Future stars bring Broadway to Grand Lake
July 18, 2008
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s 2008 Youth Theatre programs begin this Saturday as 38 Grand County stars, ages 8 to 10, take the Grand Lake stage with a Broadway-style showcase for all ages.
The Youth Theatre Workshop, the first of three youth theatre programs with the company, will be a varied performance highlighting two weeks of training by RMRT performers. The workshop is geared toward introducing and practicing the basics of theatre performance and is designed to offer age-appropriate vocal, acting and dance coaching.
On registration day in April the program was already filled by the afternoon, RMRT Program Administrator Sally Scott said. “There are so many new faces this year; it really shows that the program is growing.”
Lead by Scott, who is now in her second year as administrator, the Youth Theatre Workshop is also staffed by members of the 2008 Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre Company. Famed RMRT star Mary Nye returns to Grand Lake for the sixth year as Youth Theatre staff and her third year as director of the YTW. Additional staff includes Sarah Anderson – assistant director, Elizabeth Lanza – musical director and accompanist, Beth Kuhn – choreographer, and Jess Buttery – Youth Theatre staff.
Participants in this weekend’s Youth Theatre Program are Kyra Abel, Sebastian Boch, Alissa Brown, Austin Brown, Cody Brown, Skyler Carey, Nellie Clancy, Amanda Debevec, Mackenzie DePlata, Lexie Dill, Amanda Durbin, Madelynn Eichler, Torryn Elliot, Makenna Green, Quentin Heuvel, Shayna Hickox, Belle Hoffmann, Jack Kauber, Samantha Kigin, Ryan Lane, Cassie Leman, Hannah Lehman, Grace Little, Theo Loo, Isaac Matson, James Matson, Cassidy Mays, Kylie McBride, Genevieve Newcomer, Robin Peterson, Savanah Robbins, Sydney Tarr, Annie Thompson, Max Thorpe and Anna Zielinski.
Broadway song, dance, lights and music fill this first workshop and have sparked an interest in the arts for a lifetime for the young talents. The 38 young performers are gearing up to dazzle audiences on Saturday and Sunday with selections from well known Broadway classics such as “Oliver,” “Les Miserables,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Grease.” After honing their talents with the RMRT professionals, the youth will act, tell jokes, sing and dance their way into your heart.
Also, look for them and members of the Youth Theatre Production as they march in this year’s Buffalo BBQ parade on Sunday. To see a little of the bright future ahead of these guys, there’s also quite a few veterans of the youth theatre programs in this season’s regular productions of “Oklahoma!” and “Big! The Musical” showing through the summer.
Official sponsors of the Youth Theatre productions 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.
Other upcoming shows featuring Grand County youth include “Hound Dog Marty’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party,” written by RMRT’s award-winning costume designer Jesus Perez for the Youth Theatre Production performances Aug. 2 and 3; and cabaret-style performances with the Teen Theatre Academy Aug. 9 and 10.