Cue Recording Studios in Falls Church, Va. is a great professional venue to record voice demo tapes for actors in northern Virginia.
Read more news about the new movie "Life Fine Tuned" by clicking on the violin above. Or, you can also read comments and see more production photos of the cast and scenes by going to your FaceBook homepage and search for "Life Fine Tuned Movie." See also the movie trailer below right in the welcome post above testimonials.
Cheryl Rhoads helped producer, writer, and director Nina May of Renaissance Women Productions on Nina's new independent family movie called "Life Fine Tuned" which was filmed entirely in Virginia in 2010. Nina May wrote this endearing story about a self-centered Rock star who changes her values and her career as she matures in spirit thanks to the loving support of rural Virginians and their Christian values which give the star a new perspective on her life. Starring Victoria Emmons the film also features several students of Cheryl Rhoads in the supporting cast. Click on the violin above to see the web site for the film and interviews broadcast on Virginia Living Television with host Tammy Barboza who talks with Victoria, Nina May, Jennie O'Keefe, and Cheryl Rhoads.
Emma Earnest, a student of Cheryl Felicia Rhoads, and Cheryl Rhoads herself filmed scenes in 2009 for Director Ron Newcomb's new independent movie from Opening Act Productions titled "The Fellow's Hip: Rise of the Gamers," which will be released in theaters in late fall 2010. Click on the poster above to see the movie web site.
Artistic Venues serving National Capital Region
Artistic Venues in Virginia: Click on Virginia Flag above.
Theaters in The District of Columbia: Click on DC Flag above.
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FORD'S THEATRE AND MUSEUM
JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
THE NATIONAL THEATRE
THE WARNER THEATRE
THE ARENA STAGE
THE STUDIO THEATRE
Avery Brooks in Othello at
THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE
For Children sponsored by Smithsonian Associates
THE WASHINGTON BALLET
LEAGUE OF WASHINGTON
Bargain and Discount Price Tickets for Live Theaters in the Greater DC Area
The DC Improv Comedy Club/Restaurant
The Comedy Spot in Ballston Common Mall
HELPFUL LINKS FOR ACTING STUDENTS
News for Actors in MD-DC-VA
THE ACTORS' CENTER FOR
DC, MARYLAND, AND VIRGINIA
THE DC FILM ALLIANCE CALENDAR LISTS
MANY EVENTS IN THE DC AREA.
Cheryl Felicia Rhoads serves with other actors on the advisory board for the Parents Television Council.
Broadway News Notes
Pictured above is Saint Genesius, who is the
patron saint of actors. He was the leader of a theatrical troupe in Rome who defended his faith against the tryranny and persecution of Emporer Diocletian in about A.D. 300.
John Truby is an author, screenwriter, director, script consultant, and screenwriting teacher who has been a pioneer developer of screenwriting software, videos, and other tools to help students of screenwriting. The first step in writing is to read books by John Truby and other experts and learn the craft of writing for movies and televsion and stage plays. Then become familiar with the benefits of the Writers' Guild of America and learn about the art of marketing your property and finding a literary agent. These sources can help in that search.
GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS-Editor's Blog When you have written your story, in order to find someone who can help you sell the idea to a television or movie production company, you need to locate a literary agent, often an attorney at law, who can market and protect your intellectual property with copyright advice. You will also want to register your property with the Writer's Guild of America see link at top left of this blog under Helpful links for Acting Students.
The Writers Store offers screen writing software and many books on how to write stories for movies and television.
Over more than 40 years, the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon has raised about $1.5 billion for research to find a cure for muscular dystrophy.
TV star and producer Danny Thomas (1912-1991)founded the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in 1962 and his work is carried on by Marlo Thomas, other Thomas children, and many movie and TV celebrities today.
United Press wire service reporter and short story writer Damon Runyon (1884-1946) was a pal to the actors of Broadway who wrote stories, quotes, dialogue, and created memorable characters that inspired the musical "Guys and Dolls." It was Damon Runyon who first called fighter Jim Braddock the "Cinderlla Man." Runyon's friend and columnist Walter Winchell was one of the driving forces in setting up the Damon Runyon Cancer Resarch Foundation as a show busiess charity in New York.
Humorist and film star Will Rogers (1879-1935) was the founder of The Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund of the Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation.
Motion Picture and Television Fund benefits retired actors who need assisted living support.
Purchase of Broadway tickets to benefit the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fund.
