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.

Click here for a fall registration form
or email OUR
 Education Director, Janette Gaines,
at jrteducation@gmail.com.

Please send the form and your payment to:

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre
Education
PO Box 585
Jonesborough, TN  37659

Fall registration opens July 16th. You can either register by mail or at the JRT on Sunday, July 16th, from 1:00-6:00pm

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Musical Theatre I

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES, THE MUSICAL

K-5th Grade

13 Weeks of Classes:
Aug 17-Nov 4, 2017
Classes: Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Additional rehearsals: Saturdays 10-12:30pm: Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4
Tech rehearsal: Sun, Nov 5, 2:30-4:30pm (mandatory)
Performances: Nov 9 and 10 at 5:00 and 7:30pm

$130 per student
$125 (family discount)

This classic fairy tale comes to life with fresh new music accompanied with dance.  Designed for children in grades K-5, this class is the first step to becoming a triple threat on stage.  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. 

Opening Registration Date: July 16, 2017
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Closing Registration Date: TBA

Musical Theatre II

1940s USO Show Jr. (with a live band!)

6th-12th Grade

13 Weeks of Classes:
Aug 17-Nov 12, 2017
Classes: Thursdays, 5:15-6:15pm
Additional rehearsals: Saturdays 10-12:30pm: Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4
Tech rehearsal: Sat, Nov 11, 5:00pm (mandatory)
Performances: Nov 12th at 2:00, 5:00 and 7:30pm

$130 per student
$125 (family discount)

A junior version of the ever-popular show that has been performed on the JRT stage for the past 15 years.  This show is set as a live radio performance during WWII. Students will have the chance to sing patriotic tunes, classic Christmas standards and learn 1940s style harmonies. The music will come to life as students learn 1940s style dance.  Students will be instructed in basic tap, swing and lindy hop dance styles.  In addition to song and dance, live radio skits will afford students the chance to sharpen their acting technique and character voice.  We are excited to announce that students will perform with a live jazz band on stage.

Opening Registration Date: July 16, 2017
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Closing Registration Date: TBA

fall REGistration:

Opening Registration Date: July 16, 2017
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Closing Registration Date: TBA

MUSICAL THEATRE Instructors

Jennifer Ross

Jennifer Ross

Lucas Schmidt

Lucas Schmidt

Heather Allen

Heather Allen

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Voice & the Alexander Technique

Beginner VOICE using the Alexander Technique

Dr. Charlotte Anderson
$120/student
Ages 15 to Adult
class limited to ten students

Mondays, 5:00-6:00pm at the JRT's Stage Door Box Office
8 weeks: Sept 11-Oct 30

Text: The Contemporary Singer: Elements of Vocal Technique by Anne Peckham (on Amazon, approx $18)

This is a basic class, useful for anyone wishing to learn more about the voice, no matter what your level of technical ability. We will focus on optimizing posture/alignment, breath, support, phrasing, color, dynamic variation, stage gesture, and minimizing vocal injury. 

 

Intermediate VOICE using the Alexander Technique

Dr. Charlotte Anderson
$120/student
Ages 15 to Adult
class limited to ten students

Mondays, 6:15-7:15pm at the JRT's Stage Door Box Office
8 weeks: Sept 11-Oct 30

Text: Your Body, Your Voice: The Key to Natural Singing and Speaking (on Amazon, approx $17)

This class picks up where the basic level class left off. Open to anyone who has had the Basic Class, Voice or Alexander Technique lessons.  Students will continue to learn about the voice as it applies to their level of technical ability.  It will focus on application of the basic concepts of vocal and Alexander technique to songs of your choice, via phrasing, color, dynamic variation, stage gesture, and character.

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

fall REGistration:

Opening Registration Date: July 16, 2017
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Closing Registration Date: TBA

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Charlotte Anderson

 

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Theatre Basics

Theatre Basics I

5th-8th Grade; $100/student
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm at JRT; Classes will run 8 weeks, Aug 15th-Oct 3rd.
Presentation on Tues, Oct 10th. Students arrive at 4:00, performance at 5:00.

Theatre Basics II

9th grade-Adult; $100/student
Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15pm at JRT; Classes will run 8 weeks, Aug 15th-Oct 3rd.
Presentation on Tues, Oct 10th. Students arrive at 4:00, performance at 5:00.

