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Cue Recording Studios in Falls Church, Va. is a great professional venue to record voice demo tapes for actors in northern Virginia.
Emma Earnest, a student of Cheryl Felicia Rhoads, and Cheryl Rhoads herself filmed scenes in 2009 for Director Ron Newcomb's independent movie from Opening Act Productions titled "The Fellow's Hip: Rise of the Gamers," which is now available on Netflix. Click on the poster above to see the movie web site.
Artistic Venues serving National Capital Region
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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
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Cheryl Felicia Rhoads serves with other actors on the advisory board for the Parents Television Council.
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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.
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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."
We offer individual lessons and small acting classes with usually not more than ten students each for kids, 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 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.
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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:
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).
Cheryl and Robert Duvall Cheryl Rhoads had a chance to pose with her favorite Academy Award winner Robert Duvall at the annual GI Film Festival in Washington, DC. Both Cheryl and Duvall serve on the advisory committee for the festival.