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Rainbow Company Youth Theatre
Company Youth Theatre
The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre is a nationally recognized theatre education program. Each year, Rainbow Company produces a four-show season of family oriented theatre. Ticket prices are $5 per person. Casting for Rainbow Company shows is age appropriate-adults in adult roles and children in children's roles-and all auditions are open to members of the community. (There is always a need for adults to audition!)

Classes are offered year-round for young people ages 4-18 at Charleston Heights Arts Center. Those who are 4-12 years of age concentrate on improvisation, acting and creative drama. Older, more experienced, young people explore classes in all aspects of theatre.

The Student Ensemble program offers professional-level training to young people, ages 10-18, in all areas of theatre. This nationally recognized program is a huge time commitment; but for the serious theatre student, it is ideal. Tuesday night meetings and classes are mandatory. The Ensemble is for students who want to learn all aspects of theatre, and all students are required to work on all productions, either backstage or on stage.

A touring show goes out into the schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays, February-May, to perform for upward of 14,000 young people each year. For the past 17 years, the show has been an original musical production focusing on Nevada history.

2013-2014 Rainbow Company Season

The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers, 2013
Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12 at 7 p.m.
Oct. 6, 12, 13 at 2 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 229-6553/6383

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Scrooge, the Musical, 2013
Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14 at 7 p.m.
Dec. 8, 14, 15 at 2 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 229-6553/6383

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The Nevada Series, 2014
Feb. 14, 15 at 7 p.m.
Feb. 15, 16 at 2 p.m.
The Historic Fifth Street School, 229-6553/6383

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Ozma of Oz, 2014
April 25, 26, May2, 3 at 7 p.m.
April 27, May 3, 4 at 2 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 229-6553/6383

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Upcoming Auditions:
Saturday, Aug.17, 2013   Rainbow Company Student Ensemble (ages 10-17 only)
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013   The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013   Scrooge, the Musical
Saturday, March 8, 2014   Ozma of Oz

All auditions begin promptly at 1 p.m. at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 89107; 229-6553/6383


Karen McKenney, Rainbow Company 1980-present
Artistic Director
B.A. in Theatre Performance, University of Rhode Island; M.A. in Child Drama, Arizona State University. Previously: Actor, teacher and director at California Theatre Center; Ms. McKenney has also taught acting at UNLV and at the College of Southern Nevada, and acted and directed at CSN. She authors the tour show annually and has steered the Rainbow Company to national attention.

Dr. Toni Molloy-Tudor, Rainbow Company 1994- present
Education Director
B.A. and M.A. in Child Drama, California State University-Northridge; Ph.d. from University of Kansas, Theatre for Youth; a national Winifred Ward Scholar. Previously: guest Lecturer in Child Drama, University of Texas at Austin; Editor, national Youth Theatre Journal. Dr. Tudor has taught a variety of theatre courses at CSUN, KU, UNLV and CSN and worked extensively in television and on stage.

Kristopher Shepherd (aka Kristopher Van Riper), Rainbow Company 1995-present
Bachelor of Arts from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to joining the Rainbow Company staff, Mr. Shepherd worked in professional theatre throughout the United States. Working in management, artistic supervision and design, he now brings his experience to the Rainbow Company. His classes focus on the professional attitude and artistic integrity needed to succeed in the real world.

City of Las Vegas
Office of Cultural Affairs, 495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Monday - Thursday 229-6511 / Friday - Saturday 229-6383