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CCT Academy

Students of all ages can join in on our fun and inviting classes!

CCT Academy: Performance & Production

Introducing our second semester of Academy classes at CCT! The two branches of Academy classes include Theatre Production (scenic, costume, and sound design) and Theatre Performance Academy (acting techniques and improv). Some classes will be offered at our newly socially distanced and renovated studios that include a computer lab, design lab, black box studio theatre, and working costume shop! Select classes are also offered virtually for your safety and convenience. Registration opens Saturday, January 15 so get ready to secure a limited spot and expand your theatrical skill sets!

Production

CCT offers new production classes in scenic, sound, and costume design. By the end of these classes with new professional technology in our lab studios, students will have a grasp of the behind-the-scenes magic that makes theatre happen and will have the skills to work on the production side of future CCT shows. The second semester for Production Academy runs from February 16, 2021 — April 8, 2021. All classes will be 90 minutes for students ages 12-17. Classes will be offered in-person or virtually with a class size limit of 6.

*classes run from February 15 – May 3*

Engineering in a Nashville Recording Studio (ages 12-17)

This class puts you in the master’s chair of your very own recording studio. Using ProTools software, learn everything that goes into recording live instruments, vocals, and producing your very own demo, just like they would in Nashville!

Tuesdays @ 4:30p – 6:00p

 

Computer Aided Scenery Drawing (ages 12-17)

Have a vision for the world of a play but don’t know how to create it with pen and paper? This course teaches you how to draw scenery using professional AutoCAD software. You will learn how to take a designer’s drawings, break it down into working drawings, add measurements, plot it, print it, and send it off to the scene shop for building.

Tuesdays @ 6:30p – 8:00p

So, You Wanna Mix a Musical? (ages 12-17)

In this course you will learn everything you need to know to run live sound like a pro. Everything from setting up a sound system, to equalizing microphones, to even running a large theatrical production. After taking this course you’ll have the knowledge you need to run sound for one of CCT’s shows!

Thursdays @ 4:30p – 6:00p

Designing the World of a Play (ages 12-17)

In this course you will learn the basics of how to design the stage for a production. This course will focus primarily on scenic and props design and how they can affect the atmosphere that the actors live in onstage. This course is offered BOTH in-person and virtually (student may choose).

Thursdays @ 6:30p – 8:00p

Costume Design & Construction 1 (ages 12-17)

In this hands-on course, students will learn the fundamentals of design as it pertains to theatrical costume. We will explore historical costume periods, and learn to identify what the differences between a historical garment and a costume are. Students will also learn the fundamentals of costume construction, including how to sew on a sewing machine, hand sewing, and basic alterations.

Thursdays @ 4:30p – 6:00p

 

Costume Design & Construction 2

In this course, students will continue their exploration of costume design, learning to think both about overarching themes and details that achieve the desired look and outcome. Students will also strengthen their sewing skills, building on their alteration and construction skills both.

Thursdays @ 6:30p – 8:00p

Performance

CCT offers performing classes in acting techniques for all ages. The second semester for Performance Academy will run from February 16, 2021 — May 5, 2021. Classes for Beginners will be 45 minutes, Acting 1 will be one hour, and Acting 2 & 3 will be an hour and a half. There are classes available for ages 6-18 with limited availability of up to 9 students in each class. Classes will be offered in person with flexibility to transition the class into a virtual format if needed.

*classes run from February 15 – May 3*

Beginner: Page to Stage
(ages 6-8)

Learn how to write and create an original play in this Page to Stage class! Collaborating with other students in this group-structured class, students will nourish their inner artist as well as acquiring playwriting skills. Students will also learn how to perform their original group work as an ensemble.

Mondays @ 4:00p – 4:45p

 

Acting 1: Improv & Comedy (ages 9-11)

In this unique form of theatre where the performer is both the actor and the playwright, improvisation is a vital skill for every theatre artist to exercise! In addition to improv training, students will work to create and script their own comedy sketches and performances.  This class is great for the comedians in the family.

Mondays @ 5:00p – 6:00p

 

Acting 1: Character Development – Heroes & Villains (ages 9-11)

If you want to grow into a top-notch performer – and explore the motivations of a hero vs a villain – then this is your class! Strengthen skills and build your foundation through learning the fundamentals of acting: objective, conflict, and tactic. Students learn how to approach a character by analyzing dialogue and creating an antagonist/protagonist character from a published script.

Wednesdays @ 5:00p – 6:00p

 

Acting 2: Get Scripted – Acting with A Script (ages 11-13)

If you want to grow into a top-notch performer – and explore the motivations of a hero vs a villain – then this is your class! Strengthen skills and build your foundation through learning the fundamentals of acting: objective, conflict, and tactic. Students learn how to approach a character by analyzing dialogue and creating an antagonist/protagonist character from a published script.

Mondays @ 6:30p – 8:00p

 

Acting 3: Technically Speaking… (ages 14-18)

If you want to grow into a top-notch performer – and explore the motivations of a hero vs a villain – then this is your class! Strengthen skills and build your foundation through learning the fundamentals of acting: objective, conflict, and tactic. Students learn how to approach a character by analyzing dialogue and creating an antagonist/protagonist character from a published script.

Wednesdays @ 6:30p – 8:00p

A note from Executive Director Susan Pringle:
 
The 2021 2nd Semester Academy: Performance & Production is open for enrollment! This year, with support from City of Columbus – Mayor Andrew Ginther, Nationwide, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, we have increased our courses to include a wider range of theatrical interests. Starting February 16, 2021, new production courses including set design, audio sound design & engineering, costume construction & design, as well as skill building classes in acting techniques, are available. These new courses are designed for a wide range of experience levels, though we do ask that your students come with their own passion and excitement for learning! During the current pandemic, we are taking all of the necessary precautions regarding cleanliness, sanitization, and social distancing. Students will wear masks and be kept at least six feet apart.. Because of this, each course will be have a limit of 6-9 students depending on the course. Some courses can accommodate up to nine and as few as 6. We understand this is extremely limiting, but it is necessary to comply with best practices. And yes, in the event that your student wishes to participate but DOES NOT wish to be onsite, we are preparing many of the courses for virtual delivery through the OneStage program (where applicable and possible). Course scholarships based on financial need are available for the 2021 2nd Semester Academy; please contact John Faas at john@columbuschildrenstheatre.org.

PRIVATE LESSONS

ADVANCED PERFORMANCE ACADEMY

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private Lessons

CCT is proud to offer private lessons in downtown Columbus in a variety of subjects for students ages 7 through adult: Acting, Voice, Dance, Flute and Piano.

ADVANCED PERFORMANCE ACADEMY

Advanced Performance Academy

CCT’s Advanced Performance Academy offers intensive training for serious students.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available for families who demonstrate need. Through generous donors in the community, CCT is able to grant young students this assistance.