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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.

Registration for Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre youth workshops starts April 13

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s 2011 Youth Theatre Workshop Program registration dates are quickly approaching. Last year, RMRT offered 100 Grand County youth a unique educational, cultural and positive life experience through participation in a theatre education and training workshop. RMRT will again offer three workshops throughout the summer in our brand new theatre. RMRT is also excited to welcome Chicago actors and teachers Joel Ewing and Laura Bess Ewing as workshop directors accompanied by members of RMRT’s 2011 acting company as additional instructors. Registration for the RMRT Teen Theatre Academy (TTA) will take place April 13. The TTA is an intensive three-week program focusing on the craft of theatre, music and dance. This program will also focus on preparation for high school and college theatre study and creative writing. Offered to ages 13-18, the workshop begins on July 19 and culminates in three cabaret-style performances with original material on Aug. 6-7. Registration fee for this workshop is $250. On April 14, registration will open for the Youth Theatre Workshop (YTW), offered to 7-9 year-olds. This two-week workshop is geared toward introducing and practicing the basics of theatre performance. Beginning July 5, participants will learn Broadway song and dance numbers and perform three shows on July 16 and 17. Registration fee for this workshop is $200. April 15 will offer registration for the Youth Theatre Production (YTP), the three-week workshop offered to 10-12 year-olds. This program, beginning on July 11, is devoted to producing the full-length theatrical production of The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White!. This fresh and fun retelling of a classic fairy tale will be performed during three shows on July 30-31. Registration fee for this workshop is $225. Registration for each workshop is offered on a first-come-first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. each day. Participants can either register in person at the RMRT administrative office, 404 Vine Street, Grand Lake, or by phone at (970) 627-5087 or (970) 627-8173. For more information, visit RMRT’s website, http://www.rockymountainrep.com.

Youth, teen programs flourish at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre

This summer Joel and Laura Bess Ewing, together with 1-year-old Gus, swapped Chicago city life for the tranquil shores of Grand Lake where they will be teaching Grand County youth and teens the fundamentals of acting. Joel is the new education director at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, and Laura Bess is directing the Youth Theatre Workshop (7- to 9-year-olds) and Youth Theatre Production (10- to 12-year-olds). Both Ewings have been with RMRT for three years helping with youth and teen theatre. "We are thrilled to be heading up RMRT's youth and teen programs," said Joel. Both he and Laura Bess are Chicago public school teachers and professional actors. Anna Danielson, another longtime RMRT alum, will be directing Teen Theatre Academy (13- to 18-year-olds) starting July 21. Youth Theatre Workshop and Youth Theatre Production are under way. Youth program genesis Back in 1998, Becky McBride and Judith Warren, then the artistic director for RMRT, initiated the theatre's first youth education program. "The goal back then was to provide a cultural and creative outlet for Grand County youth," said Jim DeMersseman, RMRT education chair and a retired teacher with 35 years of drama experience. The community's response to the program has been overwhelming, he said. "The last three years we have seen explosive growth, and every year we have had to expand the number of students we have taken and still had more kids on the waiting list." For 2014 the RMRT education committee wanted to expand all three programs to include more kids. Registration was moved up to February so the education director could assess interest, hire additional staff, and find shows for larger groups. The quota was filled within the first 15 minutes of registration, DeMersseman said. Overall, the Youth Theatre Production and Teen programs grew this year by an additional 10 kids each, prompting RMRT to add two program staff. "You know you are doing things right when you have kids progressing through all three programs," DeMersseman said. "Kids enroll in the first two programs then graduate to the teen workshop where they are writing their own material." The Workshop In the Youth Theatre Workshop, kids performs skits in a review, and the older kids in Youth Theatre Production put on a show — "Annie Jr." This year's total enrollment includes more than 120 youth and teens and there are still about a dozen people on a waiting list, something that the education committee and the Ewings would like to alleviate. "We would like to provide theatre for everyone who wants it," Joel said. "One of the challenges is having space available at the theatre when we are running six shows a week, plus the staff of professional actors who are performing in three different shows, six days a week." Every year about 1,500 professional actors audition for a coveted spot in RMRT's company. Some of these actors also help teach the youth and teens. "What makes our program special is we have professional actors teaching the kids," Joel said. Both youth programs and the teen academy culminate with live productions on the RMRT stage. For more information and show times, visit http://www.rockymountainrep.com, or call 970-627-5087.

