Friday, October 14, 2011

Hansel and Gretel and the Creepy Woods

"Once Upon a Time" is the CCT's educational program for young people. Not only for the kids who want to be in a play but also an opportunity for young people to experience live theatre.  The running time is an action packed half an hour at the Black Box Studio 311 N Main St. October 22nd at 1:00 PM, 3:00PM and 7:00PM Admission is $3 per person. We hope you can join us!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Time on your hands?

When you are part of a non profit totally volunteer run organization THANK YOU isn't enough but it's all we can afford.I am not sure how many people think about what it takes to keep our Community Theatre thriving. Money, yes- we can always use money.
But what is worth more to me than your money is your time. With just 6 people and three hours of solid work we were able to accomplish so much at the CAC/CCT Studio Building on Main Street. A wall came down, piles of stuff were sorted through and organized and a large commercial dumpster was filled. Costume donations that have been sitting in boxes and bags for months were sorted through. Floors were swept and weeds were pulled. At the end of the afternoon all I could say was THANK YOU!

Please, consider donating a couple of hours of time once in awhile to causes where you live. Time isn't something we can save for a rainy day and you can't buy it on a shelf. But time can make a huge difference in so many ways.

THANK YOU to everyone who volunteers their time to causes. YOU keep us going.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

So you want to be an actor?


Is a theatre experience is for young boys and girls desiring to develop acting skills.  Our goal is to teach the fundamentals of using the body, voice, and imagination on the theatrical stage. With the help of seasoned CCT veterans, participants will discover the exciting world of drama through:
Character development Costume Make-up Set design
Students will audition, rehearse, and perform. Everyone will play an important role in each production!
At the end of this 4 week session young actors will have three public performances on Saturday October 20th
Directors: Beccy Wharton-Liechti, Maria White, Susan Glass, Laura Comito

WHO: Grades 4th – 8th

WHEN: Tuesdays/Thursdays September 27th – October 20th 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PERFORMANCES: October 22nd 1:00 PM, 3:00PM and 7:00PM
 (Size or nature of roles is at the professional discretion of our instructors. All roles provide a valuable learning experience. No refunds granted due to dissatisfaction with assigned roles.)

PARENT INFORMATION                                        PROGRAM REGISTRATION FORM

Friday, September 2, 2011

Oh the times they are a changing.....

I have been involved in the arts in my rural Iowa community for over 30 years. I started out playing  Mrs Rook- a bird- in The Great Cross Country Race.
It was my first taste of theatre and it left me craving more....

...and here I am president of the Carroll Arts Council/Community Theatre.

What a journey it has been.
Started out performing shows in the old Carroll High School Auditorium or at the Elk's Club. Then the Recreation Center Theatre was built and we performed there. Nice facility but it's getting harder to fill 400 seats and scheduling can be very frustrating.

 Now we have the Black Box Studio. It's not glamorous nor is it top of the line state of the art -BUT- it is intimate and all ours to use whenever we want. We rehearse there and perform there. We also let other groups use it for small performances.

The times have indeed changed- it's getting harder to find people who are willing to volunteer their time to put on a BIG MUSICAL!  I understand that- two parents working, kids involved in more activities than were available 30 years ago and musicals are very time consuming.

So things are changing some more- here are two of the changes we have to make the arts accessible to more people-

  • Once Upon a Time - this is an opportunity for kids in grades 4th-8th to work with one of our seasoned players to learn all about acting and producing a play with hands on experiences in all aspects of the production form auditioning, character development, costumes, make-up and set design.
  • Acting Out! - a group of performers available for corporate entertainments with several options from murder mystery dinner theatre to small musical revues.
Come play with us!