Rebecca Copling, Director of Musical Theater Rebecca has been singing since she could speak. Rebecca's favorite thing about music is its unique ability to inspire change in people. She loves to use her gifts to uplift those around her, and enjoys helping other aspiring vocalists to do the same. At the age of 8, she joined her first choir, and has since been a member of many others, including her High School's Advanced Vocal Ensemble and several ACDA California Regional and All-State Honor Choirs. She went on to compete as a soloist in 5 California Regional and State Solo and Ensemble Festivals, and was awarded with Superiors (Gold) in each. In 2017, Rebecca attended the CASMEC Choral Leadership Academy where she received mentorship from some of the country's top conductors. Later that year, Rebecca won 1st prize for the Asya Pleskach Scholarship in the age 14-16 category, and was awarded 1st prize again in the age 16-19 category in 2018. Rebecca has been classically trained in the techniques of Opera, and has studied privately with several instructors since 2014.
Rebecca discovered her love for Theater in high school when she discovered Take Note Troupe (TNT), an award winning youth community theater company that is well known for their high quality Shakespeare in the Park productions. TNT is especially unique because of their use of the Play Theory* method. Play Theory* teaches that Happiness is a SKILL, and not a circumstance. It is a wonderful tool in cultivating self confidence, compassion for others, and self awareness.
Rebecca has a huge passion for using Theater as a tool for personal development and strives to cultivate an atmosphere that uplifts, inspires, and encourages participants to turn outward, and serve those around them. She is a strong believer that focusing on the process of classes and rehearsals, will directly determine the quality of the performance.
Some of the roles she's had the pleasure to portray include: "Beatrice" in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, "Amiens" in Shakespeare's As You Like It, "The Ghost of Christmas Past" in Scrooge the Musical, "Mrs. Hathaway" in Take Note Troupe's original Passing the Bard, "Susan" in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, "Fantine" in her Choir's theatrical rendition of Les Miserables, and a "Native" in Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Aside from acting in productions, Rebecca loved co-directing, stage managing, and coaching for several shows. These included You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Peter Pan Jr, A Kidsummer Night's Dream, Down at the Piggly Wiggly, and a film version of Much Ado About Nothing.
*An exerpt from TNT's website: The Play Theory method was developed by TNT's founder, LaRee Florence. "The Play Theory Principles are based on improv rules, cognitive behavior therapy, and teach participants to Be Present, Let Go and Play, Accept and Build, and Look Outward. Play Theory changes lives and helps those who apply it to choose happiness. In a world where teenagers struggle with depression, anxiety, and a lack of empathy, PLAY THEORY helps them learn to find joy and to spread it." (Visit takenotetroupe.org to read more about Play theory).