Conservatory for the Performing and Technical Arts
Consisting of year-round in-depth theatrical educational opportunities for ages 3-90

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Camps consist of training in singing, dancing, acting and technical design for ages 6-17. Each of the four camps produce a musical show with up to three performances each. One show of each camp is provided complementary for area youth-at-risk as part of the For Kids By Kids program.

DraMature is a performing troupe of actors ages 55 and over. Troupe members are committed to serving the diverse culture of Manatee/Sarasota counties seniors and the community at large by presenting live theatrical programs that will entertain, inspire, and educate audiences while showcasing its members’ talents and promoting a more positive image of older adults. They perform in two bi-annually cabaret style productions and provide numerous community outreach programs in a variety of venues.

Technical/Theatre Management Internship program is designed to offer upper class high school students and college/university enrolled students with a pre-professional experience in technical design (lighting, costume or scenic) or theatre administration.

Literacy Live, consisting of short skits inspired by approved VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) literature. Selections being considered for the 2017-2018 season are; Hunchback of Notre Dame, Little Red Riding Hood, Winnie the Pooh and Friends, Peter Pan, and a variety of Dr. Seuss characters. VPK students are introduced to fictional and non-fictional characters through traditional reading in the classroom. Twice a year students are invited to the Manatee Performing Arts Center for a 35 minute production comprised of skits performed by some of their fairytale friends.

Education and Outreach

In addition to building social and communication skills overall, involvement in drama courses and performance has been shown to improve students’ self-esteem as well as their confidence in their academic abilities.

High school students who are highly involved in drama demonstrate an elevated self-concept over those who are not involved.

The act of performing can help students and youth recognize their potential for success and improve their confidence American Alliance for Theatre and Education

Musical Camps are a minimum of 2 weeks and are available through-out the year. Program includes learning how to audition, rehearsals, and a minimum of 4 full-staged performances. Directed by our professional teaching artists and musical directors. Camps are open to 6-17 years old. One of the primary goals is to build a community of young performers and provide a safe environment for children to develop teamwork skills and confidence in front of a live audience.

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