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Drama Kids

They’re not Drama Queens, they’re Drama Kids!
A musical theatre experience designed to prepare tweens for an amazing experience onstage!

Ages 8-12; $275
Directed by Joni Gage
June 22 – 26, 2020, 9am-3pm
Community Music School in Centerbrook
Performance on June 26


For a truly unique experience, Director Joni Gage is offering a new musical theatre program just for ages eight to twelve. The final performance will be a selection of songs and scenes from School of Rock to take the students’ singing and acting skills to the next level. This is a great option for those in-between ages looking to move out of programs geared for younger children and into more robust theatrical productions. This program is intentionally offered early in the summer prior to our Broadway Bound programs for students looking to give their acting and singing skills a boost before they join the big kids!

In addition to their work on School of Rock, students will learn important musical theatre skills to take with them in their future theatrical pursuits. This program will include workshops on audition skills, preparation tips, and so much more. Each student will complete the program with a fully prepared audition piece and all the skills to nail their next audition!

Given the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in CT,  “Drama Kids” and the production of “School of Rock” (directed by Joni Gage) has been re-scheduled to the fall.   Rehearsals are currently planned to begin in late Sept (once per week after school for an hour), with a performance in late November.  Any registration questions can be directed to CMS Program Coordinator Elizabeth Carl at or (860) 767-0026.  

Faculty for this Program

Joni Gage

Joni Gage joined CMS faculty in 2002 as a voice and piano instructor, as well as a choral and theater director. Joni holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Florida Atlantic University. She is a member of Music Educator’s National Conference and ACDA. Joni is a soprano in the Con Brio Choral Society and also serves as an adjudicator for Shoreline Arts Alliance Vocal Scholarship Competition. Joni is the Musical Director for several theatre companies including Oddfellows Playhouse, Old Saybrook Summer Stock, Middlesex Academy of the Performing Arts, and Missoula Children’s Theatre through The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. She also directs CMS Broadway Bound West theatre program, staging numerous musicals for young actors. Joni grew up in Hadlyme, CT. Joni teaches Tuesday – Thursday at our Centerbrook location, or via Zoom.