Children's Theatre Company
Our Children’s Theatre Company is open to students in grades 3-6. Students do not need previous experience in order to participate. This company is open to the first 30 students who enroll in the program. All students who enroll in our theatre company are cast in the production.
The Children’s Theatre Company performs two 70-minute junior shows every year. These shows are presented at the King Opera House in Van Buren with full sets, lights, costumes, and more; all of which give the show a true professional look for these young actors!
Our Fall 2021 Production will be announced soon with information regarding auditions. Stay tuned! In the meantime, we hope that you'll join us for our BROADWAY INTENSIVE Summer Camp in July!
Rehearsals for the Children’s Theatre Company are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4pm-6pm at Saint Boniface.
Audition material for the show is sent to those students who register two weeks before auditions. Typically, students prepare a segment of a song from the show and then are asked to read from the script. Students will review audition material with the production team prior to auditioning in class.
For students interested in preparing for their auditions, CSA offers a two-day Audition Prep Class which meets 4pm-6pm the Tuesday & Thursday prior to auditions. Students will work on material needed for auditions as well as hone their auditioning skills with one of our theatre faculty. The class concludes with a practice audition in front of the production team of the show.
DIRECTOR OF THEATRE
Shannon Stoddard began her love of all things performing arts at an early age. She began dance lessons at age 6 and has been performing ever since! She holds her Masters in Theatre Education from New York University and her Bachelors in Theatre from Centenary College of Shreveport, LA.
Shannon is the Director of Theatre with the Community School of the Arts – where she works with children in Preschool through High School. She directs the Youth Theatre Company (grades 7-12), the Children’s Theatre Company (grades 3-6) and the Kids Theatre Company (grades K-2). She also teaches the Preschool Drama classes (ages 3-5).
Shannon has worked most extensively with the UAFS Academy of the Arts where she directed and taught nearly 50 productions and camps in 6 years. While there, many of her shows and actors were nominated and won several National Youth Arts Awards — including winning Best Ensemble for “Mary Poppins” and a nomination for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production for “The Addams Family.” While at the Academy of the Arts, she earned “Teacher of the Year” in both 2011 and 2016.
While in New York, Shannon worked with Dance.Laugh.Learn and Fresh Theatre Arts as well as the NYU Youth Ensemble. Shannon also enjoyed teaching with the Ocean Beach Youth Group on Fire Island where she was awarded “Director of the Summer” in 2017!
Shannon has a great passion for teaching students about theater and loves watching them grow not only as performers but; also watching them grow in self-confidence! She looks forward to working with many new students in the future!