2021 Summer Programming
Royal River Community Players is thrilled to announce our first-ever Summer Program! Come join us for a 90-minute workshop on "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 participants to a topic--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. Workshops/classes will be held July 27th - August 14th. RRCP will adhere to all current CDC guidelines regarding Covid-19. If interested, please email David Ray at email@example.com and put "SUMMER PROGRAM" as the email header. We can't wait to see you this summer!
Learn the basics of acting--how to inhabit a character, interpret a script, and find your voice on stage!
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
HOW TO AUDITION
Don’t let auditions make you nervous! Learn how to navigate common audition situations and how to prepare yourself and your material so that you can shine at your next audition!
Teaching Artist: Kristi Grand
How To Audition - Kids (ages 6-11) - DATE TBA - 90 minutes, $25 per person
How To Audition - Youth (ages 12-18) - DATE TBA - 90 minutes, $25 per person
How To Audition - Adult (18+) - DATE TBA - 90 minutes, $25 per person
How To Audition - Family (all ages, families participate together) - DATE TBA - 90 minutes, $20 per person
MUSICAL THEATER DANCE
Break out your jazz hands and learn how to step, step, kick like a musical theater pro!
Teaching Artist: Liz Rancourt-Smith
Musical Theater Dance - Kids (ages 6-11) - DATE TBA- 90 minutes, $25 per person
Musical Theater Dance - Youth (ages 12-18) - DATE TBA - 90 minutes, $25 per person
Musical Theater Dance - Adult (18+) - DATE TBA - 90 minutes, $25 per person
Musical Theater Dance - Family (all ages, families participate together) - July 28th at 5:30pm - 90 minutes, $20 per person
THEATER GAMES & IMPROV
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
3-WEEK MONOLOGUE CLASS
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
MEET OUR TEACHING ARTISTS!
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.
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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
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
Liz is a dancer and choreographer. She teaches at The Moving Company in Topsham, Maine.