Crystal Theatre Classes

Crystal Theatre Class Listings Fall 2016

Monday Classes

Little Red Hen  

Kindergarden, 1st Grade

Mondays 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Join us as we perform the classic story, “The Little Red Hen”. Students will love stepping into this silly tale filled with hens, chicks, cows, cats, pigs and foxes. The lazy farm animals refuse to help the little red hens grow the food for the farm. So the hens and chicks have to do all the work themselves. But when a group of sly foxes try to steal the food, will the farm animals help save the day?! Students learn the basics of singing and acting and have the added payoff of a musical show on the big stage in this fun, low-stress class. Students receive learning CD’s of all the music and dialogue so they can practice at home. Taught by certified elementary ed teacher & director of more than 40 shows, Samantha Kulish and by Debra Poruban, a pre-school teacher with more than 30 years experience. Assisted by teaching assistant Abby Gaines.


PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING:

  • When signing up for a CLASS/SHOW, please check all mandatory rehearsal & show dates to make sure you don't have conflicts.
  • DRESS REHEARSAL attendance is required in order to perform in a show.
  • Different classes have different start dates.
  • Please have no more than 2 absences - we have a bare minimum of rehearsals to pull off the shows, and the children need to be there in order to insure a positive performance experience!

All Classes and Shows Take Place at the Ben Franklin Theatre
66 Bayview Ave. Norwalk, CT 06854


  • No Class: Monday, October 31st - Happy Halloween!

  • Extended Rehearsals


  • Mandatory Dress Rehearsal: Monday, December 5th 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Show Date:
Saturday, December 10th at 12:00pm (Students arrive at 11:00am)


Tuition: $295

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The Granny Awards  

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Mondays 5:15pm - 6:45pm

2nd - 4th Grade

The Granny Awards is a fun-filled musical featuring your favorite fairy-tale characters. Granny, who has retired from show business, decides to hold an awards show to honor those fairy-tale characters who have given memorable performances. Characters vie for the categories of Best Dramatic Scene, Best Choreography and more. Who will win and will that sneaky Wolf steal the most coveted award for Best Villain? Join us for this mad-cap musical filled with exciting music, silly dialogue and crazy commercials...it is a TV award show after all! Hone your comedic and singing skills in this wonderful musical! Your child will also enhance his or her theatrical skills with theater games, improvisation, statues and learn basic theater terminology all while developing his or her self-expression and self-confidence. Students receive learning CD's of all the music so they can practice at home as well as a script. Taught by certified elementary ed teacher and director of more than 40 shows, Samantha Kulish and Debra Poruban, a pre-school teacher with more than 20 years experience. Crystal Theatre Artistic Director Cheryl Kemeny along with her sister & Rowayton School music teacher, Alexandrea Kemeny, will be musical directors and the class will be assisted by student teacher, Abby Gaines.


PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING:

  • When signing up for a CLASS/SHOW, please check all mandatory rehearsal & show dates to make sure you don't have conflicts.
  • DRESS REHEARSAL attendance is required in order to perform in a show.
  • Different classes have different start dates.
  • Please have no more than 2 absences - we have a bare minimum of rehearsals to pull off the shows, and the children need to be there in order to insure a positive performance experience!

All Classes and Shows Take Place at the Ben Franklin Theatre
66 Bayview Ave. Norwalk, CT 06854


  • No Class: Monday, October 31st - Happy Halloween!

  • Extended or Shortened Rehearsals


  • Monday, December 5th: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Mandatory Dress Rehearsal:Wednesday, December 7th 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Show Date:
Sunday, December 11th at 12:00pm (Students arrive at 11:00am)


Tuition: $325

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Rising Stars Best of Broadway  

8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Mondays 7:00pm - 9:30pm

8th - 12th Grade

The objective of the Rising Stars program is to offer professional training to a smaller group of students at a low cost. In our Rising Stars Best of Broadway, a fully costumed and staged musical will be written for the students enrolled. Some of the most popular Broadway material from yesterday to today will be chosen to showcase the students with a script connecting all of the music together. There are no small parts! Every student is featured. Join us on a trip to Broadway, where you will have the opportunity to create a character that has been specifically written for you! Don’t wait to sign up, as the writing process mustn’t wait!

Some Tuesdays (7-9:30) may be added for staging, please be clear about your conflicts for Mondays and Tuesdays when signing up so a more detailed rehearsal schedule can be created.


PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING:

  • When signing up for a CLASS/SHOW, please check all mandatory rehearsal & show dates to make sure you don’t have conflicts.
  • DRESS REHEARSAL attendance is required in order to perform in a show.
  • Different classes have different start dates.
  • Please have no more than 2 absences –we have a bare minimum of rehearsals to pull off the shows, and the children need to be there in order to insure a positive performance experience!

All Classes and Shows Take Place at the Ben Franklin Theatre
66 Bayview Ave. Norwalk, CT 06854


Some Tuesdays (7-9:30) may be added for staging, please be clear about your conflicts for Mondays and Tuesdays when signing up so a more detailed rehearsal schedule can be created.

  • No Class: Monday, October 10th due to Columbus Day Holiday

  • No Class: Monday, October 31st due to Halloween

  • No Class: Monday, December 26th due to Holiday Break

  • Additional/Extended Rehearsals

  • Mandatory Tech Rehearsal: Friday January 6th- 4:00-9:30pm

  • Mandatory Dress Rehearsal 1: Monday January 9th 6:00-9:30pm

  • Mandatory Dress Rehearsal 2: Tuesday January 10th 6:00-9:30pm

  • Mandatory Final Dress Rehearsal: Friday January 13th 6:00-9:30pm

Show Date and Times: Sunday January 15th at 6:30pm (Call 5pm for Actors)


Tuition: $325

Registration Closed

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Tuesday Classes

Little Red Hen  

Kindergarden, 1st Grade

Tuesdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Kindergarten - 1st Grade

Join us as we perform the classic story, “The Little Red Hen”. Students will love stepping into this silly tale filled with hens, chicks, cows, cats, pigs and foxes. The lazy farm animals refuse to help the little red hens grow the food for the farm. So the hens and chicks have to do all the work themselves. But when a group of sly foxes try to steal the food, will the farm animals help save the day?! Students learn the basics of singing and acting and have the added payoff of a musical show on the big stage in this fun, low-stress class. Students receive learning CD’s of all the music and dialogue so they can practice at home. Taught by certified elementary ed teacher & director of more than 40 shows, Samantha Kulish and by Debra Poruban, a pre-school teacher with more than 30 years experience. Assisted by teaching assistant Abby Gaines.


PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING:

  • When signing up for a CLASS/SHOW, please check all mandatory rehearsal & show dates to make sure you don't have conflicts.
  • DRESS REHEARSAL attendance is required in order to perform in a show.
  • Different classes have different start dates.
  • Please have no more than 2 absences - we have a bare minimum of rehearsals to pull off the shows, and the children need to be there in order to insure a positive performance experience!

All Classes and Shows Take Place at the Ben Franklin Theatre
66 Bayview Ave. Norwalk, CT 06854

  • No Class: Tuesday, October 11th: Yom Kippur

  • Extended Rehearsals


  • Mandatory Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday, December 6th 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Show Date:
Saturday, December 10th at 3:00pm (Students arrive at 2:00am)


Tuition: $295

Registration Closed

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The Granny Awards  

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Tuesdays 5:15pm - 6:45pm

2nd - 4th Grade

The Granny Awards is a fun-filled musical featuring your favorite fairy-tale characters. Granny, who has retired from show business, decides to hold an awards show to honor those fairy-tale characters who have given memorable performances. Characters vie for the categories of Best Dramatic Scene, Best Choreography and more. Who will win and will that sneaky Wolf steal the most coveted award for Best Villain? Join us for this mad-cap musical filled with exciting music, silly dialogue and crazy commercials...it is a TV award show after all! Hone your comedic and singing skills in this wonderful musical! Your child will also enhance his or her theatrical skills with theater games, improvisation, statues and learn basic theater terminology all while developing his or her self-expression and self-confidence. Students receive learning CD's of all the music so they can practice at home as well as a script. Taught by certified elementary ed teacher and director of more than 40 shows, Samantha Kulish and Debra Poruban, a pre-school teacher with more than 20 years experience. Crystal Theatre Artistic Director Cheryl Kemeny along with her sister & Rowayton School music teacher, Alexandrea Kemeny, will be musical directors and the class will be assisted by student teacher, Abby Gaines.


PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING:

  • When signing up for a CLASS/SHOW, please check all mandatory rehearsal & show dates to make sure you don't have conflicts.
  • DRESS REHEARSAL attendance is required in order to perform in a show.
  • Different classes have different start dates.
  • Please have no more than 2 absences - we have a bare minimum of rehearsals to pull off the shows, and the children need to be there in order to insure a positive performance experience!

