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

2015-2016 Rainbow Company Season

All tickets for Rainbow Company productions are $5.00 unless otherwise noted

The Nightingale
Special preview performance of our brand new fall school tour
Charleston Heights Arts Center
Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Obsessed with his worldly possessions, the Emperor of China has grown blind to the needs of his people and the real treasures of life. In this humorous adaptation of the classic fairy tale, ancient Oriental gods, the Nightingale and the audience join forces to cure the Emperor of his grasping ways.

A Year With Frog and Toad
Charleston Heights Arts Center
December 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m. and December 6, 12 and 13 at 2 p.m.
Based on the Frog and Toad children’s book, this delightful musical follows the adventures of worry-wart Toad and perky Frog over the course of a year. The story of a friendship that weathers all seasons, this enchanting musical is a must see for the whole family.

Nevada Series Touring Performance
Historic 5th St. School
February 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and February 13 and 14 at 2 p.m.
Rainbow Company's original play about Nevada's past using fascinating historic characters and music that makes everyone smile. Thousands of children and educators look forward to seeing this production every year -- you should too!

Bridge to Terabithia
Charleston Heights Arts Center
April 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and April 24, 30 and May 1 at 2 p.m.
In this faithful adaptation of the Newberry award-winning children’s book, best friends Jess Aaron and Leslie Burke create their own kingdom, the magical Terabithia, where they reign as King and Queen and their imaginations set the only limits. The powerful play of remarkable richness and depth captures the humor, warmth and emotional intensity Katherine Patterson’s story.

(W)rites of Passage
Sammy Davis Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park
June 3 and 4, 7 p.m.
Humorous and warm, touching and tender, this collection of student writings present a unique glimpse at the joys and challenges of growing up in Las Vegas. A must-see for all kids and the parents who watch them grow.

Tickets can be purchased Here!

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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