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The Ritz Teen Thespian Guild

The Ritz Teen Thespian Guild gives area high school students the opportunity to find new ways of self-expression, while encouraging participation in live theatre. As school budgets tighten, school systems are forced to make cuts in program funding. Typically, the arts are the first affected, with the school's theatre program among the first to suffer and, if there is a choice, the school's "non-musical" production gets the axe. For the past ten years, high school students from the region join forces to put on one production in the fall. With direction from Ritz Theatre staffers, they choose a play, raise money for the production, distribute audition notices, select a director, and have three performances, live, on stage. Since the program's inception nearly a decade ago, membership has swelled to more than 50 high school students annually. The Ritz's supplementing school arts programming has provided these students with a option that otherwise would not exist.

The Ritz Teen Thespian Guild originated in 2004 (then called the Tiffin Area High School Players) by a group of Tiffin Columbian students who were disheartened when budget cuts forced the cancellation of the annual fall dramatic production. Until 2007, the all-student group rehearsed and performed at Gundlach Theatre, Heidelberg University until scheduling difficulties arose and they found themselves without a stage. Approaching Michael Strong, Executive Director of The Ritz Theatre, the group was granted use of the National Theatre for their presentation of Flowers for Algernon. The commitment of the teens and their passion for theatre led Strong to welcome them into the Ritz family, joining the Ritz Players and triDea Dance as resident performers. Since 2008, RTTG has taken the Main Stage with productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Crucible, 1984, Auntie Mame, Our Town, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland as well as one-act plays by notables such as Brett Harte, David Mamet and Ray Bradbury. In 2015 and 2017, they took plays to the Ohio Community Theatre Assn. youth festival and won awards of Excellence in directing, ensemble, technical design and acting. They were also invited to showcase at the OCTA State Conference as an Outstanding Example of Youth Theatre. RTTG is run entirely by the students with their own executive committee. They choose their play, host theatre workshops for middle-school students and Girl Scouts and often do special productions for the Ritz Discovery Series. For 2018 they are presenting All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten as well as four 10-minute plays addressing Bullying for the Discovery Series. The group is open to any area student in grades 9-12 who has an interest in theatre either on the stage or behind the scenes. For additional information, contact Ritz Education Director, Dianne Pytel at 419.448.8544 x112 or dianne@ritztheatre.org. Auditions are open to any area high school student.

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     Tiffin, OH 44883

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