BREAK A LEG ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

SPECIAL FOR THE AJT

As August approaches, so do those back to school butterflies. We’ve all been there, trapped in our own cloud of uncertainty – who is my teacher going to be, will I make friends, do I have every supply I need? The list goes on and on as the anxiety continues to build. For some, these anxieties dissipate the moment they step into the classroom, but for others, the anxiety they feel can be attributed to low self-esteem and a lack of confidence, which can be difficult to overcome. You’ve purchased pencils, paper, backpacks, first-day-of-school outfits, but we have something that money can’t buy: the ability to give your child the confidence they need to conquer the classroom with courage and security.

My mother had to deal with two completely opposite characters – myself, the confident and outgoing child who never wanted to come home from school, and my younger sister, the one who had to be dragged into the classroom kicking and screaming because she was afraid to leave my mother’s side. For my sister, it was simply a lack of self-confidence. She was anxious of the unknown and struggled to find her voice in the classroom.

Curtains Up Inc. and The Atlanta School of the Performing Arts (formerly known as Applause…for Kids) is Atlanta’s most unique program because it caters to every child no matter their level of confidence. Using the performing arts as an outlet for children builds the child’s self-esteem in ways they would never imagine. Children are coached in such an intimate environment, and receive one-on-one training designed to make them feel like the superstars they are.

Students learn to stand center stage with a microphone and speak with poise, diction, projection, and above all confidence. I have witnessed students transform from shy and reserved children to bold and fearless performers. This year, Curtains Up will continue to offer the same award-winning programming in order to see your child shine and succeed in every aspect of his or her life by using the performing arts as his or her driving force.

We are offering a “Broadway Bootcamp” for students eager to become the ultimate triple threat. Students will be trained in vocal performance, dance technique, and monologue and scene work. We are also offering two full length Broadway musicals – “Annie” for our elementary schoolers and “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” for middle and high schoolers. Lastly, we are holding auditions for our “Stars at Sea” performance, which will be a Broadway review aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

There is no other programming quite as versatile as what Curtains Up has to offer, and we promise one-on-one coaching with your rising stars. Imagine the smile on your child’s face every week when they hear the sound of applause and cheers ringing in their ears. It’s a feeling that can’t be beat. So break a leg on the first week of school and we hope to see you in the fall.

Editor’s note: for more information www.curtainsupinc.org