Grand Lake: Youth summer theater registrations begins April 15 |

Grand Lake: Youth summer theater registrations begins April 15

Registration for Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s three 2009 youth summer programs is taking place April 15 to 17. The workshops fill up fast and those interested are encouraged to make note. Those who register for any of the three theater studies are also invited to march in Grand Lake’s traditional Buffalo Barbecue Parade July 19.

RMRT alums (who tied the matrimonial knot at the local theater) Clare Arena- and Scott Haden will be organizing this year’s programs. With them at the helm, “We couldn’t be happier,” said Sally Scott, company manager and youth theater administrator. “They always inspire me artistically and I can’t even begin to imagine the inspirations and role models they will be for our youth.”

Youths ages 14 to 18 may sign up for this year’s Teen Theatre Academy Wednesday, April 15. Practices are scheduled July 20 to 24, July 28 to July 31, and Aug. 3 to 7, with the program to round out with three cabaret-style performances Aug. 8 and 9. Cost is $250.

TTA participants will learn about the craft of theater, music and dance. Skills covered by RMRT professionals include the art of the monologue, scene study, audition technique, stage combat, dance, and vocal study. Curriculum also will aid in preparation for theater study in high school and college.

Young thespians ages 8 to 10 are invited to participate in the Youth Theatre Workshop, with registrations being taken Thursday, April 16. Schedule includes practices July 7-10 and July 13-17, and ends with three performances featuring Broadway song and dance July 18 and 19. Cost is $200.

The two-week YTW introduces participants to the basic elements of theatre performance and highlights Broadway song, dance, lights and music. The program is designed to offer age-appropriate vocal, acting and dance coaching.

To sign up for the Youth Theatre Production, interested parties ages 11-13 should mark their calendars for registration Friday, April 17. Skill development takes place July 13-17, July 20-24, July 28-31, with a final performance scheduled Aug. 1 and 2. Cost is $225.

YTP topics to be covered include audition technique, stage blocking and performance. The program is devoted to producing a full-length theatrical show, with this year’s production is “To Be or Not to Be … a Pirate?”

The play is a “musical romp,” with book by Pat Lydersen and music and lyrics by Wendy Woolf. It tells the tale of a theater troupe (set to put on their own pirate production) that is kidnapped by real-life pirates.

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Inquiries may be made by phone or in person at the new RMRT office, next to the bowling alley in Grand Lake. Practices are held at the Grand Lake Community House and at Grand Lake Elementary School. Payment is due on the day of registration with some financial aid available for those who qualify.

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