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 $3 for children age 12 and under, $5 for seniors and teenagers, and $7 for adults. Season ticket packages are also available. 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 Spring Break Drama Workshop is one of the most popular programs. Students enjoy five full days of drama, culminating in a performance on the main stage at Charleston Heights. During the summer, there is a drama conservatory for ages 8-11 and ages 12-16.
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.
Tour Show Study Guide
Rainbow Company 2012-2013 Season
Rapunzel! Rapunzel! – April 26, 27, May 3, 4 at 7 p.m. and April 28, May 4, 5 at 2 p.m.at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 89107 229-6383
"Across the Truckee" at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., 89101 229-3515 or 229-6553
The Nevada Series- Feb. 15, 16 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 16, 17 at 2 p.m.
Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A very hairy fairy tale
Student Ensemble, 2013-2014
First show of the 2013-2014 season
March 2, 2013
Aug. 17, 2013
Aug. 24, 2013
All auditions begin promptly at 1 p.m. at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., Las Vegas, 89107
(702) 229-6553 or (702) 229-6383
Karen McKenney, Rainbow Company 1980-present
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
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.