Official Fan Site for the late Daws Butler (Charles Dawson Butler; November 16, 1916 – May 18, 1988) was a voice actor born in Toledo, Ohio. Afer his radio days, Daws originated the voices of many famous animated cartoon characters for TV in the 1950s, including Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw, and Huckleberry Hound. Daws also trained many voice actors including Nancy Cartright, who is the voice of Bart Simpson. Daws was also a good friend and mentor to Cheryl Rhoads. Daws often collaborated with TV and radio commercial producer legend Stan Freeburg on programs such as "Beenie and Cecil."
Award-winning actress Cheryl Felicia Rhoads has worked as a performer, director, writer, producer, casting director, agent, and teacher!
In addition to group classes, Cheryl offers private classes for theatre, film, television, and college auditions! Located in Falls Church, Virginia, individual coaching sessions are offered both in person and via FaceTime. See below for tuition, age groups, class dates, and testimonials. To see a 7-minute interview with Cheryl on cable TV, click on the arrow below.
Special four-week sessions in June & July where actors in all age groups will focus on audition technique, cold readings, and scene study. PLUS each special four-week session will also focus on tips for marketing and networking.
We will also offer a special 8-week session VOICE OVER DEMO class Saturdays for teens and adults only. (See more below).
Wed June 4th to June 25th
Saturday June 7th to June 28th
Wednesday July 9th to July 30th
Saturday July 5th to July 26th
Kids Ages 7 to 12 Tuition is $225.00 per four-week session.
Weds 5 PM to 6 PM & SATS Kids 10:15 am to 11:15 am
Teens ages 13 to 17 tuition $250 per four-week session.
Wednesdays 6:15 PM to 7:45 PM
Special Saturday Teen/Adult Class 11:30 AM to 1 PM.
Adults Ages 18 & up - Tuition $275 per four-week session
Wednesdays 8 PM to 10 PM ONLY (This will be a longer class than Sat Teens/Adults. Weds adult class will include a private half-hour online evaluation.)
Students are registered only when tuition payment is received in advance of the first class. Tuition may not be refunded, pro-rated, or transferred to another course. Classes are held at a location about four blocks from the East Falls Church Metro Stopon the Orange Line & near Seven Corners. There is free parking in front of our location and there is also a free shuttle bus from the Metro Stop. To register, email Cheryl Felicia Rhoads at [email protected] or call 703-536-5786. Classes fill up fast so please contact Cheryl as early as possible
Classes are June 7th to July 19th. In addition to class room work, students will make Demo recordings at CUE Studios on Monday, July 21 and Tuesday, July 22.
Teen & Adults ages 15 and up - The Tuition is $595.00 and the price includes six weekly group sessions and one private lesson and a recording. Ms. Rhoads will help students write original material to produce their own professional voice over demos. After the studio recording session, ademolinkandtwoCDswillbegiventoeachstudentinthisclass.
Saturdays 1:15 PM to 3:45 PM
ALSO SPECIAL RATES FOR BUDDY PRIVATES
Private one-hour sessions are normally $80 but during the months of June & July ONLY we offer BUDDY PRIVATES! This is a 90-minute session for $60 for each student. Great package deal for two siblings or two friends.
"Cheryl Felicia Rhoads has a diverse and approachable technique for acting but brings so much to students beyond just technique. With her varied background all over the industry she provides students a great perspective on all aspects of the business and what it means to be a working performer. Not least of which is the need for character and good work ethics. Going above and beyond the classroom, Cheryl also endeavors to help springboard students' careers with exposure and contacts to get started in the industry. I highly recommend this generous and experienced teacher to developing actors young and old."
-- Josh Murray (cast member, Killing Lincoln movie)
"I also want to thank you Cheryl for the
coaching for my college auditions.
The NYC auditions went well and I am
committed to the four-year BFA program
at Boston University. You are truly an
inspiring teacher." -Ashton Fortune, May 2013
"I started acting classes with Cheryl in 2012. Cheryl introduced me to a casting director and got me an audition after only one class and I booked my first commercial. I have now signed with a talent manager and just used that same monologue to audition in New York for Broadway Artists Alliance. Ms. Cheryl has coached me for Shakespeare Theatre Company auditions and found other wonderful acting opportunities for me. I know I am prepared for anything when I go into an audition because of all the things have learned working with Cheryl this past year."--John Ray, age 11
"We met Cheryl when we first came to LA. David took her classes and she gave him a great foundation....and look where he is now! I always know I can find great talent from her kids."--Linda Henrie of Go TalentManagement in L.A.
