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


REGISTRATION opens November 12th


Musical Theatre I

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Musical Theatre I: Winnie the Pooh, Kids
Instructors: Jennifer Ross, Heather Allen & Lucas Schmidt                                                   
K-4th Grade
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at JRT
Regular classes will run 13 weeks, beginning January 8 and ending on April 2, 2019
Additional rehearsals required some Saturdays 10–12:30 – Dates TBA
Tech rehearsals (mandatory): Wednesday, April 3, 4:00-6:00 p.m. and Monday, April 8, 4:00 – 6:30.
Performance dates: Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.                  
$130/student
$125 (family discount)

Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course... sharing snacks.  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 & III

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Musical Theatre II:  Singin’ in the Rain JR.
Instructors: Jennifer Ross, Heather Allen & Lucas Schmidt                                                              
5th - 7th Grade                                    
$130/student                   
$125 (family discount)
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at JRT
Regular classes will run 14 weeks, beginning January 10 and ending on April 11, 2019
Additional rehearsals required some Saturdays, 10–12:30 – Dates TBA
Tech rehearsals (mandatory): Tuesday, April 16, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Performance date: Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes, things aren't always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina's squeaky voice might be theend of her career in "talking pictures" without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.  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 60-minute show at the end of the semester.

Musical Theatre III:  Singin’ in the Rain JR.
Instructors: Jennifer Ross, Heather Allen & Lucas Schmidt                                                              
8th - 12th Grade                                    
$130/student                   
$125 (family discount)
Thursdays, 5:15 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. at JRT
Regular classes will run 14 weeks, beginning January 10 and ending on April 11, 2019
Additional rehearsals required some Saturdays, 10–12:30 – Dates TBA
Tech rehearsals (mandatory): Sunday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.
Performance date: Monday, April 15, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes, things aren't always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina's squeaky voice might be theend of her career in "talking pictures" without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.  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 60-minute show at the end of the semester.

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

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 January 7 and ending February 25, 2019.  
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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Theatre on a Spectrum

Instructor:  Janette Gaines                                    
Ages 18+
$125/student
Class Size 5-10 students 
                 
Mondays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.        
Location: JRT Stage 

This class is designed for adults with special needs who enjoy acting. Students will be required to read and memorize short pieces for performance. We will learn theatre in class using improvisational exercises and short scenes. Every student will work on a highlighted piece for a parent presentation April 1 at 6:00. There will be 10 classes beginning Monday, January 7, and running thru April 1, 2019. There will be no class on Jan. 21, 28, or Feb. 11.

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Applied American Sign Language

Instructors:  Janette Gaines & Kimberley Webb                                   
Ages 13 to adult
$125/student
Class Size 20 students
Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
There will be a total of 10 classes: January 15, 22, 29, February 19, 26, March 12, 19, 26, and April 9, 16, 2019.       
Location: TBA  

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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Tap Classes

Instructor: Lindy Ley                        
Age 12 to Adult                                                                     
$115/student
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at JRT
Classes will run 10 weeks, beginning on January 12th and ending on March 30th
NO CLASSES FEB. 2 & MARCH 2

This instructional tap class for stage performance is an exciting beginner class for teens and adults of all ages. 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 actors and singers looking to expand their dance skill set.

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

Tap Instructor

 
  Lindy Ley

Lindy Ley

 

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Ballroom Dance


Instructor: Emily Matney                       
Age 16+                                                                     
$75/student; $125/couple
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at JRT
Classes will run 8 weeks, beginning on January 19th and ending on March 9th
 

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

Instructor: Tom Flagg, AEA/SAG/AFTRA                                   
Ages 18+                   
$140/student; $135 (family discount)                                                            
Class Size 20 students

Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Classes will run 8 weeks, beginning January 15 and ending on March 5, 2019.
Location: JRT

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

Instructor: Tom Flagg, AEA/SAG/AFTRA                                   
Ages 6th - 9th grade                   
$70/student; $65 (family discount)                                                            
Class Size 15 students

Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Classes will run 4 weeks, beginning January 17 and ending on February 7, 2019.
Location: JRT
 

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

Instructor: Tom Flagg, AEA/SAG/AFTRA                                   
Ages 10th grade - Adult                   
$70/student; $65 (family discount)                                                            
Class Size 20 students

Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Classes will run 4 weeks, beginning February 14 and ending on March 7, 2019.
Location: JRT
 

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

Instructor: Tom Flagg, AEA/SAG/AFTRA                                   
Ages 16+                   
$80/student                                                            
Class Size 10 students

Mondays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Classes will run 4 weeks, beginning March 4 and ending on March 25, 2019.
Location: TBA
  

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


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Basic Theatrical Makeup

Instructor: Aryn King                                   
Ages Adult                  
$100/student                                                          
Class Size 12 students

Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Classes will run 4 weeks, beginning January 17 and ending on February 7, 2019.
Location: TBA
 

Have you ever been scared of the monsters in the movies? Have you ever felt like a mermaid or a cat? Want to bring out the fun sci-fi creations just waiting in your brain? The Basic Theatrical Makeup course is a six-week intensive that will cover stage makeup, old age, prosthetics, gore, and fantasy. Students will get a chance to create the makeup of their choice. Each student will receive a basic stage makeup kit to take home. All makeup and face charts will be provided for this course. Come learn how to be everything you’ve dreamed!

 

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Theatrical Makeup for Kids

Instructor: Aryn King                                   
Ages 10 - 17                  
$120/student                                                          
Class Size 10 students

Fridays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Classes will run 6 weeks, beginning January 11 and ending on February 15, 2019.
Location: TBA
 

Are you artistic? Do you like to color and draw? Have you ever tried coloring on your face?! This class is created to be an introduction to the art of Stage Makeup. This class will cover color theory, stage makeup, fantasy, old age, cuts and bruises, and then a chance to create any design you choose! Each student will receive a basic stage makeup kit to take home.  All makeup will be provided for this course as well as face charts. Come learn how to be everything you’ve dreamed!

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Shrek Makeup Workshop

Instructor: Aryn King                                   
Ages 10+                  
$60/student                                                          
Class Size 15 students

Friday, March 8, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
 

Are you excited to see Shrek the Musical? Have you ever wondered how we get him to look that way? This one-day workshop is a chance to come see how we get Shrek ready and also give you a chance to make yourself an ogre! We will talk about prosthetics, safety of makeup, and how to make it stay while you’re on the stage. Come to a land far away with us and let’s have some fun!

INSTRUCTOR

  Aryn King

Aryn King


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Set Design and Prop Making

Instructor: Carol Huie                                   
Ages 12+                  
$130/student
Materials included 
                                                     
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: JRT
8-week class beginning January 19 and ending on March 9
 

Go behind the scenes “literally” and learn from concept to completion the process of designing a set. Students in this workshop will learn how to use basic tools and will learn how to transform ordinary materials into theatrical works of art! We will “actually” be designing and creating props and pieces used for upcoming productions at the JRT! Yes, your creations will be part of the show! This is a must workshop for anyone who likes to get their hands dirty, their clothes paint splattered, and who desires to put their imaginative minds to work!

INSTRUCTOR

  Carol Huie

Carol Huie


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