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.
Tony Carlson is no stranger to the Rochester Civic Theatre. As a child, Tony was a former student of the educational programming at the Civic, attending several sessions of what is now known as STAR (Summer Theatre Academy of Rochester) and as a member of different youth performance troupes. He also appeared in several Civic Theatre productions, such as Peter Pan, Honk!: the Musical, and Return to Forbidden Planet, and has been a dance instructor and choreographer for the Education Department. Tony now lives in New York, where he graduated with a B.A in dance performance and choreography from Eugene Lang College and works as a dancer, choreographer, and various other roles within the dance community.
Sophia (13) and Alisa (10) Model both moved here in Rochester just a few months ago from Chicago, IL. Born to a Russian-speaking family, they both got their start at the Russian Community Theatre, where they got to play many different roles and participate in many different shows, all within the Russian community. In addition, they participated in shows and classes at Citadel Theatre Company, Spotlight Theatre, Metropolis Theatre, and Northbrook Theatre.
For the first time ever, conservatory level theatrical training is available in Rochester, and it's happening right here at the Civic. STAR Summer Theatre Intensive courses offer residents of the greater Rochester area the opportunity to receive a level of training in comedy, drama, and musical theater previously unavailable without significant travel. To find out who these classes are for and what all the excitement is about, I went to the source, the Civic Theatre Education Director, Denise Ruemping. She told me "The program is designed to meet the needs of students (recommended age 13 and up) who are looking for more than just a 'fun theatre camp experience' - students who are very interested in learning what it takes to be a good actor and performer."