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Jr. Players

Jr. Players

RRT Jr Players is an advanced acting troupe for young people who have prior experience in an RRT education program / production, in another arts organization, or at their school.

Opportunities are available for both actors and production crew members. 

Young people specifically interested in tech work are encouraged to join since troupe members will build set pieces, gather props, run lights and sound, etc. Those with a specific interest in technical theatre will have more responsibilities on a production crew and may choose not to audition for a part.  This season some of RRT’s Mainstage and Tabletop production members will work with Jr Players technicians.

Actors will audition for roles just as they do for Mainstage and Tabletop shows. All who audition are not guaranteed a part; however, the scripts will be for moderate size casts to accommodate many young actors. Those not cast will have more responsibilities on a production crew.

Ruby Theatre | 615 S. 10th Street
Reserved Seating | 816.232.1778


Age: 
6th – 12th Grade

Prerequisite: 
Prior participation in one of the following:

  • One semester in Theatre Academy
  • One Summer Musical Theatre Camp
  • A Mainstage Show
  • A Tabletop Show
  • Interview with Jr Players Coordinator [for those without prior RRT experience]

War at Home

“War at Home: Students Respond to September 11th,” a dramatic readers theatre by Nicole Quinn and Nina Shengold, tells the reactions of high school students to the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Our performances will commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the attack.

Scripts, audition cuttings, and conflict calendars will be available in the office beginning July 19.  $10 required deposit for the script will be applied toward the registration fee. 

Pre-registration is not mandatory, but letting Cheryl (cheryl.wood@rrtstjoe.org) know if you are / aren’t joining Jr Players will help her prepare for auditions. 

Meet-and-Greet: Aug 3, 2021 5:00 – 5:30 pm at the Ruby Theatre  

Auditions: Aug 3, 5:30 – 6:30 pm and Aug 5, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, (extended time). Anyone who does not return a conflict calendar by Aug 5 will not be cast in the show. 

Cast Announced by email: Saturday, August 7  Read-Thru: Sunday, August 8, 2 – 4 pm   Rehearsals: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 – 6:30 pm, Saturday rehearsals on August 28, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Monday Sep 6 and Wednesday Sep 8, 5 – 6:30 pm.

Performances/Tickets: August 21 (time TBA) Teaser show at the STEAM Festival, Civic Center Park: September 11, 2021 at 2 pm and 7 pm at The Ruby ($10 Adults, $8 Students 12-18 years old, $6 Children under 11.

Tuition cost: $165 per Jr Player (10% discount for each sibling). You may pay the entire fee Aug 3 or 5 or choose two payments ($85 Aug 3 / 5 and $80 Aug 31).

Synopsis: A group of students in a New York State high school 100 miles north of Ground Zero responds to the events of September 11, 2001. The text of this ensemble piece was created from journal writing of over 40 students, teachers, and community members in the weeks immediately following 9-11.  Jr Players will request permission to edit the limited adult language that is in the script.  (All royalties from War at Home will be donated to charity.)

Cast/Crew/Set: 14 – 22 actors; 1 Lighting/ Sound Technician. A bare stage allowing for area staging will be decorated with shrine elements and a graphic representation of the Twin Towers. Jr Players will request permission to edit the limited adult language that is in the script. Check out “War at Home” on Playscripts.com.