“Act well your part; there all the honor lies.” ― Alexander Pope

All classes as Riverside Performing Arts, unless listed as “Non-performance based” participate in 2 full scale productions a year. This means that all students will get to put their classroom skills into action in a live theatre! All students will have lines to memorize, songs to sing, and characters to develop.

ACTING II (Focus Track)

Requirement for Entry: Students need to have taken Acting I or a Musical Theatre Class. New Students can be placed in Acting II via an interview/audition with the instructor.

Acting II will build on the skills taught in Acting I. Students assist in leading class warm-ups. They will experience a more comprehensive exploration of character development and will learn how to audition. Students in Acting II are given more detailed, scripted parts for the mainstage show. This includes more lines. Students participating in Acting II who are 10 years old are invited to audition for Theatre Troupe.

ACTING III (Focus Track): Non-Performance Based

Requirement for Entry: Students need to have taken an Acting Class or Musical Theatre Class. New students can be placed in this class via an interview with the instructor.

Acting III is an intensive acting class. Students will be given the opportunity to use the skills they have developed in Acting I and Acting II while working on a monologue or a scene that is not used in the main stage show. This class will work on Acting Theory ie: creating interesting and believable characters who have goals and tactics, script structure, improvisation etc. Students will leave the class ready to audition for a variety of performance opportunities. Students in Acting III who are 10 years old are invited to audition for Theatre Troupe.


This is one of the most exciting performing arts around. It is unique in the way that it tells a story through the combination of dance, music, and theater. Students in this program are always developing in multiple art forms and, in doing so, create new avenues for growth and artistic exploration.

Musical Theater is the pursuit of becoming a “triple-threat-performer” – that is, a performer that is well versed in music, dance, and acting. Students learn skills in performance, dance, music theory, and vocal technique and application through control and awareness of body, voice, and mind. It is the perfect program for students who enjoy all aspects of theater and strive to become versatile performing artists.

Musical theater classes are currently offered in a recreational and focus track. Both recreational and focus tracks are offered for ages 7-9 and for 10+. The focus track takes the skills learned in Recreational Musical Theater and develops them to a deeper understanding. More advanced choreography, vocal lines, and character development is explored in the focus track. Students must have taken Recreational Musical Theater and must have the approval of the teacher through an audition process or in class observations.



“To enter a theatre for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space, to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination.” -Simon Callow

Theatre Troupe (Focus Track): Students will be admitted by Audition Only

Audition Requirements: To audition for Theatre Troupe you must be 10 years old. Please come prepared to read text from our upcoming script which will be provided for you during the audition. You will be asked to sing 16 bars of your favorite song and to learn a small amount of choreography.

Requirement for Entry: Invitation only. Must be 10 years old to audition. Students need to be enrolled in an Acting Class or Musical Theatre Class AND a Dance or vocal Training Class.

Students admitted to the Theatre Troupe are RPA’s Advanced Acting students. Our Troupe is centered in building an ensemble that will be given the principle rolls in our mainstage productions. Using their developed skills in character development and a wide variety of acting techniques they use their class time to rehearse. Troupe members are expected to participate in our Summer Troupe Intensive, perform at community events and will be required to participate in our Winter and Spring fundraisers.

To join Theatre Troupe is to take on a leadership role at Riverside Performing Arts. A student’s ability to meet these expectations is taken into account during the audition process.

Auditions: Auditions for Theatre Troupe happen twice a year. They are held at the end of our Fall/Winter session as well as at the end of our Spring Session.