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!**

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Conscious Hip-Hop

Love In the Heights or Hamilton? Or just love a good beat? In this 4-week 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)

 

Storytelling

Who doesn’t love a good story? Some of the best ones make us laugh, make us cry, and teach us something, sometimes all at once. Stories help us learn, invite us to understand each other, and help us recognize a kindred spirit. In this six week class, we will discover what makes a good story and how to craft the delivery to pull in an audience. If you want to add polish to a speech, have an audience for a short story you have been writing, or have a short story in mind that you love from a favorite author you have always wanted to read aloud, this class will be a safe, fun, collaborative place in which to do just that while offering feedback and guidance on how to make that speech or story resonate more clearly for others. At the end of our six-week class, we will perform for an audience which will be invited by students.  This class is intended for adults, with seniors especially welcome.

 

Teaching Artist: Megan Cross

Ages: Adults (18+)

Format: 60-minute class (6-week session)

Dates: Fridays June 3rd - July 8 **NO CLASS June 17th; instead will be held SATURDAY, June 18th at 7:00pm**

Time: 7:00-8:00pm

Max Enrollment: 12

Fee: $120 (Early Bird Rate: $78)

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: $80 (Early Bird Rate - $52)

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

KIDS ON-CAMERA ACTING (Ages 6-11)

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.

 

TEEN ON-CAMERA ACTING (ages 12-18)

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.

 

ADULT ON-CAMERA ACTING (Ages 18+)

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.

 

FAMILY ON-CAMERA ACTING (All Ages)

If the whole family likes to act, then this fun and informative workshop with Mark J. Parker is a must. Mark will assign scenes from TV shows and films - think Stranger Things, Freaks and Geeks, Eighth Grade, Jumanji, and more - and will work with you as a group on how to connect with your characters, use your real-life family dynamic in the scene, and be natural and realistic on camera. 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

     All Ages/Family - 1:00-2:30pm

Max Enrollment: 10

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

 

 

Theater Camp

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)


MEET OUR TEACHING ARTISTS

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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.

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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!

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MEGAN CROSS (Storytelling)

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 1.5 year old son and three furry pets, one of whom is also her human husband.

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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)

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.

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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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