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C.A.S.T. Summer Sessions 2017

Ages 7 to 17

Monday to Friday: 9:am to 5:pm

Tuition: $250

Performance: Friday Afternoon at 4:pm

CAST Application – Summer 2017

Each week CAST will produce a show that will be staged on Friday afternoon – Script-in-Hand. On Monday morning everyone in that Session auditions for a role in that week’s show. We rehearse each day working on character development, blocking, use of props, etc. Toward the end of the week we add what sets are available, lighting, and sound. On Friday afternoon the show will be performed Script-in-Hand for an audience of family, friends, and neighborhood children. (Script-in-Hand {no need to memorize} removes a great deal of stress from the actor.)



5 July 24 to 28  Egyptian Cinderella
6  July 31 – Aug 4
 No Program Scheduled


Aug. 7 to 11

No Program Scheduled


Aug. 14 to 18

An Irish Cinderlad Tale — Billy Beg and the Bull


Aug. 21 to 25

Sleeping Beauty

  Aug. 29, 30
Auditions for: Macbeth

Sept. 5, 6

Auditions for: Robin Hood and

the Good (& Bad) Fairies of Nottingham

Aug. 14-18: An Irish Cinderlad Tale – Billy Beg and the Bull

This is an Irish Cinder-lad tale.  Our Cinder child does not get along with his Step-Mother (an evil witch) or his step sisters.  He befriends a magical Bull, runs away from home and battles an Ogre. Later he defeats a Dragon to save a Princess, but runs away leaving her with his boot.  She searches all of Ireland to find him, and the boot fits.

Aug. 21-25: Sleeping Beauty

The tale of a young princess whose parent’s run afoul of a wicked fairy and she is cursed to sleep for a 100 years, but when she awakens the world has changed and she must to learn about it and how to survive.

Aug. 29, 30 – 5:30 to 7:30 Auditions – Macbeth

Students – age 12 to 17

Performance Dates: Nov. 10 to 19

Sept. 5, 6 – 5:30 to 7:30 Auditions – Robin Hood and the Good (& Bad) Fairies of Nottingham

Students – age 7 to 17 — Performance Dates: Oct. 20 to Nov. 5, 2017

Imagine the tale of Robin Hood . . . but filled with Fairies, Trolls, and Frogs; as well as the usual characters.  You will be asked to read from sides.

CAST – Creative Arts at Steamer Ten is our Theatre Arts program.  We produce shows with students aged 7 to 17 with rehearsals at least twice each week over the course of a 6-10 week period.  The cast and crew create the sets and costumes for the show which has up to nine performances over three weekends.

Tuition for C.A.S.T. Students
There is a $250 tuition charge to cover the expenses of instruction, costumes, props, scenery, rehearsal and performance space, licensing, and insurance. Tuition is due at the first rehearsal. Performers will be required to provide their own tights and dance shoes, which can be purchased at a discount through the program.  Scholarships are available based on economic need.

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.


School Field Trips / Weekday Performances

Schools and organizations can purchase tickets for scheduled performances at special rates. We can also schedule performances to suite your organization’s needs. Please note that Steamer No. 10 Theatre is approved for BOCES funding. Each of our Theatre for Young Audiences shows is designed to satisfy New York state Elementary Learning Standards. Contact us for more information about specific shows.

Shows at Steamer No. 10:
We can add performances at Steamer No. 10.  Dates and times will be arranged according to the needs of the organization as well as the availability of the actors and stage. The fee is $800 to buy the house and we can seat 120 audience members. Sometimes we will book several smaller groups, splitting the cost among them, if possible.

Shows at other venues:
Sometimes it is easier for us to come to you. If that is the case, we will come to the venue of your choice and present our production. Dates and times will be arranged according to the needs of the organization as well as the availability of the actors. The fee for local performances is $950 for one performance, with special rates for additional performances, extended runs, and workshops.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to inquire about booking performances. We are also interested in your feedback about our choices for this season’s shows as well as any suggestions you might have for shows or topics we should consider for next season. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss the needs of your organization, so contact us today!