Presenting Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

January-March 2017

Starting January 2017, the Grand Rapids Players and Reif Performing Art Center will collaborate to offer a 12-week youth acting workshop. Open to 3rd-9th graders, this workshop will begin with theatre instruction and training and culminate in a production of Disney’s musical The Little Mermaid Jr. Through the use of structured theater games and classroom-style activities, participants will build a foundation from which they will develop their characters for the production. Emphasis will be placed on the collaborative nature of theater, theater as a communication tool, and the exploration of self as a tool for character development.

Each participant in this workshop will have an on-stage role. While there are several major roles that require solid singing skills, most roles will include singing as part of a group. Specific roles will be determined after the education component.

This workshop is open to students in grades 3-9 and is limited to 40. A balance of 2 sessions will be created from the registrations; one from grades 3-6 and another from grades 7-9. All registrants will be notified by December 1. Previous theater experience is not a requirement of this program.

Sessions will begin in January and continue through mid-March. Sessions will be held after school Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00pm (younger students) and 5:15-6:45pm (older students) and Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00pm (younger students) and 4:14-5:45pm (older students). When deemed appropriate by the instructor, sessions will move from a teaching mode to a rehearsal mode. As the workshop moves into rehearsal mode, times and days will change. For example, the rehearsal days will move to Monday-Friday, from after school until 6:45pm (5:45pm on Wednesdays), with occasional weekend sessions added as needed. We will attempt to keep the times similar. For the majority of the time all sessions/rehearsals will be done by 6:45pm. Performance dates are March 17, 18, 19.

Tuition is $85.00, and is due at the time of application. Any received registration that exceeds the workshop limit of 40 will be returned. All inquiries will receive notification by December 1. Scholarship information is available upon request.

This workshop is just the first step in the development of a full-scale, collaborative theater education program based here at the Reif Center. More workshop opportunities, in all aspects of theater and for all age levels, will be offered as we move forward. The workshop will be led by Jim Cagle.

For more information contact the Reif Center at (218) 327-5780. Download a registration form below or online at Applications accepted through November 22.

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Return completed registration forms (with payment) to:

Reif Performing Arts Center
720 NW Conifer Drive
Grand Rapids, MN  55744
(218) 327-5780

This Youth Acting Workshop is a collaborative project of the Reif Performing Arts Center and the Grand Rapids Players.

Meet the Instructor

Jim Cagle

Jim Cagle as Billy Flynn (Chicago), 2011

Jim Cagle, a life-long resident of Grand Rapids, currently owns and manages A-1 Driver’s Training. His true passion, however, lies with the performing arts. Jim has a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s University for Theater/Speech Education, a Master of Science from Capella University for Instructional Design, and a Doctorate from Capella University for Education. Jim’s Master’s project was the development of a workbook for a traveling youth theater program. He has previously taught introductory theater classes at Mesabi Range Community & Technical College. His professional acting experience includes both stage and film credits. Jim has been a part of many local theater productions both as director and as an actor, most notably Best Christmas Pageant Ever (director), A Christmas Carol (director), Two By Two (director), Dracula (Dracula), Ten Little Indians (Capt. Lumbard), Annie (Rooster), Chicago (Billy Flynn), and The Music Man (Harold Hill).