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For those who want to move the spotlight. Students will help with the design and construction of the set, costumes, props and lights for the musical. They will learn how to safely use the tools of the trade both in the shop and in the computer lab. They will attend rehearsals in the afternoon to implement their design with the actors.

Learn from professionals

Students will receive personal instruction from experienced professional directors, designers and technical directors from the greater Boston area.

Broaden your skills in the industry

Students will look at the vast range of positions necessary for the production of a Broadway musical. They will hone in on an area of interest and apply the necessary skills to the final production.

Explore the broadway musical theater industry

Students will learn the steps required to make it on to a Broadway stage-crew. They will look at the history of Broadway and gain an understanding of the many moving parts in the massive capitalist machine that is for-profit theater in the USA.

Develop your skills in:

Drafting, light design, set design, carpentry, minor electrics, model making, and sound engineering.


Quick facts

Who is it for? The course is aimed at any student aged 14 to 17 years who is interested in performing. Completion of the course can enable progression on to our two year High School Diploma Foundation (subject to meeting minimum entry requirements)
Age 14-17
Language level requirements TOEFL 50+ or equivalent
Maximum class size 36
Availability CATS Boston
Accommodation Single en-suite room
Catering Meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Excursions Saturday excursions are included in the fees with pack lunch provided
Price $6,225 (includes airport transfers and registration fee)

Subjects

Construction

In Construction students will build and paint the set to be used for the musical. They will learn basic construction techniques and be introduced to a variety of tools. They will learn how to hang, focus, and program theatrical lighting.

Rehearsal

Rehearsal will be a time for production to meet performance. Any student that wishes to appear on stage will be given part. They will receive staging instructions for the Director and work on dances and musical numbers with the Choreographer and Music Director Those that do not wish to perform will use this time to program light and sound cues for the show as well as construct costumes and props with instruction form the Technical Director.

Design

In this program students will create their own theater designs for the musical. They will develop a concept board and build a ¼”scale model of their set. The class will culminate with students pitching their designs to a hypothetical theater company.

Sample timetable

Week 1

Day 9:00-10:00 10:00-12:00 12:00-13:00 13:00-15:00
Monday Design Construction Lunch Rehearsal
Tech
Tuesday Design Construction Lunch Rehearsal
Tech
Wednesday Design Construction Lunch Rehearsal
Tech
Thursday Design Construction Lunch Rehearsal
Tech
Friday Design Construction Lunch Rehearsal
Tech
Saturday Full day of trips and excursions e.g. local activity centers, shopping and local points of interest
Sunday Full day of trips and excursions e.g. local activity centers, shopping and local points of interest

Week 2

Day 9:00-10:00 10:00-12:00 12:00-13:00 13:00-15:00
Monday Design Construction Lunch Rehearsal
Tech
Tuesday Design Construction Lunch Rehearsal
Tech
Wednesday Design Construction Lunch Rehearsal
Tech
Thursday Design Construction Lunch Rehearsal
Tech
Friday Design Construction Lunch Rehearsal
Tech
Saturday Full day of trips and excursions e.g. local activity centers, shopping and local points of interest
Sunday Full day of trips and excursions e.g. local activity centers, shopping and local points of interest

Week 3

Day 9:00-12:00 12:00-13:00 13:00-15:00
Monday Construction Lunch Rehearsal
Tuesday Construction Lunch Rehearsal
Wednesday Tech Lunch Tech
Thursday Tech Lunch Tech
Friday Dress Rehersal Lunch Dress Rehearsal
Saturday Final Performance
Sunday Transfers and departures

This sample timetable is illustrative and is subject to change. We reserve the right to amend this schedule without prior notice. 

Nate Punches
Theater Director
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Nate Punches

Theater Director

MA, Theater Education, Emerson College

Nathaniel oversees the Drama program at CATS. He trains students how to effectively use their voices, bodies, and imaginations both on and off stage. This aids in the development of their inner voices and self confidence. Prior to joining the faculty at CATS academy, Nathaniel worked as a freelance teacher/technician/designer/director/actor in the greater Boston area. He served as the resident set designer for Stage 284 and directed programs for Boston Children's Theater. Before that, Nathaniel worked as the Technical Director for Actor's Shakespeare Project and The Barnstormer's Theater. Last year he filled in as the interim Theater Director for Brimmer and May School. Nathaniel received his Master's in Theater Education from Emerson College.