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 the 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 2018 Classes registration opens June 16th.
 

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Musical Theatre I (fall 2018)
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
(AS OF 8.2.18)

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Musical Theatre I: Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Kids

Instructors: Jennifer Ross, Heather Allen & Lucas Schmidt                                                   
K-5th Grade
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at JRT
Classes will run 14 weeks, beginning August 16 and ending on November 15, 2018
Dress rehearsals: November 6, 4:00-7:30, Nov. 10 9:00-12:00
Performance dates: November 12, 5:30 and 7:00, November 13, 5:30 and 7:00
                     
$130/student
$125 (family discount)

It's Princess Aurora's sixteenth birthday, and three fairies – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather – must use their magic to save her from the spell of the evil sorceress, Maleficent! The fairies ensure that Aurora only falls into a deep sleep that can be ended with a kiss from her betrothed, Prince Phillip. To prevent Phillip from rescuing Aurora, Maleficent kidnaps and imprisons him. The good fairies are the last hope to free Phillip so that he can awaken Aurora.  Students will gain an introduction to the world of musical theater.  Together, they will learn basic song, dance, acting skills and how to audition.  Students will perform a 30-minute show at the end of the semester.

Musical Theatre II (fall 2018)
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
(AS OF 8.2.18)

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Musical Theatre II:  The Sound of Music for Young Performers
Instructors:  Jennifer Ross, Heather Allen & Lucas Schmidt                                                              
6th-12thGrade                                    
$130/student                   
$125(family discount
Thursdays, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m. at JRT
Classes will run 14 weeks, beginning August 16 and ending on November 15, 2018
Dress rehearsals:  Nov. 15, 4:00-6:30 & Nov. 16, 4:00-7:00
Performance date: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2:00, 5:00 & 7:00

When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. 

Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time. 

This musical includes such favorites as do, re, mi, Edelweiss, so long farewell and many more.   Students will gain an introduction to the world of musical theater.  Together, they will learn basic song, dance, acting skills and how to audition. Students will perform a 1 hour show at the end of the semester.

MUSICAL THEATRE Instructors

 Jennifer Ross

Jennifer Ross

 Lucas Schmidt

Lucas Schmidt

 Heather Allen

Heather Allen

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Beginner Voice & the Alexander Technique
(fall 2018)

Instructor:  Dr. Charlotte Anderson                       
Ages 15 to Adult                   
$140/student
Class Size 6-12 students      

Mondays, 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.        
Location:  TBA             

Classes will run 8 weeks, beginning on September 10 and ending October 29, 2018.  This is a basic 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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American Sign Language (fall 2018)

Instructor:  Janette Gaines                                    
Ages 13 to adult
$125/student
Class Size 20 students                    

Mondays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.        
Location: TBA  

There will be a total of 12 classes beginning August 20 and ending November 12, 2018.  There will be NO CLASS on August 27, 2018. 

This is a basic class, useful for anyone wishing to learn more about this manual language, deaf history and culture. We will focus on finger spelling, basic vocabulary, non-manual markers that add meaning to the basic signed vocabulary, facial expressions, body language, and more.  

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

INSTRUCTOR

 Janette Gaines

Janette Gaines

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Tap Classes (fall 2018)

Tap, Level I
Instructor: Lindy Ley                        
Age 12 to Adult                                                                     
$125/student

Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at JRT

Classes will run 12 weeks, beginning on (Dates to be updated soon.)

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.
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Tap, Level II
Instructor: Lindy Ley                       
Age 12 to Adult                                                                     
$125/student

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at JRT

Classes will run 12 weeks, beginning on  (Dates to be updated soon)

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.
 

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

Tap Instructor

 
 Lindy Ley

Lindy Ley

 

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 Introduction to Stage Lighting

Instructor:  Karen Elb                                   
Ages 16 to Adult                   
$75/student                                                            
Class Size 6 maximum

Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  
Location: JRT Stage

This is a 6 week introduction to light design beginning August 22 and ending Sept 26, 2018. 

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, contact Karen at kelb27@gmail.com.

 Karen Elb

Karen Elb

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Stage Combat (coming spring 2019)

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.

Physical Comedy (coming spring 2019)

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. Just a few of the skills taught will be The Spit Take, Knocking over a bottle or glass, and The Basics of a Comic Slap.  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.

INSTRUCTOR
Tom Flagg, AEA/SAG/AFTRA

 Tom Flagg

Tom Flagg

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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: The commedia Prince and the Pauper

Touring the Tri-Cities:  Fall 2018

Special school ticket price: $3 per person.

For more information, or to book the Players :

Call :
423.361.0442

Email :
JRTeducation@gmail.com