Summer at Rubicon is all about encouraging young talent. For more than 20 years, Rubicon Theatre Company has offered extraordinary training and performance programs for aspiring artists from age 5 to age 25 — programs that we are told have been life-changing for many of those involved.
We have just completed auditions for our 2023 summer shows: 101 Dalmatians, Henry V, The Addams Family and Pippin and are excited to announce that all performances will be back home on the Rubicon stage this year. We are also bringing back Kids for Kids in August, a benefit concert produced by the students that will feature the music of Burt Bacharach and include the presentation of our second Rising Star Awards to JESSE GRAHAM. (Tickets go on sale to the public June 10.) The programs will be helmed by new Education Director JOSEPH FUQUA (Yale School of Drama MFA, Founder of Fearless Shakespeare, Broadway and Rubicon actor). He will be assisted by SERYOZHA LA PORTE, a professional actor who grew up in Rubicon’s youth programs. Other beloved returning instructors include PATTI STRICKLAND, LOUIS LOTORTO, CAROLANNE MARANO, and MIRIAM ARICHEA.
We are also excited to announce that a record number of students have signed up! Coming out of the pandemic, young people in our community crave the kind of live interaction that these programs can offer. Traditionally, 60 to 70% of the young people in our programs are on full or partial scholarships. Our goal is to say “yes” to any student who wants to participate, regardless of their ability to pay.
To support a greater number of students, and to manage increased personnel and insurance costs, we need YOUR help. We need to raise an additional $48,000 by June 15 to support our summer education programs.
Please give generously. To contribute, please call (805) 667-2912, ext. 234 to charge by phone or you may also make a secure gift online by clicking the button below. Help Rubicon continue to create life-changing experiences for young people in our region for many years to come.
L to R: Rubicon summer tech student JORDAN BROWN in 2007; Jordan pictured this year as a crew member (Advance/Video Swing) on the National Tour of Dear Evan Hansen (pictured with his parents SHELLY AND STEVE BRAUN and brother TROY BRAUN – also a participant of many years in Rubicon’s summer acting programs, now studying pre-med at Pepperdine.)
L to R: ANNA DEMARIA as Claire de Loone in the 2017 Rubicon summer youth production of On the Town (pictured with GABRIEL LEMUS, a theatre major at OCU); Anna in her professional debut as Ella in the World Premiere of Dark of the Moon at Rubicon.