As a true community theatre, RHCT has provided the opportunity to learn the art of directing to quite a few first-time directors. Each new director is provided with an experienced assistant director and a member of the board acting as producer.
The process begins with selecting a play that you are excited about seeing onstage. You may already have a favorite in mind or you might need to read a few before you find one that piques your interest. If the director loves the play, chances are he or she will transmit that excitement to the actors who will deliver an exciting performance for the audience.
There are some other considerations when choosing a play to direct for RHCT. A small budget, an open stage (no curtains), the price of renting a venue for the performance, and available talent. Generally, male roles are hard to fill, so a play featuring 9 roles for men may not work. How difficult is the play? Remember that our actors perform at a variety of levels. A play that requires an Oscar-winning level of acting is probably too hard. Complicated sets or period costumes and too many set changes (difficult without a curtain) all have to be weighed against realistic feasibility.
Despite all of these caveats, RHCT has performed 25 quality shows with actors of all ages and abilities from the local community. Our goal is for everyone to enjoy the process whether acting, directing, producing, stage managing, techies, or volunteers.
Our last show for the 2016-2017 season, Little Women, is coming up March 2-4. We are getting ready to plan our shows for the 2017-2018 season. If there is a show you’d like to see next year, contact us through email or Facebook. If you would like to try your hand at directing, please download our Director’s Application from the Facebook page or email: RHCTonstage@gmail.com and request a director’s app.
The deadline for Director’s Applications is May 1, 2018. Selections for next year will be made in June. Start reading scripts and let your creativity out of the box!