All Classes and Shows Take Place at the Ben Franklin Theatre
66 Bayview Ave. Norwalk, CT 06854

  • No Class: Tuesday, October 11th -Yom Kippur

  • Extended or Shortened Rehearsals


  • Tuesday, December 6th: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Mandatory Dress Rehearsal:Thursday, December 8th 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Show Date:
Sunday, December 11th at 3:00pm (Students arrive at 2:00am)


Tuition: $325

Registration Closed

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Wednesday Classes

Sleeping Beauty  

5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade

Wednesdays 4:30pm - 6:30pm

5th - 9th Grades

A new twist on the classic fairy tale! It is one hundred years since Princess Briar Rose fell into a deep sleep, cursed by the wicked Brunnhilde. The animals in the castle’s forest have been in stasis all that time, not growing older or changing. They are making plans for the happy times ahead, but Brunnhilde and her nasty crew have plans to make the spell permanent! Can a stranger to the forest, a handsome prince and the timid Fairy Godmothers conspire to save the day? Sing, dance and act your way to a happy conclusion in this big musical with loads of parts!


Wednesday Sleeping Beauty: Director & Choreographer- Stacey Curti

Thursday Sleeping Beauty: Director & Choreographer- Samantha Kulish

Both Classes: Musical direction by author/composer Cheryl Kemeny; Stage Manager Debra Poruban, assisted by Abby Gaines with costumes by Alexandrea Kemeny.

PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING:

  • FIRST, SECOND & THIRD CLASSES RUN ONE HOUR LONGER: 4:30 - 7:30PM
  • There are some Extended Rehearsals on Wednesdays and some Additional Rehearsals on Sundays & Fridays. Please Review Schedule carefully!
  • When signing up for a CLASS/SHOW, please check all mandatory rehearsal & show dates to make sure you don't have conflicts.
  • DRESS REHEARSAL attendance is required in order to perform in a show.
  • Different classes have different start dates.
  • Please have no more than 2 absences - we have a bare minimum of rehearsals to pull off the shows, and the children need to be there in order to insure a positive performance experience!

All Classes and Shows Take Place at the Ben Franklin Theatre
66 Bayview Ave. Norwalk, CT 06854

  • Please have no more than 2 absences - we have a bare minimum of rehearsals to pull off the shows, and the children need to be there in order to insure a positive performance experience!

  • Additional & Extended Rehearsals
  • FIRST CLASS: Wednesday, September 14th 4:30pm - 7:30pm

  • SECOND CLASS: Wednesday, September 21st 4:30pm - 7:30pm

  • THIRD CLASS: Wednesday, September 28th 4:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Wednesday, October 5th- Fairy Godmothers stay till 7:30pm

  • Wednesday, October 19th- "Bad Guys" stay till 7:30pm

  • Wednesday, October 26th- Fairy Godmothers stay till 7:30pm

  • Wednesday, November 2nd 4:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Wednesday, November 9th 4:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Wednesday, November 16th 4:30pm - 7:30pm

  • MANDATORY TECH/DRESS REHEARSAL: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH 3:00pm - 8:00pm (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THE SUNDAY OF THANKSGIVING WEEKEND!!!)

  • Mandatory Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, November 30th 4:00pm - 8:30pm (bring dinner)

  • Mandatory Dress Rehearsal: Friday, December 2nd 4:00pm - 9:00pm(bring dinner)

Show Dates:(All Students are in Both Shows)
Saturday, December 3rd at 6:30pm (Actors arrive at 5:00pm)

Sunday, December 4th at 3:00pm (Actors arrive at 1:30pm)


Tuition: $325

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Thursday Classes

Sleeping Beauty  

5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade

Thursdays 4:30pm - 6:30pm

5th - 9th Grades

A new twist on the classic fairy tale! It is one hundred years since Princess Briar Rose fell into a deep sleep, cursed by the wicked Brunnhilde. The animals in the castle’s forest have been in stasis all that time, not growing older or changing. They are making plans for the happy times ahead, but Brunnhilde and her nasty crew have plans to make the spell permanent! Can a stranger to the forest, a handsome prince and the timid Fairy Godmothers conspire to save the day? Sing, dance and act your way to a happy conclusion in this big musical with loads of parts!


Wednesday Sleeping Beauty: Director & Choreographer- Stacey Curti

Thursday Sleeping Beauty: Director & Choreographer- Samantha Kulish

Both Classes: Musical direction by author/composer Cheryl Kemeny; Stage Manager Debra Poruban, assisted by Abby Gaines with costumes by Alexandrea Kemeny.

PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING:

  • FIRST, SECOND & THIRD CLASSES RUN ONE HOUR LONGER: 4:30 - 7:30PM
  • There are some Extended Rehearsals on Thursdays and some Additional Rehearsals on Sundays & Fridays. Please Review Schedule carefully!
  • When signing up for a CLASS/SHOW, please check all mandatory rehearsal & show dates to make sure you don't have conflicts.
  • DRESS REHEARSAL attendance is required in order to perform in a show.
  • Different classes have different start dates.
  • Please have no more than 2 absences - we have a bare minimum of rehearsals to pull off the shows, and the children need to be there in order to insure a positive performance experience!

All Classes and Shows Take Place at the Ben Franklin Theatre
66 Bayview Ave. Norwalk, CT 06854

  • Please have no more than 2 absences - we have a bare minimum of rehearsals to pull off the shows, and the children need to be there in order to insure a positive performance experience!

  • Additional & Extended Rehearsals
  • FIRST CLASS: Thursday, September 15th 4:30pm - 7:30pm

  • SECOND CLASS: Thursday, September 22th 4:30pm - 7:30pm

  • THIRD CLASS: Thursday, September 29th 4:30 - 7:30pm

  • Thursday, October 6th: Fairy Godmothers stay till 7:30pm

  • Sunday, October 16th 3:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Thursday, October 20th: Brunnhilde & Bad guys stay till 7:30pm

  • Thursday, October 27th 4:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Sunday, October 30th 1:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Thursday, November 3rd 4:30 - 7:30pm

  • Thursday, November 10th 4:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Mandatory Tech/Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, November 13th 1:00pm - 6:00pm (Bring a Snack)

  • Mandatory Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, November 17th 4:00pm - 8:30pm (Bring Dinner)

  • Mandatory Dress Rehearsal: Friday, November 18th 4:00pm - 9:00pm (Bring Dinner)

Show Dates:(All Students are in Both Shows)
Saturday, November 19th at 6:30pm (Actors arrive at 5:00pm)

Sunday, November 20th at 3:00pm (Actors arrive at 1:30pm)


Tuition: $325

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Friday Classes

Preschool Storybook Theatre  

Preschool Ages: 3 1/2 - 5

Fridays 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Preschool: 3 1/2 - 5 Years Old


It is never to early to introduce your little one to the wonders of drama! Crystal Theatre offers a preschool theatre class called, Storybook Theatre, for children ages three and a half to five. If you participated in last seasons class, be ready for new stories and adventures! Taught by certified educators Samantha Kulish & Debra Poruban and veteran teaching assistant, Abby Gaines, this class is a wonderful introduction to drama and movement. During each class students will step into their favorite storybooks and bring them to life! As well as playing pretend, students will also take part in fun-filled theatre exercises and movement games. Storybook Theatre runs for nine weeks and culminates in a staged production on the last day of class in our theater for family and friends to attend. Let your little star shine!


All Classes and Shows Take Place at the Ben Franklin Theatre
66 Bayview Ave. Norwalk, CT 06854

Show Date: Friday, November 4, 2016 at 4:00pm


Tuition: $205

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Saturday Classes

Mother Holly  

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade

Saturdays 10:00am - 1:00pm

2nd - 7th Grade

Learn to act, sing and dance at Crystal Theatre in this fun-filled musical fairytale based on the Grimm’s Brothers’ story, “Mother Holle”. Mother Holly (Holle) is the Queen of the Underworld and the “lady who makes it snow” by shaking her pillows. This is the story of 2 sisters (Amelia & Lucinda) who meet Mother Holly when they fall down their well. One returns home covered in gold, the other covered in ashes. Find out why! With lots of parts for girls and boys, you’ll have a great time and learn some useful skills. Directed by co-author, Alexandrea Kemeny (Rowayton’s music teacher) and her sister—co-author/composer Cheryl Kemeny, Crystal Theatre Artistic director. Assisted by Abby Gaines with Stage Manager, Debra Poruban.

PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING:

  • When signing up for a CLASS/SHOW, please check all mandatory rehearsal & show dates to make sure you don't have conflicts.
  • DRESS REHEARSAL attendance is required in order to perform in a show.
  • Different classes have different start dates.
  • Please have no more than 2 absences - we have a bare minimum of rehearsals to pull off the shows, and the children need to be there in order to insure a positive performance experience!

All Classes and Shows Take Place at the Ben Franklin Theatre
66 Bayview Ave. Norwalk, CT 06854

  • Please have no more than 2 absences - we have a bare minimum of rehearsals to pull off the shows, and the children need to be there in order to insure a positive performance experience!

