we seek to build well-rounded, confident young people and performers who can represent themselves and their talent in the ever-growing performing arts industry. 

OUR PROGRAMS

musical theatre workshop

Calling all future actors and singers! This class is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge of performing in musical theatre. During this 8-week class, students will be taught the basics of all three elements of musical theatre - acting, singing, and dancing - and will culminate with a final performance. The schedule will be as follows:

Weeks 1 and 4: Acting and monologues                                                                                          

Weeks 2 and 5: Vocal technique and musicianship                                                                    

Weeks 3 and 6: Musical theatre dance and performance

Weeks 7 and 8: Rehearsals for final performance showcase

Tuesday Session: September 20 - November 8
Grades 3-5 | 4:15 - 5:15 pm | Max 20 students
Grades 6-12 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm | Max 20 students
Final Performance Date: Saturday, November 12, 3:00 pm, Riverbank Theatre

Wednesday Session: September 21 - November 9
Grades 3-5 | 4:15 - 5:15 pm | Max 20 students
Grades 6-12 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm | Max 20 students
Final Performance Date: Saturday, November 12, 5:00 pm, Riverbank Theatre

8-Week Program - $175.00


PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS

Do you want to build confidence in your singing skills? Then sign up to audition for a one-on-one private session with voice instructor Aaron Smith.  Students will learn how to breath, where to place their sound when they are singing, and work on developing good performance techniques.  Students will also have the option to perform for a live audience in a voice recital on November 12. Above all, it's all about building confidence in the singer- and that's what we are here to do!

Students ages 8 through adult are welcome to AUDITION for private voice lessons.  Once accepted into the program, half-hour lessons will be provided during a 6-week session from September 26-November 4.  Lesson dates and times will be worked out with the instructor and the student once they are accepted into the program.  Music selections will be geared toward the student and their musical interests, with approval from the instructor. Selections could include musical theatre, sacred, classical, or pop standards.  

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Ages 8 and older (Youth and Adult). Please prepare one full song (no a cappella) with piano accompaniment, and bring the necessary sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. 

6-week Program | September 26 - November 4 - $150.00

COMING SOON


Musical Theatre Performance: Note: Completion of the Musical Theatre Workshop in Fall 2016 is a pre-requisite for this program. Students will put the skills they’ve learned to use during Musical Theatre Workshop and perform a musical.  Students who complete both the Workshop and the Performance classes will be better prepared to tackle full-length shows at their schools, at Riverbank Theatre, and at local community theatre organizations.

MEET THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF RIVERBANK PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY

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Aaron Dennis Smith has experience teaching youth in all aspects of the performing arts, including voice, choir, show choir, piano, band, speech, and drama. He served as Performing Arts Director at New Life Christian Academy in Kimball for seven years. Some of Aaron’s past directing credits for youth include: Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, The Music Man, Seussical, Annie, and Mary Poppins. He has also directed Hello Dolly!, Cabaret, and Gypsy here at The Snug and Riverbank Theatres, and is set to direct The Drowsy Chaperone and A Christmas Carol later this season. Aaron has also performed as an actor professionally in Branson, Missouri, and as a production singer for Carnival Cruise Lines.  He has appeared on stage at the Riverbank and Snug Theatres in many roles; some of his favorites are Chuck Baxter in Promises, Promises, Michael in I Do, I Do! (opposite his wife, Brittany), Bert in Mary Poppins, and Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps.