Rochester College will host Theatre Fest 2011 for southeastern Michigan high school students on Saturday, Nov. 12. The event will feature workshops with theatre professionals, faculty and Rochester College students on various topics including acting, musical theatre and technical theatre.

“Theatre Fest gives us a great opportunity to work with local high school students who are interested in theatre,” said Julayne Hughes, from Rochester College’s department of music, theatre and visual art. “The students love it because they can learn new things about theatre.”

The Theatre Fest event also helps create connections with other local theatre departments. “Establishing that kind of relationship is important not only for Rochester College but also for the local high schools,” said Hughes. “Many theatre departments are working on shoestring budgets, so the more we can work cooperatively, the better off we’ll all be.”

Check-in for the event begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, followed by three workshop sessions. The workshops will be followed by dinner and a complimentary performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, a musical based on the final week of Jesus’ life.

Admission to the Theatre Fest is $12 per person for those who pay in advance and $15 for those who pay at the door. Teachers and chaperones may attend free of charge. Registration can be filled out online at

For more information, a complete schedule of events and workshop descriptions, go to and click on “Theatre Festival” on the left-hand side of the page.


Founded in 1959, Rochester College is an accredited, independent liberal arts college that pursues academic excellence in a Christian setting. With more than 1,000 students, both in traditional and adult learning programs, RC offers bachelor degree programs at four locations and a master’s degree in religious education. For more information about Rochester College, visit

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