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Jonesborough Repertory Theatre prepares for upcoming season

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is currently registering students for its winter and spring class season. The open house registration will take place at the theatre on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

 Theatre Arts classes and more will be offered for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. This season JRT is continuing its launch and expansion on new arts programming in the town that not only includes theatre, but playwriting, music, dance and art as well. JRT has had a thriving theatre education program for nearly 10 years.

 “We are so excited,” Kathleen Buttolph, director of arts education, said. “The renovations to the Booker T. Washington school are amazing. We can’t wait to get into the new facility (The McKinney Center). The new space will not only contain a stage for plays and musicals, but it will be a community center for all to grow in the arts and delight in the rich history that breathes life into the building.”

 The newly renovated McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School will be open this summer 2013 and will be the new home of Jonesborough’s arts programming through the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts. JRT’s theatre arts classes will continue to have a home at JRT, but will offer more opportunities for youth and adults to enjoy the variety of stage spaces and instruction style.

 Beginning, Jan. 14, theatre arts classes will be held on Mondays from 4 to 5:15 p.m. for students in 5th through 7th grades and from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. for students in 8th through 12th grades. On Tuesdays, classes will be offered for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade from 4 to 5 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m. for students in 3rd and 4th grade.

 This fall, JRT had more than 30 students in its theatre arts classes. JRT’s faculty is dedicated to the study and creation of a theatre arts curriculum that combines best practices and includes state standards. All classes are geared to set personal and whole class goals in theatre arts performance. Students will engage in theatre games and exercises that explore introductory and advanced technique development for improvisation, voice and diction, storytelling, monologue, scene work, auditioning, movement for the stage, musical theatre, playwriting, pantomime and much more.

 If interested, download the registration form online at www. The form can be mailed or emailed to

 For more information check online or call 423-794-7858. Separate workshops will be offered throughout the spring for adults as well. See the website for updates and details on classes and workshops.