Winter Rising Stars classes start Saturday

Published Jan 11, 2018 at 4:00pm

Registration is open for the winter session of the Rome Capitol Theatre’s youth theatre program, Rising Stars.

The program, which draws students from all area schools, as well as home schooled students, is now in its fourth year. Classes begin on Saturday, Jan. 13. New and returning students wishing to participate in the program should be registered no later than Friday unless prior arrangements have been made.

Students can be registered for Rising Stars classes online at, by calling the Capitol Theatre at 315-337-6277, or by stopping by the Capitol office at 220 W. Dominick St. during office hours on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Questions may be emailed to

Tuition for the program is $120 per 10-week session. Four sessions of classes are offered each year. Students may register for one or all sessions.  Family discounts and discounts for students registering in advance for all four sessions are offered.

Classes meet on Saturdays, with grades 3-6 meeting from 1-2 p.m., grades 7-9 from 10-11 a.m. and grades 10-12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Private lessons are also offered for all ages, including adults.

In addition to acting technique and theatre skills, Rising Stars focuses on developing each student’s own creativity, building self-confidence, improving reading comprehension and speaking ability, accepting responsibility, and teamwork.

All classes include activities, games, and learning experiences planned for the students to enjoy while they learn and make new friends.

The skills developed better prepare students to compete for roles in school plays and other stage productions as well as interacting with confidence during pageants, interviews for college or jobs, and in every-day dealings with teachers and peers.  

Classes will be taught by Janet Foote, professional actress, director and producer of Chatham Theatre Company, producers of professional theatre for adults and children for more than 35 years.

Foote also taught Theatre Arts at the high school level and has conducted workshops for BOCES, Girl Scouts, and Staley Jr. High School, as well as Rome Free Academy Career Seminars for the performing arts.

She and husband Rod Foote, also a professional director, actor, and writer who often assists with classes, are inductees in the Rome Arts Hall of Fame.