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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.)



1  June 26 to 30   Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
 2  July 3 to 7  No Program Scheduled


July 10 to 14

Act, Sing, Dance


July 17 to 21

Ali Baba and the Magic Cave


July 24 to 28

Egyptian Cinderella

Opens July 27

The Tragedy of Macbeth:

Shakespeare in Lincoln Park

June 26-30: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz

The brave adventurers — Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion — share terrifying experiences in their journey to meet the Wizard of Oz and have their wishes granted.

July 3-7: No Program Scheuled

We do not have sufficient enrollment this week to schedule a program

July 10-14: Act, Sing, Dance!

Work with professional actors, singers, and choreographers throughout the week on acting and singing technique, and dance choreography. Students work together to create scenes, learn Broadway or Popular songs and stage choreography. On Friday everyone performs in the end-of-week showcase.

July 17-21: Ali Baba and the Magic Cave

Ali Baba — aided by friends, especially the very bright Morgiana — escapes from the Magic Cave, later escapes from prison, and finally devises a unique plan to capture once and for all the cutthroats and unmasks their leader, who turns out to be … the wicked Cassim.

July 24-28: Egyptian Cinderella

It originated nearly 3,000 years ago and was recorded by the Roman historian Strabo in the first century B.C.: A young Greek woman is kidnapped by pirates and sold as a slave in Egypt.  Her manners and background make her stand out, with the result that she is treated cruelly by the other servants of the household. Her only friends are the animals that live along the Nile for whom she dances and sings each evening. Her master happens upon this one evening and has golden slippers made for her. One day a hawk – the god Horus – steals a slipper and drops it into Pharaoh’s lap.  He searches the kingdom to find its owner, and when he finds her, makes her his queen.

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!