January 10, 2012

Performance Groups

ACT’s Troupe and Troupers are auditioned repertory groups of outstanding high school (Troupe) and middle school (Troupers) students from throughout the Tri-Cities area. Troupe strives to provide the highest quality in professionalism and performance, and bring a public awareness to sensitive subjects. Past projects include festivals, competitions, educational productions and projects, dinner and dessert theatre. Troupers focus on literature-based works to expand the mind and stretch the imagination, thus allowing for optimal growth and immersion in theatre knowledge, skills, and confidence. Super Troupers is an advanced group of ensemble actors.  It is NOT an auditioned group but advances directly from Troupers.  Super Troupers work on more advanced projects that often reflect challenges faced by their peers.  The age range is 7th -9th grade.  At the end of the season, students in 8th or 9th grade are eligible to advance to Troupers at the discretion of the Director.  
Check out our new videoTROUPE meets Saturday from 1p-3p, TROUPERS meets on Saturdays from 10a-11:30a SUPER TROUPERS meets on Saturdays from 11:30a-1p

Teacher: Julie Schroeder.

ACT’s newest performance group is designed to be the perfect start to an actor’s education. Ensemble is an after school drama club for 3rd-5th graders is designed to share our love of theatre with your actor. The group will meet twice a week (Mon & Wed) for three weeks every month during the school year (starting in October), with one week off between sessions. The group will work on a different focus each session; session focuses can include Harry Potter, Charlie Brown, Dr. Seuss, Chronicles of Narnia and more. The end of each session will include a sharing day for family and friends. This program will have rolling enrollment. If you register month by month the group is $90 a month, HOWEVER if you sign up for the entire year you receive a 50% discount making each month only $45! Register for this group on our classes page.

2021 Ensemble Dates and Themes:

Oct 18-Nov 4: The Lion King
Nov 15-Dec 1 (skip Nov 24): Mary Poppins
Dec 6-22: 101 Dalmatians
Jan 10-26: Matilda
Jan 31- Feb 16: Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone
March 7-24: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
April 11-28: The Neverending Story
May 16-June2: Star Wars Scenes

Teacher: Tayler Riley & Josh Darby

Spontaneous Combustion (SPC) and Sparks are audition-based improv groups for youth grades 6-12; Sparks is for middle school students / SPC is for high school students. These quick and witty groups perform throughout the community, as well as at ACT’s Winter Showcase & Art Alive Weekend. As a group, each strive to entertain and inform our audiences with quality fun and funny shows. The members are skilled at quick, creative and analytically thinking, character development, storytelling, and teamwork. SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION meets Saturdays from 3p-5p, SPARKS meets Saturdays from 1p-3p

Teacher: Josh Darby.

If you love to sing, dance and act, this is the group for you. Members are “triple threats” who wish to improve their performing skills while working with other actors who are just as talented as they are. We push ourselves to be better performers while having a lot of fun in the process. Encore! is our high school group. ENCORE meets Wednesdays from 4p-6p
Stardust is an auditioned choir open to students in grades 3 through 8. The Stardust choir performs a wide variety of musical styles, from musical theater to classical, all while building excellent vocal technique. Stardust enjoys a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year both at ACT and in the community.  Stardust is our elementary/middle school group (Grades 3-8). STARDUST meets Tuesday from 4p-6p

Teacher:  Adrienne Fletcher (Music Director Stardust & Encore), Zanna Grandinetti (Choreographer Encore), & Tayler Riley (Student Choreographer Stardust)

TECH TITANS: This program is for those students who know the real magic happens backstage! You will be introduced to important aspects of technical theatre, such as set, sound, lighting, stage managing, costuming and more! Even better, you’ll use these skills to support performances at ACT. Tech Titans is our only FREE group. TECH TITANS meets Thursdays from 4p-6p

Teacher Clint Howell

If you’d like to pay for your student’s performance group fee click here and scroll to the bottom

16 thoughts on “Performance Groups

  • Faith will not be doing stardust next semester. Thank you for everything. Please let me know if there’s anything ele we haven’t resolved.

  • My daughter, Emily Rose Ravella will no longer be able to attend ENCORE. Is it possible to stop the automatic payments for the rest of the year?

    Thank you,

  • My children are interested in ENCORE and SPC. Are there auditions for these groups? Can you start anytime? Thanks!

    • Hi Amanda!

      That awesome that you kids are interested in our performance groups! ENCORE and SPC are both high school based audition groups, they will have auditions for next school year in May of this year. We have not yet finalized dates but we will announce it here on our website and our Facebook page. We also have groups of Stardust and Sparks for younger students.

      If you have any further questions please let us know via email, I can be reached at josh@actstaff.org.


  • I have two 5th graders who would love to be in your Stardust group. What is the process for auditioning? They just completed the November Saturday workshop and loved it!!

    • Hi Melanie,

      We are very glad to hear that they are enjoying being at ACT. To audition for Stardust, you’ll need to contact the director Kris York. She will have all the details about joining the group, what to prepare, and if there are spots. Her email is kristyneyork@gmail.com If you have any further questions, let us know at info@actstaff.org.


  • My son is interested in both Stardust and SPARK. He is currently in 7th grade. Is there a schedule for auditions for these groups? thanks for the help!

    • Hi Garrett!

      That’s great! Both of these groups will have auditions for the upcoming school year in May (no specific date is set yet). Sparks is at it’s capacity for the 2017-2017 school year BUT will have opening for the next one. Stardust might still be taking new students you can contact kristyneyork@gmail.com. If you have any other questions please contact us at info@actstaff.org. We’d be happy to help


  • Good morning. Our son, William Henry, will be in 8th grade next year at Chief Jo middle School. He is interested in auditioning for Sparks. Are auditions open, and if so, how does he go about getting one? Thank you for your help! Amanda

    • Hi Amanda!

      Thanks for you inquiry about Sparks, we will be having audition for the next school year on May 20th! They will be held from 1p-2p, and your student will be playing some games with our current group in order to see what skills he has and how delectable he is! You can fill out an audition form on that day, there is no need to make an appointment but it is helpful if we know if you are going to be there.

      If you have any further questions please let me know.

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