RMT Youth Ensembles
The Red Mountain Theatre Youth Ensembles are designed to educate, train, and polish the performing arts skills of young artists through professional training and performance opportunities.
The Youth Ensembles are an audition-only, tuition-based program for musical theatre performers (ages 9-18) who rehearse and perform year-round. 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 Youth Ensemble year culminates in two stellar productions: winter’s RMT Holiday Spectacular and spring’s RMT Youth Ensemble Showcase.
The Youth Ensembles consist of three performance groups:
Red Mountain 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 Youth Ensembles, 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..
This extensive program offers the following opportunities:
- Specialized performance experiences
- Individualized mentoring & coaching
- Exclusive classes
- Professional development & networking
- Group Retreat
- Compete in iTheatrics Junior Theatre Festival (Performing Ensemble only)
Financial Aid & Scholarships
At RMT, 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.
Auditions are held in July each year. Check back for updated information.
RMT is dedicated to training young artists alongside professionals, much like a teaching 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 Youth Ensemble members to flourish in an experience comparable to many collegiate and professional programs.
In addition to the RMT Holiday Spectacular and the Youth Ensemble Showcase, members perform periodically throughout the year for businesses, civic clubs, and cultural institutions around the Birmingham area.
Ensemble members have performed in many once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In 2014, the Ensembles were 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 theatre’s finest professionals.
Meet a Few of Our Youth Ensemble Graduates
The Youth Ensembles offer Birmingham’s premiere youth musical theatre education. Not only do many of our graduates go on to perform professionally, they are accomplished leaders in community and business.
Announcing the 2021-22 Youth Ensembles
Red Mountain Performing Ensemble
Sara Dudley Thompson
Taylor Jaz Woodruff
Daniela Mia Afanador-Baez
Lilly Marie Garrison
Eva Leigh Metheny