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 The Enchanted Bookshop. A play where at night in the bookstore the characters inside the books come alive! 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 performances in May. Check out our website for more details. See you on Stage!
Open to grades 3-12, (classes may be segmented depending on age and grade level enrollment). Students should be ready to use their imagination and be creative! See you on stage!
Class Schedule: Tuesdays | January, February, & May 4:30-5:30, March & April 6:00-7:00
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 greater Kansas City area from the 2nd 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!