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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
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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
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THE ACTORS' CENTER FOR
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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.
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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."
After Once Upon a Time is a 2008 short subject DVD about separation from loved ones, letting go, and moving on without breaking old family bonds. It is a Shenandoah Creek Production by Doug Nelson, written and directed by Cheryl Felicia Rhoads. In addition to Nelson, other actors who had also been students of Cheryl in the film included Kristine Cornils, Kayla Cheney, Maria Jones, and Sheldon E. Lawrence. The DVD is available now from Amazon and other sellers.
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.