RMRT’s Youth Theatre Registration Approaches

RMRT’s Youth Theatre Workshop Program is gearing up for registration in 2013, after a wildly popular summer in 2012. Last year, RMRT had over 120 youth in the program on its brand new stage, and each workshop filled to capacity within the first day of registration. Rocky Mountain Rep is urging parents to register early on the mornings listed. The registration dates are on a first come first serve basis by phone at 970-627-5087 or 970-627-8173, or in person at the RMRT Administrative Office at 404 Vine St., Grand Lake, starting at 8 a.m. All of the necessary registration forms are available online at www. rockymountainrep.com. The dates for registration are: • April 17 : Teen Theatre Academy (13-18 years old) • April 18: Youth Theatre Workshop (7-9 years old) • April 19: Youth Theatre Production (10-12 years old) RMRT’s 2013 Youth Theatre Workshops consist of 3 different programs: • Teen Theatre Academy (13-18 years old)- $260 Director: Joel Ewing This intensive three-week program focuses on developing the craft of a creative artist. The program is looking for teens with all talents: musicians, painters, poets, singers, etc. Training in the area of monologues, scene study, audition technique, stage combat, dance, vocal study, and creative writing will be conducted by RMRT professionals. This program will also focus on preparation for high school and college theatre study. The workshop will culminate in three Cabaret-style performances including original material generated by the participants. The workshop dates are: July 22-August 11 • Youth Theatre Workshop (7-9 years old)- $210 Director: Clark Ausloos This two-week workshop is geared toward introducing and practicing the basics of theatre. Learn what it takes to put on a show using Broadway song, dance, lights and music taught by our professionals at RMRT. This workshop is sure to spark an interest in the arts for a lifetime. This workshop is designed to offer age-appropriate vocal, acting and dance coaching and will conclude with three performances of Broadway song and dance. The workshop dates are: July 9- July 21 • Youth Theatre Production (10-12 years old)- $235 Director: Laura Bess-Ewing Lights, music, show time! This three-week program is devoted to producing a full length theatrical show. The RMRT acting company will teach audition techniques, stage blocking, prop and set creation, and performance skills, resulting in three public performances of the production. The production this year will be Best of Both Worlds. This modern-day meets fairy tale musical will delight the participants and audiences alike! The workshop dates are: July 15-August 4 Please note that the cost of the Youth Theatre T-shirts is now included in the registration fee. To download pre-registration forms, or for additional information including rehearsal and performance dates, visit the “Education” section at http://www.rockymountainrep.com.

Grand County youth create original theatre production

It's the teen's turn to dazzle Grand Lake audiences this weekend as the Teen Theatre Academy takes the stage with an original production written entirely by the talented ensemble. This is the third and final program for Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre's highly successful Youth Theatre Programs. More than 40 Grand County teens ages 13 to 18 years of age have been involved in an intensive three-week program focusing on the creation of an original, cabaret-style production under the guidance of director Joel Ewing. The program is designed to showcase the many talents of this summer's company of actors with original scenes, songs, monologues and performance pieces. "This summer, we have 10 teens that have been a part of the Youth Theatre Program for 10 years each," said RMRT Education Director Clare Arena Haden. "That's 100 years of Youth Theatre experience, which is a testament to the impact this program has on the community. And since the inception of RMRT's Youth Theatre Program in 1998, we've never had a program that was based in such a wonderfully creative method. The teens of Grand County have risen to the challenge of creating this production and have brought their voices to the stage in a beautiful, funny and inspiring fashion." Lead by Haden, now in her third year as education director, the Teen Theatre Academy is staffed by four members of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre Company. Additional members of the company engage the teen ensemble in various theatrical workshops during the intense, three-week session. Director Joel Ewing is the lead theatre teacher at Senn Fine and Performing Arts Magnet High School in Chicago, Ill., and has brought a unique and empowering process to the workshops in recent years. "The process of creating an original production caters to every skill set and interest of a young artist," Ewing said. "Whether one of our participants is interested in acting, singing, dancing or writing, having them create something together levels the playing field and allows them to truly collaborate. It's their willingness to accept each other's ideas that has made this process a success. The result is something to behold."

