Call for Auditions

Ryan Bender and Judy Coleman, representing the Music and Drama programs at The Learning Center! Charter School drew the winning ticket for a copy of The Princess and the Pea book signed by cast members of the GrowZone Players and Director Bender.  The school’s premiere performance of last spring’s musical kicked off this fundraising raffle to support the drama program in conjunction with the Jackie Ward Foundation (see Jackie Ward Foundation at whose goal is to support an arts program that impacts the local charter school with outreach to the community at large.

Announcing a winner of the coveted The Princess and the Pea book, donated by Linda Ray of Curiosity Book Store, was planned to coordinate with the CALL FOR AUDITIONS for this year’s musical LAW &ORDER: C-rhyme and Pun-ishment, a “once upon a time”  play set in Nursery Rhyme Land,  with scenes in Mother Goose’s forensics lab and other fantastical places, complete with characters that include Bo Peep, Jack Be Nimble, Mother Goose herself and, of course, the victim Humpty Dumpty.


DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

TIME: 3:30-5:00

at The Henn Theatre at 110 Tennessee St., Murphy, NC

Looking for talented youth who are willing to work hard and set a good example of proper rehearsal etiquette.  Auditions are open to students from the 5th grade to 12th grade.  All 5th-8th grade cast members must be available for rehearsals which will run every Friday beginning January 4th 2013 from 12:30-2:55.  High School cast ONLY will be permitted to participate in practices starting at the end of their school day.  Practice times will expand untill 5:00pm beginning sometime in March until the plays’ productions.

Performance dates are set for:

Thursday, May 16th 2013, open to public (6:30 pm)

Friday, May 17th 2013 – TLC! matinee performance

Monday, May 20th 2013 – open to public (6:30 pm)

Drama Educational Goal: To assemble the best ensemble of actors and set, lighting and costume support who will work well together to meet a common goal of putting on the best production possible.

Questions: Please call 828-835-7240 or email



Don’t Miss Princess & the Pea!

Don’t miss the hottest ticket in town . . . The Princess & the Pea!!  Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at The Henn Theater.  Tickets are for sale in the front office. $5 for adults.  $3 for kids.  You won’t believe the talent our school possesses and the amazing show that has been put together with the help of many folks including Director Ryan Bender, Assistant Director/Stage Manager Theresa Raker, Music Coordinator Judy Coleman, Lighting and sound from Robert Hamilton and crew from Sounds Good Electronics, Bill Brechbill, Jay & Wes VerCourse, Carrie Dyre, Pat Hegstrom, Lori Coffey, BJ McFalls, Linda Bain, Melissa  Huls, Crystal Sparks, Kathleen Nolte, Bill Grove and Sharon Wilson!

The Learning Center! Charter School Announces a Musical Production


Yes, at last, here at The Learning Center! Charter School we are attempting our debut into the performing arts with a late spring production of The Princess and the Pea, a Traditional Tale Told Anew for Unison and 2-part Voices by Andy Beck and Brian Fisher. Some have already called us crazy. However, as Director of The Learning Center! Charter School working alongside those have been involved with the initial phases of getting this undertaking off the ground, I can assure you that we are very excited about this opportunity for our Learning Center students and the larger community that we are hoping to impact.

Our predominant goal here at our school is to provide our middle school students  with educational opportunities that develop basic skills for and an appreciation of the performing arts.  Additionally we are extending an invitation for some of our area homeschoolers to participate in this rich experience. Opportunities will be available in acting, singing, set design, tech support and costume design.

I have also extended an  audition invitation to two talented older youth that have been a part of our Learning Center student body in the past.  Candy Cook is additionally in communication with Dr. Hendley from TCCC to discuss interests from the Early College Students drama students. Some may ask why we are involving older, more experienced students if the focus is predominately on offering performing arts education to the middle school students here at The Learning Center. In the research that I have done prior to finalizing our plans for this undertaking, I have been encouraged by others to include a “padding of experience” when working with students that are middle school and below in order to provide a production experience that is positive for the younger students as opposed to possibly being totally frustrating. We look forward to accomplishing much through these combined efforts.

Please note the following dates. Depending on how these dates apply to you, please add to your calendars accordingly:

·         Friday, February 3, 2012, 12:30-2:55: All homeschool 5th-8th students who are interested in being a part of the upper-grades production of The Princess and the Pea should sign-in through The Learning Center! Charter School office no later than 12:20 in order to be in the Dining Commons for the organizational meeting of The Princess and the Pea Production Elective. (If high-school students are interested in auditioning for parts or working in other aspects of the production, please attend this organizational meeting also to know more about the process.  AUDITIONS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE AT THIS INTRODUCTORY MEETING. Additionally, we welcome adults who may be willing to volunteer in a behind-the-scenes capacity.) *Copies of parts for auditioning will be available for older students who cannot attend this meeting. Please request parts by emailing Candace Cook at

·         Friday’s in general from 12:30-2:55 (If there is a change in this schedule you will receive notice in advance.), The Princess and the Pea Production Elective, Grades 5-8.

·         AUDITIONS FOR PRINCESS AND THE PEA AT THE HENN THEATRE: FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2012, 12:30-until finished. (Depending on the part for which you are auditioning, we may ask you to arrive at a more specific time during this time frame.)

·         Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 6:00 at the Henn Theater/ Dress Rehearsal for The Princess and the Pea. Guests will be by invitation only to people who make up the Art Community. A reception will be held immediately following the production to introduce our players and staff to the Art Community guests. (more details to follow)

·         Thursday, May 24, 2012, 6:30 at the Henn Theater/ presenting The Princess and the Pea. Open to the public with advance sale of tickets.

·         Tuesday, May 29, 2012, matinee performance for Learning Center students ONLY at the Henn Theater.


I have decided to use email for the majority of the communication. I will be counting on each of you to spread the word of this exciting undertaking in the area of the performing arts. Please, do not hesitate to stay in communication with me as the details of this production unfold. The school office number is 828-835-7240. Kelly , our receptionist, will direct your call. Emailing me is probably more effective and less frustrating than trying to reach me by phone. I also encourage those of you who are not yet aware of our website:, our blog: www.tlcgrowzone/blog or our presence on Facebook to spend some time with these information resources, for they truly capture the heartbeat of our school.



Mary Jo Dyre, Director