RESTON, VA – Young performers now have a place to hone their theatrical skills and gain exposure thanks to a new apprenticeship program recently launched by the Reston Community Players.

Students in the apprenticeship program aged 12 to 18 learn new skills by watching from start to finish the program’s inaugural production, “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)”. The show will feature 10 performances at the CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, starting with its premiere on October 15 and ending with the final curtain on November 6. “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” Satirizes musical theater, highlighting the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Stephen Sondheim among others.

RCP Apprentice Program students benefit from the talent and experience of dozens of technicians and theater artists. Cassidy Loria of Oakton, who attends Oakton High School, participates in the performance track of the RCP learning program.

“I learned what goes on behind the scenes in this production, like the costumes, set design and directing and it’s something I’m very interested in exploring further,” she said. stated in a press release. “It’s an environment that allowed me to learn a lot.”

Kate Keifer, president of the Reston Community Players and producer of the learning program, said organizers wanted students to gain hands-on experience behind the curtain as well as on stage.

Young students will receive theater training as they prepare for the inaugural production of Reston Community Players’ learning program, “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)”. (Heather Regan)

“This program allows us to give young performers and technical artists the opportunity to have a 360-degree view of everything that goes on in the assembly of a theatrical production and to learn more about the theatrical design and techniques. production elements that they may not have known before. ” she said, in a statement

Keifer is producing the inaugural show and Jolene Vettese is its director and choreographer. Lucia LaNave (musical director), Kaiti Parish (stage director), Eileen Mullee (stage director), Andrew JM Regiec (stage design), Liz Mykietyn (stage director), Cathy Rieder (stage artist), Sara Birkhead (master carpenter and co-technical director), Dan Widerski (co-technical director), Franklin Coleman (lighting designer), Richard Bird (sound designer), Lori Crockett (costume designer), Mary Jo Ford (property designer) and Sue Pinkman (hairstylist and makeup artist) round out the rest of the production team.

Performances of “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” Will be presented at 8 p.m. on October 15, 16, 22, 23 and 29, and on November 5 and 6, at RCC’s CenterStage, located at 2310 Colts Route du Cou in Reston. The morning performances will be presented at 2 p.m. on October 24, 30 and 31. Tickets can be purchased by calling CenterStage at 703-476-4500 x3 or by visiting www.restonplayers.org.