Mrs. Jean Stoep
Although Mrs. Stoep left us too soon, she remains an inspiration for us all. We will always keep her in our minds and in our hearts as we continue her vision of Curtain Call.
Co-Founder & Program Director
Lyons Community Players, retired Lyons Vocal Music and Band Director.
Mission and History
Curtain Call is a summer theater program designed to give students the creative space to explore and develop artistic skills. Each student is challenged by a program schedule specifically designed to develop maximum individual growth. The small group format provides flexibility in skill, and artistic instruction from experienced teachers and guest artists.
Founded in 1992 by Jean Stoep and Mark Wlodarczyk, Curtain Call has grown over the years to becoming a staple in many students' summers. From making long-term friendships to gaining life long skills and confidence, Curtain Call has built self-esteem, teamwork, and success for students and staff alike.
Curtain Call strengthens musical theater potential in both participating students and their school districts. Additionally, the benefits of enhanced leadership and performance skills have been realized each time a Curtain Call student has participated in a school, church, or community activity.
1. "the best part of your summer"
Curtain Call is a program that runs for four weeks in July that focuses on four main musical theater components:
Voice, Dance, Drama, and "Stageography"
Students will go to each "class" each day and learn the basics around each component and the key role each plays in putting together a successful show.
As the program progresses, each age group will begin learning an "act" per class - Voice learns songs, Dance learns dance numbers, Drama creates skits.
Stageography takes the opportunity to show students the "behind the scenes" of a show. In "Stage" students will learn about the light and sound board, as well as getting to showcase their craftier side by making props for the show.
Nearing the end of the program all of the acts come together to create a performance. Students learn what it takes to go through full run-throughs of the show without an audience to prepare for the two shows that bring Curtain Call to a wrap each summer.
Students leave the program with new friends, an awesome Curtain Call t-shirt, newly discovered skills, and life-long memories.