Whether acting, singing, dancing, assisting with lights, helping to create costumes and props, or building the set, RYOT embraces a child's curiosity and gives students a chance to explore the theatre. Under the direction of Lori Turner, RYOT allows students to interact and learn from professional stage directors, choreographers, designers, and technicians. Students work to put together every aspect of performance twice each year. Tuition for 2013-2014 is $30 per production. Sign-up and auditions for each performance occur in fall and mid-winter.
2013-2014 RYOT Performances
The Mikado: January 25-26, 2014
Fiddler on the Roof: May 24-25, 2014
Lori Turner brings nearly three decades of award-winning experience to her position of Artistic Director of the Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre. She has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and at the Paris Opera in France, and has made numerous television and film appearances. She began her professional career in Los Angeles where she sang with the Los Angeles Opera, the Roger Wagner Chorale and the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra. She spent 10 years in Europe as a member of the Royal Flemish Opera in Belgium. Her credits include Le Nozzi de Figaro, Carmen, Nixon in China, Oklahoma, Columbe, The Mikado, Godspell, as well as the motion picture soundtrack for Empire of the Sun. Lori has also frequently appeared as a soloist with the Mansfield Symphony and with the late Tom Croghan.
Led by seasoned Youth Theatre Director Dauphne Maloney, MY Theatre is an excellent opportunity for students between the ages of 5 and 18 to gain theatre experience and be a part of a large production. In the inaugural 2013-2014 season, MY Theatre will present three productions:
Dauphne Maloney has been a critical part of local theatre programs for several decades, having costumed and directed well over 200 shows both at the Renaissance and numerous other organizations including the Mansfield Playhouse, Richland Academy, and the Ohio State University theatre program at Mansfield. Mrs. Maloney currently serves as the Renaissance Education Department's Teaching Artist and Education Assistant, in addition to her duties as the Renaissance costume designer.