"I highly recommend Cheryl Rhoads as an acting coach. When I arrived in Los Angeles from NYC, I had many questions about the business and coaching. Meeting Cheryl was a blessing."
"Not only did she help me book numerous roles, but Cheryl helped me learn about the business and the techniques that helped build my confidence because she sent me in feeling very prepared. She always does her research on the role, film, director, producer....so that by the time I went to see her for my coaching lesson, she knew more about the project than I did! Thank you so much Cheryl for all of your help." --Ashley Rose Orr
Cheryl is one of the most positive people I have ever met which is so
important in this industry. The best thing about her teaching style is that you leave with something tangible that will help you find work immediately as an actor.
She knows exactly what actors need to make it to the next level due to her experience in the business.
I’ve been able to find work and audition all over the country thanks to Cheryl including in LA. I have been taking classes for 6 months and it has made a world of a difference.
- Tony WMZ Williams
"Every session with Cheryl teaches me new techniques to incorporate into my work for television, film and stage. Recently, she helped me to prepare for hosting a public service announcement for TV. She quickly helped me to identify my strengths, learn to make the most of them, and gave me new ways to improve. I was able to walk into the studio better prepared, more confident."
Kristine Cornils - December , 2009. Click on link below to see to a recent PSA with Kristine Cornils as the host.
Christina Nicole Carrera at right started studying acting with Cheryl Felicia Rhoads
at the age of 6 years old in 2006. With several acting and commercial credits by the age of 9 in the summer of 2009, Christina was asked to join the national touring company of the Broadway revival of South Pacific!
Here's what Christina says about her studies with Cheryl Felicia Rhoads:
"I love to work with Ms. Cheryl. She has taught me so many great acting techniques that have really helped me so much with my auditions. She’s always there for me when I need help with an accent or a script in a foreign language. She always encourages me to follow my dreams and to work hard. She is an amazing acting coach and person!"
- Christina Nicole Carrera,
Student News Notes
Kayla Cheney, at right, can now be seen in the movie 500 Days of Summer as an 8-year old version of the title character, Summer Finn. The film was a selection at the Sundance Film Festival in January and at several other film festivals in 2009. The film opened in limited release in the USA and Canada in July and will open in the UK in September. Kayla Cheney has been a student of Cheryl Felicia Rhoads for two years and appeared in a short film writtten and directed by Cheryl called After Once Upon a Time. CLICK HEREto see the film trailer for 500 Days of Summer. To see more of Kayla's acting credits, click on the IMDB button above left.
"Ms. Cheryl has been my acting teacher for two years. She is a nice, fun teacher. She just helped me get my first real acting job and my first real paycheck doing a Nike magazine ad and commercial with pro basketball player Carmello Anthony of the Denver Nuggets which will air in the Fall. I was so excited! I would tell anyone to go to her acting school because she is a good teacher, a good actor, and she even teaches my Mom how to help me."
Cameron A. Young, September 2009, Age 11
"Cheryl helped me to turn words from a script into a character
that seemed real to me. From that we were able to do monologues and dialogues.This gave me confidence to audition with a monologue or by reading sides. The class was a lot of fun and I learned from the other actors my age as well." ---Virginia Tucker
(Virginia was a principal cast member in the movie Life Fine Tuned filmed in summer 2010 and she won a 2011 Cappie Award for her role as Emily Gibbs in her high school's production of Our Town.)
"I started studying privately with Cheryl about a year ago in order to prepare for my college auditions. Since then, I have been accepted to my number one choice, Cincinnati Conservatory, and received scholarships from that school and two others as well. If I had never started lessons with Cheryl, none of that ever would have happened. In just a year with Cheryl as my acting coach, not only have I been accepted to one of the top conservatories for drama in the nation, but I have also grown immensely as an actor. I strongly recommend Cheryl to anybody, young or old, who has a passion for acting. I can assure that you will be surprised and delighted when you realize just how much potential you have, and that you have stumbled upon the best drama coach in the Washington, DC area that can unlock it."
--John Odom, June 2, 2010
"I can always count on Cheryl Rhoads to provide me with experienced and talented young actors. Cheryl has a great eye for talent."
---- Myrna Lieberman, President
Myrna Lieberman Management,
3001 Hollyridge Drive, Hollywood, CA 90068
Clients: Actors, Actresses, Children/Teenagers (up to 21). For more information, send an email to: [email protected]
Nico Greetham (left) is a 2013 acting student of Cheryl Felicia Rhoads (right) from northern Virginia who won a place in the Top Ten Tour of The Fox TV Show: So You Think You Can Dance.
