CAST December 2020 virtual class registration

Registration is now Open! Our next Mini-Session will run from November 30 - December 21, 2020

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*If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the CAST office at or 860.649.5062


11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm* - $75.00 per person

*Class may end earlier than 6:30 pm if we finish rehearsals earlier.

Ages 8-18 - non-musical

with Mrs. Mercier & Marcus Fink

Who doesn’t love sprinkles?  So sprinkle your Christmas holiday with these short and sweet scenes, guaranteed to leave a smile on the faces of everyone watching.  In “Toymaker,” proud MIT grad Terry learns that education isn’t the most important qualification when you’re competing against an elf for a job at the North Pole.  Vlogger Brittany isn’t nearly as perfect as her online persona in “Baking with Brittany.”  “North Pole News” has much to report when Santa goes missing from their radar screens.  There’s also a courtroom scene, an angel school, competitive present rustling, and hysterical “Dating Game” style matchmaking to help someone find their perfect Christmas tree. 

29 parts available.

Parts may be doubled or tripled if necessary. 


12/1, 12/8, 12/15

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm - $50.00 per person


ages 5-7 with Mrs. Mercier

Each week we will explore music, movement and more from popular movies and musicals!

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - $50.00 per person

Virtual Musical Theatre Dance


Ages 5-18 with Maddie Duval

Previous dance experience is recommended. 

This class, which has been offered through CAST in the past, will continue to consist of a short approximately 15 minute warm-up followed by a phrase to a song from a selected musical. Typically the choreography is a mix of original Broadway choreography and Maddie's own choreography. 

Maddie Duval is a CAST alum and has choreographed a number of CAST's musicals including "Willy Wonka" and "Beauty and the Beast". She graduated from the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts in 2020 as a dance major and is now attending Connecticut College where she plans to earn BA's in both Neuroscience and Dance.


12/2, 12/9, 12/16

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm - $50.00 per person

Virtual Theatre Games & Improv

ages 8-18 with Marcus Fink & Madelyn MacBryde

Join us for an interactive hands on class learning and playing different theatre games and sharpening your improvisation tools.

Madelyn MacBryde was born and raised in Coventry, Connecticut. She has always taken a heavy interest in the arts, participating in drama in high school and taking every art class offered. She then went on to pursue her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Eastern Connecticut State University and graduated in 2019 with dual concentrations in Art History and Printmaking. During her time at Eastern, Madelyn was president of the Visual Arts Club. Through which she strove to create a positive, fun environment where people could free their creative side and find meaningful friendships. After leaving college she found herself again drawn to the theater and began taking improv classes at the Sea Tea Comedy Theater in Hartford. There she found a thriving community of wonderful and encouraging people from all walks of life. Throughout her experiences, Madelyn has found that her passion truly is the community and family that is created when people gather around the arts.  Madelyn was an intern for CAST this past summer through the  Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts. 



12/3, 12/10, 12/17

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm - $50.00 per person

Video Production Workshop

ages 8-18 with Erica Marie Desreuisseau

With a focus on resource-based student film making, each session offers a look at one or two parts of the film making process from idea to distribution. Materials also reference professional techniques and customs along the way. This is great for anyone who wants to learn more about how movies are made or a student who is looking to expand upon or begin learning about production for personal or professional endeavors into TV, film, social media, digital video content, corporate marketing, and more. If you love movies, TV, or other video content, and have a positive attitude, this workshop is for you!

Over this three week workshop, we will be:

#1 Quickly talking about development and pre-production then jumping right into production

#2 Talking about Editing and Distribution

#3 Showcasing short films, reviewing concepts and the production process

Erica Marie Desreuisseau is an 11-year CAST alumni and entertainment industry professional. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2016 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Communication, Certificate in Film Studies, and a Minor in Psychology. In 2014, Erica did the Disney College Program internship at Walt Disney World in which she lived and worked at Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Florida for 8 months. Throughout college, Erica contributed to numerous short films which were created for competition and personal development. Some top achievements include Best Comedy at the Røde Reel International Short Film Competition in 2016, Best Film at the 48 Hour Film Project, New Haven 2016, and one of fifteen first-place films at Sundance Ignite "What's Next" Young Filmmakers Competition in 2016. After graduating from school, she relocated to Los Angeles, California and began a career in the entertainment industry. Her first professional opportunity was for an independent television producer who specialized in creating and producing award shows and TV specials. She worked as an Associate Producer for the 2018 Gamers' Choice Awards on CBS - the first highest-rated television awards show about esports and video gaming. Erica also worked as an Executive Assistant and Coordinator at Film Mode Entertainment, a global sales agency for independent feature films. Film Mode works with premiere talent in independent feature films at all budget levels. In this role, she oversaw the planning of exhibitions at the three largest film markets in the world: Cannes Marché du Film in France, the American Film Market in Los Angeles, and the European Film Market in Germany. Most recently, Erica just wrapped as the Coordinating Producer for the Top-Rated by Kids Toy Awards Presented by Walmart, which aired on October 25th on FOX and numerous digital channels.



7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - $50.00 per person

Virtual Musical Theatre Audition Workshop

Ages 11-18 with Emma Luxemburg

This Musical Theatre Audition Workshop is a 3-week class that focuses on perfecting your audition technique to help you feel prepared

and confident in the audition room!

Topics will include:

Choosing the right audition song, Creating a subtext, Singing to a partner, Using intentions, The audition wardrobe, Entering and leaving the audition room, 

What roles can I play?, Taking risks!!

There will be 2 informational and interactive classes and a special 3rd class - A "mock" audition, giving participants the opportunity to apply what they have learned to their own audition, as well as receive instant and personalized feedback!

Emma Luxemburg is from South Windsor and has been performing since she was 3 years old as a singer, dancer, and actor. In her past, she has trained in a multitude of dance styles, participated in several musicals and plays, in which many were at CAST! She is normally a Junior at Wagner College in NYC studying Musical Theatre. Currently she is a dance teacher at multiple dance studios in the areas well as keeping up her own studies. While she is on a gap year, she looks forward to using her knowledge and expertise to offer informative and inspiring workshops like this!

CAST children’s theatre Standard of Conduct

We believe that theatre is fun and CAST strives to provide a welcoming place to explore all that theater has to offer. In order to maintain a safe, orderly and productive environment for all involved, we require that children follow the Standard of Conduct and display positive behavior in our programs.

Children are expected to arrive on time for classes, rehearsals, and performances, show respect to staff, volunteers, fellow participants, and property. This includes costumes, props and sets. Children should maintain attention and follow directions respectfully, without being disruptive or distracting.

Problematic behavior that affects classes, rehearsals or performances will be addressed immediately by staff. If the behavior continues, the staff reserves the right to remove the child(ren) from the program without refund.

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