Classes & Education


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 masterclasses 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.


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MUSICAL THEATRE DAY WORKSHOP     Ages: 8 – 108 (Yes…adults too!)

Spend the day singing, dancing, and performing in this special 1-day Musical Theater workshop! This workshop is open to all skill levels. You will learn vocals and choreography to a musical theatre selection which you will perform on our main stage at the end of the day for family and friends (free admission). Parents…come work alongside your kids for a fun-filled day! This is a great team building day for families and all musical theatre loving community members!


  • All participants must bring dark pants, a black t-shirt, and dance shoes/sneakers to perform in. Pants and shirts must be plain (ex: no logos, designs, writing). All shoes must be secured (no crocs, slip-ons, flip-flops, etc allowed).
  • Hair must be pulled back and out of the face.
  • Bring a water bottle with your name on it.
  • Bring a bag lunch or purchase a pizza lunch along with your tuition.


AGES: 8 – 108

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 19, 2017 (1 class)

TUITION: $75 (individual) or $70 (family discount…2/more students)

ADDITIONAL LUNCH OPTION: $6 includes pizza, chips, soda/water

Click here to register for the Musical Theatre Day Workshop.

TEACHING ARTISTS: Laura Mueller (vocals) and Megan Murphy (dance) Click here for information about these teaching artists.




Not sure what to expect at your next musical theatre audition? Whether you’re auditioning for the first time or want to brush-up on your auditioning skills…this is a great workshop to take! There are three parts to this workshop…acting, singing, and a mock audition. Small groups will receive instruction & practice with each instructor in rotating sessions (70-minutes each session). Then students will be put through a mock audition where they’ll receive feedback to prepare the students for the real audition.

Acting – In the acting portion students will work on warm-ups, cold reading, character development, slating, projection, and more.

Singing – For this portion students will need to bring 2 audition song selections (digital recording of accompaniment music only + sheet music preferred). They will work on warm-ups, performance of the vocal selections, projection, slating, and more.

Mock Audition – During the last 30 minutes of this workshop students will go through a mock audition. This will give them the experience of a real audition and after they will receive feedback from the teaching artists.

AGES: 12 – 18

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 9, 2017 (1 class)

TUITION: $75.00 (with current CTA Membership)   Click here to register for the Audition Workshop.

TEACHING ARTISTS: José de la Mar (acting) and Laura Mueller (singing)  Click here to read more about these teaching artists.

BEHIND THE SCENES WORKSHOPS          Ages: 10 – 18

Behind the Scenes workshops are a great way to discover modern theatre practice, helping you learn about all the aspects of theatre that take place behind the scenes! Tuition is $60.00 for each session or register for 3 or more sessions and get a 10% discount (enter code BTS2017 at check out). This Fall we’re offering workshops in the following areas:


Participants in this workshop will look at characters from select plays/shows. They will take a look at the role of a costume designer and consider what a costume says about the character (i.e. – time period, style, class, genre, color selection). Participants will create a design sketch of a costume for a character.

AGES: 10 – 18

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 9, 2017

TUITION: $60.00 (with current CTA Membership)   Click here to register for the BTS – Costume workshop.



Set Design
In this workshop the participants will learn about the process a set designer goes through while examining a script from select plays/shows and will create a set design sketch. They will also learn about set decoration (i.e. – painting, color selection, design) and execute and example for a set design sketch.

AGES: 10 – 18

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Saturday October 7, 2017

TUITION: $60.00 (with current CTA Membership)   Click here to register for the BTS – Set Design workshop.

TEACHING ARTISTS: Steve Mangum and Deb Furey


Lights & Sound
This workshop introduces participants to the many elements of light & sound design for a production. They will take a look at the role of a light & sound design team and learn what the process is from design to opening night.

AGES: 10 – 18

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 7, 2017

TUITION: $60.00 (with current CTA Membership)   Click here to register for the BTS – Lights & Sound workshop.



This demonstration workshop covers the basics of stage make-up including:

  • The design process including style, genre and recording techniques
  • Application technique for stage and film
  • Demonstrations of different ‘looks’ on students inspired by current productions

AGES: 10 – 18

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 21, 2017

TUITION: $60.00 (with current CTA Membership)   Click here to register for the BTS – Make-Up workshop.



Stage Management
Ever wondered how a show comes together each night? Participants will explore the many elements of stage management. Our teaching artist (an experienced Stage Manager) will talk about the role of a stage manager in a production and share the best practices as well as stories from their experiences.

AGES: 10 – 18

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 4, 2017

TUITION: $60.00 (with current CTA Membership)   Click here to register for the BTS – Stage Management workshop.



Basics of Acting     Ages: 10 – 18

This workshop introduces students to many of the fundamental skills of acting. They will learn about stage directions, blocking, scene study, script notation, character development, and more. Through creative exploration students will discover how to use their voices, faces and bodies to clearly communicate ideas to an audience.

AGES: 10 – 18

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Saturdays, September 30 – October 21, 2017 (4 classes)

TUITION: $160.00 Click here to register for Basics of Acting.

TEACHING ARTIST: José de la Mar has been an active member of the local theatre scene for many years now. He is a professional actor working on local films, commercials and industrials. Theatrically speaking, José has performed with or directed for Do or Die Productions, Spartan Lyrical Society, Bowie Community Theatre, 2nd Star Productions, Musical Artists Theatre, Merely Players, Spotlighters … just to name a few. He has also taught several classes and workshops + directed five shows right here at CTA! Click here for more information on José.