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre reaches $5 million fundraising goal

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre (RMRT) kicked off its “Raise the Curtain” capital campaign July 11, 2008, with a public block party. Just two years later, on July 16, 2010, the campaign has reached its $5 million goal. Construction is under way at 404 Vine Street – where the block party took place in 2008 – on a 296-seat theater, which will include a lobby, dressing rooms and a rehearsal/youth theater room. “The amount of county-wide support was incredible. I can’t express my full gratitude for this community’s generosity and vision,” said Judy Jensen, campaign chair. “From each five dollars slipped into our donation box, all the way up to our six-figure donors, every dollar added up and was so appreciated.” RMRT’s “Take Your Seat, Leave Your Legacy” chair naming campaign was extremely successful over the final weeks, especially with an RMRT board member matching each chair donation. Currently 209 of the 296 chairs have been purchased for the theater. RMRT will continue to accept chair donations with the funds supporting additional capital costs previously cut from the project. The RMRT Board is also in the process of setting up an endowment fund. RMRT received grant awards from multiple local and statewide foundations, including the Gates Family Foundation, Boettcher Foundation, Sprout Fund, El Pomar Foundation and the Grand Foundation. “A town of 445 year-round residents can rally together and raise $5 million over two years – only in Grand Lake. Thank you to all who helped make this dream a reality,” said Chad Scott, capital campaign manager.

RMRT’s Youth Theatre Program registration begins

GRAND LAKE – RMRT’s Youth Theatre Workshop offers three different programs. Last year, there were over 120 youth in the program on RMRT’s new stage. Registration dates are on a first come first serve basis by phone at 970-627-5087, 970-627-8173 or in person at the RMRT Office at 404 Vine Street in Grand Lake starting at 8 a.m. All the forms needed are provided online at rockymountainrep.com. Teen Theatre Academy, 13-18 years old, $250, registration is April 18. Workshop dates are July 23 to August 12 Director: Joel Ewing This intensive three-week program focuses on developing the craft of a creative artist. Looking for teens with all talents: musicians, painters, poets, singers. Training in the area of monologues, scene study, audition technique, stage combat, dance, vocal study, and creative writing will be conducted by RMRT professionals. This program will also focus on preparation for high school and college theatre study. The workshop will culminate in three Cabaret-style performances including original material generated by the participants. . Youth Theatre Workshop, 7-9 years old, $200, registration is April 19. The workshop dates are July 10 to July 22 Director: Laura Bess-Ewing This two-week workshop is geared toward introducing and practicing the basics of theatre. Learn what it takes to put on a show using Broadway song, dance, lights and music taught by our professionals at RMRT. This workshop is sure to spark an interest in the arts for a lifetime. This workshop is designed to offer age-appropriate vocal, acting and dance coaching and will conclude with three performances of Broadway song and dance. Youth Theatre Production, 10-12 years old, $225, registration is April 20. The workshop dates are: July 16-August 5 Director: Laura Bess-Ewing This three-week program is devoted to producing a full length theatrical show. The RMRT staff will teach audition techniques, stage blocking, prop and set creation, and performance skills, resulting in three public performances of the production. The production this year will be Twinderella!

Repertory Theatre lines out changes for 2010

2010 will be a special season for Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. On April 10, RMRT will celebrate the official groundbreaking ceremony to honor Phase One construction of its new 300-seat theatre complex at 404 Vine St in Grand Lake. Therefore, 2010 will be the final theatrical season in the Grand Lake Community House, RMRT’s home for the past 23 years. 2010 will also mark the final season for RMRT’s current Managing Director and Youth Theatre Administrator/Company Manager. Chad and Sally Scott have officially resigned their positions effective at the end of the 2010 season. “As most of Grand Lake knows, we welcomed our first son Oliver into the world this February. We feel now is the time to set our family roots in Indiana.” said the Scotts, who have held their positions for six years. The RMRT Board of Trustees has wasted no time in filling the staff vacancies. RMRT alumni Scott Haden has been hired as the new Managing Director and Clare Arena-Haden the new Youth Theatre Administrator/Company Manager. Scott Haden first appeared as an actor with RMRT in 1997 and has since held multiple positions, most recently as director of RMRT’s Youth Theatre Production. Clare Arena-Haden has performed in 20 RMRT productions and was on the inaugural staff of RMRT’s youth program in 1998. “Grand Lake has been such a beloved part of our past – we look forward to it becoming our future.” said the Hadens. “I feel that, with the new facility opening in 2011, now is the ideal time to hand over the management of the theatre to two people who love RMRT just as much as Sally and I,” said Scott. RMRT Artistic Director Michael Querio said, “RMRT is strong … its strength comes from its support, its community, and its patrons. You’re going to continue to love Rocky Mountain Repertory, and you’ll love having Clare and Scott as part of the team.” Chad Scott will remain RMRT’s Capital Campaign Manager through the new theatre’s opening in June 2011.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s Youth Theatre Program kicks off this weekend

