Sien Moon, Managing Director of Knoxville Children’s Theatre along with New York City Based Director, Producer, and Tony Award winner, Ashlee Latimer joins The Housing Hour to discuss one of the premier children’s acting organizations in East Tennessee. Sien has been a part of the theatre since the beginning and shares her vision for the future. Ashlee Latimer is a native Knoxvillian who also grew up in the KCT family. Ashlee also is the first KCT alumni to earn a Tony Award for her role as a co-producer in the hit Broadway play, ‘Once on This Island.’ Ashlee loves sharing her experience with the KCT and is even directing their upcoming musical 101 Dalmatians which opens September 21st.
Also, in studio, two actresses with unique perspectives. Olivia Rhea, daughter of the host of The Housing Hour, Kevin Rhea, made her KTC debut this past July in the production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Olivia talks about the special bonds and friendships she formed with the other members of the cast. Along with Olivia, Bethany Moon, rounds out our full cast, daughter of Sien Moon, Bethany explains her experiences with the theatre for the last ten years, capping off an excellent interview experience you don’t want to miss – this week on The Housing Hour.
Mission: To be the Southeast’s pre-eminent theatre for children by children.
Knoxville Children’s Theatre, an education-based 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a local theatre company producing professional plays for children, by children. KCT is committed to providing children opportunities to acquire and hone skills that enhance creative thinking, public speaking, project management, personal responsibility, leadership, and team work. All of these opportunities occur in a creative outlet where imagination thrives, self-esteem develops, and students learn the many life lessons that creative dramatics can teach.
-We believe that theatrical arts are for everyone, so we have established a diverse organization where any child can participate in a production at no cost.
-We believe that our community benefits from quality theatre. So we are committed to superior productions and professional instruction.
-We believe that theatre teaches vital life skills. So we provide an environment where children improve public speaking, develop self confidence, practice teamwork, build a strong work ethic, become problem solvers and future leaders.
-We believe that children’s theatre is fun! So we nurture it’s energy and excitement into a lifelong love for the performing arts.