Next Audition: The King and I - September 25 & 26

Rutland Youth Theatre is holding Open Auditions for The King and I on September 25th and 26th at the old Courcelle Building in Rutland.

Music by Rodgers, Richard. Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, II. Based on Anna and the King by Margaret Landon.

Produced by Saskia Hagen Groom and directed by Mikki Lane, ‘The King and I’ tells the classic story of East meets West in 1862 in a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. An English widow is ordered by the King of Siam to tutor his many wives and children and to assist in changing his barbaric image. Each develop an understanding and eventually respect for one another in a truly unique love story.

Musical Director is Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman. Choreographer is Tegan Waite. Stage Manager is Barb Lassen.

Auditions will be held on September 25, 2016 2-5pm and September 26, 2016 from 6-9pm at the old Courcelle Building, Rutland Recreation Department on 16 North Street Extension, Rutland.

Rehearsals will be scheduled for Tuesdays 6-9pm, Thursdays 5-7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays 2-5pm.  Showtimes December 9th at 7pm and December 10th at 2pm and 7pm at the Paramount Theatre, Rutland, VT.

Choose one audition date ONLY.

Students K-12 grade may audition. No preparation or experience is required. You do not need to be a resident of Rutland County.

Rutland Youth Theatre is part of the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department and is a non-for-profit organization. 




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.


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