Thirty-five Grand County stars 8 to 10 years of age will shine on stage this Saturday and Sunday as Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s 2010 Youth Theatre Programs kick off. The first program, the Youth Theatre Workshop, will be a cabaret-style show that highlights two weeks of training, rehearsing and theater games. This workshop is geared toward introducing and practicing the basics of theatre performance and offer age appropriate vocal, acting and dance coaching. Participants in the Youth Theatre Workshop include: Koby Atkinson, Emma Belew-Ladue, Sebastian Boch, Kodi Campbell, Madison Decicco, Holly Fox, Katie Gardner, Bowen Gray, Ben Heil, Hannah Heil, Shayna Hickox, Belle Hoffman, Jesse Hoyhtya, James Humble, Tyler Humble, Hope James, Jack Kauber, Kye Kuriyama, Ryan Lane, Jason Langlois, Lisa McCloin, Allie Means, Janna McNulty, Genevieve Neeson, Hope Neeson, Lily Peterson, Hannah Reasy, Sara Salisbury, Rachel Sanderson, Joy Sealy, Taylor Stacy, Heather Stevens, Max Thorpe, Hana Zielke.RMRT’s Youth Theatre Workshop is extremely lucky to have Clare Arena, a seven-year RMRT company member, returning as director of the program. The Youth Theatre Programs would like to thank its official sponsors: The Grand Foundation, The Bear’s Den, Big Valley Construction, Cabin Quilts & Stitches, Humphrey’s Cabin Fever and Carquest. The young performers will dazzle audiences at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17, and twice, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 18. The show will include selections from well-known Broadway classics such as Bye Birdie, The Parent Trap, and Mary Poppins. For tickets, call the RMRT Box Office at (970) 627-3421 to reserve your seats. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 14 years of age and younger.

RMRT’s 2014 Youth Theatre registration opens

Rocky Mountain Repertory Youth Theatre Workshop Program is beginning registration. Last year, the Theatre had more than 120 youth in the program on the stage, so be sure to call and register because slots fill up quickly. The registration dates are on a first-come, first-serve basis by phone at 970-627-5087 or 970-627-8173, or in person at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre Office at 404 Vine St. starting at 8 a.m. All the forms needed are provided online at http://www.RockyMountainRep.com. The dates for registration are: Feb. 5, Teen Theatre Academy (13-18 years old); Feb. 6, Youth Theatre Workshop (7-9 years old); Feb. 7, Youth Theatre Production (10-12 years old). Teen Theatre Academy (13-18 years old)- $260. Director: TBA This intensive three-week program focuses on developing the craft of a creative artist. We are looking for teens with all talents: musicians, painters, poets, singers, etc. Training in the area of monologues, scene study, audition technique, stage combat, dance, vocal study, and creative writing will be conducted by RMRT professionals. This program will also focus on preparation for high school and college theatre study. The workshop will culminate in three Cabaret-style performances including original material generated by the participants. The workshop dates are July 21 – Aug. 10. Youth Theatre Workshop (7-9 years old)- $210. Director: Laura Bess Ewing This two-week workshop is geared toward introducing and practicing the basics of theatre. Learn what it takes to put on a show using Broadway song, dance, lights and music taught by our professionals at RMRT. This workshop is sure to spark an interest in the arts for a lifetime. This workshop is designed to offer age-appropriate vocal, acting and dance coaching and will conclude with three performances of Broadway song and dance. The workshop dates are July 8- July 20. Youth Theatre Production (10-12 years old)- $235. Director: Laura Bess Ewing Lights, music, show time! This three week program is devoted to producing a full length theatrical show. Our RMRT professional staff will teach audition techniques, stage blocking, prop and set creation, and performance skills, resulting in three public performances of the production. The production this year is TBA. The workshop dates are July 14- Aug. 3. For more information or if you have any questions, visit "Education" at http://www.RockyMountainRep.com