Columbia Children’s Theatre (CCT), the Midlands’ only professional theatre for families and young audiences has announced a new slate of workshops featuring New York-based actors DB Bonds and Sam LaFrage.

The newest addition to the Special Skills Workshop Series, The Singing Audition, features Camden native and Broadway actor, director and producer, DB Bonds (best known for their work in Kinky Boots, the touring production of Legally Blonde) and will teach high school juniors and seniors the fundamentals of preparing for musical theatre auditions. Students will prepare a song that can be used at a future audition, discuss the key elements of a successful audition, and learn how to better connect emotionally to song through the application of real-life actor experience.

Ages 13-18 may attend The Singing Audition, which takes place at Columbia Children’s Theatre November 21, from 9 am to 1 pm.

Also joining the line-up is Commedia dell’Arte, taught by NYC playwright and Artistic Director of the Ragtag Theatre, Sam LaFrage. Commedia dell’Arte, or “the skill of comedy”, is an early style of Italian street theatre that incorporates large, funny characters, improvisation and direct audience participation all in one. With influences seen everywhere, from Shakespeare to Spongebob Squarepants, Commedia dell’Arte will round out the comedic performance of any young actor.

Commedia dell’Arte is designed for students aged 12-18, and will take place at Columbia Children’s Theatre December 5, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

More information regarding dates, times and costs can be found at https://www.

All in-person classes will be limited to fifty percent of capacity and adhere to our stringent COVID-19 policies including temperature checks, face masks and social distancing.

Columbia Children’s Theatre is a professional resident not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing live theatre experiences for families and young audiences, and is supported in part by the City of Forest Acres and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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