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 theatre camps or enjoy more personalized instruction in Broadway Kidz. Check back on our Coming Attractions page to learn more.
Mask up and join Broadway Kidz as a new session begins Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 4:30-5:30.
RPAC presents Laffin' School. Jokes! Jokes! Jokes! It’s the classic situation. A young substitute teacher, Miss Quackenbush, turns up at the Little Red Schoolhouse and finds her class is comprised of the dumbest (and funniest) pupils found anywhere. The previous teacher had a nervous breakdown. No wonder! With things like mice in lunch boxes and a student with the measles, anything more will drive you crazy! Unless the likable but dim-bulbed pupils can pass a simple exam, they won’t advance to the next grade. The daffy answers they give to the questions are uproariously funny. Find out why the pupils don’t want to be ’promoted’ and why Miss Quackenbush has to find some way to get rid of them. The comedy is designed to accommodate any special casting needs. If you think the four basic food groups are ’fresh,’ ’frozen,’ ’fast,’ and ’junk,’ you belong in Laffin’ School!
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 | 4:30-5:30pm
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!