April 18th, 2015

Youth Theatre Opportunities at the Renaissance

Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre

If your child has ever wanted to get up on stage and be part of the action, the Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre (better known as RYOT) gives performers in grades 2-12 the opportunity to help out in any way they wish.

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 2014-2015 is $30 per production. Sign-up and auditions for each performance occur in fall and mid-winter.
2014-2015 RYOT Performances

A Connecticut Yankee: January 31-February 1, 2015
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: May 30-31, 2015

About the Director 

Lori Turner, Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre Artistic Director

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.

Mansfield Youth Theatre (MY Theatre)

Mansfield Youth Theatre is a collaboration between The Renaissance and the Ohio State University-Mansfield Theatre Department, offering youth productions each year both on the Mansfield campus of The Ohio State University and at the Renaissance Theatre. 

 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 2014-2015 season, MY Theatre will present two productions:

Hairspray, Jr: January 9-11, 2015
Godspell: March 20-22, 2015

About the Director

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.