Kidz Konnection is a youth-based theater company located along the shoreline of Connecticut, in the quaint town of Clinton that provides classes in improvisation, musical theater, television news reporting, acting and production. Kidz Konnection has produced nine major theater productions to sell-out crowds, and more than 20 intimate productions attracting up to 300 audience members each. In addition, Kidz Konnection has offered weekly classes designed to develop the young actor in public speaking, character development and esteem-building. Kidz Konnection has proudly performed for six years in a row at the annual BlueFish Festival, provided a weekly news program available on the local cable access channel serving the Clinton/Killingworth, CT. areas and since 2011 offered an educational Shakespeare series in collaboration with the Henry Carter Hull Library and the Clinton Historical Society. Kidz Konnection maintains it’s intent to encourage youth to pick up the classics through the performance of such work and as audience members to it’s work.
Kidz Konnection Classes and Rehearsals take place in the Kidz Konnection Studio which can be found in the basement of the Chips Pub Plaza, Main Street, Clinton, as part of the Clinton Art Space. To contact Kidz Konnection call Laura Attanasio at 860-227-2363 or email her at email@example.com .
Current Fall Production Rehearsal Schedule
The Snow Queen - Currently in the midst of the rehearsal process.
COST: $200.00 plus a $20.00 costume fee
The Mousetrap - Ages 13 and up – Auditions TBD
Fall Session Classes
For the Eager Learner (Ages 5-9)
The Beginner Acting Class (Ages 5-9) is great for 5 – 9 year-olds who want to explore and expand their acting and memorization ability. In this class, the kids will work on a few small scenes that they can memorize, block, and discover their ability to work with props and set that will then be incorporated into the fall show, The Snow Queen. Aside from appearing briefly in the fall show, these kids will also play fun drama games that build confidence and character development.
The Kidz Krew (Beginner Improvisation) Class (Ages 5-9) is for 5 – 9 year-olds who want the chance to expand their imagination with lots of drama games geared towards telling original stories and coming up with imaginary worlds. These kids will work with each other to create their own scenes and skits and explore the depths of their own imagination.
Kids itching to be under the lights are also encouraged to audition for the fall show, The Snow Queen. See the recent blog post – The Snow Queen – for more information.
For the Motivated Middle-Schooler (Ages 10 – 14)
The Triple Threat (Ages 10 – 14) is a class geared towards those pre-teens and tweens who want to master it all! Singing, dancing, and acting will all be highlighted in this session where 10 – 14 year-olds can discover hidden talents and strengthen their previously learned skills.
Saturday Night Live (Kidz Edition!) (Ages 10 – 14) is a class perfect for budding comedians and kids who long to use their creativity in a more productive way. This class will encourage 10 – 14 year-olds to master the art of improvisation. In this class kids will play tons of improv games (similar to those on Saturday Night Live) to learn how to think quick on their feet and create coherent, and often very funny, scenes.
Kids ages 10 – 14 are also encouraged to audition for the fall show, The Snow Queen. For more information see the recent blog post – The Snow Queen.
For Advanced Actors (Ages 12+)
Straight to Broadway (Ages 12+) is a class for teenagers who want the opportunity to learn completely choreographed dances from popular broadway musicals such as Buenos Aires, Wicked, High School Musical, Chorus Line and more! In this class young teenagers will explore fresh new moves as seen on Broadway that will expand a dancers repertoire and prepare them for future musical auditions. No previous dance experience is necessary.
Saturday Night Live (Kidz Edition!) (Ages 12+) is a class perfect for budding comedians and kids who long to use their creativity in a more productive way. This class will encourage teens to master the art of improvisation. In this class kids will play tons of improv games (similar to those on Saturday Night Live) to learn how to think quick on their feet and create coherent, and often very funny, scenes.
Acting 1 (Ages 12+) is a class designed to improve a performers ability to audition successfully and train the budding actor in strong character-development skills. This class focuses on monologues and will inspire actors to move up to a more professional level and enhance their overall stage presence.
Script Writing (Ages 12+) is a class that focuses on playwriting for teens. In this class students will meet weekly in a small discussion group and present their work, then critique one another and discuss how to improve their characters, plot details, and overall writing voice.
The Shoreline Actors Collective (SAC) (Ages 12+) in the Kidz Konnection Studio has become the place to be all year round. Actors, ages 13 and up, come together on a flexible rehearsal schedule determined by the troupe, usually in the evening, to make new friends, see old ones, and put on some serious literature. This weekend the troupe will appear in various spots along route 1 telling historical stories about many interesting figures that used to live right here in Clinton!
Advanced actors are also encouraged to audition for the fall show, the Snow Queen. For more information see the recent blog post – The Snow Queen.
Ages 13 and up are also eligible for auditioning for The Mousetrap. Audition date TBD.
A Peek Into the Future
The spring production this year will be The Wizard of Oz! This production is open to ages 5 and up and an audition slot can be scheduled by contacting Laura Attanasio.
Next summer get ready for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing performed, as always, by the SACtors in the gardens of Clinton’s Historic Society, The Old Brick!