Nico said this in March 2014. "Dance is a performance and acting is part of that. Cheryl Felicia Rhoads was my first acting coach, starting in 2013. For my first acting classes I didn't know what to expect. With Cheryl's positive energy and warm heart I immediately felt comfortable in her class. Her approachable methods of teaching and explanations of the industry prepared me and fueled confidence for my auditions. Cheryl goes above and beyond for her students. After my first set of classes were complete, Cheryl sent my monologue to producer, writer, and director Nina May, resulting in my first short film. I landed the lead role, thus giving me a wonderful experience, new connections, and a more defined resume. Cheryl is so well connected in the industry, she has introduced me to many amazing people and has taught me a lot about networking. I am currently living in LA, taking class from manager Linda Henrie, who I met through Ms Cheryl, and am living my dream. I will always be grateful for all that Cheryl has done for me and look forward to future work in both dancing and acting."
If you need a one-one-one private class to prepare for an audition, Cheryl Felicia Rhoads offers private lessons. To find out when a private appointment might be available, email Cheryl Rhoads at [email protected].
Or, you may also call Cheryl at 703-536-5786.
Below is a video of Cheryl in her role as Mother Goose in The Mother Goose Video Treasury. Click on the arrow to play.
We offer small acting classes with usually not more than ten students each for kids, tweens and teens, and adults in order to encourage more time for individual attention, rehearsal, and peformance. Classes are offered once each week in two different series on Wednesday and Saturday. Our class room is in a beautiful new apartment complex club house in Falls Church, Virginia. Students also come from DC, southern Maryland, and other more distant towns in the national capital region.
Our teacher is Cheryl Felicia Rhoads who is pictured at left below in her Mother Goose costume in the 1990s. Cheryl earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. After college, Cheryl's further formal training included studies with Josephine Forsberg at The Players Workshop of The Second City and with co-founder and Artistic Director Jeff Perry at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Cheryl was also a member of The Second City National Touring Company. She worked for 20 years in Hollywood as a professional actress, comedy coach, assistant voice casting agent, voice-over artist, director, and producer of comedy shows. In the 1990s, Cheryl's comedy classes for kids and teens were rated as "Best in L.A." by the alternative news weekly New Times Los Angeles.
Cheryl is also an individual acting coach who offers private lessons for actors who need help to prepare for auditions. She also teaches beginners and advanced actors practical advice about monologues, scene study, and improvisation with an emphasis on how to practice good diction and non-verbal communication skills that can often make an audition more effective and memorable.
Since 1995, Cheryl has taught acting to about 3,200 children, teens, and adults in both California and Virginia.When Cheryl worked in Chicago,she was nominated for a local Emmy Awardand won a Joseph Jefferson Award for best actress in a revue. She also won a Drama Logue Theater Award for her performance in a revue in Los Angeles.
The musical nursery rhyme shows with puppets and live actors were very popular and favorably reviewed by Parents Magazine and are still sold today in the DVD format.
Cheryl is shown holding her big story book in the cover photo at left with her helper Bertram the Gander, whose voice was created by veteran voice actor Will Ryan. Four half-hour shows were produced in 1987 by J-2 Communications on the VHS format. In 2001, the four original shows were consolidated and re-issued in two volumes on the DVD format and can sometimes be found for sale used on Amazon or eBay but copies are rare so the best bet now is special DVD sales web sites such as the links below.
Cheryl also appeared on several network TV programs including as a series regular in the NBC show Against the Grain in 1993. She was also both a regular actor and a writer for The Motown Revue Starring Smokey Robinson in 1985. After re-locating from LA to Virginia In 2007, she started her own small acting school in the city of Falls Church for students from northern Virginia. But studentsalso come from as far away as Baltimore, Frederick, Annapolis, Richmond, Haymarket, and Leesburg.Her school features small classes, private lessons, and audition-preparation coaching for advanced students who need as much individual time and attention as possible. Cheryl designs her classes and monolgues for all ages including adults without previous acting experience. Her students have been extras in films, won parts in school and community theater productions, and have filmed commercials and public service announcements.
Our new air-conditioned classroom offers ample free parking in front of a deluxe apartment complex club house that is located in a safe residential neighborhood near to the East Falls Church Orange Line Metro Stopand to major highways. Cheryl Rhoads is a proud member of the acting profession.See links below left to learn more about The Actors' Equity Association (AEA), The Screen Actors Guild (SAG), The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA),The Writers' Guild of America (WGA), The Producers Guild of America (PGA), the Directors Guild of America (DGA) , and other fine organizations that support America's entertainment industry.
