The Gateway Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County recently created the Children's Theatre Conservatory program to produce more performance opportunities for students.
The Children’s Theatre Conservatory program is an audition-only class for children in third through 12th grades who want to learn beyond the classroom and perform on stage. The program recently launched its first session at The Gateway in Bellport in June.
The Children’s Theatre Conservatory program is a fully produced main stage production that includes full and more frequent rehearsals over a three-week period with a cast of approximately 30 members. Students are able to take acting classes that consist of exercises that support the students, despite their role in the performance, as well as special master classes with trained professionals and actors from New York City.
“We’re not just a camp. You are in an acting class and a Broadway actor comes in and talks to you. You are in the setting of The Gateway, where every single day during the summer there are Broadway actors walking around, going through rehearsals, learning their shows, and there is something to be said about that,” says Michael Baker, director of The Gateway School for the Performing Arts.
Auditions for this summer's session are currently closed, but tickets can be purchased to Lion King Junior and Madagascar Junior at the box office.
The Gateway offers multiple classes for all ages in theater, musical theater, acting for television and film, and more. It's located at 215 South Country Road in Bellport. For more information call 631-286-0555, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit thegateway.org.
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Main image: The Children's Theatre Conservatory program was created to produce more performance opportunities for students.
Courtesy The Gateway Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County