The Inner Circle is a company composed of talented high school students who work together to bring the experience of live theatre to elementary school students. The performances are TEKS-compliant, and teachers are provided with teaching talking points to correspond to the performances. Roberta Elliott, our Executive Director and Inner Circle instructor, founded the company in 1978, with the goal of introducing live theatre to as many children as possible, bringing them either a taste of the classics or a “life lesson” served up in an entertaining way.
To date, The Inner Circle has given almost 600 performances for over 130,000 students.
The Inner Circle also selects a play or musical each year to produce and perform at their end-of-year show in May. This show is then cut down to accommodate the 40-minute time-limit for performances at the Texas Non-Profit Theatre Conference each June. This conference is the highlight of the season for the Inner Circle, as it gives them a chance to take classes from professionals in the industry while mingling with their peers from around the state. They earn their tuition for their year-long classes and for TNT Conference via volunteer hours given to the theatre; each member is expected to provide a minimum of 100 hours per year, and many exceed that out of sheer love for the theatre!
Auditions for this unique group are April 10, 2018 Tuesday, at 7pm. Places exist for students in high school. Auditions will consist of cold readings and improvs. If you miss the audition, call for 830-620-4848 for an appointment.
The Inner Circle has class on Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm as well as additional training during their rehearsals on Sundays. The tuition is not money, but volunteer hours. This way every talented young person can participate and learn even more valuable life skills.