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James Rouse

Columbia theatrical history behind 'Addams' production

Columbia theatrical history behind 'Addams' production

"Through the arts, children learn … and become better people," said longtime theater director Toby Orenstein at a recent rehearsal of her Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (CCTA) Summer Teen Professional Camp. She spoke during the breaks of "The Addams Family — A New Musical Comedy" at Glenelg High School through the weekend. "They learn compassion, how to give and take, how to trust themselves. That's what we're all about here at the Center." CCTA began in 1970 as the Columbia School of Theatrical Arts with 15 students and grew to 100 by the second year. Words of praise for her work got back to James Rouse just as the fledgling...