Roanoke Children's Theatre Academy to Kick Off Next Weekend

Roanoke Children's Theatre Academy to Kick Off Next Weekend

Calling all aspiring actors and students who just want to have fun! The 10th Anniversary Season at Roanoke Children's Theatre kicks off on August 27, 2017 with the start of RCT Academy Classes for the Fall Semester.

All RCT Academy Classes are held at the Roanoke Children's Theatre Studio (located at the Scottish Rite Auditorium - 622 Campbell Ave SW).

Roanoke Children's Theatre offers classes for grades Pre-K thru 12th. RCT Theatre Academy seeks to show young people a world where imagination and creative expression thrive: the theatre in a safe environment! Academy classes are perfect for serious, aspiring performers as well as for students who just want to have fun.

For the 10th Anniversary Season, RCT is excited to be able to offer a full musical theatre experience; featuring classes focusing on acting, singing, dancing and playwriting. RCT welcomes two new faces to the Education Team: Brett Roden as Director of Education and Ian Felker as Education Coordinator/Resident Stage Manager. "I am thrilled that Brett and Ian are joining us as we kick off our 10th Anniversary," says RCT Artistic Director Pat Wilhelms. "They both bring so many talents to our theatre allowing us to offer Academy classes never offered before. Coming straight to RCT from the Tony Award-winning Barrington Stage Company, Brett brings a brand new set of skills to the RCT Academy. We can't wait to dig in to our 10th Anniversary Season and celebrate."

For the first time ever, RCT is offering an Academy Pack, which allows parents to sign their kids up for three full sessions of the RCT Academy at a discounted price. The Academy Pack discount is available until August 27! To register for Fall Classes at RCT, students may go online to roanokechildrenstheatre.org/academy.html. If parents or students have questions about which class is best for them, they may call the RCT office at 540.400.7795.

RCT FALL CLASS SCHEDULE:

Mommy Time and Me Time

For Grade: Pre-K

Thursdays 10:30-11:15AM

Fall: Falling Up! (Shel Silverstein)

Poetry comes to life through Shel Silverstein's silly and beloved tales in this class where student actors will study the core concepts of acting and musical theatre while gaining the confidence to grow as performers. Mothers are encouraged to stay close by the RCT studio for a meet-up with other other mothers from the class, while the class is in session.

Creative Drama

For Grades: K-2nd

Wednesdays 4:00PM-5:00PM

Fall: Where the Sidewalk Ends (Shel Silverstein)

Poetry comes to life through Shel Silverstein's silly and beloved tales in this class where student actors will study the core concepts of acting and musical theatre while gaining the confidence to grow as performers.

Elementary Ensemble

For Grades: 3rd-5th

Mondays 4:00PM-5:00PM

Fall: Wacky Wonderland

Whimsy awaits! Student actors will study the core concepts of acting and musical theatre while gaining the confidence to grow as a performer through their own dramatic telling of Alice in Wonderland.

Intermediate Ensemble

For Grades: 6th-10th

Tuesdays 4:15PM-5:45PM

Fall: Pop Star Monologues

What would Taylor, Ariana, or Justin have to say if they turned one of their songs into a monologue or a scene for the stage? Actors will have the opportunity to playwrite their favorite pop song into an original monologue.

Sunday Intensive

For Grades: 7th-12th

Sundays 3:00-5:00PM

Fall: Pop with a Musical Theatre Twist

Re-imagine your favorite pop song as part of a larger story or play! Students will select current pop songs to study and perform, and will work together to weave the songs into an original story and musical!

RCT EDUCATION STAFF:

Brett Roden, Director of Education, received his Bachelor of Arts at SUNY Potsdam & The Crane School of Music, through the (SIIM) Student Initiated Interdepartmental Major, with a degree in Musical Theatre Arts in Directing. From Central New York, Brett has served as music director, vocal coach and teaching artist for the Tony Award-winning Barrington Stage Company, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School, Bogardus Performing Arts Center, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Syracuse Children's Theatre, SUNY Potsdam's Creative Arts Camp and Manlius Pebble Hill Summer Stock. Brett also enjoys being a performer himself on the operatic and musical theatre stage.

Ian Felker, Education Coordinator and RCT Resident Stage Manager, is an alumni of the Pennsylvania State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English and a Minor in Theatre. While attending Penn State, Ian participated in dozens of productions with the Penn State Thespians, No Refund Theatre, and 440 Underground, doing everything from performing to directing to writing original shows. Ian was also a very active member of the Generoo Organization of Beaver Springs, PA where he directed shows and served as a Dramaturgy Intern.

Roanoke Children's Theatre: Professional Theatre for Young Audiences is an independently owned and operated 501(c)3 organization located in the Jefferson Center. RCT is dedicated to providing high quality theatre education and entertainment to families, schools and children with year-round programming; crafting new and exciting partnerships and programs that engage our youth in a world of communication, imagination, creativity, empowerment and learning.

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