CCTA’s Theatre Outreach for youth in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) has provided free Performances, Afterschool Classes
and a Performing Arts Camp for over 25,000 students since its creation in 2004. Each component is designed to build confidence and
encourage creative thinking with curriculum-based programs that open young eyes to endless possibilities!
In 2006 CCTA brought its
robust, multi-faceted curriculum directly to city schools with free After School Theatre Classes. This exceptional program serves
the whole student with a melding of academic, cultural and social enhancements. Now operating in three BCPSS schools, it reaches 50-55
students per year who attend approximately 20 one-hour sessions annually. Every spring these young actors attend a professional production
at a local theater then give their own performance for friends and family. Each component teaches leadership, team spirit, a passion
for learning and a love of arts.
The CCTA Performing Arts Camp-Baltimore began in summer 2010, the brainchild of CCTA staff members
who saw that, for many city students, the arts ended at the conclusion of the school year. The camp offers a two week intensive of
workshops, rehearsals and performance for up to 30 students in grades 3 – 8. It runs in partnership with host school, John Ruhrah
Elementary/Middle School, which partners with CCTA to provide space for the program, the salary for one instructor, daily lunch for
the students and bus transportation to both the dress rehearsal and culminating performance.
Bright Lights on Broadway
This innovative program helps children with communication disorders and social skills
needs improve their communication abilities through musical theater! Fun, creative games and exercises help students learn to use
their bodies and voices to convey emotion, using intelligible speech and varying pitch. The program is led by experienced musical
theater instructors in consultation with professionals in speech-language pathology. Each session culminates in a final performance
for friends and family!
Expanding Horizons: Broadway Kids & Teens was created in 2009 by CCTA and the Loyola University Maryland’s Clinical Center
to serve youth and teens ages 11 – 19 with disorders of social communication including Down Syndrome, Autism, Autism Spectrum disorders
among others. The goal of the program is to assist participants in furthering their social communication skills within
the context of a musical theatre program, enlisting the support of specialists in speech pathology, special education, music and theatre.
Peer volunteers participate as fellow actors, modeling behaviors and interactions for participants. In 2010 Expanding
Horizons expanded to include a third partner, the Howard County Public School System, working with special needs teens in the county’s
high schools under a grant from The Horizon Foundation. For spring 2015 look for Expanding Horizons program sites at Glenelg
High School (Glenelg, MD), Mount Hebron High School (Elliott City, MD) and a new Saturday afternoon class at St. John’s
Parish Day School (Ellicott City, MD.) For more information contact CCTA at info@CCTArts.com or 410-381-0700.
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