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(2018/01/10):

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR TWELFTH NIGHT or WHAT YOU WILL WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH AND TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH FROM 6-7PM BOTH NIGHTS AT THE MARTINS FERRY REC. CENTER. AUDITION IS A COLD READ. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. IT IS ONLY REQUIRED TO ATTEND ONE NIGHT OF AUDITIONS. 

Also, our first episode of the ACTive Roles Radio Program is now on YouTube, and has been submitted to WEJP 107.1 FM in Wheeling, and WBPS 101.9 FM in Cambridge, OH, and should be on the air soon! Will update with specific dates and times when available!! ACTive Roles students did a GREAT job on this project and should be proud!!  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!!

(2017/09/15):

CLASSES BEGIN WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th FROM 4-6pm AT THE MARTINS FERRY REC. CENTER, AND WILL BE HELD EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 4-6pm!! ALL ARE WELCOME!!

(2017/04/28):

CLASSES ARE OVER FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR, BUT SUMMER CAMPS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON! STAY TUNED!!

ALSO OUR PRODUCTION OF A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM WILL BE PERFORMED IN THE MARTINS FERRY PARK MAY 18th & 19th (THURS & FRI) at 5pm, and MAY 20th & 21st (SAT & SUN) at 3pm!! Tell your friends!! 

(2017/01/03):

THE CLASS SCHEDULE IS CHANGING!! Because so many students have had trouble making it to both class sessions each week, we will henceforth only be having classes on Wednesdays from 4:30-6pm. We are still accepting new students. We have also updated our cancellation policy. Each student will be required to furnish Megan with at least one phone number capable of receiving text messages. Students will be alerted 24 hours in advance if class has to be cancelled. The policy for inclement weather has not changed. (If Martins Ferry Schools are closed, there will not be ACTive Roles classes or rehearsals on those days.) Students will also be asked to text/call/email/facebook Megan if they are unable to make it to class, at least 15 minutes before the scheduled class time.

AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED!! ACTive Roles will be holding auditions for A Midsummer Night's Dream on Thursday, January 26th, and Friday, January 27th from 5-6pm at the Martins Ferry Rec. Center. Auditions are open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 18, who live in the Ohio Valley. Be prepared to read from the script the night of auditions! Performance dates will be May 18th, 19th, and 20th in the Martins Ferry Park. (Opportunities also exist for production & Design, and stage management. Email Megan at ACTiveRoles@gmail.com for more details.)

(2016/09/29):

CLASSES BEGIN ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 3rd FROM 5-6PM AT THE MARTINS FERRY REC. CENTER. THEREAFTER, CLASSES WILL BE HELD ON MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS AT 5PM!! ALL CLASSES ARE ONE HOUR LONG! ALL CLASSES ARE FREE, AND THERE ARE NO START OR END DATES. WE WILL INCORPORATE NEW STUDENTS YEAR-ROUND!!

(2016-08-25):

 

AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH AT 5:30PM AT THE MARTINS FERRY REC. CENTER (401 SOUTH 4TH STREET). Attendance at this meeting is encouraged, but not mandatory to participate. If you are unable to attend, please email ACTiveRoles@gmail.com (Megan Simcox) for more info!

CLASSES BEGIN THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER!! CHECK BACK FOR SPECIFIC DATES AND TIMES!!

(2016-08-18): 

BIG NEWS!!! WE HAVE A HOME!!!! ARTC will officially be offering classes from the Martins Ferry Rec. Center, at 401 South 4th Street. An informational meeting will be held sometime in September! Check back soon for details!

(2016-07-25) POSTED BY ARTC FOUNDER, MEGAN SIMCOX:

One of the greatest learning experiences in my life happened in 2006 at OSU. The voice acting classes and workshops I did that year changed the way I approached theatre. For a short time, I was lucky enough to work on a small project with a group called InterACT which created theatrical outreach projects for the community. The project I worked on was a series of scenes meant to educate incoming grad-students on a number of situations they might encounter as they continued their educations. This got me thinking critically about the role and power of theatre in our communities.

 

To me, theatre is more than ticket sales or basic entertainment; it has the power to change the world. And as such, I believe it should be free and accessible to everyone.

 

Upon graduating in 2006, I had already started brainstorming ideas to actualize this conviction, but due to work and personal life conflicts, I never made much headway. But I continued to refine my goals, stealing key tenets from InterACT, and other organizations such as the Studio Theatre in D.C., and Prison Performing Arts.

 

I eventually came up with the ACTive Roles Theatre Company (thanks for the name inspiration, InterACT... Lol). It's taken me 10 years of planning, but I'm finally prepared to launch this fall.

 

I've been disabled and unable to work for the last year, and although my health hasn't really improved, this is a project I can schedule or re-schedule myself if my MS flares; a privilege I wouldn't have in most jobs. However, I won't be making any money at this; it's 100% volunteer on my part, and that of anyone who helps me.

 

The idea is to provide free theatre training to local youth of all socio-economic backgrounds (although I'm particularly interested in at-risk and disadvantaged kids) giving them an alternative after-school activity. As their training progresses, I want to examine, with them, problems in the local community, or problems they face at school, and create and produce short plays exploring possible solutions to these issues. I also want to establish an annual performance of Shakespeare in the Park with them.

 

The Ohio Valley has become increasingly art-deprived over the past few years, and I can't help but think that this is because of the economic downturn since the recession began. By bringing these services to the Valley for free, I hope to rouse a new enthusiasm for the arts. I will be working with kids between the ages of 10 and 18, who will primarily control the content studied. All students will be given a survey which will be used to make the schedule and determine topics discussed.

 

The only thing I need to get going is a place to hold classes. I've appealed to the Martins Ferry Library about using the Krieg room several days a week, but haven't heard back. I'm also considering a space at the Martins Ferry Rec. Center, but I don't have any start-up money and haven't applied for 501(c)(3) status yet, so the space has to be free to use. If anyone has any suggestions, please email me at activeroles@gmail.com. I would really like to stay based out of Martins Ferry since it's my home-turf, but am willing to consider other spaces in the area, if worse comes to worst.

 

Once I have a space lined up I'll be contacting local music, theatre, and English teachers in the area school districts to spread awareness about this program, but the main priority right now is finding a space, preferably in Martins Ferry!

 

I might fall flat on my face, but it's now or never! This has basically been my life's ambition, and I'm finally in a position to give it a shot. Any likes and shares of the ARTC Facebook page (link at the top of this page) are appreciated!

 

(And THANK YOU to all the people who have inspired me to do this over the years, and those who I've directly poached from! Everyone from teachers I had in college at OUE, OU, and OSU, to people I've worked with throughout my career, to people I've worked with in the community theatre, community organizations, friends, and everyone who's helped me grow as an actor and artist since college. This is by no means an original idea on my part, and it wouldn't be happening without all of them! Thank you, thank you, thank you!)

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