It was about a year ago when the "Rogue Pack Theatre Collective" (RPC) found a new home for their theater classes after their old venue was closed for demolition and development. The nonprofit youth organization had just rolled out classes at the Sellwood Community House (SCH) – and then the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic shut down the classes.
"We tried a class online, which was fine – but, not on par with the experience we wish to give our youth," remarked Rogue Pack Executive Director Ann Singer.
"Theatre, online, ceases to have the excitement of the live theatrical process that characterizes the Rogue Pack storytelling workshops," Singer explained. "So, we're thrilled to be back in class, where strong bonds among youth are formed, and a connection with their instructor can be life-changing."
Starting in March, Rogue Pack instructors again began teaching classes – following COVID-19 safety protocols – under the new outdoor SCH Pavilion. "Each participant answers screening questions, has their temperature taken, wears a mask, and stays six feet apart, at every class," Singer assured THE BEE.
Live performances this summer"We're looking forward to holding live performances this summer!" exclaimed Singer, after being asked about their future plans. "Since the Sellwood Playhouse was sold, we have settled into our new home here at SCH; our new space will benefit the local community by offering classes that are affordable, and where many kids can walk to their RPC classes."
The classes provide more than just another activity for kids, Singer observed. "We help youth to find creative tools of expression, while helping them discover a common language to better integrate. Physical interaction is integral to a child's development, but we live in a challenging time of a pandemic and social media."
Adult classes also comingAnd now, RPC staff will begin teaching theatre classes for adults. "Randy Schulman, our 'On-Camera Acting' instructor, would love to eventually offer the same class to adults," Singer mentioned.
They are offering one-week summer camps throughout July and August featuring for Schulman's "Acting for the Camera" workshops July 12-16, July 26-30, and Aug. 9-13; In the fall, they'll also be offering a film class for adults, as well as the "Acting for the Camera" class for youth, musical theatre, and improvisational acting.
In closing, Singer reminded that a portion of any proceeds from RPC will go to fund Rogue Pack's free classes for low-income youth. To learn more, and sign up for classes, visit the Rogue Pack website – www.roguepack.org
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