Grand Lake: Teen cabaret concludes record-breaking year
August 8, 2008
The third and final program for Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s highly successful 2008 Youth Programs runs this weekend with the Teen Theatre Academy taking the stage to put on a cabaret-style performance. The show will include selections from well-known Broadway classics such as “Pippin,” “Damn Yankees,” “Carousel” and “Grease.”
Just over 20 Grand County teens, ages 14 to 18, have been involved in the intensive three-week program focusing on the craft of theatre, music and dance. The program is designed to prepare each participant for high school and college theatre study and includes training in the areas of monologues, scene study, audition technique, stage combat, dance, and vocal study.
“Since the inception of RMRT’s Youth Theatre Program in 1998, 26 program participants have gone on to study the performing arts at the university level,” said Sally Scott, RMRT program administrator. “This program prepares them for that next step.”
Stars in the 2008 Teen Theatre Academy include: Rachel Bell, Lauren Burton, Hannah Davidson, Hailey Gruber, Savannah Hickox, Jennifer Kerber, Stephanie Liechti, Jordan Lenhard, Josh Leman, Audra Lorton, Suzannah Mikol, Rory Mulligan, Ashley North, Sheila Orr, Tyler Orr, Julian Paez, Wendy Ready, Alannah Rempel, Bailey Roberts, Melissa Wilcinski and Kaitlyn Williams.
Lead by Scott, now in her second year as administrator, the Teen Theatre Academy is staffed by members of the 2008 Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre Company. Mary Nye returns to Grand Lake for her sixth year as Youth Theatre staff and her first year as director of the TTA. Additional staff includes, Josh Kellman, assistant director; Luke Gullickson, musical and vocal director; Clark Ausloos, choreographer; and Jess Buttery, Youth Theatre staff.
Director Nye says it has been a pleasure to work with the talented young adults. “Everyday they arrive wanting to work hard and learn the craft. Audiences will be blown away with what they’ve learned and the amount of talent each of them own.”
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According to RMRT both Sunday performances of the Youth Theatre Production’s show “Hound Dog Marty’s Rock and Roll Party” last weekend sold-out.
“We actually had to turn people away,” Scott said.
Official sponsors of this year’s RMRT youth theatre programs include: Avalanche Car Rentals, The Denver Foundation, The Grand Foundation, Java Lava Cafe, Lions Club of Fraser Valley, Mountain Lake Properties, Rustic Elegance Design, Jeanne and David Kafer, and Judy and Ken Jensen.