2021 Summer Programming

Royal River Community Players is thrilled to announce our first-ever Summer Program! Come join us for a 90-minute workshop in Beginning Acting, How to Audition, Musical Theater Dance, or Theater Games & Improv. These one time, stand-alone workshops for all ages are designed to introduce and explore--so delve into what you already love or try something brand new! We are also pleased to offer a 3-week Monologue Class for adults.


RRCP will adhere to all current CDC guidelines regarding Covid-19. Class descriptions and dates below. Scholarships are available. Questions? Please email David Ray at dray@royalrivercommunityplayers.com.


We can't wait to see you this summer!

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Learn the basics of acting--how to inhabit a character, interpret a script, and find your voice on stage and on camera!

Teaching Artist: Mark J. Parker

Beginning Acting - Kids (ages 6-11) - August 8th at 11:00AM - 90 minutes, $25 per person

Beginning Acting - Youth (ages 12-18) - August 8th at 3:00PM - 90 minutes, $25 per person

Beginning Acting - Adult (18+) - August 8th at 5:00PM - 90 minutes, $25 per person

Beginning Acting - Family (all ages, families participate together) - August 8th at 1:00PM - 90 minutes, $20 per person


Before there is a show, you must land a role!  In this workshop we will elevate your auditioning skills by focusing on how to stand out in an audition, the importance of showing up prepared and embracing your personal strengths as an artist. 

All participating artists, please bring a 1” binder to class. 

Teaching Artist: Kristi Grand

How To Audition - Kids (ages 6-11) - August 7th at 2:00pm - 90 minutes, $25 per person

How To Audition - Youth (ages 12-18) - August 14th at 11:00am - 90 minutes, $25 per person

How To Audition - Adult (18+) - August 13th at 7:00pm - 90 minutes, $25 per person

How To Audition - Family (all ages, families participate together) - August 14th at 2pm - 90 minutes, $20 per person





Break out your jazz hands and learn how to step, step, kick like a musical theater pro!

Teaching Artist: Liz Rancourt-Smith (Family workshop)

Teaching Artist: Jake Boyce (Kids, Youth & Adult workshops)

Musical Theater Dance - Kids (ages 6-11) - July 26th at 5:00pm - 90 minutes, $25 per person

Musical Theater Dance - Youth (ages 12-18) - July 26th at 7:00pm - 90 minutes, $25 per person

Musical Theater Dance - Adult (18+) - August 9th at 7:00pm - 90 minutes, $25 per person

Musical Theater Dance - Family (all ages, families participate together) - August 4th at 5:30pm - 90 minutes, $20 per person


Have fun and let loose through theater! Say “yes, and…” to drama games and to practicing improvisation skills like staying in the moment, making bold choices and working off of another actor. 

Teaching Artist: Laura Morris

Assistant Teaching Artist: Nathan Lapointe

Theater Games & Improv - Kids (ages 6-11) - July 29th at 5:30pm - 90 minutes, $25 per person

Theater Games & Improv - Youth (ages 12-18) - July 27th at 7:00pm - 90 minutes, $25 per person

Theater Games & Improv - Adult (18+) - August 3rd at 7:00pm - 90 minutes, $25 per person

Theater Games & Improv - Family (all ages, families participate together) - August 5th at 5:30pm - 90 minutes, $20 per person



Monologues are an essential tool for any actor. Learn how to command a stage solo, how to find the moments that make your monologue interesting, and how to best choose and perform a monologue for auditions or performance. This workshop consists of three 90-minute weekly classes. Please prepare a 2-minute monologue prior to the first workshop so that you may come ready to work! 

This class is offered for adults only. 


July 31, August 7th & August 14th at 7:00pm - $75 per person


Teaching Artist: Megan Cross


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Jake Boyce earned his BA in Dance Education from the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College in 2016, and has just recently earned his Professional Lyric Writing Certificate from Berklee School of Music! He has been choreographing for theatres and schools around Maine since 2015. Jake's style lies in Musical Theatre with a touch of inspiration from hip hop, contemporary, and jazz. Some notable choreographer credits include head choreographer for Chicago at CLT, Matilda at Lyric and Midcoast Youth Theatre, Urinetown at CLT, and Directing and Choreographing Catch Me If You Can in Standish, Maine to name a few. From 2014-2016 Jake was a Director of Dance at Community Little Theatre for their Youth Musical Theatre Summer Program as well as their Teen Musical Theatre Summer Program. After 2 years of hustling the entertainment industry here in Portland, Jake left his full time job in education to pursue his career as Chartreuse (his Drag Persona) full time, booking a comedy show in NYC, working with Miz Cracker from RuPaul's Drag Race, and working closely with Equality Maine here at home. Jake was one of the trillions of people whose careers were affected by COVID 19, but he is so happy and grateful for the opportunity to teach and meet the community of Royal River Community Players!







Megan Cross co-directed high school theater in Caribou, ME from 2004 to 2007, during which time she directed “Cotton Girls,” with a cast of three students and a minimal, fixed set which won the 2005 State One Act Drama Festival. She has adjudicated the Maine One Act Drama Festival on regional and state panels from 2008 to 2019. Megan directed several shows at City Theater of Biddeford. In 2012, she directed “Ordinary Days,” the musical by Adam Gwon, in 2013, she directed “You Can’t Take It With You,” in 2014, she directed “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and in 2015, she directed “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.” Megan served on the Maine Principals Association Board of the Maine Drama Council (2005-2008) and is currently a freelance theatre coach. She has a 14 month old son and three furry pets, one of whom is also her human husband.


