Upstage Theatre Company

 

Written by Maria Veres in the December 2018 Issue

As an actor and a mother of five, Jenny Rottmayer understands how tough it is to make time for the things you love while working and raising a family. But Rottmayer has found a unique way to do it all. With her husband Brett, she runs Upstage Theatre Company, a family-oriented theatre group in Edmond.

Founded in 2010, Upstage offers community theatre productions and many learning opportunities for young actors. The Rottmayers saw a need for their business when Summer Stock discontinued its productions at Mitch Park. They quickly stepped in to fill the gap. “We’ve always loved outdoor theater,” says Rottmayer. “The timing was perfect.”

Upstage produces two outdoor musicals in Edmond every summer and an adult-oriented indoor community theatre production during the winter. In between, they hold production classes and summer camps for young actors from preschool through high school.

It’s a full load, but the Rottmayers can’t imagine doing anything else. They met while studying theater at UCO, and both of them wanted to continue nourishing their love of theater after college. Upstage has given them the perfect chance to do that.

Brett is the executive director of company and helps with technical direction while also working full time. Jenny runs the day-to-day operations and teaches several classes. The company’s third team member, Patrick Towne, teaches classes and directs many of the productions. “He does an amazing job,” says Rottmayer.

Audiences at Upstage’s Danforth and Kelly location will soon enjoy an expanded performance space with theatre-style seating. The Rottmayers hope to have the new space finished in time the December production of “Chicago” by the senior production class. “We thought it would be a perfect way to start,” says Rottmayer.

The production classes are one of Rottmayer’s favorite parts of her job. There are three classes per semester, each geared for a different age group. “Once students enroll, they audition, rehearse, and have the full-scale theater experience,” says Rottmayer. “It’s amazing to see what kids can do with just a little push.”

Summer camps and all-inclusive, theatre-themed birthday parties round out Upstage’s programs for kids. For grownups, Upstage offers an adult dance class, acting opportunities in the community theatre productions, and other workshops and classes depending on interest.

As usual, the company has a full calendar for
the months ahead. After the holidays, watch for
“Carrie: The Musical” in mid January. Enrollment for spring classes is also open. Whether you’re
an actor yourself or have a child who loves the
spotlight, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to shine at Upstage.

Learn more about Upstage Theatre Company’s upcoming shows and classes at www.upstagetheatreok.com.

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