Education

Education is essential to our mission and the success of our theatre.

We feel called to share the gifts of theatre with our community and love seeing the confidence and joy it brings to children and adults alike. As a community organization, we depend on constant learning to enable our company of volunteers to rise to the high standards of entertainment to which we aspire. Many of our participants began involvement at JRT with little to no theatre experience, and some of our brightest emerging actors have come up through our youth theatre classes.


To register for fall classes,
open the registration form here,
print it, fill it out, and mail it and the registration fee
to the address below:

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre
Education
PO Box 585
Jonesborough, TN  37659


Summer camp registration is now CLOSED.

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Musical Theatre I  (Fall 2019)

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Musical Theatre I: Disney The Jungle Book KIDS

Instructors:   Jennifer Ross-Bernhardt, Heather Allen & Lucas Schmidt                                   
K-4thGrade                                       
$130/student; $125 (family discount)

The jungle is jumpin' with a jazzy beat in Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie. Several roles, including Baloo and King Louie, are great for kids with strong comedic skills. The chorus can be expanded to include various animals, trees, plants, rocks and many other jungle inhabitants. Many numbers also involve the full chorus.

Students will gain an introduction to the world of musical theater. Together, they will learn basic song, dance, and acting skills, and how to audition. Students will perform a 30-minute show at the end of the semester.

Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at JRT

Classes will run 13 weeks, beginning August 13 and ending on November 5, 2019.

**Additional Rehearsals Required Some Saturdays 10–12:30 – Dates TBA

Technical Rehearsal – MANDATORY:  Thursday, November 7, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

PERFORMANCES WILL BE Friday, November 8 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.


Musical Theatre II (Fall 2019)

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DISNEY FROZEN JR. 

Instructors: Jennifer Ross-Bernhardt, Heather Allen & Lucas Schmidt                         
5th– 7th Grade                                 
$130/student; $125 (family discount)

Disney Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Disney Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Disney Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Thursdays, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at JRT 

Classes will run 13 weeks, beginning August 15 and ending on November 14, 2019

**Additional Rehearsals Required Some Saturdays 10–12:30 – Dates TBA

Technical Rehearsals – MANDATORY, November 13 & 14 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. 

PERFORMANCES WILL BE:

NOVEMBER 15 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

AND NOVEMBER 16 AT 1:00 p.m.


Musical Theatre III (Fall 2019)

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DISNEY FROZEN JR. 
Instructors:  Jennifer Ross-Bernhardt, Heather Allen & Lucas Schmidt                                    
8th– 12thGrade                               
$130/student; $125 (family discount)

Disney Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Disney Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Disney Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Thursdays, 5:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at JRT 

Classes will run 13 weeks, beginning August 15 and ending on November 9, 2019

**Additional Rehearsals Required Some Saturdays 10–12:30 – Dates TBA

Technical Rehearsals – MANDATORY, November 9 from 10-Noon

And November 10 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

PERFORMANCES WILL BE:

NOVEMBER 11 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

AND NOVEMBER 12 AT 6:00 p.m.

MUSICAL THEATRE Instructors

Jennifer Ross-Bernhardt

Jennifer Ross-Bernhardt

Lucas Schmidt

Lucas Schmidt

Heather Allen

Heather Allen


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Beginner Voice & the Alexander Technique
Fall class information to be posted soon.

Instructor:  Dr. Charlotte Anderson                       

This is a basic (and FUN) class, useful for anyone wishing to learn more about the voice, no matter what your level of technical ability.  Focus is on optimizing posture/alignment, breath, support, phrasing, color, dynamic variation, stage gesture, and minimizing vocal injury. We will work at the pace of the class, regarding application of the concepts of vocal and Alexander technique to songs (or 16-32 bars audition repertoire) of your choice.

TEXT (Amazon – Approximately $18.00):  The Contemporary Singer: Elements of Vocal Technique - Book & Online Audio by Anne Peckham.

For more information about Dr. Anderson and the Alexander Technique, please visit her site: charlotteanderson.com.

INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Charlotte Anderson

Dr. Charlotte Anderson


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Applied American Sign Language
Fall class information to be posted soon.

