This past week marked the beginning of the 2017 Summer Apprenticeship, and the company is off to the races. Our company of nine rolled in last weekend, and hit the ground running with rehearsals for both The Jungle Book , The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and some early teaching artist training. Since then, it’s been 12 hour days, toggling between the two shows, taking master classes with resident and guest artists, and making beginning preparations for their company conceived showcase performance. I’m fairly certain they’ve also found time to eat and sleep, and I’ve heard there might have been a board game or two thrown into the late night mix.
For those of you who followed the exploits of last year’s Apprentice Company through this blog, you can expect some new things from this company. The 2017 season has been a year of growth for Mill Mountain Theatre, and our work with the Apprentice Company reflects that. This year in addition to a touring young audiences’ show that takes Mill Mountain Theatre performances to public venues across the valley, the Apprentices will be rehearsing and performing a fully produced, full-length musical on the Waldron Stage. Adding this to the already full schedule of master classes, crew assignments, and teaching artist work is sure to make these next six weeks a thrilling and educational experience for the company. This blog will give them an opportunity to reflect upon, and share with you, their growth.
This year’s Apprentices come to us from as far as Dallas, Texas, and as close as Winchester, VA. They are as talented a bunch as we’ve had the privilege to recruit, and we can’t wait to introduce them to Roanoke.
Check back later this week for the first post from the company! And be sure to join us at the amphitheater at Heights Community Church in Grandin Village at 10 AM this Saturday (June 3rd) for the opening performance of The Jungle Book!