Ragamuffin Theatre & Co.

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Ragamuffin Theatre and Company is a non-profit organization dedicated to training up young people in all areas of the performing arts. Founder and director Kathleen Whittaker has over 30 years experience in the art of musical theatre, drama, mime, dinner theatre, variety shows, writing and producing original full scale productions, and mentoring and teaching passionate artists from the ages 5 to 80 years old. Most known for her work in Charlevoix, Michigan where she trained students weekly for 18 consecutive years in the performing arts schooling discipline in the expression of dance, (jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, interpretive) improv, choir, and theatre. Ragamuffin Theater’s standards of professionalism are unmatched in any local theatre organization, demanding excellence and discipline from every student no matter what their age or experience. Whittaker emphasizes the importance of developing the imagination, communication skills, and leadership qualities while building life long relationships with her mentees. She empowers them to use their talents, gifts, and skills in every aspect of life. Ragamuffin Theatre has provided fine arts workshops for schools, churches, community organizations, and residential treatment centers, inspiring and equipping aspiring artists to reach their full potential.

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In response to COVID-19, Ragamuffin Theatre & Company is now offering spectacular “Backyard Broadway” musical theater workshops for students ages 6-18. Families or organizations interested in hosting can book a one or three-day drama camp so that children can explore their imaginations and develop their talents in the safety of an outdoor or backyard setting.

Young artists deeply affected by the cancellation of school plays, concerts, dance classes, and musicals due to COVID-19 desperately need to express themselves in healthy ways by doing what they love. It may not be in a crowded auditorium or theater – but as Shakespeare penned, “All the world’s a stage,” and so we shall perform! 

Ragamuffin Theatre is committed to nurturing confidence and character by creating an environment of acceptance, friendship, and faith so that each participant feels loved, seen, and valued. We believe the arts are a powerful tool that can spark fresh vision – stimulating the parts of a child’s brain that doesn’t get touched by watching videos on a screen. Kids need to play! Our creative arts day camp gives them the chance to step away from social media to create rather than consume. 

Our workshop fees include props, scripts, music, and costumes, if needed, when showcasing a workshop piece. A 20% security deposit will be required to secure your date with the remainder due on the day of completion. Scholarships are available for families in need. For more information, contact Kathleen Whittaker at ragamuffintheatre@gmail, or by phone at 231/622-3522.

Need more help?

Consider asking local businesses, community organizations, or churches to sponsor part of the cost of hosting a day camp. Many community groups are looking for tangible ways to help kids deal with the loss of connection and educational opportunities due to the pandemic. Ragamuffin Theatre & Company is a 501c3 non-profit organization; thus, all donations are tax-deductible.

Host Organizations or Homes will be responsible for providing access to a bathroom as well as a trash receptacle. Participants are required to bring a sack lunch, healthy snacks, and water bottles for the day. Though not required, pop-up canopies and the like would be beneficial in case of hot weather.

This unique limited-time offer is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure and secure your date by booking NOW!

 

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