Thank you for visiting our site. You can see Cheryl's own acting demo below as a clip on You Tube or you may CLICK HERE to see her demo in a higher quality video but Quicktime 7 is needed to see it for best results.
Some of Cheryl's major film and TV credits can be found on her page on the Inernet Movie Database if youCLICK HERE.
Many CFR students were cast with speaking roles and as extras in the movie Life Fine Tuned filmed in Virginia in summer 2010. Cheryl Rhoads was Casting Director for the movie and also has an acting role as "Aunt Maggie." See movie trailer below:
Thank you for visiting my site. I have worked in several different jobs in the entertainment industry including as an actor. You can see some of my film and TV credits on my page at the Internet Movie Database if you CLICK HERE.
You are probably reading this because you would like to develop your acting skills and would like to find a teacher and coach in the Washington, DC capital region. I might be who you are looking for because I have helped hundreds of students set goals, learn about diction, and both invent and rehearse "bits of business" that often make characters come alive and add to the authenticity of a stand-out audition. Together, we will discuss and rehearse sample scripts and monologues and talk about what directors are looking for when they call you.
Don't be surprised if we might range beyond mere acting mechanics and technique to more spiritual questions such as what are we grateful for today, or how can our craft inspire the best in others? What material is worthy of our time and effort and what projects are not consistent with our personal values? How do we cultivate the wisdom, maturity, and courage to say yes to the former and no to the latter? Cheryl appears at left as Mother Goose with Will Ryan as Bertram the Goose in the 1987 Mother Goose Video Treasury. The series was recommended by Parent's Magazine.
On request, I have sometimes advised students about the ethics of the profession and we have talked about what is suitable material and how choices in roles might affect a career. An actor is a total person, not just someone who memorizes and recites lines.
In the classic or "old" Hollywood, many of the best actors were also widely respected as kind and generous human beings apart from their theatrical success. Instead of being obsessed with their own celebrity status, they made time to be role models and to give back something to their profession, community, nation, and to improving international respect and understanding.
Maybe someone once told you that you are not "the right type" for a particular role. Whether they were right or wrong at the time, the important thing is that over many years you will certainly be the right person for other roles that match your particular talents.
There are many community theater and professional production companies and commercial agencies that are searching all the time for a particular look, a unique accent, a mature age, or a nationality or ethnic type that would be a good fit for your background.
I believe in being honest with acting students but I also believe in encouraging people. If you are willing to be on time, do your homework, and approach assignments with a positive mental attitude, I know that together we can improve your skills and multiply your opportunities from what they have been in the past.
Please always try to remember that "show business" really is a business. No matter how you look or how much native talent you might have, you still have to work hard to develop your skills to the point where you can compete for the key parts you would like to win regardless if the project is a commercial, community stage play, or motion picture.
Hard work does not mean you cannot have fun. But it does mean that like any other profession, you will advance not just with luck but also with patience and perserverance. Maybe you started acting to find a creative outlet for self expression and that is fine. But you will find success commensurate with your work as much as your native ability.
So are you ready to roll up your sleeves and work? If so, please send me an email at [email protected]. I have helped hundreds of children and adults over the last fifteen years. I have worked as an actress, a director and producer, a coach and teacher, and for a voice-over talent agency, and as a free-lance casting director in Hollywood. I re-located to the national capital region and northern Virginia in 2006 to take advantage of a new environment for me to work in and new talent.
"Happy Trails to You"....In this photo above, Cheryl Rhoads meets Dale Evans and her film star husband Roy Rogers (1911-1998), the legendary "King of the Cowboys," at a breakfast in Hollywood in 1993. For other pictures of Cheryl Rhoads and Hollywood actors of the past and present, see Cheryl's photo album below left, or CLICK HERE.
New acting opportunities along the Eastern Seaboard are growing and Washington, DC and suburbs are a big part of that story. I know from experience that not all talent gravitates to Hollywood for many reasons.
Maybe you raised a family and want to return to acting ambitions you had in high school or college. Maybe you are very new to the idea of acting. Whatever your situation, I have likely come across a student in a similar situation before so with that experience I am sure I can help you. Please email me at the address below, leave me your phone number and the best time to call back, and let's talk about it. I can explain our goals, what times are available at what price per lesson, and what additional opportunities we can look for together to showcase your talents in front of an audience be it large or small.
