Ariana Colder is a sophomore at McLean High School and is currently working with Theatre McLean's tech crews. She really likes the TV show “New Girl” and cookies n' cream ice cream. She's been doing theatre since she was in elementary school and is really excited to be a part of UTP.
Ben Stallard is a sophomore at Centreville High School in Fairfax County. This is his first year working with UTP. He enjoys anything where he can entertain. In addition to theatre, Ben does choir, track and soccer. Ben’s first on-stage performance was in February of 2016. He’s been hooked ever since and looks forward to many more.
Caroline Dunn is senior at Potomac Falls High School. Aside from theatre and improv with UTP and at school, she also enjoys taking part in many clubs at school, hanging out with her dog and watching a variety of shows on Netflix. Her favorite theatre experience is from this past summer in the play "Drowning Girls" as a part of Northwestern University's "Cherubs" theatre program, where she got to slip around on stage in lukewarm water!! Anything for the theatre! She also enjoys a good show tune or episode of “The Office.” Caroline can't wait for what's to come this year with the Unruly Theatre Project!
Jared Sabet is a Senior at South Lakes High School where he is the President of his International Thespian Society Troupe, a Cappie Critic and an enthusiastic scholar. You might've last seen him as Marcus Lycus in South Lake’s production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” or as Murray in “The Odd Couple.” This is Jared’s third and final year of UTP and while he’s saddened to say goodbye, he’s ready to make this year the best one yet! He is a film buff, a comedian when he's actually funny, weird but genuine and a fun person to be around. He thank’s his family and friends for supporting his love for the arts over the years and hopes to continue his passion into a career.
Jeeho Ha is in twelfth grade at the Edmund Burke School and is happy to return to the Unruly Theatre Project. She has recently performed in “Snow White,” “A Midsummer Night's Dream” and "Cymbeline". When she is not in rehearsal or doing copious amounts of homework, she likes to do circus and play the violin.
Jemimah Rajack is a senior at Woodson High School and a musical-theater/acting student at the Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts. She recently played Gilmer in a production of “Godspell” and plans to continue performing after high school. Jemimah is a huge fan of “Saturday Night Live” and she enjoys comedy, improv, writing, ballet and theatre. She is excited to be a member of UTP for the 2016-2017 season..
Joey Barth has been involved in theatre at McLean High School for three years, since his freshman year. He participated in “Annie”—in which he had an ensemble role, played East in “Almost Maine” and as an understudy for Chuck in “She Kills Monsters.” This is Joey's third year in UTP.
Kelly Brents is a senior at James Madison High School; she is Vice President of the Thespian Honor Society, Secretary of the National Honor Society and a Cappie-nominated properties crew chief. When not in the theatre, Kelly is usually asleep. Although she eagerly looks forward to graduation, she will miss her (short) time with UTP.
Kelsey Loesch is a senior at Paul VI High School. Being a senior means a lot of hard work and college applications. Kelsey avoids all these responsibilities, instead focusing on theatre, improv and Cappies. She also does standup comedy and dreams of one day working for “Saturday Night Live."
Raya Kenney is a freshman who currently attends school in her dining room—she is homeschooled. She is an avid writer, and recently, the national 1st place winner in the Library of Congress’s Letters About Literature competition. She has been taking Shakespeare classes for the last four years and coauthored and performed in a National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts young audience production “Cashell Alley Kids Kick It Old School.” As part of that work she participated in the Page to Stage festival at the Kennedy Center. When Raya isn't doing theatre, she loves to curl up with her cats, read books, eat guacamole and make short films and advertisements for ridiculous products. Raya is very excited to be a member of UTP.
Rob McPherson is a senior at St. Stephens St. Agnes School where he is the president of the Stage One Players and is also head of Arts Council. This is his first year with the Unruly Theatre Project. Alongside his passion for performing in theater and improv, Rob also does stand-up comedy in DC.
William Cardozo, who hails from Annandale High School, ‘tis a senior. The young lad is very much active in the theatre, yet fret not for he is also very active in visual arts! Heigh-ho, he doth be also a fresh faced graduate from the Governor's School for VPA! He is very joyous indeed to begin his first year in the company of UTP.
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The James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition
Each year, the McLean Community Center recognizes the hard work and talent of young performing artists through the James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. Following a preliminary audition and a final round of competition, prizes (1st - $1,200, 2nd - $800, and 3rd - $400) are awarded in each of four categories: Dance, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music and Theatre.
- Detailed application information is available at the links below.
- Students may enter more than one category.
- A nonrefundable $20 fee is required for each category for which an application form is submitted.
- High school students who reside or attend school in the McLean tax district (Small District 1A-Dranesville) are eligible to apply.
For information, contact Danielle Van Hook at email@example.com.
Application Deadline: Monday, Feb. 6, 2017
Preliminary Auditions: Week of March 13. See Preliminary Round Information below for specific dates.
Final Competition: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 8 p.m.
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The Alden, a professional performing arts venue located in the McLean Community Center, boasts having the only professional teen repertory company in the area. Since its inception in 2010, the Studio Rep Company has been impacting audiences around the metropolitan area. The Alden offers a full season of national and international professional touring artists of multiple disciplines with a focus on education, arts and culture. It is this objective that drives the teen program.
Studio Rep is an outreach theatre program armed with an arsenal of lighthearted yet thought-provoking one-act plays relevant to the social issues affecting upper elementary and junior high students. In association with the Safe Community Coalition and with professional training from leading experts such as Lyle Cogen and Mark Jaster, the actors hope to provoke rich and engaging discussions. This season’s focus is on the issue of bullying. The teens perform one-acts, offer post-show discussions, and lead theatre games for schools and community groups, tailoring the performances based on the needs of a group.
For more information or to book the company for a free public performance please contact Kathy Herr, Director of Youth Programs, at Kathleen.Herr@fairfaxcounty.gov or Jeff Virchow, Performing Arts Coordinator, at Jeffrey.Virchow@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Code 20: Proceed to Improv is a FREE coffeehouse-style night of improv and open mic performances hosted by Studio Rep, the only professional teen repertory company in the Greater McLean area. Always free and always the second Thursday of the month, this interactive show encourages audiences to join in the improv or jam out during open mic. The best of Washington’s improv teams headline each show. Come for the laughs or come to play along, Code 20 has something for everyone.
Hosted on the second Thursday of every month from 7-9 p.m. at the Old Firehouse Teen Center.
Performance dates are as follows:
Thursday, October 10 (10/10)
Novemer 14 (11/14)
December 12 (12/12)
January 9 (1/9)
February 13 (2/13)
March 13 (3/13)
April 10 (4/10)
May 8 (5/8)
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