Director's Note and Cast list - The King and I

Thank you all so much for your talent, hard work, and great energy at auditions!

Please see the cast list below for The King and I. There are many puzzle pieces that go into casting a show. Unfortunately, we were just not able to cast everyone who auditioned. Please know that if you were not cast this time, there are many other opportunities for you to be involved. Please check the Rec website for more information and to sign up for one of our programs. Rutland Youth Theatre has many production opportunities throughout the year as well as workshops and summer programs.

For those cast, please confirm whether you accept or decline your role ASAP by emailing our Stage Manager, Barb Lassen at Barb will be sending an e-mail to you and your parents with a welcome letter that has important information about upcoming rehearsals. The first read/music through is this Saturday, October 1 from 2:00-5:00pm at the Courcelle building.

Please bring water in a reusable bottle, a healthy snack, and wear clothing that you can move easily in.

Please also bring pencils with erasers, and an empty three ring binder that is at least 1.5 inches wide, to hold your script. We will have some available for those who need one.

We are proud to be part of an organization dedicated to bringing affordable youth theatre to this community and to make it accessible to youth wishing to enjoy involvement in theatre arts, either through acting, technical support, or as audience members.

Warm greetings, 
Mikki Lane Tegan Waite Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman
Director Choreographer Musical Director




Why participate in youth theatre?

There are many benefits to participating in physical activities like sports programs, but there are excellent benefits to participating in the performing arts. Some similarities to sports include teamwork, responsibility, discipline, collaboration and leadership.  Often the myths and stereotypes of the performing arts lead people to think of its education as being frivolous. Yet the statistics prove otherwise. Students in the arts consistently out score their non-arts peers on college exams, are more likely to achieve academic notice, hold school offices, win awards for writing and even enter science fairs. In addition, students in the performing arts learn academic skills that help them in college and at work such as analysis, problem solving, reasoning, abstract thinking, conceptualization, public speaking and creative thinking.  

Performing arts programs offer children and youth a benefit they usually do not find in an ordinary classroom, instead of just gaining knowledge about things, they gain knowledge about who they are and what they can do. This helps them grow into better adults, parents and citizens. The performing arts build cultural bridges, bringing greater understanding and communication in our society. This leads to youth forming stronger ties with the community and being more community minded.

Rutland Youth Theatre is proud to provide these benefits to its community members with its productions, workshops and classes. For the past decade we have made our programs available to children K-12 from all over Vermont as well as given opportunities for alumni and college grads to grow. We are proud of the collaborations we have built in the community, teaming up with other organizations to better serve the community.


Elf Jr the Musical Photos 

December 2015