Instructors:  Janette Gaines & Kimberley Webb                                   
Ages 13 to adult

This class is a follow up to the ASL I class. Students should have a basic understanding of ASL Syntax, a base vocabulary and be able to fingerspell.  This class will focus on using what we have learned, and building our vocabularies. We will work towards understanding others as they sign to us.  We hope to include in classes deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.  There will be times when we do not use our voices. Come take the plunge into immersion.

TEXT:  Sign Language Made Simple: A Complete Introduction to American Sign Language, 1stEdition by Karen Lewis and Roxanne Henderson [ISBN # 978-0-385-48857-0].  (Amazon – Approximately $13.00).

INSTRUCTORS

Janette Gaines

Janette Gaines

Kimberley Webb

Kimberley Webb


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Ballroom Dance
Fall class information to be posted soon.


Instructor: Emily Matney                       
Age 16+                                                                     

Class will cover the basic four dances, Waltz, Rumba, Swing and Foxtrot, focusing 2 weeks on each dance. Dancers will learn very basic steps, timing, posture, and characteristics of each. There is a possibility of a social outing at the end of the semester to test newly acquired skills! Students should wear shoes they are comfortable in – no sandals, boots and no barefoot. Jazz shoes or character shoes are the best. Students need to dress in clothing that allows movement – no pencil skirts or skinny jeans. If you have questions, please email the instructor: matneye@goldmail.etsu.edu.

INSTRUCTOR

Emily Matney

Emily Matney


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Light Design apprenticeships available with Karen Elb upon special request  and individual arrangements.

For more information, contact Karen at kelb27@gmail.com.

Karen Elb

Karen Elb


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Stage Combat
Fall class information to be posted soon.

Instructor: Tom Flagg, AEA/SAG/AFTRA                                   
Ages 18+                   

A course of study, designed to give students a clear understanding of the nature and practice of armed and unarmed combat for the stage and screen. At the end of this course, each student will be expected to create and perform in a multi-person fight with at least one other student in the class.

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Physical Comedy I
Fall class information to be posted soon.

Instructor: Tom Flagg, AEA/SAG/AFTRA                                   
Ages 6th - 9th grade                   

A four-week course of study, designed to give students a clear understanding of the nature and practice of physical comedy for the stage and screen. A few of the skills taught will be Slipping, Tripping, Slapping, Knapping, Spit Takes, Hat Tricks and more.  At the end of this course, each student will be expected to create and perform in a Physical Comedy scene with at least one other student in the class.

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Physical Comedy II
Fall class information to be posted soon.

Instructor: Tom Flagg, AEA/SAG/AFTRA                                   
Ages 10th grade - Adult                   

A four-week course of study, designed to give students a clear understanding of the nature and practice of physical comedy for the stage and screen. A few of the skills taught will be Slipping, Tripping, Slapping, Knapping, Spit Takes, Hat Tricks and more.  At the end of this course, each student will be expected to create and perform in a Physical Comedy scene with at least one other student in the class.

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Directing Basics
Fall class information to be posted soon.

Instructor: Tom Flagg, AEA/SAG/AFTRA                                   
Ages 16+                   

This workshop will offer a clear understanding as to the purpose, artistic requirements and techniques of a director of a stage play or musical. During the final class, each student will have staged a scene of their choosing, and be able to discuss why they made certain decisions in blocking, staging and pace.

INSTRUCTOR
Tom Flagg, AEA/SAG/AFTRA

Tom Flagg

Tom Flagg


The Jonesborough Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts

The theatre classes at Jonesborough Repertory Theatre are a part of the Town of Jonesborough's Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts. For more fine arts classes with the program, please refer to the program center: the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School.


The JRT Players

This engaging group of actors prepares one-act touring shows designed to delight children (and adults) of all ages. 

Book the Players at your school or community center!

Upcoming Production: The commedia Prince and the Pauper

Touring the Tri-Cities:  May 2019
Special school ticket price

Public performance< May 31st, 7:30pm.
Tickets $6 at the door.

For more information, or to book the Players :

Call :
423.361.0442

Email :
jrteducation@gmail.com