Performers from Curtain Call Performing Arts Center win awards at iTheatrics Festival

The event took place from Friday, Jan. 13 through Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

Performers from Mt. Laurel’s Curtain Call’s Page to Stage Players and Curtain Call’s Spotlight Performers recently won national awards and recognition at the 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta, which took place from Friday, Jan. 13 through Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

Curtain Call’s Page to Stage Players won a Freddie G Group Award for Excellence in Acting.

Curtain Call’s Spotlight Performers student Emma Diner won the Freddie G Award for Excellent Individual Performance by a Female, while Phil Pagano won the Freddie G Broadway Junior Slam Award. The Broadway Junior Slam is a theatrical challenge in which students who don’t know each other must stage and perform a song from a musical in an hour.

Curtain Call Performing Arts Center’s Spotlight Performers’s Connor Zeidman, Carleigh Elizbaeth Moos, Audrey Floyd, Alexander James Love and Alyssa Miles, and Curtain Call’s Page to Stage Player Emma Hong, were six of 142 students who made it to the call-back for future Broadway Junior shoots for “how-to” choreography videos for soon-to-be released Broadway Junior musicals.

The shoots will be taped in New York City this summer. The Broadway Junior scouts were on the lookout for outstanding students, out of 5,800 students at the festival, 500 were invited to audition for iTheatrics resident choreographer, Steven G. Kennedy. The final cast will be determined later this year, and these videos will be used in tens of thousands of schools across the country and internationally.

The 17 students representing Curtain Call’s Page to Stage Players, from ages 7 to 12, presented selections from Disney’s The Lion King KIDS for producing Artistic Director at Adventure Theatre MTC Michael Bobbit and Megan Alrutz, the associate professor of drama and theater for youth and communities and head of drama at the University of Texas at Austin.

The 26 students representing Curtain Call Performing Arts Center’s Spotlight Performers, from ages 10 to 16, presented selections from Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” for performer and vocal coach Amanda Flynn (first national tour of Susan Stroman and Trevor Nunn’s Oklahoma) and for Jeff Calhoun (Bonnie & Clyde, Newsies), an American director, choreographer, producer and dancer. He is also the owner of the Amanda Flynn Voice Studio.

Produced by the Junior Theater Group in partnership with iTheatrics, a leading educational theater company that creates innovative experiences and products for the public and private sector, the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta is the world’s largest festival celebrating young people and the transformative power of musical theater.