The Reston Community Players (RCP) presents a youth-focused production News in July as part of their new apprenticeship program. The program, which began last fall, includes pre-professional performance and technical opportunities for students ages 13 to 18, giving them exposure to the process of building a theater production from the ground up.
News is set to open July 8 at Capital One Hall in Tysons, Va. and will run through July 17 with a total of six performances and will be one of the last productions of Capital One Hall’s inaugural season after opening in October 2021. Capital One Hall has made its performance venues available to nonprofit arts organizations in Fairfax County through a partnership with ArtsFairfax, fulfilling Capital One’s commitment to provide event space for charitable, artistic groups , non-profit and other community groups. RCP was selected to perform in The Vault, Capital One Hall’s 225-seat black box theater through a selection process administered by ArtsFairfax.
“We are very grateful to ArtsFairfax and Capital One Hall for this opportunity and very excited to bring our long tradition of high quality theatrical productions to this new venue,” said RCP President Kate Keifer. “The opportunity for our young performers to work with professional teacher artists from New York and perform in a brand new venue like Capital One Hall is a unique experience. Our goal is to give each participant in our program a 360 degree view of all that goes into assembling a theatrical production as they gain in-depth knowledge in the areas of scenic craft, theatrical design and production elements.
Based on the 1992 film and inspired by the true story of the Newsboys’ Strike of 1899, News tells the story of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy who dreams of a better life. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the expense of newsagents, Jack rallies a ragged band of reporters from across town to strike against unjust conditions and fight for what’s right. .
The production of RCP from News is directed and choreographed by Alisa Claire and Brian Collier, guest teacher artists from The NYC LM Project, located in New York. The production team also includes Merissa Driscoll (Music Director), Dan Widerski (Technical Director) Mary Jo Ford (Business Manager), Franklin Coleman (Lighting Designer), Richard Bird (Sound Designer) and Lori Crockett (Creator of suits).
News will perform at Capital One Hall, 7750 Capital One Tower Rd, Tysons, VA 22102 July 8-10 and July 15-17. Curtain time is 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. For tickets, visit www.capitalonehall.com.
Photo credit: Heather Regan Photography
About Reston Community Players
Reston Community Players (RCP) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization that has been producing quality theater productions since 1966. RCP has brought audiences a variety of theater experiences over the years and is committed to theatrical excellence and to professionalism through the promotion of diverse and creative experiences for the education and cultural enrichment of the community. Partially funded by grants from ArtsFairfax and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, RCP welcomes everyone and offers something for everyone. Visit the RCP online at www.restonplayers.org.
Capital One Hall
Capital One Hall, part of the larger Capital One Center mixed-use development in Tysons, Virginia and managed by ASM Global, opened in October 2021. It includes a 1,600-seat performance hall designed for productions , comedy and Broadway concerts; The Vault – a 225-seat Black Box Theatre, The Perch – a rooftop green space with a stage, Starr Hill Biergarten, a miniature golf course, and more. and event space. Capital One Hall is located a short walk from McLean tube station on the Silver Line and also offers ample covered parking. www.capitalonehall.com