Whether they have experience in live theatre performance or not, this class is designed to give anyone an advantage at their next audition or in their next show.  The class is intended to teach basic theatre skills and vocabulary.  It covers performance goals such as correct voice technique, stage movement, and character development.  Students will learn through improvisational exercises, short scenes, and monologues.  There will be a class presentation for family and friends.

fall REGistration:

Opening Registration Date: July 16, 2017
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Closing Registration Date: TBA

 

INSTRUCTOR

Janette Gaines

Janette Gaines

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Tap Classes

SUMMER TAP INTENSIVE 

Instructor:  Lindy Ley                        6th – 12th Grades                                 $100/student

Monday-Saturday, July 24-29, 3:30-5:00pm at JRT

This tap camp is designed as a beginner class to teach students the basics of tap dancing. Students will learn to perform easy-to-follow tap dance steps for beginners and become acquainted with the terminology of tap, which equips them to quickly learn a variety of combinations and routines. Along with these basic steps, students will learn ear training to improve rhythm and musicality. This class is designed to introduce students to this important musical theatre dance form and would be great for those students planning to be in Musical Theatre II's USO Jr. in the fall semester.

REGISTRATION FORM

For more information, contact Lindy at melavara@gmail.com.

FALL CLASSES

$125 per student

(AGES 12 AND UP)

TAP I

Saturdays, 9:00-10:00am at JRT
Classes will run 12 weeks, August 19th-November 4th

This instructional tap class for stage performance is an exciting beginner class for teens and adults of all ages. You will learn to perform easy-to-follow tap dance steps for beginners and become acquainted with the terminology of tap, which equips  you to quickly learn a variety of combinations and routines. Along with these basic steps, students will also learn ear training to improve rhythm and musicality. This class is designed to introduce students to this important musical theatre dance form and would be great for actors and singers looking to expand their dance skill set.

TAP II

Saturdays, 10:00-11:00am at JRT
Classes will run 12 weeks, August 19th-November 4th

Tap II is designed for the student who is familiar with basic tap terminology and definitions, and who has some experience in fundamental tap combinations. Correct technique and body placement will be emphasized and each step explained in accurate musical counts. Level II Tap will expand on basic fundamentals and concepts and will equip the student to build combinations and dance popular tap routines. This class would be excellent for musical theatre performers who are trying to improve their dance skills.
 

fall REGistration:

Opening Registration Date: July 16, 2017
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Closing Registration Date: TBA

For more information, contact Lindy at melavara@gmail.com.

 

Tap Instructor

 
Lindy Ley

Lindy Ley

 

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Stage Make-up Basics

Ages 12-Adult
$60/student
Mondays 5:00-6:00pm; Sept 25, Oct 2, 9 and 16
Upstairs of JRT's Stage Door Box Office

Over a 4 class time period, students will learn basic makeup design for the stage and why it is important.  They will learn to do basic stage make up, some special effects make up, including the most common forms of old age make up used on stage.  Purchasing a basic theatre make-up student kit is optional but strongly suggested.  They can be purchased for approximately $20.  Once enrolled in the class, students will be provided purchasing information prior to the first class.

fall REGistration:

Opening Registration Date: July 16, 2017
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Closing Registration Date: TBA

 

INSTRUCTOR

Derek Smithpeters

Derek Smithpeters

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Introduction to Stage Lighting

AGES 12 AND UP
$75/student
Mondays, 5:00-6:00pm at JRT
Classes will run 6 weeks, Aug 14th-Sept 25th (No Class on Sept 4th, Labor Day)

Explore the science and art of stage lighting! This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of light physics, the different types of lighting equipment used to light the stage, and how to help tell a story with light. 
For more information, please contact Karen at kelb27@gmail.com.

fall REGistration:

Opening Registration Date: July 16, 2017
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Closing Registration Date: TBA

INSTRUCTOR

Karen Elb

Karen Elb

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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: A commedia Christmas Carol

Touring the Tri-Cities:  Fall 2017

The merry troupe — Columbine, Arlequin, Punchin, and Rosetta — tackle, tumble, trick, and trip their way through their version of A Christmas Carol with fantastic abandon.  Get ready for an action-packed and unforgettable adaptation.

Special school ticket price: $3 per person.

For more information, or to book the Players :

Call :
423.361.0442

Email :
JRTeducation@gmail.com