An opportunity to use your imagination and build life skills while you learn more about the theatre and what goes on behind the curtain. Join us for one of our drama camps or enjoy more personalized instruction in Readers' Theatre. Check back on our Coming Attractions page to learn more.
Join us on Tuesdays as RPAC presents Big Bad. Big Bad provides actors and audiences of any age with a smart and funny play that lets the audience determine the outcome of the play! The most notorious criminal in the fairy-tale world, Big Bad Wolf, is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by the countless quirky characters he has wronged. Now, the two greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest — the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother — will clash (on live Court TV, no less, with Sydney Grimm as commentator!) in a trial that will be remembered forever after. As Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf testify, the wolf seems deserving of all that’s coming. But, even though the disreputable Evil Stepmother couldn’t be less interested in pro-bono work on such an obviously futile defense, Mr. Wolf makes a good case for himself. Was he born a criminal, or made one? Perhaps he does deserve compassion instead of condemnation? What will the verdict be? Only the jury — your audience — can decide, when the doddering old Judge invites them to determine the outcome of the trial... and the play!
In addition to the play, kids will be hands on in directing the show, channel their inner characters as they select and perform monologues, develop improvisational skills, play acting games, and work through characterization and auditioning techniques. Kids also develop their acting skills using voice, body, hands and imagination and showcase their talents with a performance in May. See you on Stage!
Open to grades 2-12. Students should be ready to use their imagination and be creative!
Class Schedule: Tuesdays | January, February & May 4:30-5:30 | March & April 6:00-7:00pm
For the aspiring actor or actress who's ready to experience musical theatre! From auditions to rehearsals to the stage, children of all ages are given a unique opportunity to shine under the spotlight. They will learn valuable lessons in listening and collaboration, how working together and supporting one another makes everyone better. Click here for a sneak peek at some of our favorite productions.
Why Musical Theatre?
Musical theatre offers many development opportunities (besides being fun!). It is a great introduction to basic performing arts (music and dance), integrates visual arts (set creations, props and costumes), and helps performers continue to develop language skills through rehearsing and performing dialogue. At RPAC, we believe EVERY CHILD'S CONTRIBUTION IS IMPORTANT. From the ensemble to the lights to the lead role, every child plays an integral part of the show's success. Not only does a musical invite collaboration toward a common goal, it becomes a creative community of good listeners and future leaders - who stand hand in hand at curtain call and share the applause they've earned in working together.
How it all began
The Theatre Camps started with elementary school students participating in an after school program with a sixth grade teacher - Jeff Reed. Whitney Reed began working with the group on choreography when some of her dance students became part of one of the productions. The camps have outgrown the school district and now include children from schools in the Lee's Summit, Blue Springs and the greater Kansas City area from the 1st grade to high school level! The attendance for each production has grown from over a hundred per night to nearly 300 per night for many performances. Jeff continues to teach at the elementary school level when not producing great shows!