2022 Summer Programming

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Join us at the Playhouse again this summer for a one-time workshop, weekly class, or a week of theater camp, with options for Kids (6-11), Teen (12-18), Adults (18+) and All Ages (families/all ages participate together). Information and rates below (scholarships available). RRCP will follow all CDC recommendations for Covid-19.

Questions? Please email David Ray at dray@royalrivercommunityplayers.com.

            **EARLY BIRD RATES - Don't miss out! Early Bird Rates available until JUNE 1st ONLY!**


Conscious Hip-Hop Songwriting

Love In the Heights or Hamilton? Or just love a good beat? In this 4-week hip-hop songwriting class with Nathan Lapointe (also known as hip-hop artist Unique Unknown), participants will explore beatboxing, hip-hop rhythms and rhymes, and work together to create their own hip-hop song around a theme they are passionate about. 

Teaching Artist: Nathan Lapointe

Ages: Kids (6-11) & Teen (12-18)

Format: 60-minute class (4-week session)

Dates: Wednesdays July 6th, July 13th, August 27th & August 3rd (**NO CLASS August 20th**)

Class Times:

     Kids - 6:00-7:00pm

     Teen - 7:15-8:15pm

Max Enrollment: 12

Fee: $80 for 4-week session (Early Bird Rate - $52)

Intro To Improv Comedy

In this new and exciting improv class for all ages, we’ll explore a bunch of improv comedy formats. We'll look at short form, long form, skill building and classic games!  No experience is necessary!   All you need is some creativity and a willingness to laugh! Improv comedy can help you: make friends, be more mindful, be a better listener, take risks, not take yourself so seriously and find time to play! If you have any questions, feel free to email the workshop instructor Keith Anctil at  onecast74@yahoo.com.

Teaching Artist: Keith Anctil

Ages: All Ages (families/all ages participate together)

Format: 90-minute class (4 week session)

Dates: Mondays July 18th, July 25th, August 1st, August 15th (**NO CLASS Aug 8th**)

Time: 5:00-6:30pm

Fee: $100 (Early Bird Rate - $72)

Max Enrollment: 15

Musical Theater Performance

In this 4-week class, explore musical theater with singing teacher and music director Bethany Perkins. Combine acting, singing, and choreography to create a short performance for family and friends on the last day of class.  

Teaching Artist: Bethany Perkins

Ages: Kids (6-11), Teen (12-18)

Format: 90-minute class (4 week session)


     Kids (6-11) - Tuesdays July 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

     Teen (12-18) - Thursdays July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Time: 10:00-11:30am

Fee: $100 (Early Bird Rate - $72)

Max Enrollment: 15

Broadway Dance Workshop

Step, kick, and turn to Broadway favorites! After a quick warm up, we’ll dive right into some fun and easy choreography to learn what makes dance such a fun and essential part of any Broadway musical. Please wear clothes and shoes you can move in.

Teaching Artist: Jocelyn Handy

Ages: Kids (6-11), Teen (12-18), Adults (18+), All Ages/Family

Format: 90-minute workshop

Workshop Times:

     Kids (6-11) - 9:00am Saturday July 30th

     Teen (12-18) - 3:00pm Sunday July 31st

     Adult (18+) - 5pm Sunday July 31st

     All Ages/Family - 1:00pm Sunday July 31st

Max Enrollment: 12

Fee: $25 (Early Bird Rate - $18)

Fun With Shakespeare Workshop

Brush up your Shakespeare! Delve into a scene from one of Shakespeare’s classic texts and bring it to life with the enthusiastic and experienced Bill McCue as he teaches you to interpret the funny, inventive, sly and subtle meanings of the world’s most famous poet and playwright. Bill’s motto: “First of all, it must be fun!”. A great experience for any actor or student interested in reading or performing Shakespeare!

Teaching Artist: Bill McCue

Ages: Teen (12-18), Adults (18+)

Format: 90-minute workshop

Date: Saturday, July 30th

Workshop Times:

     Teen - 1:00-2:30pm

     Adult - 3:00-5:30pm

Max Enrollment: 12

Fee: $25 (Early Bird Rate - $18)

On-Camera Acting Workshop


This fun and informative workshop will focus on acting for the camera, which is different than acting on stage. Children will be assigned commercials and scenes from Sesame Street, plus there will be improv exercises to stretch your imagination and challenge you to think on your feet. All kids will need to be comfortable reading out loud on camera. Scenes will be recorded and sent to you after class so you can watch your clips. Both beginners and children with performing experience are welcome.



