Dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively.
The discipline of music boosts students brain power, teaches patience, and helps them to think critically as they approach harmony and singing in rhythm. ART kids will learn challenging music, play games, as well as sing.
Art will consist of different techniques such as painting, building, designing projects geared towards props and sets.
Drama helps youth discover talents, feel like part of something outside themselves, gives them a sense of belonging and importance, and raises their self-confidence. ART kids will learn basic acting techniques.
Meet Our Production Team
Rachel Evans Producer
Mrs. Evans has been producing and art directing ART4Kids shows for the past four years. Her resourcefulness and talent influence everything the audience sees on stage and everything the actors utilize offstage. She taught art for 5 years at the elementary level. Her experience in the arts stem from her big heart and ability to make beautiful things out of ordinary everyday items. She has a passion for helping individuals find their creative spirit.
January Nicole Queen has dedicated her life to the performing arts. She was the captain of her high school cheerleading team and eventually was on the USA All-Stars cheer team. After high school, she studied musical theatre in college and also worked with multiple local theatre companies. She began her journey with A.R.T. for Kids as a volunteer makeup artist, then, an assistant choreographer, and finally a director for several productions. Alongside working with A.R.T. for Kids, she does makeup and acting in the film industry and is a successful “mom-manager” for her three professional actor children.
Mindy DalmacioArtistic Director
Mindy Dalmacio is a powerhouse of creation! She joined the ART4Kids team as Artistic Director for Aladdin Jr. and has been a part of the team ever since. Mindy has been active in her community for years, always looking for ways to enrich the community for the benefit of the kids and families. She’s excited to dive into her 4th season with us, to create the set of Moana Jr!
Tenisha BurmanStage Manager
Tenisha Burman joined our team as Stage Manager in 2019 and has been helping behind the scenes for years. She was active in theater in high school, participating in several shows including Willy Wonka and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She developed her leadership skills as the captain of an award-winning volleyball team. Tenisha is a wife and mom of three, and a successful entrepreneur. She brings order, generosity, and fun wherever she goes.
Jacquline CastilloDirector/Musical Director
Jacqueline Castillo is very excited to be the director/musical director for Willy Wonka Jr! She spent many years as a youth theatre performer before transitioning to professional regional theatre. Some of her favorite performances include TiMoune (Once on This Island), Sarah (Ragtime), Lorrell (Dreamgirls) and Taylor (High School Musical). Jacqueline is also a co-founder of United Colours of Arizona Theatre, a resource and online forum for local theatre artists both onstage and off.
Born to dance, Auntie Ruta’s comes from a diverse background of singing, dancing, and playing a variety of instruments. From a young age, she was choreographing praise dances, singing, playing drums and piano/keyboard at her church in Northern California. She began dancing hip-hop and singing in her school choir. And studied musical theater classes throughout high school and college. As well as dancing, singing, drumming for a Halau (hula school). After relocating to Arizona, Ruta founded Natia O Le Pasifika, a Polynesian dance school dedicated to preserving the heritage and traditions of the Polynesian culture through song and dance.
Kayela SeegmillerStage Manager
Kayela Seegmiller is excited to combine her love of theater and her love of children in her first ART for Kids show. She studied at BYU and NYU. She’s been a teacher for the past 6 years and been involved with theater since she was 18. She’s also excited to expand into musicals as she is mostly worked on Shakespeare productions for the past 5 years.
Arizona Repertory Theatre for Kids’ mission is to provide a place to shine. We are dedicated to providing a full theatrical art experience for youth in their schools and communities.
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