The Red Mountain Theatre Company Conservatory is designed to educate, train, and polish the performing arts skills of young artists through professional training and performance opportunities.
The Conservatory is an audition only, tuition-based program. Our Conservatory Ensembles are an elite group of musical theatre performers (ages 6-18) who rehearse and perform year-round. Conservatory Ensemble members are the youth all-stars of Birmingham musical theatre—no other local youth program is as comprehensive for preparation in the performing arts.
The Ensemble year culminates in two stellar productions: winter’s RMTC Holiday Spectacular and spring’s RMTC Conservatory Showcase.
The Conservatory Ensembles consist of four performance groups:
The RMTC Performing Ensemble (ages 13-18)
The Red Mountain Performing Ensemble is a team of young artists dedicated to their rehearsals, committed to collaboration with their peers, and looking for a challenge. Their primary focus in their training is expressing the artistry of musical theatre storytelling in performance. This group offers the most advanced training in the Conservatory, and as such is reserved for the most skilled and mature performers.
Spotlights (ages 11-15)
The Spotlights are a focused and dedicated ensemble of budding young artists, learning to tell a story through musical theatre. Spotlights are committed to teamwork and bettering their skills as performers alongside an ensemble of like-minded people. During their rehearsals, they build upon basic theatre fundamentals, which results in great friendships, improved musical theatre technique, and excellent time-management skills.
Previews (ages 9-12)
The Previews are energetic and eager young performers who love to sing, dance, and act. They are dedicated to learning the fundamentals of musical theatre performance in a team-oriented environment. They are committed to their arts education, and their growth in ability from one year to the next can be astounding..
Sprouts (ages 6-9)
Sprouts are true “Broadway Babies” – learning how to sing and dance! The Sprouts are our youngest ensemble members, and join the Conservatory in the spring. This is a fantastic introductory experience to the Conservatory for young people who are interested in learning the basics of onstage performance.
This extensive program offers the following opportunities:
Conservatory membership is determined by auditions, which occur each June for the Previews, Spotlights and RMPE. Every Conservatory member re-auditions each year. Each potential Conservatory member must attend Broadway Bootcamp in order to qualify for an audition. Conservatory members are all expected to commit to the full year’s experiences upon acceptance of their place in the Conservatory. Sprouts audition in December and do not have a prerequisite, although attendance at prior RMTC camps and classes is highly suggested.
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RMTC is dedicated to training young artists along-side professionals, much like a teach hospital. Our rehearsals consist of learning music and choreography for our performances, engaging in proper warm up techniques, and growing skills through focused education sessions. We spend approximately 450 hours in rehearsal and performance each year. The rigorous training and learning schedule provides the opportunity for Conservatory members to flourish in an experience comparable to many collegiate and professional programs..
In addition to the RMTC Holiday Spectacular and the Conservatory Showcase, Conservatory members perform periodically throughout the year for businesses, civic clubs, and cultural institutions around the Birmingham Area.
Conservatory members have performed in many once-in-a-lifetime experiences; in 2014 the Conservatory was honored to perform at a ceremony honoring the Dalai Lama. They have performed alongside artists with Emmy Awards® and Tony Awards®, such as Sharif Simmons, Jason Robert Brown, Chet Walker, Norm Lewis, and many more of the theatre’s finest professionals.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
At RMTC, no child is denied participation in our educational programs based on financial limitations. For more information about our financial aid opportunities, review the James Hatcher Founder’s Fund Award.
Youth enrolled in the Conservatory Ensembles will enhance their educational experience with RMTC Master Classes, which are conducted by visiting professional performers.