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Youth Professional Ensemble is an audition-only, educational offering for advanced students who are looking to strengthen their performance skills from top professionals in the industry. Each session includes intensive training in vocal, dance, and acting techniques. Keep an eye out on our mainstage, where many of our Youth Professionals are featured!
YPE Instructors: Sydney Sinclair & Professional Guest Teaching Artists

campbell duff

Campbell is a 9 th grader at Northside High School and is excited to continue her education and development with VCT’s Youth Professional Ensemble.  She has participated in a myriad of camps and classes with Virginia Children’s Theatre, as well as numerous mainstage and kids on stage productions.  Campbell’s most recent credits include The Secret Garden (May Lennox), Brand New Day (Lead Singer), Madagascar (Zeke, Ship Captain, etc.) and Peter Pan Jr. (Wendy Darling). Campbell is also a student of Mill Mountain Theatre’s Conservatory, PB & J Theatre Company, as well as Brynn Scozzari Studios. Campbell is grateful to VCT for providing a space for her to learn and grow in her love of musical theatre.  She would like to thankher friends and family for their endless love and support.

Riley Parks

Riley Parks, an 8th grader at Roanoke Catholic School, has performed in over twenty productions across the Roanoke Valley since starting her theatre journey. Her most recent productions have been James and the Giant Peach (James), Matilda (Dance Ensemble), Willy Wonka Jr (Violet), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Fun Home (Young Allison) and Peter & Wendy (Wendy). She has been a part of the VCT Academy for 7 years. She is a member of the MMT Conservatory and trains with Kevin Jones Performing Arts Studio. She dances with Divine Dance Center and does vocal training with Brynn Scozzari. She enjoys playing the piano and belting show tunes every chance she gets.

Braelyn skelton

Braelyn Skelton is 14 years old and is a rising freshman. She is thrilled to be participating in Youth Professional Ensemble! Her favorite performances with Virginia Children’s Theatre include James and The Giant peach (Violet Funkschmeller) and Oz: a staged Concert (Munchkin). Other favorite Performances include The Surprising Story of The Three Little Pigs, The Wizard of Oz (Attic Productions),and several performances with her school. She has been going to Miss Mona’s Drama Camp for three years and takes voice lessons with Brynn Scozzari Studios. She would like to thank her friends and Family for encouraging her to continue doing what she loves!


YPE:R Instructors: Sydney Sinclair & Professional Guest Teaching Artists

Brent Saunders

Brent Saunders is an 8th grader at Read Mountain Middle School. Some of his favorite theatre credits include Matilda the Musical (Eric), Willy Wonka Jr. (Mike Teavee), Write Stuff 2023, Peter and Wendy (Tootles), Peter Pan Jr. (Twin 2), and Aladdin Jr. (Ensemble). Brent has vocal training with Susan Lewis Music Studio, dance training with Floyd Ward School of Dance, and acting training with Mill Mountain Theatre Conservatory. In his free time, he enjoys writing songs, playing with animals, and spending time with family. Brent would like to thank his family, friends, and VCT for always encouraging him to follow his dreams!

Holden White

Holden White is a 7th grader. He is excited to join the Youth Professional Ensemble: Rising at Virginia Children's Theatre. He has taken numerous classes and camps with VCT. Holden has had the privelege of performing in numerous productions with both Virginia Children's Theatre and Mill Mountain Theatre. Holden has most recently had the privilege of performing the roles of Michael in Matilda, Mr. Salt and James in Willy Wonka Jr., Percy the Pirate and Nana in Peter and Wendy, and Tootles in Peter Pan Jr.  Holden would like to thank Virginia Children's Theatre for this amazing opportunity!

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