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Reagle Music Theatre has a variety of programs designed to give children in the West Suburban region the opportunity to expand their horizons through the performing arts. We provide a positive, nurturing environment in which to develop a variety of skills including: Improvisation, Theatre Games, Role Playing, Stage Movement and Dance, Scene Work, Character Exploration, Auditioning Skills, Vocal Technique, Stage Combat, and Technical Stage Craft.
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Along with daily classes in voice, dance and acting, Reagle Camps and Workshops also offer electives in everything from stage craft and sightreading music, to monologues and scenic painting. Master Classes with Broadway professionals have included stage combat, physical comedy, presenting a
song,and learning pieces of original Broadway choreography.
Gemze de Lappe, who is in great demand as achoreographer around the world, and has had an extensive Broadway career
that includes working very closely with some of Broadway'smost highly regardedchoreographers. In both the
original Broadway production and the film of The King and I,
she was the original King Simon of Legree.
Kenny Raskin starred as the lead clown Everyman in Cirque du Soleil's universally loved Nouvelle Experience, and he also originated the role of Lefou, the comic sidekick of the villain Gaston, in the Broadway production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Kenny was also featured in Cirque du Soleil's 3D IMAX film entitled Journey of Man.
Sarah Pfisterer starred on Broadway and in the national tours of both Phantom of the Opera and Show Boat. A Metropolitan Opera semi-finalist, Sarah has made numerous concert appearances including The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
In addition, our Camp Teachers, Assistants and Counselors are performers as well with many distinguished credits among them.
"What makes Reagle different from all other camps in the area is the unbelievable reputation in the arts. Parents and
kids know they are learning from the best. But also the
kids feel so free to be able toexpressthemselves in front
of their peers and teachers…Kids who are so shy come to
life because they are given encouragement by everyone."
"We all had so much fun, and the only downside is that it's ending." Tricia L. (camp student)
MEET THE CAMP STAFF
Laine Johnson, Camp Director
Laine Johnson joined Reagle Music Theatre as Youth Camp Director with this year’s Spring Camp. She has been directing and teaching theater for over ten years, most recently for Stoneham Theatre’s young company (The Wiz, Shrek) and Beaver Country Day School (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cabaret, The Crucible). She has also directed and taught for such prestigious theaters and schools as the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the Boston Pops, the New York Film Academy, and Walnut Hill School. She holds an MM (Musical Theater) from the Boston Conservatory, a BA (Theater Studies) from Emory University, and interned at the Alliance Theatre (Regional Tony Award Winner). She is also an accomplished actor and singer, playing leading roles throughout the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Boston.
Rachel Bertone, Associate Camp Director
Rachel Bertone returns to Reagle for her eighth season and proudly continues to
wear her many different hats with the company. Besides teaching and
choreographing for Reagle’s Youth Programs, she has performed, choreographed, and assistant directed multiple Reagle productions. Recent choreographic credits: Les Misérables, My Fair Lady (RMT), Joseph...Dreamcoat, West Side Story—IRNE Nomination for Best Choreography (Turtle Lane), Big River—BroadwayWorld Winner for Best Choreography, Animal Crackers (Lyric Stage), Company, A New Brain, Lucky Stiff, Floyd Collins (Moonbox), A Little Night Music (Metro Stage). She has also had the great honor of directing Joseph...Dreamcoat (Turtle Lane’s farewell production). Holding a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, she has performed with several other theaters and companies such as Lyric Stage, Fiddlehead, Liars & Believers, Boston Ballet, and Prometheus Dance. She serves on faculty at The Boston Conservatory, Boston Ballet, Jeannette Neill's Dance Studio, and Artbarn Community Theater.
Dan Rodriguez, Vocal Instructor/
Dan returns to Reagle Music Theatre for another season. Recent shows include last season's Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof, and Chicago(IRNE Nomination for Best Music Direction). A recent graduate of Oberlin, Dan is now a freelance musician who has worked with many companies in the Boston area. Recent credits include Company (Moonbox Productions), West Side Story (Turtle Lane Playhouse), Once On This Island (Blue Spruce Theatre, IRNE winner), The Blue Flower(American Repertory Theatre, IRNE winner), as well as work at Emerson College, Boston Conservatory, Northeastern University, and New England Conservatory. His work has been praised by such theater luminaries as Adam Guettel and
Stephen Schwartz. Dan is also an active accompanist, teacher,conductor and composer.
Those applying to be CITS must be 16 and older by the start of camp, or rising High School Juniors for the 2014/2015 school year. Please email email@example.com with your interest.
In Spring 2005, Reagle piloted a project called Actors In the Classroom (AIC) to serve Waltham High School English students. A Coordinator/Director and four professional actors implemented a three-week interpretive program, structured in accordance with state educational curriculum guidelines. The pilot served ten teachers’ classrooms with forty classroom visitations, and 200 students in grades 9-12. Literary works studied, performed, and discussed were: Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Crucible, A Doll’s House, Hamlet, A Raisin' in the Sun, A Streetcar Named Desire and Fences.
The pilot was so successful that the Project has continued for the subsequent three years, 2006-08. This spring, forty individual English classes, taught by ten teachers, hosted the AIC Project. The Project provides remedial-to honors-level students with techniques for encountering challenging dramatic and lyrical language in their English texts.
Week One is devoted to coordination, preparation, lesson planning for the classroom texts being studied, and decisions about the daily topics to be discussed and performed, followed by rehearsal sessions. Weeks Two and Three are spent in classrooms, one hour per week per class for eight to ten different classes, to demonstrate and role-model through performance, to offer teachers and students specific techniques for future use, to coach individual students in oral interpretation and, finally, to sum up the key ideas of the unit.
AIC aims to introduce students to the richness and power of Shakespearean and dramatic text, by helping them confront the problems inherent within. Most high school students, studying the words of literary masters, are confronted with language that proves daunting even for adults. Without AIC, students might not fully engage with the classics, finding them too difficult and inaccessible. Thus far, we have included up to ten different classrooms annually, with many teachers who request service being turned down due to limitations of time and resources.