Youth Programs

Rockwall Children’s Playhouse (RCP) at Rockwall Community Playhouse (RCP)

RCP at RCP After School Academy believes the future of community theater depends on identifying, nurturing and developing the talents of children.  No matter what future endeavors children pursue, experience onstage prepares them for confident communication before a wide range of audiences. This tuition based program has evolved to being offered twice a year.

Our 2017-2018 Youth Shows

( Closed )
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play
Original Dances by Agnes de Mille
Directed by Lloyd Turney
The Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA! In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the elements that make this show a classic are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production.
AUDITIONS/REGISTRATION: Actors arrive: Monday, July 31st at 9am
Volunteers arrive: Monday, July 31st at 8am
PERFORMANCES:August 11, 12 & 13 ~ 2017

CAPRICIOUS PEARLS (6th-8th Grades) CAPRICIOUS PEARLS (6th-8th Grades)
( Coming November )
Tuition Based - $150

By Virginia Kidd
Directed by Darlene Singleton
When Boss and his gang reconvene after being dismissed from parts better left unsaid, they go over the original map Boss had drawn showing where he had hidden a valuable string of pearls in a vacant house. They find it is now a home for aged ladies - and what ladies! Grannie Carlson loves to scoot in her wheelchair, Mrs. Hildebrand has a caustic tongue, Mrs. Katts has eyesight that leaves something to be desired. How the crooks find the pearls and what they do with them make this one of the funniest plays ever.
Thurs, Aug 31 from 4:30-6:30
PERFORMANCES:Saturday, November 4 & Sunday, November 5

( Coming November )
Written By Alice D'Arcy
"One Hundred Plays for Children" - An Anthology of One-Act Plays
Edited by A.S. Burach
Directed by Christy Brown
Two modern day children travel back to storybook land and meet:  Red Riding Hood, White Rabbit, Alice Wonderland, Hook, Smee, Peter Pan, Snow White, a couple dwarfs, Pinocchio, Tiger Lily, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Blue Fairy, Cinderell and the Prince on an adventure.
Tues, Aug 29 from 4:30-6:30
PERFORMANCES:Friday, November 3 & Saturday, November 4

AESOP'S FABLES REDUX (1st-5th Grades) AESOP'S FABLES REDUX (1st-5th Grades)
( Closed )
(Tuition Based $150)
By Susan Pennington

Directed by Cathryn Harris
A witty narrator helps an inquisitive child understand some famous expressions by exploring Aesop's beloved fables. The lessons behind these expressions are playfully illustrated through a series of the well-known stories, and brought to life by a variety of human and animal characters. These classic fables, such as The Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg, provide a fresh, warm, and fun learning experience.
AUDITIONS/REGISTRATION: Registration begins on Thursday, Feb 9th at 4:30pm
PERFORMANCES:Friday, April 21 & Sunday, April 23

RCP @ RCP: This children’s theatre mini production will introduce students to theatre basics, as well as how to learn and produce a complete show!  This unique program provides educational opportunities along with a stage performance for parents and community.  Perfect for the developing actor to experience the entire production process, including audition, rehearsal, stage movement, acting techniques, and the performance.  A mini production session is conducted in the fall and in the spring. Not quite ready for the limelight?  This venue also allows participation and valuable experience in the ‘behind the scenes’ activities for the future theatre buff.  Performances for family and friends will be held at the end of the rehearsal period.

All RCP @ RCP are tuition based programs for the fee of $150.  Scholoarships are available but limited.

Dates: Week of Aug 28 - November 1
Performance Dates: Ages 1st thru 5th - Friday, Nov 3 at 7:00pm
                                Ages 1st thru 5th - Saturday, Nov 4 at 2:00pm
                                Ages 6th thru 8th - Saturday, Nov 4 at 7:00pm
                                Ages 6th thru 8th - Sunday, Nov 5 at 2:00pm
CLASS BEGINS: Ages 1st thru 5th - Tuesday, Aug 29 at 4:30pm
                        Ages 6th thru 8th - Thursday, Aug 31 at 4:30pm

Children ages 6 through 12 will have a daily rehearsal schedule set by the director.  A great way to get your child involved in theatre, develop confidence and hone improvisation skills.  The Children’s Summer Musical production, takes future stars one step further through an actual auditions process.  Then onto learning songs, chorography and what it takes to produce a quality production through daily rehearsal and commitment.  The final result is a 6 performance ticketed production for the community to enjoy.

The two week August workshop will be a theater experience for actors and actresses with special needs!
Show: TBD
Dates: Summer 2018
Rehearsal Times: 9am-12pm
Performances: Dates Coming Soon

STAR Players Spring Workshop 2018 - Class will meet once a week for 10 weeks and focus on theater basics. 
Dates: TBA
First Date: TBA
Time: 9am-11am

RCP’s Teen Theater program gives the talented students of the Rockwall area an opportunity to rehearse and perform their own production each summer.  This program focuses on performance opportunities for young people, highlighting their unique style and energy, while preparing them for later community theater participation.  Many of our teens have gone on to perform in larger shows and bigger venues.  We regularly hear from past participants how their involvement in RCP shaped their performance skills and built lasting memories. Each year, RCP awards a scholarship to graduating seniors to further their education in the fine arts in college.

All RCP at RCP programs are tuition based and cost $150 per child.  Limited scholarships based on need are available.