UpBeat! Musical Theater Troupe

CFCArts’ UpBeat! Theatre Troupe is a performance group for teen and young adult exceptional learners. UpBeat! produces multiple performances each year, including both plays and musicals. UpBeat! is open to actors with a variety of exceptionalities, including (but not limited to) autism, Down syndrome, and ADHD.
Through the UpBeat! program, actors will have the opportunity to attend virtual small and full group rehearsals. Individual rehearsals (one-on-one) will also be available upon request. Currently, all rehearsals and performances happen from the comfort and safety of home through the use of video communication technology and video editing and production.

Spring 2021 Production – Beauty & the Beast

People with varying abilities share their talents through acting, dance, and song in a virtually filmed production. This season, we will perform the classic story of Beauty & the Beast. Join us for this unique virtual theater offering in partnership with the Down Syndrome Association! New students are always welcome and do not need to be located in Central Florida. Currently, we have students involved from three states! All new students will be invited to attend a brief one on one meeting with the director to access communication style, preferences, and best placement. All scripts are written in house and are tailored to the students who register.

  • Virtual Rehearsals: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm. (Schedule based on role and performer availability)
  • Virtual Platform: Zoom
  • Rehearsal Time Frame: March 4th – May 13th Thursdays (off for Spring Break)
  • Filming Time Frame: Students will be filmed individually by appointment via Zoom May 14th  – May 27th.
  • Premiere: Beauty & the Beast! will premiere via Zoom party and immediately launch on YouTube on June 18th 
  • Tuition: $125 for Season (registration closes on February 18th) 
Registration is currently open for the Spring 2021 UpBeat! production, Beauty & the Beast! Please register by Thursday, February 18 to participate.

To register, email school@cfcarts.com.
  • Returning performers will be automatically registered!
  • New performers will be contacted to schedule a brief video interview with a CFCArts staff member, so that we can get to know you! If the performer lives with a parent or guardian, both the performer and a parent or guardian should be present. If the performer lives independently, a parent or guardian does not need to be present.
Tuition for the UpBeat! program is $125 per production.
  • To pay by credit card, please click here to use PayPal.
  • To pay by check, please make checks out to CFCArts and mail to CFCArts, PO Box 720517, Orlando, FL 32872. Please put UpBeat! in the memo line, and email school@cfcarts.com upon mailing.
  • To use a Gardiner Scholarship, please email Leah@cfcarts.com with your student’s ID number. Please note if your Gardiner Scholarship is through AAA or Step Up for Students (SUFS.)
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Spring 2021 Production – Beauty & the Beast

  • December 18-February 18 – Registration open
  • March 4-May 15 – Rehearsals
  • May 14-May 27 – Filming
  • June 18 – Cast Zoom party and show release (exact time TBD)

Not quite ready to join but have some questions about the program or how to get involved? Just ask! Contact our office at 407-937-1800 x 703, or email us at school@cfcarts.com.