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 sight reading music, to monologues and scenic painting. Master Classes with Broadway professionals have included stage combat, physical comedy, presenting a
Our students have had the rare opportunity to study with such master teachers as:
Gemze de Lappe, who is in great demand as a choreographer around the world, and has had an extensive Broadway career that includes working very closely with some of Broadway's most highly regarded choreographers. 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
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 to express themselves in front of their peers and teachers…Kids who are so shy come to life because they are given encouragement by everyone."
Maureen H. (camp parent)
"We all had so much fun, and the only downside is that it's ending."
Tricia L. (camp student)
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MEET THE CAMP STAFF
Sheron Doucette, Camp Director
Sheron Thorp Doucette returned to Reagle Music Theatre Camp after recently completing her Masters in Education in Creative Arts and Learning at Lesley University. She has over a decade of classroom experience as a Drama educator and is currently teaching
Drama at Walsh Middle School in Framingham,
productions and plays at all educational levels from elementary school to high school. Past theatre experience in theatre includes openingBoston Theatre Works in 1999, spending a year at the Tennessee Repertory Theatre as the Resident Stage Manager as well as working in theaters throughout Massachusetts. This past winter, Ms. Doucette completed writing her first book, Knowing Myself, Understanding Others. The book uses arts integration to address lessons of self empowerment and empathy as a way to prevent bullying in our schools. In addition to this book, she has also takes great pride in the writing of several plays including the 2011 METG Gold Medal winner, Code Yellow and a book of poetry titled Breaking the Fourth Wall.
Rachel Bertone, Associate Camp Director
choreographing for RMT’s Youth programs and directing the children in their annual production of ChristmasTime, she has performed in multiple Reagle productions—such as A Chorus Line (Connie), The Music Man (Zaneeta), Joseph... (Apache dancer), The King and I (Topsy)—and has had the great privilege of choreographing their most recent show of My Fair Lady. When not at Reagle, she directs, choreographs and performs throughout the Boston area. Most recently she directed/choreographed the hit production of Joseph... at Turtle Lane. Other choreographic credits: Big River—Broadway World Winner for Best Choreography*, Animal Crackers (Lyric Stage), West Side Story (Turtle Lane), Lucky Stiff, Floyd Collins (Moonbox Productions), A Little Night Music (Metro Stage), and Seussical Jr. (Boston Children’s Theatre). She has also performed with the Lyric Stage, Fiddlehead Theatre, The LAB, The Awesome 80's Prom, The Boston Ballet, Prometheus Dance, Ballet Rox, and Windhover Dance Company.
Dan Rodriguez, Vocal Instructor/Music Director
Dan returns to Reagle Music Theatre for another season. Recent shows include Oklahoma! (IRNE nom.), The Sound of Music, Hairspray (IRNE nom.), and La Cage Aux Folles (IRNE, 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 Floyd Collins (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.
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.