The Downtown Cabaret Theatre Presents DCT Jr. Summer Program 2016

DCT_jr (1)Contact: Ashley Volkens

Phone: 203-576-1634 x110




February 26, 2016

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre Presents

DCT Jr. Summer Program 2016

Bridgeport’s award winning Downtown Cabaret Theatre (DCT) is accepting registrations for DCT Jr., now in its second year. “A comprehensive, immersive musical theatre education program for young actors” says Eli Newsom, the Artistic Director of DCT Jr., “The entire staff of DCT Jr. is comprised of Downtown Cabaret Theatre professionals.”

Christy Newsom, Co-Director of DCT Jr. and who will direct DCT’s Children’s Theatre production of PRINCESS AND THE PEA says, “Unlike other summer programs, we split our program into two age groups. This allows the younger actors a chance to shine in larger roles. It also keeps those more mature actors focused on more challenging material.”

“PRINCESS AND THE PEA” (Entering grades 1-6 in Fall 2016)

Program runs July 5-July 24

“BYE BYE BIRDIE” (Entering grades 6-12 in Fall 2016)

Program runs June 27-July 31

Both sessions will step through the phases of creating a musical, starting with the initial audition and followed by a multi-week rehearsal process.  The programs will culminate in two exciting weekends of performances where family and friends can enjoy the students’ hard work as it comes together live on the Cabaret Stage. No previous experience required.

John Stegmaier, Cabaret Children’s Theatre actor, will be Co-Directing alongside Christy McIntosh-Newsom, “My education in theatre was a guiding light for me when I was young, and now that I’m grown up I hope to be a guiding light for others.”

For more information visit or contact Christy McIntosh-Newsom at


PRINCESS AND THE PEA is an original show written by Phill Hill, premiering this Spring with the Downtown Cabaret professional Children’s Company.  Christy McIntosh-Newsom, and star Lance Anthony, will be directing and choreographing the show for DCT Jr.

BYE BYE BIRDIE is a beloved classic: “Conrad Birdie is the biggest rock & roll star of the 60’s ever to be drafted. Aspiring chemist and songwriter Albert is convinced he can make his fortune and marry his girlfriend Rosie if he gets Conrad on the Ed Sullivan show to kiss a high school girl goodbye.”


  • PRINCESS AND THE PEA, grades 1-6: $750 plus a $150 fundraising obligation.
  • BYE BYE BIRDIE, grades 6-12: $950 plus a $150 fundraising obligation.


  • PRINCESS AND THE PEA: Friday, July 22 at 7:30pm, Saturday, July 23 at 4pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday, July 24 at 2pm.
  • BYE BYE BIRDIE: Friday, July 29 at 7:30pm, Saturday, July 30 at 4pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday, July 31 at 2pm.

Notes to Editors:

If you would like more information about DTC Jr. or to schedule an interview with DCT Executive Director Hugh Hallinan, please contact Ashley Volkens, 203-576-1634 x110, or