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Let your child take Center Stage with Stone's Throw Theatre Company
All the world's a stage, and we want to give your child a chance to take front and center! Acting is the core of our program. Our experienced teachers will lead them through exercises in improvisation, character building, storytelling, scene study, and more. Each child will be encouraged to unleash their creativity and sharpen their skills while preparing for a performance for family and friends.
Whether your child is a nervous beginner or has been belting out tunes since birth, Center Stage's group singing classes will build their confidence and allow them to shine. All students are given the opportunies for solos, but those that don't feel ready are never pushed. The focus is on ensemble singing and group dynamics, using songs from Broadway musicals and current pop favorites.
All classes will start with a dance warmup, and it doesn't matter if your child is an experienced dancer or has two left feet. We'll get the kids moving in rhythm and explore basic musical theater jazz technique through the use of classic dance numbers (and maybe even some Baby Shark just for fun!) while they have fun in a zero pressure environment.
About The Director
Center Stage was founded by Natalie Arneson, a recent New York City transplant to Putnam Valley. For seven years, Natalie ran Spotlight Performing Arts School in Manhattan. An average of 60 children would come each week for acting, singing and dance classes. While the majority of students were there for fun, a handful were serious students who went on to attend performing arts high schools such as LaGuardia, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and Bronx Charter School of the Arts. Others found success on Broadway (one of our boys was Young Simba in The Lion King!) off-Broadway, and in national commercials and print ads.
In her native Houston, she directed and choreographed children’s shows at HITS Theater and taught classes and summer camps for Main Street Theater. She also taught ballet, tap and jazz while working as an actor in Houston’s professional theaters and voicing anime characters at AD Vision Studios. As a college student in England, she taught dance, drama and singing lessons for children ages 4-14 at several Stagecoach locations.
As a performer, Natalie is the recipient of the 2016 MAC Award for Best Female Debut for her show “Mama Drama.” Still a working singer and actor, Natalie regular performs in NYC and locally in addition to her work at Croton Academy of Arts and James I O’Neill High School. She received a BA in Musical Theater from the Guildford School of Acting in England.