OAT, local actress to host Summer Theatre Academy

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    Ozark Actors Theatre (OAT) will be hosting a week-long Summer Theatre Academy in three area towns, including Bourbon, this summer. Actress Taylor Louderman, who is a Bourbon native, will be co-directing the academy along with Cuba Elementary School art teacher Melissa Albright.


    “Summer Theatre Academy has been a successful OAT tradition for many years here in Rolla. We wanted to take it on tour to reach more students and tap into the communities whose arts programs could benefit from our workshop,” Louderman said. “We have a blast working with the kids and watching them blossom.”
    The Academy will be held at Bourbon High School June 21-25, ARK Community and Sports Center in Waynesville from June 28 through July 2, and at OAT’s new 612 Pine Street Location in Rolla July 5-9. Registration is $150 per student and scholarships are available.
    The Academy is co-directed by Albright, who serves as OAT’s Education Program lead, and Louderman, a Tony Award nominee and star of “Mean Girls,” “Peter Pan Live,” NBC’s “Kenan,” and more. Lead instructors will be Miss Upstate New York Madalyn Teal and OAT’s “Little Shop of Horrors” choreographer Jeremy Cox. Guest artists include Rolla High School theatre instructor Kelli McNeven, OAT’s Props and Managing Director Laura Light, OAT’s Costume Designer Jenna Gove, OAT’s Stage Manager Jim Welch, and Stephanie Hanson of Stephanie’s School of Dance in Rolla.
    Students will engage in various activities throughout the day including theatre games, improvisation, vocal technique, dance styles, acting and memorization, arts and crafts (props and costumes), as well as Q&A’s with industry professionals. The academy will culminate on Fridays at 3 p.m. for a 20-minute finale performance. Snacks and an academy T-shirt—in addition to fun—will be provided
    To register your student visit www.ozarkactorstheatre.org/sta. For more information about Ozark Actors Theatre and to purchase tickets to our Professional Summer Shows, visit www.OzarkActorsTheatre.org. Follow @ozarkactorstheatre on Instagram and Ozark Actors Theatre on Facebook.
    Ozark Actors Theatre is a professional theatre company in Rolla that occupies the Cedar Street Playhouse. OAT Education (OAT Ed) gives students the opportunity to learn and grow in the performing arts by producing programs and monthly workshops year-round. OAT’s community theatre branch, The Cedar Street Players. provides performance opportunities for community members of all ages.