No teacher can always guarantee producers will hire you for the parts you want. But with your cooperation and sincerely applied hard work, we can do a lot to expand your potential. Whether you wind up working with me or with another acting teacher, congratulations on your efforts so far and good luck in setting new goals and making the most of new opportunities.
TV pioneer Steve Allen (1921-2000), shown at right seated at his piano, invited Cheryl Rhoads and her partner Doug Wood to his home for lunch on Aug. 12, 1985 and Cheryl and Steve later became friends while serving together on the advisory board of The Parents' Television Council.
Cheryl Felicia Rhoads got her start in Hollywood as an acting coach on the network TV series Star Search with host Ed McMahon in 1986. Cheryl was the coach for winner of the Star Search $100,000 prize, Cyndi James Gossett, below.
In more recent years, Cheryl's students have booked acting roles on CSI: Cold Case, Without a Trace, The Practice, The Amanda Bynes Show, and Malcom in the Middle.
Cheryl recently was the associate producer for a new independent film, The Game. As an actress she scored a comedy "knock out punch" in the 2004 sit com Rodney. She guest starred on the Annie Potts series for the Lifetime Channel called Any Day Now.
She also made appearances on Saved by the Bell and Married with Children. Cheryl was a series regular along with actor Ben Affleck on Against the Grain on NBC. Her very popular and endearing performances as Mother Goose in the Mother Goose Video/DVD Treasury won for Cheryl a legion of fans who grew up with her tapes. Cheryl is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and other entertainment unions.
Cheryl has written inside commentaries for network TV series. She produced and directed the acclaimed comedy revue at The Groundlings Theatre in LA with the title Accompanied by Adults featuring complimentary performances by both adults and children. The unusual format was praised by The Los Angeles Times.
Ed McMahon (1923-2009), shown at right, was host of Star Searchwhen Cheryl Rhoads worked as an acting coach for the show starting in 1986.
As a segment producer for ABC-TV's America's Funniest People,Cheryl searched for and supervised the selection of new comedic talent from all over the U.S. She was on the staff of two other acting schools before forming her own school in 2008. While she was located in Los Angeles, The New Times Los Angeles Magazine praised Cheryl's comedy classes for kids and teens as the "BEST in Los Angeles."
Shortly after Cheryl moved to LA from Chicago in 1985, TV host Merv Griffin (1925-2007), pictured at left, invited Cheryl and her comedy partner in The Fine Line comedy duo, Doug Wood, to make their network TV debut on The Merv Griffin Show.
To the delight of Cheryl and Doug, Merv Griffin invited them back a week later to perform again and this second time film-legend Orson Welles (1915-1985) was also a guest on the show and Welles watched them perform their skits. Welles is pictured at left as he looked in 1985 and he is also pictured above at right as he looked when he made "Citizen Kane" in 1941. At the end of Cheryl and Doug's performance, Orson Welles can be seen on tape paying them a great compliment when he stood up to applaud and turned in their direction and said "fantastic." This was a thrill for two young actors brand new to Hollywood. Every actor always appreciates praise from a role model, teacher, or peer and Cheryl Rhoads always tries hard to encourage her students and find something to praise in their work. Advice, as long as it is constructive, is always a useful tool in building the self esteem and confidence of students when the praise is sincere. Too many teachers in some disciplines unfortunately tear down the work of new students and are overly critical perhaps in the mistaken belief that they need to impress students with their own talent or credentials . But Cheryl always gratefully recalls the kindness that Merv Griffin, Orson Welles, Steve Allen, and McLean Stevenson showed to her and her partner when they first arived In LA. Cheryl believes in building up her students both as actors and as people.
One TV star who saw the comedy team perform and took an early interest in helping Cheryl Rhoads and Doug Wood to find their first professional representation through his contacts at the William Morris Agency was McLean Stevenson (1927-1996). McLean is shown at right in his role at Lt. Col.Henry Blake on Larry Gelbart's popular CBS series M*A*S*H. McLean's sister, actress Ann Whitney, recommended that he try to help the young actors and he bacame a mentor and friend. McLean was nominated for an Emmy Award for writing one of the M*A*S*H episodes but he left the show during the 1974-1975 season. Mentors are very important to young actors as they are to young people in any profession. Cheryl felt blessed to be able to meet many mentors who helped her when she started in LA including McLean, Daws Butler, Steve Allen,and many others.
