Rachel and Scott Brady have made their home in Alton for several years. Scott, having a background in professional theater, chose to return to Alton and teach. Rachel, a talented professional dancer, elected to come home and start a dance studio — and both are raising three aspiring young performers.
Having worked at Alton Little Theater for several years both on stage and behind the scenes, the couple has created three ongoing programs and one benefit to support the theater’s ongoing fundraising projects that will one day help fund the building of a state-of-the-art performance center in downtown Alton.
Scott will coordinate a Second Saturday class Sept. 12. Adolescents and adults can attend one-hour workshops taught by theater professionals for a $5 registration fee. Classes include vocal techniques, auditioning tips, polishing a monologue, stage movement and more. Registration is handled through the ALT office, (618) 462-3205.
Scott will begin his Monday afternoon classes from 4:30 to 5:30 Monday, Sept. 14. The Theater Laboratory is for students ages 10 and older. Students are introduced and rehearsed in performance skills similar to workshops taught for adults. The after-school program evolved from Scott’s Summer Youth Drama Camp. Registration is handled at (618) 462-6268.
Meanwhile, Rachel has invested herself in an undertaking called Give Dance A Chance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the ALT Showplace. Professional dance companies and performers (non-competitive) will showcase their work for a ticket price of $8 adults and $5 for ages 12 and younger. The Creative Dance Studio, Premier Performance Dance Studio, SIUE University Dance Company, Turner’s Gymnastic and Dance, Karlovsky and Company Dance, Principia College Theater and Dance Department, and Turn of Change Dance Collective will participate and local restaurants will contribute refreshments.
“Rachel hopes that a huge crowd will come and support what she calls ‘the underrepresented art’ and the passion of adult dancers who still long to perform before an audience,” an Alton Little Theater press release states.
Proceeds from the one-night event will benefit Alton Little Theater. Organizers also hope to develop more opportunities for concert dance. Collaborators’ bios are extensive, including a former professional ballerina and a former Martha Graham dancer.