The Cultural Arts Youth Theater enables young performers from the age of 7 1/2 to 18 to embark on a learning and growing experience that will help build life-long skills: patience, teamwork, attention to detail, creative thinking, public speaking, confidence, and many more!
And they get to that while having fun and putting on a show!
At Cultural Arts Youth Theater, we inspire Cast Members to L.E.A.P. to new heights.
L.E.A.P. is a theatre-arts educational process developed by Scott Pfeiffer, Executive Director of the Cultural Arts Center. Each Cast Member will participate in activities and/or theatre games that will enable them to:
Gain new skills; including theatrical (voice, dance, acting), social, physical, and cognitive skills
Use creative thinking to try different things in a peer-judgement-free, safe environment
Put skills to the test during the rehearsal process and fine-tune them with direction; breakdown self-created barriers
Execute what is learned with confidence and self-assuredness gained through rehearsals
Throughout the process, Cast Members will learn much about what it takes to be a performer and to participate in the mounting of a production.
Whether it’s a “young performer” production cast only with those aged 7.5 to 18, or if it’s a Main Stage or Summer Stock production that has young performers working alongside Broadway credited professional performers and many local professional performers, the stage (and backstage, too!) is an exciting and fun-filled way to grow!
Started in 2018, The Newcomer Award is peer-nominated recognition for a cast member who has never performed with CACC's Youth Theater (know prior as James Island Junior Theater). A newcomer is someone who has never performed with CACC. They may have performed elsewhere or this may be their first production ever. Cast members who have performed in at least two consecutive productions are qualified to nominate a newcomer for the Newcomer Award.
When choosing a Newcomer to nominate, qualifying cast member considers these important elements:
They were prepared for and attend all scheduled rehearsals
They had a high-degree of attention and listened well
They quickly took direction and applied corrections
They learned how to, or demonstrated that they can, project, sing out, learn lyrics and harmonies, and execute blocking and choreography
They had strong stage presence and energy throughout rehearsals and all performances
They developed a character that was specific for them
They were consistently well-behaved
They got along well with others
They exemplified all aspects of theatre etiquette
They were helpful when at the theatre and were a good Center Citizen
They properly maintained their wardrobe and dressing room station
They are seen as someone who can continue to be a positive influence on others
Wizard of Oz -- February 2018
L to R: Daniel Bittick (stage manager), Scott Pfeiffer (Director), Marley Mendes (Newcomer Award Recipient), Savannah Schoenborn (choreographer), Andrea Roule (music director)
Peter Pan -- April 2018
L to R: Kirk Pfeiffer (Artistic Director, Choreographer); Scott Pfeiffer (Director), Daniel Bittick (stage manager), Autumn Waddell (Newcomer Award Recipient), Derek Alverson (Lighting and Sound) Savannah Schoenborn (Asst. Choreographer), Andrea Roule (Music Director)
Hairspray -- July 2018
Addams Family -- October 2018
Mary Poppins Jr. -- October 2019
L to R: Daniel Bittick (stage manager); Scott Pfeiffer (Director); Mataya Newton-Denila; Tiffany West (Asst Choreographer); Kirk Pfeiffer Artistic Director).
Nyala Morton with Director, Scott Pfeiffer, upon receiving her Newcomer Award.
Lauren Mummert with Director, Scott Pfeiffer, upon receiving her Newcomer Award.
AUDITION PREPARATIONClick the box above and learn how to prepare for a successful audition.
If you've auditioned before, or if this is your first time, this information is important to review.
PRODUCTION COMMITMENT FORMClick the box above and review the Production Commitments before auditioning.
Once cast, you will be held to commitments.
EXAMPLE REHEARSAL SCHEDULEWe rehearse Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sat. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE and NOT the actual rehearsal schedule.
STANDARDS & EXPECTATIONSThis document outlines CACC's Standards & Expectations that all Cast and Crew Members must adhere to.
Review this to learn about how CACC approaches our youth theatre program.