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“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.”
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