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Vision for the Future of the Theatre Company

This spring 2022, the Theatre Company is increasing its number of workshops and spreading them throughout the county. In lieu of its annual spring production, the group is focusing on providing short performance training opportunities.

“We will be offering a variety of our favorite workshops with concentrations on audition preparation, dance technique, vocal technique, and vocal performance preparation,” said Bethany Rader, Theatre Company director. Rader reports that several workshops are being planned for select Saturdays in March and April in Exeter.

One of the Exeter workshops is a mock audition training. Students will have the chance to sing, dance, and present a monologue for an audition panel and then receive their feedback. “This is a unique opportunity young performers rarely experience,” Rader said. “The workshop will help students grow, and understand their strengths and weaknesses as they prepare for future auditions.”

A second Exeter workshop will focus on best audition practices. Students will learn that from the moment they walk into an audition space, everything matters. Theatre Company staff will work with participants in choosing songs, dance, and monologues to fit any situation, and how to study quickly for “cold reads.”

Participants in other upcoming vocal workshops will receive technique instruction, audition tips, and performance preparation coaching for classic and current Broadway singing styles.

Future dance workshops will focus on the fundamentals of jazz and/or tap techniques while building strength and increased flexibility. Students in the dance workshops will also gain performance skills and learn storytelling through movement.

Students in acting workshops will learn how to find and explore characters as they prepare a monologue for auditions and performances. They will also practice giving and receiving feedback on their work to experience theatrical appreciation and critique.

Later this spring in Visalia, the program will hold a two-week staged reading workshop. In this workshop, which is a scaled-down version of a full production, actors will sit on stools in costume and read through the comedy The Curious Savage by John Patrick. The workshop teaches students to fully perform their character. “This is an exciting new project, different from the musicals we have done in the past,” Rader said. “We are eager to offer this to students this spring.”

“This new direction for the Theatre Company has the potential to spark a passion for performing in more young people across the county,” said Tim Hire, Tulare County Superintendent of Schools. “I encourage district superintendents who want to bring our Theatre Company staff to their area to reach out to us.” Rader reports that the Theatre Company is looking for partnerships and workshop space in the Dinuba, Porterville/Strathmore, and Tulare areas.

For more information about the Theatre Company’s spring workshops, contact Theatre Company director, Bethany Rader, at bethany.rader@tcoe.org.

TCOE News Gallery: January 19, 2022
Editor: Robert Herman, Communications Director
History of the Theatre Company
Former County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak and former Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Sally Bakke created the Theatre Company in 1998. Inaugural staff members included director Brian Roberts, music director Charlotte Garcia Da Rosa, and choreographer Nicole Zweifel. Since then the company has produced over 60 full-length theatrical performances and served thousands of students. The company performed the world premiere of an original musical production, Rancho Tesoro, in 2010 which was written by Brian Roberts. More recently, our staff kept the Theatre Company going during the COVID-19 pandemic with online content including several virtual workshops, masterclasses with Broadway actors, online musicals, and another original piece: an adaptation from a book into a play by Nicole Zweifel. Our current director, Bethany Rader, took over the reins in 2016. You can find out more about her and the rest of our current staff by clicking Meet Our Staff.
List of Past Productions
  • Bye Bye Birdie – Summer 1998
  • The Sound of Music – Summer 1999
  • Peter Pan – Summer 2000
  • The Music Man – Summer 2001
  • Me and My Girl – Summer 2002
  • Annie Get Your Gun – Spring 2003
  • The King and I – Summer 2003
  • Regards to Broadway (Revue) – Winter 2003
  • The Wizard of Oz – Spring 2004
  • West Side Story – Summer 2004
  • Seussical – Spring 2005
  • Beauty and the Beast – Summer 2005
  • Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys (Recital) – Fall 2005
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella – Winter 2006
  • Aladdin JR. – Spring 2006
  • The Secret Garden – Summer 2006
  • Jungle Fever (Troupe) – Fall 2006
  • Annie – Spring 2007
  • Cats – Summer 2007
  • High School Musical – Fall 2007
  • Les Miserables – Summer 2008
  • Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. – Fall 2008
  • Beauty and the Beast Medley, Enchanted Medley, and Wicked Medley (Recital) – Spring 2009
  • Anything Goes – Summer 2009
  • Honk JR. – Fall 2009
  • The King and I – Spring 2010
  • Rancho Tesoro – Summer 2010
  • Meet Me in St. Louis – Fall 2010
  • Theatre Goes to the Dogs, 101 Dalmatians Kids, and songs from You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Recital) – Spring 2011
  • Hairspray – Summer 2011
  • Mulan JR. – Fall 2011
  • Fabulous 50’s Flashback featuring songs from Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, and Rock N Roll is Here To Stay Medley (Recital) – Spring 2012
  • Big River – Summer 2012
  • The Little Mermaid JR. –  Fall 2012
  • Britain on Broadway featuring songs from Mary Poppins, Oliver!, Sweeney Todd and more (Recital) – Spring 2013
  • Shrek The Musical – Summer 2013
  • Oklahoma! – Fall 2013
  • My Son Pinocchio JR. – Spring 2014
  • Fiddler on the Roof – Summer 2014
  • The Phantom of the Opera featuring Frozen Preshow Revue – Fall 2014
  • Into the Woods JR. and Winnie the Pooh Kids – Spring 2015
  • Peter Pan – Summer 2015
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Fall 2015
  • A Year with Frog and Toad Kids, School House Rock Live JR., and songs from Movin’ Out – Spring 2016
  • The Secret Garden – Summer 2016
  • Les Miserables featuring Matilda Preshow Revue – Fall 2016
  • James and the Giant Peach JR. featuring a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Preshow Revue – Spring 2017
  • Hello, Dolly! – Summer 2017
  • Elf the Musical JR.  – Fall 2017
  • Bye Bye Birdie – Spring 2018
  • Little Shop of Horrors – Summer 2018
  • Aladdin JR. featuring Disney Dazzle Preshow Revue – Fall 2018
  • Once on this Island JR. featuring Island Vibes Preshow Revue – Spring 2019
  • Newsies – Summer 2019
  • Frozen JR. featuring Let It Snow Preshow Revue – Fall 2019
  • The Show Must Go Online (Virtual) Incisor Cast – Spring/Summer 2020
  • The Show Must Go Online (Virtual) Molar Cast – Spring/Summer 2020
  • Super Happy Awesome News! A Virtual Musical (Virtual) – Fall 2020
  • Our Father’s Dragon (Virtual) – Spring 2021
  • Dream Roles Cabaret (Virtual) – Spring 2021
  • Little Women (Streamed) – Summer 2021
  • Lion King JR. – Fall 2021

Bye Bye Birdie 1998
Bye Bye Birdie 1998

The Wizard of Oz 2004
The Wizard of Oz 2004