Registration is open for the Winter Session of The Rome Capitol Theatre’s youth theatre program, Rising Stars. Classes begin on Saturday, January 11th. The popular program is now in its 6th year.
Rising Stars is open to students in grades 2 through college. All Central New York area students are welcome.
Students can be registered for Rising Stars classes online at, by calling the Capitol Theatre at 315-337-6277, or by stopping by the Capitol office at 220 W. Dominick St. during office hours on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Questions not answered on the website may be emailed to [email protected]
New and returning students wishing to participate in the program should be registered no later than Friday, Jan. 10. Class size is limited to ensure each student can receive individual attention and coaching.
Tuition for Rising Stars is $130 per 10-week session. Four sessions of classes are offered each year. Students may register for one or all sessions. Family discounts and discounts for students registering in advance for all four sessions are offered.
Classes meet on Saturdays, with grades 2 & 3 meeting from 2:30-3:30 PM, grades 3-6 meeting from 1-2 p.m., grades 7-9 from 10-11 a.m. and grades 10 and up from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Private lessons are also offered for all ages.
In addition to acting technique and theatre skills, Rising Stars focuses on developing each student’s own creativity, building self-confidence, improving reading comprehension and speaking ability, accepting responsibility, and teamwork.
All classes include activities, games, and learning experiences planned for the students to have fun while they learn and make new friends.
In addition, the 2020 winter session will include a film acting workshop with film maker Rick E. Lewis and a script dialog development project for the two older classes. Elementary classes will focus on performing in short scripts and learning to effectively portray a variety of characters. Other activities and opportunities will be included for the entire group.
The skills developed in these classes better prepare students to compete for roles in school plays and other stage productions as well as interacting with confidence during pageants, interviews for college or jobs, and in everyday dealings with teachers and peers.
Classes will be taught by Janet Foote, professional actress, director, playwright, and producer for more than 35 years.
Foote also taught Theatre Arts at the high school level and has conducted workshops for the Fibonacci STEAM Project, BOCES, Girl Scouts, and Staley Jr. High School, as well as Rome Free Academy Career Seminars for the performing arts.
She and husband Rod Foote, also a professional director, actor, and writer who often assists with classes, are inductees in the Rome Arts Hall of Fame.

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