The Ross Ragland Theater is excited to announce another season of theater classes to the youth of the basin. The classes are filled with theater games and socially engaging exercises intended to establish and strengthen skills used in the performing arts.
After School Classes
Broadway Character Movement
Ages 5 – 9 | Tuesdays | 4-5 p.m. Apr. 4 - May 30
Instructor: Victoria Lancaster | Cost: $85, additional siblings are $50
Students will each be cast as a unique character from Seussical the Musical. They will then have the opportunity to work together to create a musical number with their characters. This serves as an introduction to musical theater and working in a musical theater production. They will get the opportunity to work on their acting, singing and dancing and be on their way to becoming a triple threat!
Beginning to End: Intro to Stage Performing
Ages 5 – 9 | Tuesdays | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Apr. 4 - May 30
Instructor: Tara Cramer | Cost: $85, additional siblings are $50
In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of stage direction while performing in a play from beginning to end! The plays will range in length, varying from two-minute plays to a ten-minute performance. Students will participate in the full undertaking, going from the initial reading for the various characters to the rehearsal process, culminating in a final performance in the cultural center.
Ages 10 – 13 | Tuesdays | 4-5 p.m. Apr. 4 - May 30
Instructor: Sia Lewis | Cost: $85, additional siblings are $50
Ever wanted to learn the Ukulele? Join us as we learn to play the ukulele and sing along! This program will focus on learning chords, practicing strumming patterns, basic music theory and singing in harmony. This class will culminate in a performance in the Cultural Center. Any level of experience is welcome!
* Ukuleles will be provided. A $50 deposit will be required for students wishing to take one home to practice. Deposit will be returned on the last day of class when instruments are returned.
Drama versus Comedy
Ages 10 – 13 | Tuesdays | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Apr. 4 - May 30
Instructor: Jeff Press | Cost: $85, additional siblings are $50
Students will explore similarities and differences in acting styles for comedic and dramatic pieces. We will discuss introductory acting terms for each of these genres and each students will have a chance to explore acting in a comedic scene and a dramatic scene. These scenes will be performed in the Cultural Center at the end of the session.
Ages 14 – 18 | Mondays | 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Apr. 3 - May 30
Instructor: Spencer Hamilton | Cost: $85, additional siblings are $50
Do you dream of being the next Patti LuPone or Neil Patrick Harris? Studying acting in College is a great step to get there. How do you find the right school and get in? That is what we will explore in College Auditioning 101. Over the course of this class we will learn the right questions to ask to find the perfect fit as a performer; how to set up a three part (Shakespeare, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre) auditioning package. Finally we will learn how to take charge of the room; small talk with the auditor, how to talk to an accompanist and what to wear!
To complete registration: Download a registration form, fill in your child's information and then SAVE AS your child's name. Email the completed form to our Arts Education director, Sia Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration form: YTC-Spring-2017-R...ion.pdf
Meet our instructors
Victoria (Tori) Lancaster studied Theater at Southern Oregon University and has a strong dance background. Over the past several years she has done multiple theatrical productions, in various capacities at the RRT; including working for the Ragland’s Youth Theater program as a counselor (Alice in Wonderland, Jr., Peter Pan Jr. and The Little Mermaid Jr.). She is also a Youth StARTS Artist in Residence teaching theatrical movement and dance to elementary children in the Klamath County Schools.
Sia Lewis relocated to Klamath Falls this June from Michigan. She worked as a RRT summer camp counselor and also performed the role of Munkastrap in this summer’s community production of CATS. Sia has a BA in Musical Theater from Oakland University in Rochester Michigan. Before moving to Klamath Falls she was the high school drama teacher and director at The Leelanau School in Glen Arbor Michigan. She is so excited to work with The Ross Ragland Theater!
Jeff Press is a director/ actor who has worked globally. Before coming to Klamath he received his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing in London at East 15 Acting School. Previously, Jeff received his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Eastern Oregon University and has also studied in Moscow, Bali, and Sydney. In addition to teaching after school classes, Jeff is a teaching artist in our Youth StARTS program and was the stage manager for the Youth Summer Camp production of Willy Wonka, Jr.
Spencer Hamilton is an actor and teacher originally from Klamath Falls. He has been involved with the Summer Theatre Camp since its inaugural season and has served as a Mentor, a Musical Director, and most recently as the Fight Choreographer for It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman! As an actor Spencer graduated from the PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre 2 Year Professional Actor Training Program and was a part of the West Coast Premeir of the new Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella!.