Arts, Culture & Humanities
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
CenterStage Theatre Company performs four full-scale productions a year and two summer camps. Our fall production is primarily for middle-school students, and our Spring production is for multi-age student casts. One of our summer shows is for primarily high school and college aged students, while our second summer performance showcases college age and older local "emerging artists".
Tapestry Theatre, which was added in 2012, casts actors ages 10-21 with disabilities in primary roles - and actors without disabilities as peer ensemble. Lead actors and ensemble members are partnered during the rehearsal and performance process, and focuses on putting students with disabilities in the forefront, utilizing their gifts to the fullest. This program is expanding, now producing two full productions a year in addition to other programming.
In addition we also have provided multiple opportunities for adults to participate (in a paid or volunteer position) in the theatre company at the programmatic level (set building, make-up design, etc.) or administrative (creating our first online ticket process.)
The evidence of our success are the results we see from parent surveys we have done at the end of some of our productions and camps.
In relation to artistic and community success, In October, 2010, CenterStage and two of our directors, Jeanie Balch and Amy Austin, received the Alliance for Colorado Theatre's "Community/Professional Theatre Company of the Year" award. This honors goes to theatre programs in Colorado that have supported theatre education through programs, festivals, classes, policies and practice. In 2011 our production and director of "The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" was nominated by the Daily Camera for best musical and one of our actors in this production was named best actress.
Many of our actors have continued on to highly selective theatre programs including University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, U. of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, NYU-Steinhardt School of Music, Ithaca College, Syracuse University, Pace University, Manhattan Marymount, UNC and Boston Conservatory.