teacher Ratio also significantly impacts stage-time for each performer.
- INDUSTRY SHOWCASE for Producers, Agents & Casting Directors
- WEEKLY MULTI-DISCIPLINARY COURSES: Drama, Dance, Singing, Creative Writing & Ethical Education
- PERFORMER'S HOME-REHEARSAL KIT: Musical Tutorial CD, Choral Tutorial CD, Audio-book CD of Script, Score, Vocal Warmup CD
- PROFESSIONAL STUDIO HEADSHOTS
- FIELD TRIPS & OFF-SITE PERFORMANCES : Numerous VIP performances, including at the United Nations, nationally syndicated television, along side professional artists and composers
- ANNUAL WEEKEND RETREAT
- CHORAL & VOCAL (Private / Group Sessions)
- SPEECH / DICTION (Private / Group Sessions)
- PERFORMER'S PRESS KIT: Playbills, Postcards, Press Release
- COSTUME DESIGNER: Parents will not be required to buy their own costumes.
- MENTORSHIPS: Each age group actively participates in weekly mentoring younger production teams.
- GRADUATION & MEDAL CEREMONY
- WEEKLY HONOR CIRCLE / DEVOTIONAL GATHERING
- WEEKLY PARENT DISCUSSION CAFE
FOR EDUCATORS & Parent Associations
- AFTER–SCHOOL & IN–SCHOOL RESIDENCIES
- ASSEMBLY PERFORMANCES (On and Off–site)
- SHORT & LONG TERM THEATER WORKSHOPS
- TRAIN THE TRAINER (Teaching Artist Workshops)