Classes & Education

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CTA provides a wide range of theatre arts education, including:

  • Audition workshops, including the basics of how to audition and how to get noticed by the production team.
  • Workshops with multiple sessions in both fall and winter sessions, held weekly over 8 to 12 weeks period focusing on development of the total performer and ending with a performance for family, friends, and the general public.
  • Special master classes are presented periodically with highly regarded professionals in different areas of the theatre arts.
  • “Behind the Scenes” training is presented to all production participants and walks them through all the aspects of the physical theatre.

These programs give each participant the opportunity to learn the basics of theatre, expand their imagination, develop voice, dance and performance techniques, and much more. All training, workshops and camps are aimed to specific age and skill groups.


You are a fabulous singer and Dancea great reader, but what about that final Triple Threat element – DANCE?! Come be a part of this
class and nail your next audition. This class will provide you with an introduction to terminology and technique for jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary dance styles. Choreography and structured improv will be used to cultivate your creativity and increase your level of artistry on stage. The class will focus on: basic positions and terminology, port de bras and positioning of the head, transitional steps, pirouettes with spotting, isolation movement, etc. The class will end with a parent/family presentation. Bring your A game to your next audition! BE that triple threat every director looks for!

Ages: 8 – 14

Dates and Times: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; Saturdays, October 4 – November 22

Fee: $135

Instructor: Megan Murphy (Director of CTA’s Pippi Longstocking)


CTA Audition Workshop

Are you auditioning for a show during the 2014-15 season? Not sure what to expect? Want to really understand the process and what you can do to put your best foot forward? Come find out! You will learn how to: select and prepare a song, dress for an audition, warm-up and practice cold readings. You will also work on diction, projection, behavior and attitude. Learn basic theater vocabulary and stage directions.


Students must pre-select 1 song from a musical or similar style and bring an instrumental version on an ipod/mp3 player or cd. Dress appropriately for movement and wear dance shoes (any style) or shoes with a thin sole and no heel (example: sneakers) NO open-toe shoes: no crocs, sandals, flip flops, etc.


Get rid of those nerves or put them to good use, and have LOADS of fun doing it!  This is one of our most popular workshops. Don’t delay! Sign up today!

Ages: 8 – 14

Dates and times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fee: $75

Instructor: Tiffany Shannon (Instructor/Director of the Production Workshops)



*Please note: workshop productions are subject to change due to cast requirements and limitations.

Through workshops students gain experience and knowledge in acting techniques, improvisation, characterization, movement, props, scenery, and much more. Production workshops conclude with a final performance on the Main Stage of the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis. In production workshops, teamwork is a major focus and all participants are guaranteed a role. We encourage students with all levels of experience to attend.



Presented by Tiffany Shannon Productions

Adapted by Karen Boettcher-Tate

The kingdom of Glump has been taxed to abstraction ever since their emperor became a pampered clothes horse with a lack of taste!  Not only is he an egotistical hypochondriac, he has three “lovely” daughters who are quickly becoming chips off the old blockhead. The emperor and his family are so busy mismatching their wardrobe, the rest of the kingdom is in a shambles. Enter two con artists who devise an ingenious plan for fleecing the emperor.  Their pitch: a magic cloth which appears invisible to people unworthy of their position. Naturally, everyone chooses to “see” the magic cloth, until the innocent candor of a child reveals all.  The emperor is shamed into reforming his leadership role in society, and his spoiled daughters learn a valuable lesson in humility. Based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

Ages: 7 to 15

4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, November 6, 2014, to January 29, 2015

(No class on November 27, December 25 or January 1)

Final Performance at 7 p.m. January 30, 2015

Fee: $175


For homeschoolers age 7 to 15:

1-3 p.m. Thursdays, October 30, 2014 to January 22, 2015

(No class on November 27, December 25 or January 1)

Final Performance at 7 p.m. January 22, 2015

Fee: $175



Presented by Tiffany Shannon Productions

Book by Vera Morris; Music by Bill Francoeur

Sent into the woods, Hansel and Gretel meet up with a number of peculiar characters. A fiery troll guards his wooden bridge. An articulate owl, a forest sprite and two hobgoblins are in the service of an evil (but extremely funny) witch. She locks poor Hansel in a cage and feeds him nothing but cake! Everyone will cheer Gretel as she outwits the crone and sets free all the children who have been turned into cookies! Every dramatic moment is brought to life, from the night spent in the woods to the discovery of the candy-coated little cottage. Students will enjoy the fun songs like ‘Gingerbread Witch’ and ‘Apple Muffin Goblins.’

Session One: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, October 13, 2014 to January 19, 2015

(No class November 24, December 22 and December 29)

Final Performance at 3 p.m. January 24, 2015


Session Two: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, October 15, 2014 to January 21, 2015

(No class November 26, December 24 and December 31)

Final performance at 5 p.m. January 24, 2015


Session Three: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, October 15, 2014 to January 21, 2015

(No class November 26, December 24 and December 31)

Final performance at 7 p.m. January 24, 2015


Ages: 7 to 11

Fee: $300


emperor musical

 Presented by Tiffany Shannon Productions

Adapted by Karen Boettcher-Tate; Music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur

The kingdom of Glump has been falling apart ever since the pampered emperor became wrapped up in his tasteless wardrobe! Not only is he a big-headed clothes-aholic, his three “lovely” daughters are quickly becoming chips off the old blockhead. Enter two con artists, Wart and Hog, who devise their ingenious plan for fleecing the emperor. Naturally, everyone pretends to “see” the magic cloth, until the emperor’s serving boy covers him up at the parade, laying bare the facts! Based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

Dates: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, October 13, 2014 to January 19, 2015

(No class November 24, December 22 and December 29)

Final Performance at 7:00 p.m. January 23, 2015

Ages: 11 to 16

Fee: $300

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Musical Theatre Performance: Dancing, Singing, and Acting Workshop in the style of WICKED! Taught by the actual Broadway ACTORS in the show!

Broadway Connection and CTA are bringing Broadway to you.  Students will have an unforgettable experience taking their musical theatre skills to new heights!  The class will end with an exciting “Behind the Scenes” Q & A where students are encouraged to ask about auditions, Broadway, and the excitement of performing every night.

Ages: 12 -18

When: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9 AM – 12 PM

Fee: $100



The Fine Print

Registration is required for all workshops and students must be a CTA member to participate. Memberships are $10 for an individual, $20 for a family. To register, download and complete the Education Registration Form and follow the instructions at the bottom of the form on how to submit your completed Registration Form and payment.

Students are required wear comfortable clothes and sneakers or closed toe shoes (no Crocs, sandals, flip-flops or skirts for the ladies.) Students are not allowed to bring cell phones, toys, games or other electronic devices. A telephone is available for emergency use.

All workshops are located at CTA’s new theater in Bay Head Park, 1661 Bay Head Road, Annapolis 21409. For more information email or call us at (410) 757-2281.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Minimum of 3 weeks prior to camp: Full refund minus the membership fee.
  • 2 weeks prior to camp: Refund minus $75 registration fee and membership fee.
  • First day of camp or later: No refund

Inclement Weather Policy: Workshops follow the Anne Arundel County School closings. If schools are closed or afternoon and evening activities are cancelled, the workshop is cancelled for the day. You can email if you have questions or concerns.

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