C.A.S.T. (Creative Arts at Steamer Ten)

C.A.S.T. (Creative Arts at Steamer Ten)

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C.A.S.T. (Creative Arts at Steamer Ten)

The Steamer 10 C.A.S.T. program — Creative Arts at Steamer Ten — introduces students to basic stage technique using creative dramatics, music and movement. Through positive reinforcement, students learn to respect others’ work, create scenes as an ensemble and work with a director, musical director, and choreographer. Theatre helps build self-confidence and communication skills, and it teaches poise, problem-solving and collaboration. The rehearsal process is really an educational process — but don’t tell your kids that if you don’t want to; they might be having too much fun to notice! The C.A.S.T. program is open to students ages 8 to 18. Experience is not required – just the willingness to have fun while learning the ins and outs of working in a professional theatre.

C.A.S.T. is run by Jacqueline Donnaruma. Her background includes an M.A. in educational theatre from New York University; post-graduate study in childhood education at The College of Saint Rose; and a B.A. in theatre/dramatic literature from Wheaton College.

C.A.S.T. is a tuition-based program, and scholarships are available.

During the school year, C.A.S.T. puts on productions in which most or all of the roles are filled by students. These family-oriented shows rehearse at least twice each week over the course of a 10-week period. The cast and crew create the sets and costumes for the show, which has 6 to 8 performances over two weekends. Auditions for upcoming productions are posted here, and on the Steamer 10 Facebook page.

In the summer we offer two other options:

Shakespeare in Lincoln Park gives students the opportunity to dive in to the language, wit and comedy of The Bard by performing in one of his timeless plays. In these C.A.S.T. shows, young performers have the chance to work with adult actors, who fill key roles. The performances are offered free of charge in Albany’s Lincoln Park. Click here for a gallery of photos from some of our Shakespeare productions.

C.A.S.T. also offers “Summer Sessions” — Monday-to-Friday workshops and/or one-act plays done in a single week. Roles are assigned on Monday, then we rehearse all week, adding costumes, props and sets. On Friday the kids give their performance, script in hand. See more information here.