  • No Class: Saturday, September 17th

  • Additional/Extended Rehearsals


  • Sunday, September 18th 12:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Sunday, October 23rd 1:00pm - 5:00pm

  • Mandatory Tech/Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, November 6th 1:00pm - 6:00pm (Please bring a snack)

  • Mandatory Dress Rehearsal: Friday, November 11th 4:00pm - 8:00pm (Please bring dinner)

Show Date:
Saturday, November 12th at 6:00pm (Actors arrive at 4:30pm)


Tuition: $325

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Living the American Dream  

8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Saturdays 1:30pm - 4:30pm

8th - 12th Grade

Living the American Dream is the exciting award-winning sequel to Cheryl Kemeny’s Ellis Island. Set in New York City, 1907, we follow the lives of fresh-off-the boat immigrants Kate & Colleen, Timothy & Daniel, Ludmilla and Americans Brigitte Anderson, Mrs. Elsworth, Mrs. MacArthur and a host of new characters living in the new century—The Age of Innocence. Success and happiness for some, disillusionment and death for others in this action-packed musical with myriad parts. Directed by Samantha Kulish, musical direction by author/composer Cheryl Kemeny and choreography by Char Fromentin, with the aid of acting coach Greg Kisken and stage manager Debra Poruban rounding out the instructors.

PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING:

  • [***ADDITIONAL AND EXTENDED REHEARSALS ON SOME THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS PLEASE REVIEW SCHEDULE CAREFULLY!]

  • When signing up for a CLASS/SHOW, please check all mandatory rehearsal & show dates to make sure you don’t have conflicts.
  • DRESS REHEARSAL attendance is required in order to perform in a show.
  • Different classes have different start dates.
  • Please have no more than 2 absences –we have a bare minimum of rehearsals to pull off the shows, and the children need to be there in order to insure a positive performance experience!

All Classes and Shows Take Place at the Ben Franklin Theatre
66 Bayview Ave. Norwalk, CT 06854


    Please Remember:ADDITIONAL AND EXTENDED REHEARSALS ON SOME THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS PLEASE REVIEW SCHEDULE CAREFULLY!


    LIST OF NO REHEARSALS
  • No Rehearsal: Saturday, September 17th

  • No Rehearsal: Saturday, November 26th - Thanksgiving Weekend

  • No Rehearsal: Saturday, December 10th

  • No Rehearsal: Saturday, December 17th

  • No Rehearsal: Saturday, December 24th & Saturday, December 31st - Holiday Break


  • LIST OF ADDITIONAL & EXTENDED REHEARSALS
  • Full Cast: Sunday, September 11th 1:30pm - 4:30pm

  • Small Group: Friday, September 30th 5:00pm - 7:30pm

  • Small Group: Friday, October 21st 5:15pm - 7:45pm

  • Full Cast: Longer Rehearsal: Saturday, November 5th 1:30pm - 5:30pm

  • Full Cast Early Rehearsal: Saturday, November 12th 10:00am - 12:00pm (early rehearsal due to little kids show)

  • Full Cast Early Rehearsal: Saturday, November 19th 11:00am - 2:30pm (early rehearsal due to little kids show)

  • Full Cast Early Rehearsal: Saturday, December 3rd 12:00pm - 3:00pm (early rehearsal due to little kids show)

  • Full Cast: Friday, December 9th 4:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Full Cast: Sunday, December 18th 3:00pm - 8:00pm

  • Full Cast: Saturday, January 7th 12:30pm - 5:30pm

  • Full Cast: Sunday, January 8th 2:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Full Cast: Saturday, January 14th 12:30pm - 5:30pm

  • Full Cast: Saturday, January 21st 12:30pm - 6:30pm

  • Mandatory Full Cast Tech/Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, January 22nd 12:30 - 7:30pm

  • Mandatory Full Cast Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, January 26th 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  • Mandatory Full Cast Dress Rehearsal: Friday, January 27th 4:00pm - 9:30pm

  • Mandatory Full Cast Dress Rehearsal: Friday, February 3rd 4:00pm - 9:30pm

Show Dates:*(All Students Are In All 4 Shows)

First Weekend- Younger Leads

Saturday, January 28th at 7:30pm (Actors arrive 6:00pm)

Sunday, January 29th at 3:00pm (Actors arrive at 1:30pm)


Second Weekend- Senior Leads

Saturday, February 4th at 7:30pm (Actors arrive at 6:00pm)

Sunday, February 5th at 3:00pm (Actors arrive at 1:30pm)


Tuition: $325

Registration Closed

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Sunday Classes

No classes schedule for this day.