Nep­tune The­atre School

Riel au­di­tions her way to post-se­condary

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There hasn’t been a mo­ment where Riel Red­dick-Stevens didn’t want to be on stage. When was four, she was en­rolled in a va­ri­ety of camps at Nep­tune The­atre, and has been do­ing mu­si­cal the­atre for most of her life. But par­tic­i­pat­ing in Nep­tune The­atre School’s Nep­tune Prep pro­gram last year opened her eyes to the dif­fer­ent forms of the­atre.

“We took classes such as voice and text, phys­i­cal the­atre, stage com­bat and many more. What Prep did for me was it helped me grow a lot as a per­former,” says Riel. She is cur­rently en­rolled at Ran­dolph Academy for the Per­form­ing Arts in Toronto, and Prep gave her the tools that it took to get there.

Nep­tune Prep pro­vided lessons in au­di­tion­ing, since the pro­gram pre­pares the stu­dents specif­i­cally for post-se­condary au­di­tions.

The stu­dents pre­pared their books in terms of mu­sic, and learned how to calm those pre-au­di­tion jit­ters. Riel’s abil­ity to au­di­tion com­fort­ably landed her a sum­mer job act­ing with Ross Creek’s Two Planks and a Pas­sion The­atre, in the shows Noth­ing Less and A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream.

“With it be­ing mainly act­ing and per­form­ing, I learned a lot about what it’s like to work in the busi­ness with pro­fes­sion­als,” says Riel. The com­pany put on eight shows a week, which is pretty typ­i­cal for the in­dus­try, and she was ready for it.

Prep en­cour­aged Riel to keep push­ing through, and to just do the work. She is con­tin­u­ing to fuel her goal of be­com­ing a full­time ac­tor, and dreams of even­tu­ally star­ring in the one-woman show

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