ACTing Up Summer 2022!

This summer, ACTing Up is back, and bigger than ever! For the first time, our camp will be expanded from two weeks to THREE WEEKS, and will culminate in a fully camper-produced show – DISNEY’S MOANA JR! 

Week one of camp will be formatted much like past years – campers will rotate through daily classes in each of five performing arts areas of focus:

Musical Theater Dance: Instructed by Christen Pitts

Vocal Music: Instructed by Karen Q. Clark

Stage Acting: Instructed by Shelton Harden

Film Acting: Instructed by Warren McCullough

Stagecraft and Technical Theater (New for 2022!): Instuctor TBD

Weeks Two & Three of camp will shift into rehearsal and production mode, with campers focused on their preferred “track” as they work together to produce Disney’s Moana Jr. for their family and friends! Students will rank their top choices for areas of focus from three options: Performance, Stagecraft & Technical Theater, or Filmmaking.

Camp Dates: June 13-July 1st.

Camp is open to rising 3rd-12 grade students.

MOANA JR Performances will be held June 29th – July 1st.

Program Fees:

$400 Tuition

$50 Materials Fee. 

TOTAL COST: $450

URGENT: As of March 8th, all classes have been filled. Registration is only available for waiting list positions at this time. Should a space become available, we will contact those on the waiting list in the order they were registered. 

Click the button below for more details and to register your child for ACTing Up 2022!

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Second ACT Adult Education

Instructed by Ben & Laura Grimes, Second ACT adult education is a deep dive into acting techniques, exercises and scene study for adults at all levels. Check back soon for 2022 program offerings.

Student Matinee Performances

Throughout each season, Argenta Community Theater offers daytime student matinee performances for field-trip groups for school appropriate performances.

For the 2022-2023 Season, student matinees are available for:

White Christmas

Cinderella

Contact Us to learn more or register your class to attend a performance!

Argenta Community Theater Instructors

Karen Q. Clark

Vocal Music Instructor

Karen holds both her Bachelor and Master of Music in Vocal Performance and trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She even studied voice with Marni Nixon, the voice behind Audrey Hepburn in the film “My Fair Lady”. She currently teaches music at Episcopal Collegiate School where she has been honored with the Outstanding Lower School Faculty Award.

Ben Grimes

Second ACT Program Director, Acting Instructor

Ben has over 25 years of experience in theatre as an actor and director. He has performed professionally in New York and Chicago, as well as in multiple regional and touring productions. Ben received his training from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. He has also just completed his first year at the Clinton School of Public Service where he is developing a theater that highlights and addresses common veteran issues and struggles.

Laura Grimes

Acting Instructor

Laura has more than 25 years of experience as an actor, director and designer for theater and film. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Hendrix College and completed the physical theatre program at the Accademia Del’Arte in Arezzo, Italy and the Professional Actor Training Program at Sanford Meisner’s prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. She has performed and directed in New York, Europe, and regionally. Laura currently serves as Executive Director of Argenta Community Theater.

Shelton Harden

Shelton Harden brings a long and varied background of music and theater to his teaching. He is currently on the Arkansas Arts Council’s Artist In Education Artist Roster. Since relocating to Little Rock from South Arkansas a few short years ago, Harden has taught classes and workshops in theater and music for Argenta Community Theater, Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theater, Arkansas Department of Education and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Before moving to Little Rock, he taught classes and directed children’s theater at South Arkansas Arts Center (El Dorado), UAFS Academy of the Arts (Fort Smith), the Arkansas chapter of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT), and the Arkansas Music Educators Association (ArkMEA). Harden is a longtime student of improv (improvisational theater) and loves bringing this skill to his classes in both theater and music.

Warren McCullough

Film Instructor

Warren spent his early career in Los Angeles where he starred in national TV commercials such as Jaguar, Bud Light, Zicam, Natural Light and Goodyear. He has worked with such stars as Jennifer Lopez, Molly Sims and Steve Carell and has acted in over 21 films and dozens of plays.

Christen Pitts

ACTing Up Program Director, Dance Instructor

Christen is the Founder/Director of the North Little Rock High School Dance Program and Dance Troupe. She holds her MEd from UALR and a BA in Drama/Dance Performance from the University of Arkansas. She has been a professional choreographer, performer and teacher for over 25 years. She received the 2012 Governor’s Arts Council Award.