BROADWAY KIDS     Ages: 5 – 9

Join us as we sing and dance our way through the bright lights of Broadway! In this fun & entertaining class students will learn songs, light movement, and work on craft projects inspired by a collection of Broadway musicals. Whether they’re a newbie to theatre or an experienced performer, we’ve got an agenda of fun scheduled for all levels.

Students must dress appropriately for movement. Shoes should be either dance shoes or sneakers secured with laces or velcro.  No open-toe shoes, flip-flops, sandals, or crocs. Bring a water bottle.


AGES: 5 – 9

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Saturdays, October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 2017 (4 classes)

TUITION: $160.00 Click here to register for Broadway Kids.

TEACHING ARTIST: Michelle Bruno is a WATCH nominated director and actress. She has performed and directed in the DMV area for the last 10 years. CTA credits include: CTA Harmonix (Teaching Artist), Musical Theatre Audition Workshop (Teaching Artist), Bugsy Malone, Jr.(Music Director), Sleeping Beauty (Director), James & the Giant Peach, Jr. (Music Director), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast 2018 (Director). Click here for more information on Miss Michelle.

with Tiffany Shannon Productions, LLC

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.


TEACHING ARTIST: Tiffany Shannon has been studying dance & theatre for over 30 years. She has trained at Towson University, The Studio Theatre in DC, AACC, Palomar College and CA University in San Marcos. Click here to read more about Miss Tiffany.



All the fun of just about every TV-show genre you can imagine is jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy!  Your audience becomes the live studio audience on a talk show, Real Talk with Fairytale Legends, where the seven dwarves tell the story of Snow White as the Fairytale Players bring it to life.  As each new dwarf takes a turn telling part of Snow White’s famous story in his or her own unique voice, the players’ re-enactment shifts to match the style and personality of that particular dwarf.  At any given moment, the story can be anything — romance, comedy, home improvement show, suspense, Western, epic poetry, mystery, cooking show, stand-up routine, or blockbuster action movie! There’s even a “Miss Fairest of Them All” beauty pageant!  It all culminates in a mad-dash ending of fast-changing genres that sets the record straight on Snow White’s happily-ever-after.


AGES: 7 – 11

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Thursdays, September 21 – November 30, 2017 (No class on November 23). Final Performance is on December 2 at 5:00 p.m.

TUITION: $195.00 Click here to register for the Theatre Production Workshop (ages 7 – 11).


AGES: 11 – 15

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Fridays, September 22 – December 1, 2017 (No class on November 24). Final Performance is on December 1 at 7:00 p.m.

TUITION: $195.00 Click here to register for the Theatre Production Workshop (ages 11 – 15).



AGES: 7 – 15 (Homeschoolers)

WHEN: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, September 19 – November 28, 2017. (No class on October 31.) Final Performance is on December 2 at 3:00 p.m.

TUITION: $195.00 Click here to register for the Theatre Production Workshop Homeschool Edition.




Mammoth, musical grasshoppers with impressive durability are threatening the world in this wild romp! At the annual science fair, the displays are as wacky as can be: wrinkle-free bacon, Hamburger Helper face cream, and piranha fish now dedicated to a vegetarian diet! The bitter Pamela, whose green potato project was not chosen as a winner, has declared revenge. Meanwhile, on the isolated island of Malibula, something dreadful has happened at the “Unusual Bug Research Center.” The once congenial native grasshoppers have turned beastly, big, and voracious and are now vaulting, pouncing, and chomping! What has this to do with the science fair? The face cream has the grasshoppers as a chief ingredient. Anyone who slaps on the goop becomes… (gasp!!!) it’s too terrible to describe! Is there a match for Pamela and a flock of discourteous bugs? Trapped students pin their hopes for rescue on Captain Cracknuckle, his SWAT team, and a hilarious score that will have you rolling (or hopping!) in the aisles.

AGES: 11 – 15

WHEN: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Mondays, September 25 – December 18, 2017. Final performance: December 18 at 7:30 p.m.

TUITION: $320.00 Click here to register for the Attack of the Killer Grasshoppers workshop.



Pet owners, Roger and Anita, live happily in London with their Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita, stalwart dogs devoted to raising their puppies. Everything is quiet until Anita’s former classmate, the monstrous Cruella De Vil, plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat. The Dalmatians rally all the dogs of London for a daring rescue of the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen.


Based on the classic animated film, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most outrageous villain, and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. With a high-spirited score and lovable characters, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences.

AGES: 7 – 11

SESSION 1: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.; Mondays, September 25 – December 18, 2017. Final performance: December 18 at 5:00 p.m.

TUITION: $320.00   Click here to register for Session 1.

SESSION 2: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, September 20 – December 20, 2017. Final performance: December 20 at 5:00 p.m.

TUITION: $320.00   Click here to register for Session 2.

SESSION 3: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, September 20 – December 20, 2017. Final performance: December 20 at 7:00 p.m.

TUITION: $320.00   Click here to register for Session 3.





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. Click here to register online.

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 theater complex in Bay Head Park, 1661 Bay Head Road, Annapolis 21409. For more information email our Education Team at or call us at 410-757-2281 (ext. 4).


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.


Sign In/Out PolicyPlease know that the purpose of all this is for your student’s safety and well-being. Thank you for your cooperation and for helping our program run smoothly!

  1. Students, including teens, must be checked in and out by a responsible adult. Please sign your student into their class and say hi to the teacher or supervising adult. This will help us to know who you are!
  2. If you will be more than 5 minutes late picking up your student, please call the Instructor or our office at 410-757-2281 to let us know.
  3. Please notify the teacher if another adult has your permission to pick up your student that day. Parents must understand that once their student is signed out, they are no longer the responsibility of Children’s Theatre of Annapolis.


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