2019 Workshops


Improve your skills no matter your current level…

The Family Community Theatre is trying something new. We want to offer you the opportunity to gain new skills or sharpen the ones you have by offering a series of three workshops centered on the fundamentals of dance for a musical, singing for a musical, and acting skills. Even if you have been in shows before, it is important to continue to develop your skills.


Registration fees are $15 per workshop.


Sessions will be taught by experienced and skilled instructors – Piper Harding, Ben Jones, and Seth Svaty. The sessions will be held in the evenings. Specific times will be set by the instructor. A minimal fee of $15 per workshop (acting, singing, and dancing) will be charged. Fees are due in person upon arrival at the beginning of each workshop. Credit cards, checks, and cash will be accepted.


Acting Workshop | August 5 – 9, 2019

Instructor – Piper Harding

Class description: Students will receive one-on-one acting striation with ensemble work, script analysis/structure, scene study, games, and monologues.


Dancing Workshop | August 12-16, 2019

Instructor – Piper Harding

Class description: Students will learn specific steps used in musical theatre and be challenged to learn new ones. Students will learn choreography to two music theatre numbers.


Singing Workshop | August 19-23, 2019

Instructors – Piper Harding, Ben Jones, and Seth Svaty

Class description­­: Students will be assigned a song on the first day of class and work on it throughout the week with a vocal coach. Learn new ways to approach a song and develop your technique. At the end of the week, you will perform your song and get constructive feedback from workshop instructors.




Piper Harding

Piper has performing in her blood and has been actively involved in theatre on stage and behind the scenes since she was 9 years old. Most of her training happened in Southern California where she took classes and performed from a young age through her teen years and most of her twenties before moving to Alaska. While in Alaska she continued performing, directing and teaching. She’s been constantly involved in theatre since moving to KS in 2010. Piper received a BA from Thomas Edison State College in the humanities/theatre arts. Being on stage is her true love but she also enjoys directing and choreographing. Piper has a few professional shows under her belt, but working with community and high school theatres is where her heart lies. She enjoys teaching theatre and performance skills to those who are also passionate about the arts.


Ben JOnes

Ben is currently currently resides in Sterling and serves on the Kansas State Board of Education for District 7. He holds a degree from Sterling College, and is regularly seen onstage throughout the year in both FCT productions and other surrounding community shows as well. Ben has also been the music director and orchestra director for several recent FCT major musicals at Memorial Hall.

Ben is a board member of the Family Community Theatre, secretary of CCM at First United Methodist Church in Lyons, and former vice president of the Board of Directors at Rice County Historical Society.


Seth Svaty

Seth Svaty hails from Ellsworth but now makes his home in Sterling. As an actor on scholarship in college, he held leads In Shakespearean plays, a Mozart operetta, and in multiple musicals. He also traveled throughout the eastern United States with a summer touring theatre troupe. Decades later he continues to perform with several community theatre troupes in central Kansas. Memorable roles include Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone, Lord Farquaad in Shrek, and Jimmy Winter in Nice Work if You Can Get It.

Seth holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Sterling College, and an M.Div from Princeton. He manages the fifth generation family farm back home. He is grateful that his kids allow him to pursue his passion for the theatre.