NORTH RALEIGH ARTS & CREATIVE THEATRE

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 7713-51 Leadmine Rd Raleigh NC 27615 USA

Mission: We are the only teaching/community theatre in North Raleigh. NRACT offers a complete curriculum for both children and adults. This community-based, non-profit theater has been together for since 2000. After successfully completing Mainstage productions of Oliver, and Annie, in addition to children's productions of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Pinocchio and Snow White Goes West, together under the name Lake Lynn Players & Children's Theatre, this troupe of thespians decided more class and production time was needed. After the completion of Annie, which had a total of 65 cast members, including two or more representatives of 11 different families, the troupe was bursting at the seams with no additional growth possible.As generous as the Lake Lynn Community Center could be with time and space for this program, more was desired by this group of actors/parents who had been watching this program, and their children, blossom under their eyes in 18 months.There is so much talent in this community. We are finding some wonderful performers whether on stage, technically or musically that are allowing us to build a fundamental community theatre to rival the very best anywhere. We are a family-oriented theatre that is relaxed yet demanding. Yes, we demand quality in all we do, but we achieve quality in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.As a complete teaching theatre, NRACT requires no previous experience or training for participation in class or performance programs. In fact, of the 65 cast members in Annie, over 30 were enjoying their first stage experience. NRACT hopes to reach its goal of providing a performing arts outlet or first-time experience to a wide-range of community participants. Audition calls for Children's and Mainstage shows are open to everyone.Special programs include a performing adult Improv comedy troupe "The Raleigh Village Idiots," the "Children Performing for Children" series, Mainstage productions, and Summer camps

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My two children began taking improvisation and acting classes in their early teens at NRACT in 2002, and became more involved as time went on. They have both appeared in plays at the theatre, and have continued their interest in drama at their colleges. When the theatre was facing a financial crisis three years ago, my daughter asked that our family make a donation to NRACT instead of giving her any Christmas presents - she told us that the caring and talented people at NRACT were her second family. We did make a donation, and I volunteered to help with fundraising, which led to an invitation to join the Board of Directors. In my three years on this Board, I have seen the theatre grow. This community theatre began as a labor of love by a dedicated group of actors and artists, but their business sense was, well, limited. Now, there is a shared vision among the artistic folks and the 'business types' they've recruited for the Board - together, we've instituted some cost-cutting measures, budgets, and expansion of programs. We have managed to become the second family to a new wave of middle-schoolers (and others), and we're reaching out to underserved groups out here in the 'burbs. Money is still tight (duh, we're a non-profit), but we'll get by, with a bit of help. Thank you for considering a donation to North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

increased attendance at productions, an expanding pool of talented actors, directors, and teachers, and sustained efforts to collaborate with other area arts organizations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, passionate about creating an inclusive environment, and imaginative in stretching the theatre's resources.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My family's first experience at NRACT was attending a show by the improv group, Raleigh Village Idiots. When auditions for the next children’s production were posted, my oldest daughter decided to attend. She ended up performing in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. We found the director and all of the staff and volunteers at NRACT to be wonderfully supportive. It was such a great experience that she convinced my youngest daughter to join her at the next audition. Our family has now been involved in acting, painting scenery, sewing costumes, ushering and odd jobs for seven productions. Our teen has also been involved with the Teen Troupe. We have found everyone at NRACT to be very welcoming to newcomers and very dedicated to teaching and producing quality shows.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching a diverse group of kids and adults working together to express themselves creatively on the stage and behind the scenes. It is also the best place in Raleigh for a child's first trip to see a play.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Of course, I enjoy watching all of the kids learn and perform. I also enjoy listening to the young audience members come out of show excited about the play that they have just seen.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always helpful, enthusiastic and welcoming.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make improvements in the building. Offer scholarships for classes and camps.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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