The great animated film voice actor June Foray, pictured at right, was another kind mentor to Cheryl duing her years in LA. June created the voices of many famous cartoon characters. CLICK HERE to see a clip featuring June's most famous TV cartoon character from ABC-TV in the 1960s, Rocky The Flying Squirrel.
Also in 1985, Cheryl Rhoads and her partner were signed both as actors and as comedy show writers for the NBC summer replacement show, The Motown Revue, which was hosted by Smokey Robinson, pictured at left.
In the fall season of 1993, Cheryl Felicia Rhoads, pictured at right, played the part of "Winona Bruhns" as a series regular in the esemble cast of a NBC-TV show about life in a football-crazy Texas town called "Against the Grain" Other cast members included Donna Bullock, Denise Richards, Ben Affleck, John Terry, Stephen Tobolowsky, Robyn Lively, Vanessa Lee Evigan, Michael Cudlitz, Janine Jackson, and Wayne Knight.
DVDs of The Mother Goose Video Treasury starringCheryl Rhoadsare scarce but some DVDs and some VHS tapes are listed at Amazon.com and Ebay. Keep checking Amazon and other online stores for videos to get this wonderful four-volume two hours of quality video for children that was praised by Parent's Magazine.
Be sure to also check www.Amazon.co.uk in England for availability of Volumes 1-4 in the series.
Over a career, good actors learn how to benefit from the experience gained from a variety of roles large and small, because even a small part that is memorable can cause an actor to get noticed by an agent, producer, or casting director who can open doors for future work. So no matter how small the part, an actor is always auditioning for the next job. During her years in LA, Cheryl starred in the Mother Goose video series, and played a recurring cast member and series regular, but also appeared on several network TV episodes in a wide variety of smaller parts and played in scenes with actors such as the ones below including (left to right) Annie Potts on Any Day Now, Sela Ward in Sisters, Tracey Ullman in The Tracey Ullman Show, Ed O'Neill in Married With Children, Arsenio Hall in The Motown Revue, andJulie Kavneron The Tracey Ullman Show. Click on Cheryl's acting demo on You Tube above to see her in some of these scenes.
CHERYL'S FUN TRIVIA QUIZ FOR ACTING STUDENTS AND ACTORS:
1. Can you guess the top money-making films of all time? CLICK HEREfor Answers.
2. Can you guess the longest running plays on Broadway of all time? CLICK HERE for the list.
3. Can you guess the longest running plays Off Broadway? CLICK HERE for the list.
Debbie Reynolds talks about a lesson in determination she was taught by Fred Astaire.
Karl Malden, Marlon Brando, and Eva Marie-Saint in "On the Waterfront" (1954). The film won 8 Oscars including Best Director for Elia Kazan.
Only 7 percent of communication comes from words. The rest is gestures and facial expressions sometimes called nonverbal communications. In this commercial for Keebler Cookies, watch carefully as two sisters wonder who will get the last cookie. They speak no words but just communicate by facial expressions.
Tom Selleck in Lionel Chetwynd's movie "IKE: Countdown to D-Day." (2004) The film was nominated for six Emmy Awards.
Namrata Singh Gural in Americanizing Shelley (2007). Cheryl Felicia Rhoads made an appearance in this independent film produced by American Pride Films.
Cheryl Rhoads is a member of the entertainment advisory committee for the annual GI Film Festival in Washington, DC. In May, 2008, Cheryl is pictured above with her favorite actor, Academy-Award winner Robert Duvall at a Congressional reception. Click on the photo above to see Duvall talk about his acting career with drama students at his alma mater, Principia College near Grafton, Illinois.
Alan Richman and Juliet Stevenson with Jenny Howe in the 1990 BAFTA Award-winning movie directed by Anthony Minghella.
Jimmy Stewart and Claude Rains in the Senate filibuster scene from "Mr.Smith Goes to Washington" (1939)
Cheryl's personal favorite role from her own acting career was her starring role as Mother Goose in four half-hour videos for children that were part of "The Mother Goose Video Treasury" (1987 J-2 Communications). Sometimes, rare copies of the VHS tapes or DVDs can be found on Amazon or Ebay. Here is a short scene with Cheryl telling the children a story in a song about Mary and her little lamb.
On Aug. 12, 2009, President Barack Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Oscar-winng actor Sidney Poitier. Racial bias in the deep South of fifty years ago is the backdrop for this Oscar-winning film with Poitier in the role of a Philadelphia police homicide detective who is forced by unusual circumstances to help a local Mississippi police chief (played by Rod Steiger) to solve a murder. "In the Heat of the Night" (1967).
