This is an amazing place. They bring out the beautiful abilities of children and adults with challenges!!!!! Thanks for all
The Columbia School For Theatrical Arts is an outstanding exemplary organization that serves to promote the arts as an all-encompassing benefit to individuals and communities. It serves a wide range of students, including those with a range of disabilities, and provides growth for self concept and self esteem and talent development for young people. It reaches out by its performances and services to many communities!
Absolutely love CCTA! The programs they have challenge you to do more but in a positive constructive manner. I love everything about them!
CCTA is such a wonderful, inclusive, supportive organization. They are just as wonderful with the future broadway stars as they are with the physically and mentally disabled kids and teens. Even those unable to speak, unable to move person who inside is just as talented and creative - CCTA gives them the same opportunity to perform and receive the applause they deserve. The kids learn about theater, but the staff also teaches by example that caring for each other and respecting and celebrating differences is more important than individual success. As the mother of a special needs child, I've had the pleasure of seeing them literally open my son's world to be able to experience a mixed troupe of teens and to feel accepted and (this is not an exaggeration) cherished. There is no other organization like CCTA.
My daughter was looking for an outlet for her creative talents and we found that and more with CCTA. She has the opportunity to learn and grow in theatre and music as well as make friends and aquire lifelong skills. The group has amazing teachers and great support.
My daughter Destiny ha had a marvelous opportunity extended to her through the vehicle of this Non-Profit. As a child who loves theatre , it has been a blessing to have a quality camp that teaches her the fundamentals of acting and singing, free of charge! Their outreach program that is extended to the children of Baltimore City is a godsend and my daughter has many happy memories resulting from this organization, including but not limited to performing at Toby's Dinner Theatre...twice! This is definitely a worthwhile Non-Profit that serves definite need.
Both of my kids enjoyed their summer camps for years. They had fun, learned new skills, developed friendships, and felt supported and encouraged by the staff. We have had positive experiences with CCTA.
Our daughter participated in the CCTA summer camp programs for approximately 7 years. We couldn't plan our summer vacation until we received the camp schedule - CCTA camp was a must! She enjoyed acting, singing, dancing and meeting up with old friends year after year. For 10 years, she was also an avid dancer with a private studio. She's now in her sophomore year at college studying deaf communications to become an interpreter for the deaf. I wholeheartedly believe that her love for drama and dance, along with the guidence provided by the CCTA staff, have given her the stage presence and confidence to stand up in front of large groups of people to excel in her love of sign language and the deaf community.
My three children have all participated in CCTA programs and they have all been wonderful - exceeding anything else of similar type that we have tried. I have also had the opportunity to help out behind the scenes on a few of their outreach programs and cannot find the words to say just how great they were!
I can't say enough good things about CCTA programs. Both of my daughters have participated in summer camps and spring break camp, and have enjoyed it very much. The professionals running the camps are engaging for the kids and the productions are great. We have also attended the teen professional productions and have been very impressed. We will continue to participate in CCTA programs!!
I was in last year's production of Hairspray! I had a great time! Not that I didn't think we could pull the show off in seven days, but I was amazed at how well everyone performed. Even though they pushed us hard during the days of rehearsal leading up to the shows, we had so much fun together! I made a lot of friends that I still talk to. I'm part of my school's drama company, and it was really great working with new directors. This was a wonderful experience. There's only one thing I would change. I live in Northern Maryland so the drive down every morning to Comlumbia was a long way for my dad to drive me. He was happy to do it because doing Hairspray was my dream show. If the camp was held in two locations or moved to another location, one closer to the Toby's in Baltimore, I think I'd be more apt to do more things with the CCTA and I could probably get more of my friends to also participate. I would totally recommend to anyone to do one of these shows! They are wonderful!
Our two children have participated in CCTA's Performing Arts Summer Camp for the past 3 years and we keep coming back because it is the best summer camp program around (in an area with many camp options, that says a lot!). The program is fun, well structured, safe, and the show they perform at the end of the session is always impressive. They give each child an opportunity to enjoy the spotlight and teach them so much about performing and working together to create something wonderful. The counselors are warm and enthusiastic. Our kids are 3 years apart and have different interests and personalities but both enjoy the camp equally.