The Paramount Theater is excited to bring Compass Creative Dramatics this summer for TWO week-long residencies!


Compass Creative Dramatics (CCD) is a Chicago based touring company that partners with community organizations to offer creative, engaging theater programming designed to provide arts enrichment and cultivate personal growth and character.

CCD’s one week residency provides an opportunity for students in grades 1-12 to work alongside two professional artists in mounting a full musical production on The Paramount’s stage!  The residency begins with an audition, followed by a week of rehearsals and theater workshops, and culminates with an original 60-minute musical adaptation of a classic children’s story.  CCD provides all the elements of the production – professionally designed and produced music, costumes, props, sets, and make-up – all to make this an unforgettable experience for everyone! The residency is designed to purposefully and intrinsically instill skills of character such as trustworthiness, respect, and responsibility while participants stretch their muscles of creativity and bravery through the art of theater. No acting experience necessary – just come ready to be silly and have fun! Two stage managers are also cast to help with rehearsals and take on important back stage responsibilities.

CCD encourages students to take creative risks and trust without self-judgment, stretching their creativity and bravery “muscles” as they develop social skills like teamworkrespect, and empathy through their exploration of theatre.

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Residency Week – Monday, June 12 – Saturday, June 17, 2017
Ages: Rising 1st grade – 18 years
Auditions: First day of camp!
Time: 9AM – 3PM, Monday-Friday
Cost: $185.00*
Shows: Saturday, June 17, 11AM & 2PM

ABOUT THE SHOW:  After a terrible twister roars across the dusty fields of her beloved Kansas, accidental traveler Dorothy Gale finds herself immersed in an unlikely tangle of friends and foes on her way to meet the mysterious Wizard in the Emerald City. As Dorothy and her ever-growing roster of travel companions follow the Yellow Brick Road, she discovers that sometimes it’s not about the journey itself, but the friends you make along the way.



Residency Week – Monday, June 26 – Saturday, July 1, 2017
Ages: Rising 1st grade – 18 years
Auditions: First day of camp!
Time: 9AM – 3PM, Monday-Friday
Cost: $185.00*
Shows: Saturday, July 1, 11AM & 2PM
ABOUT THE SHOW: In 1926, as the reign of vaudeville comes to an end, The Jumping Jacks (the once-famous song-and-dance act) tour a shabby state fair circuit. Broke and hungry, they dream of a better life for their only family, the dancing cows that made them famous. When a mysterious stranger offers the cows a good home, the Jumping Jacks hold back their tears ​and reluctantly say good-bye. But is the deal everything it appears to be? Faced with naysaying neighbors, scheming lackeys, ferocious fashionistas, and the biggest beanstalk they’ve ever seen, the Jumping Jacks fight their way through the land above the clouds to reunite their family once and for all.


Please print out and complete the REGISTRATION FORM (one form per child), and choose ONE of the following delivery methods below. Phone and fax reservations are NOT accepted.

  • MAIL to The Paramount Theater: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • HAND-DELIVER to The Paramount Theater Box Office
  • SCAN and EMAIL to

*Summer Theater Residency Package Includes:

  • Week-long Theater Residency culminating in two public performances on The Paramount’s stage!
  • 5 full days of rehearsals and theater enrichment workshops
  • 2 Free Show tickets to be used at either show time
  • Compass Creative Dramatics show T-shirt

More Information: Please direct all Summer Theater Residency related questions to Cathy von Storch, Education Coordinator at 434.293.1000 or