Chicago Cubs radio announcer Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) signed with Warner Brothers Studio as a contract player in 1937. He appeared in 50 films over the next 30 years. Reagan served two terms as Governor of California (1967-1975) and two terms as President of the United States (1981-1989), During his acting career, Reagan also served eight one-year terms as President of the Screen Actors Guild between 1941 and 1960 and was the host of "General Electric Theater" on CBS-TV. Under Reagan's leadership, SAG won the first residual payments for actors in filmed television programs; the first residuals for films sold to television; and created the SAG pension and health plan. Click on picture above to see Reagan, Ann Sheridan, and Robert Young in the final scene of "Kings Row." (1941).
Actor and director Gary Sinise is an example of someone who gives back to his community and country. He is shown above making a personal appearance at the annual GI Film Festival in DC. Cheryl Rhoads serves on the advisory board for the festival. Gary was nominated for an Oscar and won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and two Cable ACE Awards. Click on the photo above to see Gary talk about his gratitude for the service of Americans in uniform.
Mary Tyler Moore also co-starred on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" on CBS from 1961 to 1966. To read more about this funny show now offered on Hulu.com, click on the photo above to see the show's profile from the Museum of Broadcast Commuications.
Long before HBO and premium cable channels existed, the early years of network TV in the 1950s were a Golden Age of live dramas. High-quality shows included Playhouse 90, Philco Television Playhouse,
The United States Steel Hour, The Armstrong Circle Theatre, The Kraft Music Hall, Lux Video Theatre, Four Star Playhouse The Alcoa Hour, and Ford Theater. The most enduring anthology with 79 Emmy Awards over 58 years that still remains today is "The Hallmark Hall of Fame" sponsored by Hallmark Cards. Click on Hallmark logo above for more information on that series.
Playhouse 90 was one of the most popular dramatic anthology series programs of the 1950s.
Kenneth Branagh as Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt on St. Crispin's Day, Oct. 25, 1415
Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge in HBO Special
Spencer Tracy in "Judgment at Nuremburg" (1961)
Author and actress Janine Turner won an Emmy Award for her part as a bush pilot on the CBS-TV comedy series about life in Alaska called "Northern Exposure" (1990-1995). Click on photo above to read the rules for Janine's essay contet for schools.
Sandra Bullock won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2010 for her starring role in "The Blind Side." Scene at
She has also won an American Comedy Award and four Golden Globe Awards for different films. Bullock graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va. in 1982. She is pictured above in a scene with Bill Pullman from the 1995 romantic comedy "While You Were Sleeping."
Bonnie Hunt, Producer, Actress, Writer, Director, TV Host, in "Return to Me." (2000)
Ian Charleson plays Olympics Bronze Medal runner and Scottish Christian missionary Eric Liddell in "Chariots of Fire" (1982).
Judy Garland in "Meet Me In St. Louis." (1948)
Danny DeVito and cast in Renaissance Man (1994). Mr. Bill teaches Shakespeare on an Army base.
Jean Marsh in the Emmy Award-winning series "Upstairs Downstairs" (1971-1975).
Orson Welles in "Citizen Kane" (1941)
Katherine Hepburn in "Philadelphia Story" (1940)
Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh in "Gone With The Wind" (1939). The film won ten Oscars.
Nina Foch and William Holden in "Executive Suite" (1954)
Movie, TV, and stage legend Angela Lansbury has won an Oscar and 18 Emmy Awards. In 2009 she won her 5th Tony Award for her role as Madame Arkati in the Broadway revival of "Blithe Spirit" first written by Noel Coward in 1941.
The late Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) as a young man was a drama student before he decided to study to be a priest. Josef Karol Wojtyla once wanted to be an actor. At the age of 18 in 1938, he enrolled at Jagiellonian University in Crackow, Poland where he studied drama until the Nazis occupied Poland and closed all university classes in 1939. Wojtyla worked at a hard labor job to survive and he also later joined Rhapsodic Theatre Company, which was an underground theatre group that secretly performed Polish patriotic plays. Click on the picture to hear the late Pope refer to his student days and his lifelong interest in the theater.
Penelope Ann Miller Final Scene from The Lincoln Center Production of "Our Town" Act 3, Part 1
Jennifer Jones won the Oscar for her performance in "The Song of Bernadette" (1943)
Charlton Heston as Judah Ben Hur suffers as a Roman slave (1959).