Musical Theatre Experience

We provide one-on-one teaching and cutting edge, professional level training for people of all experience backgrounds. Come and explore your individual potential. Both programs culminate into a performance during final weekend. Partial scholarships are available by application. For questions contact Julie Jones at [email protected] or at 509.301.1081. Register online, see below, or by phone at 509.529.5553.

 

MTE Poster (.pdf)

Youth Program: Age 10-14

  • When & Where: July 29 – August 11, 2019 – WWCC Performing Arts Auditorium
  • Classes: Monday – Friday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Cost: $100.00
  • Culminating Performance: Sunday, August 11 at 2:00 PM
  • Availability: 24 spaces available

EXPLORATION AND TRAINING

  • Acting
  • Singing
  • Fundamental Movement
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Adult Program: Age 14+

  • When & Where: July 22 – August 11, 2019 – WWCC Performing Arts Auditorium
  • Classes: Monday – Friday 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Culminating Performance: Sunday, August 11 at 2:00 PM
  • Cost: $150.00

CULTIVATING ARTISTRY

  • Acting Training
  • Expressive Singing
  • Building Awareness Through Movement
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The Creative Team:

WWCC LogoJulie Jones
Vocal Coach/Program Coordinator

A graduate of Whitman College and Pacific Lutheran University, Julie Jones is the Vocal Music Director at Walla Walla Community College, where she teaches vocal studies and choral singing.  Julie is also the choir director at First Congregational Church of Walla Walla.

Julie has a passion for theatre, and has been the Vocal Music Director for dozens of locally produced plays and musicals throughout the Walla Walla community.

Embracing creativity, Julie is a holistic instructor, using many movement oriented techniques in her teaching.  She delights in her collaboration with students and musical/ theatrical colleagues.

An active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Julie enjoys learning about the most up-to-date vocal pedagogy.  As a private instructor, she works with students of all ages and experience levels.

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Movement Coach/Acting Coach

A director, actor, movement specialist, & teacher; Anna is a New York and Northwest based artist, currently attending the Asolo Conservatory M.F.A acting program on a full-ride scholarship in Sarasota, Florida. She received her B.F.A in Theatre Performance from Central Washington University. In addition to working on her Masters in Acting, she is an RYT-200 certified yoga teacher, and is Advanced Actor Combatant certified with the Society of American Fight Directors.

Her training and instruction are multifaceted and based on a plethora of methodologies and influences. Among these influences are Viewpoints work, and the acting technique based on the Art of Creative Experiencing developed by Nikolai Demidov. As always, she loves to spend time in the Northwest and in Walla Walla working with some of the most wonderful collaborators and the diverse artistic community of performers.

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Music Coordinator/Musical Coach

Kristin Vining, composer, pianist, and teacher, is actively involved in the Walla Walla community. An avid composer, Kristin has composed works for singers, dancers, theater productions, students, and friends at WWCC, Whitman College, Walla Walla University, Walla Walla High School, Summer Dance Lab, and Walla Walla Choral Society. She is an active collaborative pianist and has often played for WWCC, Whitman, the theater community, Summer Dance Lab, and the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. Kristin teaches piano and aural skills at Whitman College, which she is pleased to call her alma mater.

Kevin LoomerKevin Loomer
Acting Coach

Kevin Loomer received his BA in Dramatic Art from Whitman College, an MA in Theatre Production from Central Washington University, and is the current Director of Theatre Arts at Walla Walla Community College.

Kevin should be no stranger to many Walla Walla locals. His directing/acting resume is long and includes many venues and projects in this community. Since 1980 he has directed and performed in several leading musical roles on the stages of the Fort Walla Walla Amphitheatre, The Little Theatre of Walla Walla, and Harper Joy Theatre.

Kevin has well over 40 years of theatrical experience, with almost every aspect of the art form under his belt. As an acting instructor at WWCC, in the past 10 years alone he has trained hundreds of students, and has directed over 40 productions of a variety of genres on the China Pavilion stage. Kevin is well equipped to work with actors and performers from all walks of life.

Lisa Anne RasmussenLisa Anne Rasmussen
Artistic Advisor

Lisa Anne Rasmussen has been actively involved with the Performing and Visual Arts programs at WWCC for over four decades.  She was promoted to Chair of this Division in 2017.  Lisa currently teaches Art Appreciation, Drawing and Painting.

WWCC LogoVelia Saldivar
Teaching Intern

Velia has been involved in theater ever since she can remember. She participated in shows at the community college this last year and participated in this Musical Theater experience last summer! She’s very excited and thankful to be able to learn more about her craft in such a positive environment.

Hallyn Boggs MTE InternHallyn Boggs
Teaching Intern

Bio coming soon!

Quotes from MTE 2018

Everyone has a story and we were encouraged to tell ours.  Our teachers encouraged us to use our own personal experiences to become better storytellers and that translated into wonderful communication skills for performing on stage, and most importantly, relating one on one to people on a daily basis. 

I truly felt that I learned about musical theater by learning about personal communication and in the process made wonderful friends and came away with meaningful relationships.  The instructors were gifted in crafting a class where all this seemed to happen naturally.  I very much enjoyed the class. I would take it again.

I feel more confident. I have better posture & no more armor. When I am overwhelmed, I take a deep breath.

Instead of pretending, I learned to tell the truth while performing.