New Acting Teachers at PCT for Teen Theatre and New Adult Acting Class

TheatrePlazaThe Paris Community Theatre Board of Directors has recently hired two new theatre teachers.

The first is Josh Maxwell to teach the teen theatre classes. Josh has appeared in and directed many PCT productions and is also the Technical Director for PCT. Josh is a graduate of PJC where he was a theatre major and is currently pursuing a Bachelors in English at Texas A&M Commerce.

Teaching a new acting class for adults (ages 18 and over) will be Robyn Huizinga. Ms. Huizinga has a M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Texas Tech University and is currently aM.S. Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies also from Texas Tech. She also has a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Oklahoma City University.  While at Texas Tech, in addition to performing and directing many plays, Robyn was also a graduate part-time instructor teaching a “introduction to acting” class.

The PCT board is very excited about adding an adult acting class to their program offerings. This class is for designed for beginners who have never been on stage as well as seasoned actors who want to brush up on their skills. The hope is that it will encourage new people to audition for roles in PCT productions or become backstage volunteers.

Registration for all theatre and art classes will be Saturday, September 6th from 11am-1pm at the PCT Brown Centre for Creative Arts, located at 115 Clarksville Street in downtown Paris. Theatre classes are offered for K-1st grade, 2nd-4th grade, 5th-7th grade, teen theatre (8th grade and up) and adult acting (18 and over).  Children’s art classes are also offered.  To learn more visit

Final Summer Workshop for Kids at PCT

PCT-paper-mache-2The final summer workshop for kids at PCT is a Papier Mache Workshop, taught by Ashley Pickering. The workshop will meet this week, July 21-25 from 10:30am-11:30am.

The class is for kids ages 6-12 and the fee for the week is $50.  Kids will be creating their very own hanging, 3D papier mache fish.

You can register you child online at (click on PCT Summer Workshops) or register the first day of class.

The workshop, and all the children’s classes, are held at the PCT Brown Centre for Creative Arts located at 115 Clarksville Street in downtown Paris.

Registration for fall theatre and art classes for children and adults will be held on Saturday, September 5th at the Centre from 11am-1pm. Fall classes begin Monday, September 8th.


PCT Auditons for the Pultizer Prize winning Play J.B.

(Photo by Lindsey Espinosa)  Marquee outside PCT in downtown Paris.

(Photo by Lindsey Espinosa)
Marquee outside PCT in downtown Paris.

Auditions for the Paris Community Theatre’s production of J.B., written by Archibald MacLeish and to be directed by Joshua Maxwell are July 21st and 22nd at 6:30pm.

Auditions will be held both nights at the PCT Brown Centre for Creative Arts, located at 115 Clarksville Street.

With a large cast of all ages, J.B. is a retelling of the biblical story of Job. Faced with the horrors of World War II, MacLeish penned his classic play in verse as a testament to the enduring nature of humanity. Winner of the 1959 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, J.B. is a show for the whole family.

Performances will by September 12-14 and September 18-21.

PCT is honored to dedicate this production to the memory of Ray Karrer and all former students and friends are encouraged to audition and attend the show.

For more information, contact the PCT box office at 903-784-0259 or visit the PCT website at

PCT Hiring Theatre Office/Customer Service Manager

TheatrePlazaThe Paris Community Theatre is seeking a friendly, outgoing, tech savvy customer service professional in our busy Theatre/Box Office position.

This position is responsible for providing excellent customer service, and maintaining a well-organized efficient Theatre/Box Office.

A successful candidate will possess advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Suite (including database creation), a fluency in Quick Books, ability to maintain an organized work space, strong communication skills (both face-to-face and over the phone), strong customer service skills are necessary.

This position deals directly with the public and is the face of Paris Community Theatre when it comes to its patrons. Hours and salary to be discussed.  A criminal background check will be performed on all viable candidates.

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to 903-782-0420 or .

Film Making Workshop for Older Kids Next Week at PCT

Brandon Michael, Ethan Branch, Brock Dority and Chase Ramsey work on Ramsey's short film. (Courtesy photo)

Brandon Michael, Ethan Branch, Brock Dority and Chase Ramsey work on Ramsey’s short film. (Courtesy photo)

The Paris Community Theatre has been holding art and theatre workshops in the summer for years. This summer, however, older kids (grades 6 and up) can participate in a Film Making Class.

Film Making classes will be taught by Chase Ramsey, assisted by Cody Head on July 7-11 from 1-3 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to learn the ‘ins and outs’ of the movie making process — script writing, directing actors and producing and editing film.  Tuition is $100, which includes all software and equipment.

Chase Ramsey was a senior this year at North Lamar High School and was recognized this past year as one of the top young filmmakers in the state.

Ramsey was one of the first UIL film-making semifinalists, placing him in the top 10 in Texas.

This was the first year the University Interscholastic League offered a film category. Ramsey competed against filmmakers in 1A, 2A, and3A schools. He made his film, The Perfect Day, with borrowed equipment and no budget.

Ramsey has been making films since he got his first webcam at the age of 11 and found film a good way to express his artistic side.

Other PCT Summer Workshops include:

Trunk Theatre; July 14-18 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Designed for the younger age group of 5-8 years old, Trunk Theatre is where pretend play becomes real, as students will learn to create a costume, become a character and act out a story. The teachers of this class are Laura Hutchings and Victoria Rhodes. The tuition fee is $50.

Musical Theatre; July 14-18 from 1-3pm with Amy Burrows.

Paper Mache ; July 21-25 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ashley Pickering will be teaching this paper craft class, which is for kids 7-12 years old. The fee is $50.

All classes and workshops are held at the PCT Brown Centre of Creative Arts–115 Clarksville Street, in downtown Paris, just off the square.  For further information please contact PCT at 903-784-0259 or by Email at:

You can register online at or by emailing Children’s Theatre Coordinator, Jenny Wilson at  ALL Fees are Due in Full on the first day of the Workshop.