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Theater arts classes for kids set to begin

The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is currently registering students for their winter/spring class season.

An open house registration will take place at the theater on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 4-6:30 p.m.

Theater Arts classes will be offered for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

This season, the JRT is continuing its launch and expansion on new arts programming in the town that not only includes theater, but playwriting, music, dance and art as well. The JRT has had a theater education program for nearly 10 years.

“We are so excited,” says Kathleen Buttolph, director of arts education. “The renovations to the Booker T. Washington School are amazing. We can’t wait to get into the new facility (The McKinney Arts 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 and will be the new home of Jonesborough arts programming through the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts.

JRT’s theater 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, Monday, Jan. 14, classes will be held on Mondays from 4-5:15 p.m. for students in grades five through seven; and from 5:15-6:30 p.m. for students in grades 8-12.

On Tuesdays, classes will be offered for students in kindergarten through second grade from 4-5 p.m. and from 5-6 p.m. for students in grades three and four.

This fall, JRT had more than 30 students in the theater 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 at The form can be emailed to

For more information check online or call 794-7858.

Separate workshops will be offered throughout the spring for adults as well. Please see the website for updates and details on classes and workshops.