Want to get more practice in front of the camera? Now's your chance to join casting director, filmmaker, and coach Mark J. Parker in a fun and informative workshop about on-camera acting. Teens will work on scenes from recent TV shows and films, ranging from Stranger Things to Riverdale to The Baby-Sitters Club and more, plus improv exercises to stretch your imagination and challenge you to think on your feet. The techniques taught in this workshop will be different from stage acting, as actors will try to ground their acting in natural, truthful performances while hitting their mark for the camera. Scenes will be recorded and sent to you after class so you can watch your clips. Both beginners and experienced performers are welcome.



Get a stronger understanding of on-camera acting in this fun and informative workshop with casting director, filmmaker, and coach Mark J. Parker. Not only will adults in this class work on grounding their performances in realism, bringing truth to their characters and letting go of the theatricality needed on stage, but also will learn tips for auditioning on camera. Scenes will be assigned from films and TV shows, including recent award winners, plus there will be improv exercises to challenge you. Scenes will be recorded and sent to you after class so you can watch your clips. Both beginners and experienced performers are welcome.

Teaching Artist: Mark J. Parker

Ages: Kids (6-11), Teen (12-18), Adult (18+), All Ages

Format: 90-minute workshop

Date: July 10th

Workshop Times:

     Kids - 11:00-12:30pm 

     Teen - 3:00-4:30pm

     Adult - 5:00-6:30pm

Max Enrollment: 10

Fee: $25 (Early Bird Rate - $18)



Theater Camp - almost sold out!

Join RRCP the last week of August! Campers will explore acting and musical theater through scene study, improvisation, characterization, and dance alongside theater games and fun special topics like theatrical make-up and costuming. A final presentation for family and friends will be held on Friday, August 26th at 12pm.


Teaching Artists: Laura Morris & Jake Boyce

Ages: Kids (6-11) & Teen (12-18)

Format: one-week half-day camp (8:30am-1:00pm)

Dates: August 22nd-26th

Times: 8:30am - 1:00pm (includes 30-min snack break)

Max Enrollment: 12 per age group

Camp Fee: $195 for 1-week session (Early Bird Rate - $165)



KEITH ANCTIL (Intro to Improv Comedy)

Keith has been involved in the Maine improv scene for the last 18 years or so.  He has performed with The Escapists, Acorn Studios, Stranger Than Fiction, F.P.I. (Freeport Players Improv) and was a founding member of The Improvised Puppet Project.  He has taught improv workshops across New England.  Keith is a special educator by day and directs drama programs at Cheverus High School and South Portland High School after work.  When not performing, teaching, designing or directing, Keith can be found running, kayaking, fishing or gardening,  Keith loves to laugh.  Laughing is his favorite.


JAKE BOYCE (Theater Camp)

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!


JOCELYN HANDY (Broadway Dance)

Jocelyn Handy grew up acting and dancing. She holds a BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she was also an inaugural member of Interactive Theater Carolina. She performed professionally in North Carolina and New York before moving to Maine in 2014. Her dance background is primarily in jazz, musical theater and pom, with choreography credits including The Wizard of Oz and Reefer Madness. She currently serves as President of the Board at RRCP and was last seen onstage as the White Witch in RRCP’s Narnia the Musical.


NATHAN LAPOINTE (Conscious Hip-Hop Songwriting)

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.

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BILL MCCUE (Fun With Shakespeare)

Bill has been seen onstage all around Maine and beyond. A small selection of past productions includes: Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp), Disney’s High School Musical, Mousetrap, Sweet Charity, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Christmas Carol, Man of La Mancha, The King and I, The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Beauty and the Beast, Annie Warbucks, and Singin’ in the Rain. Opera credits include Tosca, Carmen, La Traviata and The Elixir of Love. Shakespeare is a particular passion, with past shows including 12th Night, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, and Taming of the Shrew.


LAURA MORRIS (Theater Camp)

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 (28) and Josh(24).

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MARK J. PARKER (On-Camera Acting)

Mark J. Parker is an acting & media coach, award-winning filmmaker, casting director, digital content creator, podcaster, 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 a few in Maine! His short films are available to watch online, while one of his films, Twin, is currently on the film festival circuit until the fall. Mark's voice is heard on podcasts Release Date Rewind, Clocktower Players Jubilee Podcast Theater, interACT Audio Productions, Add This To Your List, and more. He last performed in a virtual production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Dr. Baugh with Acorn Productions. 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 much more. linktr.ee/mjp_pov

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BETHANY PERKINS (Musical Theater Performance)

Bethany Perkins Hall has performed her entire life, as an actor, singer, and pianist. She holds a Bachelors in Music in vocal performance, and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Education in Humane Education program through Antioch and the Institute for Humane Education. Bethany is a musical director throughout Southern Maine. Recent credits include "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "West Side Story," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It". She is also the chorus teacher at Greely Middle School and a general music teacher at Mabel I. Wilson Elementary. Bethany is a soprano who sings regularly with St Mary Schola and OperaMaine. She lives in Gorham with her husband, two stepsons, three cats and a dog.