How Rosebud Children's Theatre Conservatory came into being:
Rosebud Children's Theatre Conservatory came to exist by way of a talented team of theatre professionals teaching and directing wonderful groups of eager kids & teens who were in need of another venue to be able to continue creating the magic that we call "Theatre". I began working with most of my current team in 2005 when I created and ran the Summer Youth Musical Theatre program through the City of Federal Way's Knutzen Family Theatre. When the City gave management of the Knutzen to a private theatre company, we all wondered "Hmmm...now what?" Well, here's what. The parents of all those kids believed in what we were doing so much and wanted to see continue working with us. I feel so blessed to have such a fabulously talented staff of professional theatre artists and musicians who all feel the same way. So, with all that support, I am very proud to announce the creation of the Rosebud Children's Theatre Conservatory.
A Note (laaaaa) about Passion for Theatre from Artistic Director Holly Rose:
I love Theatre: I love everything about it – the sounds of voices rehearsing, the smells of stage make-up and the dust burning off the stage lights, the sights of a freshly painted set on stage and the colorful and sometimes stark lighting. I even love the feeling of exhaustion after a long rehearsal. I love it because I know I worked hard to accomplish my goal, whether that goal is a dance combo, or digging in working on a scene or a song.
I have performed and taught all across the country. And I’ve learned many things along the way. My passion for Theatre exists because it is such a human experience. Everything that happens on stage could happen in real life. (Well most everything – there are some theatrical experiences that would never happen in real life. We call that absurdist.) What I’m talking about is the more realistic style of Theatre. We look at situations and determine how to handle them – sound familiar? In Theatre, versus real life, we have multiple attempts to get it right! Amazing! Sometimes in my real life, I wish I could I could yell “HOLD! RESET! TAKE 2!” Don’t we all feel that way sometimes?
My first theatrical experience was when I was 5. We went to see my uncle play Tevye in Fiddler on The Roof. I was so enthralled by the story that was being told on stage, I sat on the edge of my seat and I don’t think I even blinked the whole show! I loved everything about it – the storytelling, the costumes, the singing, the dancing, even the sets were wonderful! From then on, I wanted to learn everything I could about Theatre. The Theatre Bug had definitely bitten me that night. Ever since then, I have sought out plays and musicals to be a part of and later, began directing and teaching to share the knowledge I’ve gained over the years.
In teaching, I find it extremely fulfilling to work on a scene or song with students and watch them “get it”. I don’t think there is a better feeling out there than watching the light bulb flicker and then shine as their eyes light up and they completely understand what I’ve been sharing with them. Well, there is one better - and that is watching those students go on stage and re-create what we’ve worked on in rehearsal and execute it with confidence. That makes me beam with pride and joy for their accomplishment. I love watching students (youth and adults) grow and expand their talents, self-esteem and self-confidence. That’s my job and I absolutely love it.