Skip to main content

The Children’s Theatre of Annapolis

May 12, 2011 07:21PM ● Published by Anonymous

According to 2009 government estimates, about 23% of the residents of Anne Arundel County are under the age of 18; that’s almost 120,000 children and teens—and CTA is reaching out to all of them with programs to build their self-esteem and confidence. CTA alumnus Andrew Lincoln writes, “These experiences [with CTA] helped me to embody values and skills that are commonly recognizes as essential for success.”

Jane Davis founded Children’s Theatre of Annapolis in 1959, with seed money from the Anne Arundel County Parks and Recreation and the Junior League. Davis, along with Martha Wright, John Boyle and others, set out to provide kids, ages eight to 18, with professional level theatrical experiences, including try-outs, rehearsals, costuming, lighting, staging, performance, and workshops.

CTA Board of Directors President Julie Bays recalls, “All four of my children participated [in CTA]. My oldest son, Joel, had the part of a man in Sound of Music. I could see him grow— ‘I can do this.’ He really got it. CTA lets the kids who aren’t athletes or part of the ‘in crowd’ find what they can do well, it gives them confidence. The kids shine.”

But finding a place for rehearsals and performances as well as the storage of costumes, props, and sets wasn’t easy. After years of temporary locations, in 1999 CTA rented the old Nike site near Annapolis. When the site was acquired by Anne Arundel County, CTA began raising money to build the theatre facility of their dreams with workshop spaces, a full stage and rehearsal areas specifically designed for kids. The complex (with a price tag of two million dollars) dubbed Main Stage, opened May 1, 2008. Built from generous donations of professional time and financial contributions, the project is still $250,000 short of its goal, but executive director Swekel is optimistic that the goal will be reached, as well as the ability to generate the $10,000 a month needed to keep the organization running.

CTA has plans for the future: First, to bring the CTA productions more in synch with the public school curriculum, as they did in 2010 with the operetta Brandiera. “We want to create a tighter connection between [the public school] curriculum and the arts,” says Swekel. Additionally, a Youth-Arts Open House is scheduled for the spring of 2011, and a “Young Playwrights’ Competition” is in the planning stage for 2012. Contact CTA by visiting www.childrenstheatreofannapolis.org or calling 410-757-2281.

Community community
  • The Baltimore Book Festival

    09/22/2017
    11:00AM — 07:00PM

    Join Baltimore’s annual celebration of the literary arts as the Baltimore Book Festival returns t...


  • It will be a daylong celebration of the end of the Harvest season at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and...


  • North American Sea Glass Festival

    09/23/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    The 12th Annual North American Sea Glass Festival will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, 10 a....


  • The Baltimore Book Festival

    09/23/2017
    11:00AM — 07:00PM

    Join Baltimore’s annual celebration of the literary arts as the Baltimore Book Festival returns t...


  • Seventh Annual Singable Feast

    09/23/2017
    06:00PM — 11:00PM

    Celebrate with the Annapolis Opera at the 45th season–opening celebration, the Singable Feast, Sa...


  • Race/Walk Start: 8:00 am - Half Marathon 8:45 am - 5k Jogging Joe Shafran Memorial Run 9:00 am...


  • North American Sea Glass Festival

    09/24/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The 12th Annual North American Sea Glass Festival will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, 10 a....


  • Concours d' Elegance 2017

    09/24/2017
    10:00AM

    After nine years, the 11th annual St. Michaels Concours d’ Elegance returns to the waterfront law...


  • 27th Annual West Annapolis Oktoberfest

    09/24/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Enjoy a day filled with beer, German food, West Annapolis businesses, artist and craft vendors, l...


  • The Baltimore Book Festival

    09/24/2017
    11:00AM — 07:00PM

    Join Baltimore’s annual celebration of the literary arts as the Baltimore Book Festival returns t...


  • Blazers. Bourbon. Cigars

    09/28/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Join Historic Annapolis at the William Paca House and Garden for the original premiere Gentlemen'...


  • Clays 4 A Cause

    09/29/2017
    08:00AM

    New venue this year! Come test your aim at this sporting clays events at Shrader’s Bridgtown Mano...


  • Wine on the Beach

    09/29/2017
    11:00AM — 07:00PM

    Rediscover the best of Maryland fare at Wine on the Beach, a celebration of the burgeoning wine i...


  • Easton Airport Day

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Look out below! It’s a rubber chicken bomb! On Saturday, September 30th, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Easton...


  • Wine on the Beach

    09/30/2017
    11:00AM — 07:00PM

    Rediscover the best of Maryland fare at Wine on the Beach, a celebration of the burgeoning wine i...


  • Hope Re-Imagined: Esperida

    09/30/2017
    06:30PM — 10:30PM

    Ancient Greeks recognized that community members experiencing mental illness need healing care an...


 

 

Towne Social