STARTING SOON: Center Stage to offer classes and workshops for youth

Center Stage Theatre in Shelton will offer classes and workshops for children, teens and adults, beginning March 23.
Discover Broadway will be for children in grades 3 to 6, and On Broadway for students in grades 7 to 9.

“We want to give kids the opportunity to chase away the winter blues by having fun performing scenes and songs from great Broadway musicals,” said Francesca Scarpa, director.

Center Stage will also run a pair of two-week workshops for teens and adults, taught by Center Stage actor and professional composer Brett Boles.

Two workshops

In the It’s All about the Text workshop on March 21 and 28, Boles will lead a discussion about finding the action and the story within the lyrics, and then students will perform songs they have chosen to present. Boles will coach each participant individually.

In the Putting It Together workshop on April 18 and 25, Boles will talk about how book, music and lyrics come together to make a musical.

By examining classic musical theater songs and more contemporary ones, participants will learn how a musical is constructed. This interactive discussion will culminate in writing a song with Boles.

Scarpa described Boles as “an up-and-coming Broadway composer who has a show that will be opening off-Broadway in the near future.”

Youth summer camp

Center Stage is also taking registrations for summer theater camp for children in grades 3 to 8, with sessions from June 29 to July 10, and July 13 to 24.

For information call Center Stage at 203-225-6079 or go to