Kristi has worked her whole life in and around the stage.  Growing up as a competitive dancer, musical theater performer and choreographer in the Bay Area , Kristi realized from an early age that the arts offered much more than an extracurricular activity.  Ms. Grand has directed, choreographed and performed in dozens of shows in both Northern and Southern California over the last 25 years.  Kristi continues to wow audiences with her out of the box thinking and genius artistic visions and has a gift of connecting with performers of all ages.  With a BA in Musical Theater and her AA in Child Psychology, Kristi firmly believes that confidence, vulnerability, education and humility is essential in nurturing performers to their maximum potential.  


Born in Florida, raised in Arizona and Maine, Nathan Lapointe aka Unique Unknown found his creative roots in Van Buren, Maine. Starting out playing drums to classic rock music, his love of wordplay inevitably guided him towards hip-hop and theater, both of which he has embraced through his time spent at USM and beyond. With a strong compass for the conscious, Unique Unknown has sought to ease his own chronic pain through art, powerful bonds and personal expression. Along with his friend Kyler Henningsen, he has formed Family Banned Records to bring awareness to the healing power of art and culture.


After minoring in Theater at UMO, Laura acted professionally at the Dallas Theater Center, Indianapolis Rep and other venues before founding the Second Chance Foundation with the mission of helping youth make healthy decisions through theatrical school programs. She worked as a Theatrical Director with the Council for Drug Free Youth as well as founded MASK (Master Acting Studio for Kids). Currently, she directs peer-to-peer prevention programs on coping skills, decision making and youth substance use within her role as the Executive Director of the Be the Influence Coalition in Windham. She is an Acorn Board member and has acted for the past two years in the Maine Playwright’s Festival, Heartwood Theater, River and Company, Bath Rep and other venues. Her favorite role is as “mother” to her two sons, Ben (27) and Josh(23).


Mark J. Parker is an acting & media coach, filmmaker, podcaster, casting director, digital content creator, and SAG-AFTRA actor. After living in New York for 14 years, he moved to Kittery in 2020. Mark has worked on TV series and films throughout the years, from broadcast series 30 Rock and Ugly Betty to cable series Celebrity Ghost Stories and talk shows Live! With Regis & Kelly and Wendy Williams. He cast 7 seasons of the ABC hidden camera series What Would You Do? and has cast other TV & digital content and independent films, including the short film Kings & Queens, which filmed in Portland, ME in August 2020. His short film Family History is on the 2021 film festival circuit and will be available to watch on Prime Video this Halloween 2021, while his 2016 short Sticks, which was filmed in Belfast, ME, is currently streaming on Prime Video. His next short, Twin, was filmed in York, ME and is almost finished with post-production before heading to festivals. His voice is heard on podcasts Release Date Rewind, Clocktower Players Jubilee Podcast Theater, interACT Audio Productions, and Add This To Your List. He graduated from Fordham University and received a certificate in Producing from NYU’s School of Professional Studies. Some of Mark's students have gone on to sign with a talent agent or manager, audition for film and TV, and book roles on Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street, and more. mjp-pov.com 


Elizabeth Rancourt-Smith began her training at Terri's School of Dance (now TNT Dance Studio) in Waterville, Maine under the instruction of Terri Glidden. She won numerous special accolades as a competition soloist, including DanceOlympus VIP in 1999 and DanceAmerica Dancer of the Year nominee in 2001, 2003, and 2004. She had the opportunity to dance with the other DOTY nominees at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL at the Magic Kingdom in a showcase tribute to 9/11. She attended Emerson College and was a member of the ECDance Team. While in Boston, she frequently studied at Jeanette Neil Dance Studio and traveled to NYC to study at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. She taught for a number of studios in the greater Boston area before returning to Maine to teach at TNT Dance Studio, Bradley's School of Dance in Skowhegan, and Bridget's School of Dance in Bethel. She served as co-director, Principal Dancer, and founding member of the contemporary dance focused Resurgence Dance Company before welcoming her son in 2014. In 2019, she formed the tap collaborative CollaboTap to share tap history, improvisation, and choreography, and in 2020 taught as part of the Mile High Tap Festival’s celebration of National Tap Dance Day. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and has completed dance teacher training programs with MusicWorks. She has a love for the stage - her highlights as a performer are performing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Potiphar’s Wife, GoGo Dancer, Egyptian Dancer), Fame Forever: Reunion and Rebirth - US Premiere Workshop (Chantelle), and 42nd Street (Phyllis Dale). She has choreographed “Man of La Mancha” for New England Regional Theater Company and “Narnia: The Musical” and “Free to Be… You and Me” for Royal River Community Players. In her training, she has attended frequent workshops, intensives, and regular classes with industry professionals and masters in their respective genres. She believes in being a lifelong student and has a strong respect for the other working professionals in the Maine dance community. She now focuses her teaching on building technical proficiency of her students, as well as an understanding and love for the art at The Moving Company Dance Studio in Topsham.