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Rainbow Company Youth Theatre

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre's

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 11,000 young people each year. For the past 17 years, the show has been an original musical production focusing on Nevada history.

2014-2015 Rainbow Company Season

All tickets for Rainbow Company productions are $5.00

Meet Me in St. Louis
Charleston Heights Arts Center
December 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7pm, December 7, 13, 14 at 2pm
Centering on the close-knit Smith family, this rare musical treasure is based on the heart-warming 1944 movie. As their hometown of St. Louis anticipates the spectacular 1904 World’s Fair, the Smith family children learn lessons about life and love as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. A holiday treat for the whole family will enjoy.

Digging Through Nevada’s Past
Historic 5th Street School
February 13, 14 at 7pm, February 14, 15 at 2pm
Don’t miss Rainbow Company’s annual tribute to Nevada’s past. An original play focusing on fascinating historic characters and music that makes everyone smile, thousands of school children look forward to this production when it tours to their schools.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Charleston Heights Arts Center
April 24, 25, May 1, 2 at 7pm, April 26, May 2, 3 at 2pm
A classic of American humor, the adventures of house painter Mr. Popper and his brood of high stepping penguins have delighted children and adults alike for generations.

Tickets can be purchased Here!

Upcoming Auditions:

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Saturday, March 7, at 1:00

In this delightful play, based on the ever-popular 1938 children’s book, roles are available for ages 8-adult. Please come dressed to move and prepared to sing—and if you tap, please be ready to show us your skills.

Auditions are held at the Charleston Heights Arts Center


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.

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.

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