Read Karsell has been a part of The Civic's family for many years. Currently a junior at John Marshall High School, Read signed up for his first STAR session when he was in 2nd grade. He continued attending STAR for five more years, and eventually became an assistant instructor within the program. In 5th grade, he appeared in The Civic’s production of Gypsy. From there, he also appeared in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and Grease. In addition to main stage shows at The Civic, he has appeared in multiple productions at John Adams Middle School and has been a member of the Otherwise Actors for five terms.
Blair began doing theatre in the 3rd grade, when she participated in her first show in Forrest Lake, MN. Her family moved to Chatfield when she was in the 4th grade, and throughout the years, she continued to be involved with plays at school and at church. She even attended a musical theatre summer camp at the Children’s Theatre Company in St. Paul.
When I first joined the Otherwise Actors Troupe in 2010, I was clueless that it would lead me to where I am now. I’m currently the senior class president at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa with a double major in Political Science and International Relations and minors in Math, French, and Religion. Over the past few years, I attended and presented at various regional conferences including the Midwest Civic Engagement Conference, the Midwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium, and the National Campaign Conference at Harvard University. Almost nothing that I do seems related to theatre, but none of it would have been possible without being a part of the education programs at Rochester Civic Theatre.