Looking AHEAD —- Important dates to remember:
Registration for Second Semester is now open.
Register online or call to reserve spring classes.
LUCKY GUY – A new musical February 6, 7, and 8th.
The Center for Theater Arts (CTA) will present the Pittsburgh premiere of a new production of Willard Beckham’s Off-Broadway musical comedy Lucky Guy. Bringing the show to Pittsburgh is the result of a unique collaboration between New York based Willard Beckham, the show’s author and composer, and CTA Executive Director Billy Hartung. Working together, Beckham and Hartung have adapted the show’s music, lyrics and dialogue to suit a high-school aged cast.
“What an incredible honor to work directly with the show’s creator to adapt his production for the CTA,” said Hartung. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce a newly-crafted show to our students. It’s been a unique experience for our cast and the excitement surrounding the show is building daily.”
Lucky Guy is a fast and funny plot that tells the story of Billy Ray Jackson, a young musician from Oklahoma who wins a songwriting contest and is invited to Nashville to record his song. He becomes the target of the used-car dealer Big Al Wright and the fading star Miss Jeannie Jeannine (the “Queen of Country Music”), who want to steal Billy Ray’s song and use it to revitalize Jeannie’s career
Lucky Guy runs February 6 – 8 at Mt. Lebanon High School. For ticket reservations call The Center for Theater Arts at 412-563-5080 or visit centerfortheaterarts.org
REACH FOR A STAR GALA
Save the date! The Gala is March 7th.
Please consider Joining our incredible CAST on March 7, 2020, as we host our annual “Reach for a Star” Gala.
All funds raised at the Reach for a Star Gala directly benefit our programs and the Center for Theater Arts! Did you know The Center is a (501) c3 organization? We have never turned away a student for the inability to pay. For families needing help with tuition, The CTA provides scholarships, and our classes for children and adults with special needs have always been free of charge. We invite you to join us in supporting The CTA through a sponsorship. Let us hear your VOICE! Your help will make a direct and real impact! Thank You in advance!
CTA SPRING SHOWCASE WEEK– more specific details will be sent home.
April 21st – 25th Mellon Middle School
Tuesday the 21st– Voice Concerts
Wednesday the 22nd – Performance workshop II and III
Thursday the 23rd – Dance Showcase
Friday the 24th – Friday Night Special Actors Program
Saturday the 25th – Morning Jr Division Classes – Evening Performance Workshop I and Boys Voice
CTA ALL SCHOOL MUSICAL IS GODSPELL – Join us for this FAMILY friendly musical for ALL Ages! Prepare ye the way…. for Godspell!
* The performances will be on JUNE 11th, 12th and 13th at Boyce Middle School
Rehearsal will begin in MARCH. *Student in grade 3rd – 8th * MUST be registered for a class at the Center in order to be in the show. Based on the Gospels according to Matthew, This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world—and now you can join the celebration as a spectacular ensemble of students performs the greatest story ever told. So come sing about LOVE — at Godspell. Rehearsal will begin in MARCH. *Student in grade 3rd – 8th * MUST be registered for a class at the Center in order to be in the show.
“Kid-focused training is at the heart of the Center for Theater Arts.” – KidsburghPgh
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CENTER FOR THEATER ARTS
Now in its 38th year, the Center for Theater Arts in the South Hills has a flexible performing arts curriculum of over 80 classes offered to kids from age 4 to 17. The Centers programs are designed specifically students and families who have very busy schedules.
DANCE classes include tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. ACTING classes include acting for the camera and improvisation, while the “Acting Playground” class explores how voice, body, emotions, and creativity are tools for the craft of acting. Classes in VOICE emphasize skill development and are intended for those students who wish to increase their mastery in this area. The Center’s vocal studies program is designed especially for developing young voices using Broadway repertoire. Our MUSICAL THEATER program provides students of all ages an opportunity to combine their love of singing, dancing and acting and prepare for a year end performance of a musical production.
“The school is about and for kids. Period. When they come through the door at our school, they can come to the center and be themselves,” says Billy Hartung, executive director. “It’s like they say, I have found my people. It’s not about perfection. It’s not about career training. It’s about artistic experiences and growth and celebration.”
Hartung, an alum of the school, went on to play Broadway and appear in film before returning to raise his family in Pittsburgh. He appreciates and supports the center’s nurturing environment.
“I’m not running a theater company. I’m operating a theater school,” he says. “And I think what we share with these kids every chance we get, is the character that you develop in yourself is more important to us than the character you’re playing.”
The kid-focused training is vital to our mission and help kids improve their self-image and self-confidence through artistic expression, he says.
Which brings us to the center’s Special Actors program, which boasts over 100 participants with special needs from age 9 to 86.
“We close our school on Fridays, and we open all the studios, and we have the same teachers and the same resources,” Hartung says. “And we have musical theater classes for children with special needs. Some of those kids have been here for 25 years.”
Thank you for the great coverage KidsburghPgh, KDKA-TV | CBS Pittsburgh, and Kristine Sorensen! Look for us on the Official Pittsburgh Today Live! Enrollment is open now for summer camps and workshops — join us for our CTA summer series!
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