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2014-2015 Adult Education Program

Steps to the Stage

Raleigh Little Theatre is pleased to present adult acting classes designed to take students through the process of preparing for the stage. The adult theatre classes offer the same commitment to excellence found in the Youth Education Program where the goal is to provide high quality theatre arts training in a safe nurturing environment. We believe that theatre arts training extends well beyond the stage as well by promoting self- esteem, building confidence, stimulating creativity, sharpening communication skills and fostering an appreciation of teamwork. It’s also a lot of fun!

If you have any questions, please call or email me.

You might also be interested in reading this article in Midtown Raleigh News about RLT's adult classes.

Linda O’Day Young
Youth Theatre and Education Director
linda@raleighlittletheatre.org , (919) 821-4579 ext 235

Enrollments: Send in the registration form

Note: Refunds (minus a $20 drop fee) will be made if the student officially withdraws 10 days before the start of a class. To officially withdraw, call Kathleen Rudolph at 919-821-4579 extension 225 or email kathleen@raleighlittletheatre.org .

There is a $10 returned check fee for insufficient funds.

The following classes and workshops have been announced.


Beginning Actors Studio FULL

This class is designed for adults who thought they might want to give acting a try or for those actors who wish to revisit the basics and explore acting concepts and techniques. Students will participate in lively theatre games and exercises designed to free up the voice and body, stimulate creativity, promote confidence and teach the basics of acting.. Students are asked to wear comfortable clothing allowing for freedom of movement, and closed toe shoes. Limit: 12 students.

Ages: 18 and up

Cost: $100 each session

Session 2 (Winter Class): FULL

Dates: Sundays, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8
Times: 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Sue Scarborough & J Chachula

To enroll, please send in a Registration Form.

Much Ado About Shakespeare

Our new Artistic Director, Patrick Torres wants to spread his love of Shakespeare.
Whether you have been a long-time fan of Shakespeare or you truly don't understand what all the fuss over Shakespeare is about, this class will demonstrate just how approachable the Bard’s work is and give you insight into why his work is timeless.Through performance and text analysis, participants in this class will learn how Shakespeare uses language to reveal character, intention, and action for actors. Limit: 16 students.

Ages: 18 and up

Cost: $120

Dates: Sundays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12
Times: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Patrick Torres

To enroll, please send in a Registration Form.

Technical Workshops NEW!

Saturdays, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Limit 10 students

Ages: 13 – adult

Cost: $35 per workshop or $30 each for more than one!
Instructor:  Thomas Mauney


Where was the actor when the lights went out? In the dark! Lighting is a critical part of making a play, but what do all those lights even do? And why are there so many? In this workshop students will be given a thorough introduction to lighting equipment for the theatre. By the end you’ll know your fresnels from your pars, be able to spot an ellipsoidal and understand why you should never touch a bulb! Limit 10 students.

Saturday October 11, 2:30 – 4:30 pm


Ever wonder just what a lighting designer does? Hanging a light is one thing, but what about designing a lighting plan or programming light cues into a computer? This workshop will expose students to the basics of lighting design, cover the creation of light cues and explain how to run a board. You’ll look at a play in a whole new way once you understand how it’s lit! Limit 10 students.

Saturday February 14, 2:30 – 4:30 pm


A good play is made great by adding just the right music and sound effects. But how does a sound designer choose what to play during a show? And how does sound equipment even work? Find out in this introduction to sound design for the theatre. Students will learn the ins and outs of running a sound board and how to gather sound effects. Limit 10 students.

Saturday October 18, 2:30 – 4:30 pm


A good sound designer doesn’t just have an ear for music. They know how to blend sounds together using a mixing board and how best to control the music for a show. In this exciting workshop students will learn how to structure a sound design for the stage and how to master the mixing console. Limit 10 students.

Saturday February 21, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

To enroll, please send in the registration form (PDF)


This class is for both beginning and intermediate students who wish to learn and sharpen basic acting skills and explore character development through scene study. To enable our instructor to elect scenes for class work, please download Scene Study Student Profile (see below) and submit with registration form. Limit: 12 students.

Ages 18 and up

Cost: $120 each session

Session 1: (Fall Class): FULL

Dates: Sundays, October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23
Times: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Lucius Robinson

Session 2: (Winter Class):

Dates: Sundays, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22
Times: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Sue Scarborough

To enroll, please send in a Registration Form.
Please also include your Scene Study Student Profile.

Readers Theatre (APEX) FULL

Ages: 55 and up

Have you ever seen a play and thought, “I could do that!”? Well then this class is for you! Readers Theatre is a style of theatre in which actors do not memorize their lines and use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than sets, costumes, intricate blocking or movement. Learn what it is like to be onstage by participating in a variety of theatre activities used to build confidence and boost creativity. The session will culminate in a Readers Theatre presentation for friends and family. No previous experience necessary. Limited to 10 participants.

Fridays, 9:30-10:30am
January 16 – March 20
Performance will be held on March 20 at 10:00am.

Instructor: Kathleen Rudolph

Registration: Please call the Halle Cultural Arts Center directly at 919-249-1120.

Standing Out in a Crowd: The Art of the Audition

Auditions can be intimidating and scary - How can you possibly stand out in a sea of other actors? Participants in this class will learn techniques to help them stand out in a crowd, gain confidence in the audition process, and leave every audition with a feeling of success. At the conclusion of this class, actors will leave with a monologue ready for auditions, practical techniques to improve cold readings, and a renewed sense of confidence in winning their favorite parts! Limit: 12 students.

Ages: 18 and up

Cost: $120

Sundays, 7:00-9:00pm
February 22 - March 29, 2015
Instructor: Patrick Torres, RLT's Artistic Director

To enroll, please send in a Registration Form.

Costume Design Workshop NEW!

Ages: 13 - adult

Working in close collaboration with a show’s Director, Set Designer and Lighting Designer, the Costume Designer creates the look of each character in a script by designing clothes and accessories worn by the actors in the production. In this two day workshop students will learn the elements of costume design, including proper preparation for design, the importance of texture, shape and color, the use of design sketches and the consideration of style based on the show’s needs, the Director’s vision and the actors’ body type. As with the set and lights, it’s about making a strong visual statement to the audience. Limit 10 students.

Cost: $75

Saturdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
March 7 - 14, 2015

Instructor: Vicki Olson

To enroll, please send in the registration form (PDF)

No Fear Shakespeare Workshop NEW!

Ages: 13 - adult

In this three day workshop students will gain the experience and obtain the tools they need to explore Shakespeare with no fear. Students will play with text, image and structure, and search for clues directly from our friend, Will Shakespeare. Have fun as you unlock the mysteries and jump into the text and physicality of the great Bard. Where else can you say things like “Take you me for a sponge?” (Hamlet) or “Away, you mouldy rogue, away!” (Henry IV) or “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” (from you know what). For those who want to begin or those who want to explore Shakespeare in a more exciting way, join the group. Have fun! No fear!

Cost: $90

Saturdays, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
March 7 - 21, 2015

Instructor: Sue Scarborough

To enroll, please send in the registration form (PDF)

Directing for the Stage

Ages: 18 and up

Learn the fundamentals of directing in this exciting new class! From casting to working with actors to staging, participants will learn the art of directing through practice - each director will fully stage a two person scene to be shared with the public during the final class. The only way to truly learn how to be a director is to do it, and this class will give you that opportunity. This class will require work outside of the workshop hours. Limit: 12 students.

Cost: $160

Dates: Sundays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 31, June 7
Times: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: Patrick Torres

To enroll, please send in a Registration Form.

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