An official army family and MWR Site

KMC Onstage Theater

KMC Onstage is USAG Rheinland-Pfalz's award-winning community theatre, located in Kaiserslautern. The program provides a wide variety of theatre entertainment, education, and community engagement opportunities for youth, families and adults. Our season runs from September through June.

2022 Toppers by Rinehart.jpg

2022 TOPPERs Awards photo by Naythen Rinehart

 

The mission of KMC Onstage is to enhance and enrich the lives of all community members within the Kaiserslautern Military Community by providing high quality live theatre entertainment, arts education, and volunteer opportunities that offer individuals the chance to grow, develop life skills, and find a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive creative community.
KMC Onstage also provides a valuable link in German/American relations and friendship with the participation and involvement of German and other European nationals.

Mainstage: KMC Onstage on Kleber Kaserne produces 4 full-scale productions, both musicals and straight plays, in a variety of theatrical styles.

b142b035-acac-4b43-b989-7fce394033ce.png

KMC Onstage Mainstage Productions, photos by Jason Harre, Ann Pinson

Studio Theater: Using the Kaiserslautern Community Activity Center (KCAC) on Daenner Kaserne, we produce 4 fully-mounted productions in a more intimate setting, creating the opportunity for more experimental theatre.

5461bfb3-7274-4516-877e-b5ef8d678985.png

KMC Onstage Studio productions, photos by Ann Pinson, Jason Harre, Cora Caravel Armstrong


Educational Programming:  KMC Onstage offers a full complement of classes, workshops, and learning opportunities for all ages and interests! 

In 2024 we'll be launching our Theatre Tech trainings for scenic design, costumes, lighting, and sound.

YOUTH Education: 

1. We partner with SKIES Unlimited to offer summer camps and theatre technique classes in performance and technical theatre.

Screen Shot 2023-07-12 at 11.23.33 AM.png

2. We offer two Youth Performance Classes per season, one in the fall and one in the spring.  These classes, taught by seasoned professionals with a broad background in theatre and music education, offer young performers experiential learning through the process of rehearsing and mounting a full production as part of our KMC Onstage season. 

Education.png

3. We offer a variety of Adult Education opportunities throughout the season, in partnership with other organizations, guest artists, and the KMC Theater Guild in a variety of topics including Auditioning, Stage Combat, Comedy, Improvisation, Directing, Stage Management, and House Management.  

4.  We have a robust community outreach initiative, with a wide variety of theatre education programming accessible to everyone in the KMC!  We have partnerships with the Libraries and Army Community Services, Arts Assemblies in the schools, cast talkbacks, behind-the-scenes tours, and much more!  We also have a costume and props lending program, and we often can provide live entertainment for your unit event, holiday ball, or special ceremony.  

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and register for free with the KMC Theater Guild to keep abreast of all the amazing opportunities in our community!

About Us

Amy Barron Smolinski

Screen Shot 2023-07-11 at 1.29.23 PM.png

Amy Barron Smolinski is a professional actor, director, and voice artist, with over 100 narration credits on Audible.com.  She has been active in community and professional theatre since childhood, and she has been teaching theatre since 1996.  She is a lifelong passionate advocate for arts education.  Amy trained for three years at Shenandoah Conservatory with an intensive focus on children’s theatre, before finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, where she graduated with a dual concentration in acting and directing.  She also holds a masters degree in history and culture from Union Institute and University.  In addition to being a working actor and director, she held a number of arts education and management positions throughout the US, including Interim Artistic Director of The Growing Stage in Virginia, Community Outreach Coordinator at the Omaha Playhouse, and she was the first-ever Director of Community Programs for Opera Omaha, before meeting her husband, whose military career moved them to Germany. 

Living overseas with a growing family, Amy adapted her extensive management experience into a decade of advocacy for military families.  She became involved with a local peer breastfeeding support group, when her third son was born in 2011, and she was a driving force behind creating a breastfeeding-friendly community in the KMC.  From 2015-2021, she served as Executive Director of Mom2Mom Global, now the Global Military Lactation Community, a network of breastfeeding peer support, education, and advocacy for military families.  She retired from clinical lactation after 10 years as a Certified Lactation Counselor (2014), an Advanced Lactation Consultant (2017),  and she was the first person to receive certification as a Military Lactation Counselor (2021).  In the decade that she worked as an advocate for military families in maternal-child health, she served as Treasurer of the Board for the United States Breastfeeding Committee, and on the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative U.S. Working Group, worked to reduce racial and socioeconomic inequities in human milk feeding, and worked on several legislative initiatives that were codified into law, including expanding Tricare coverage for lactation support and breastpumps, the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act and the Military Parental Leave Program.  She was the lead author of the Military Lactation Counselor training program, and has published a number of scholarly articles and presentations on military families and human milk feeding.

As a military spouse in the KMC, Amy continued to feed her passion for the arts working at KMC Onstage as a volunteer actor, director, and instructor, before she joined the staff in 2021.  She taught a number of youth acting classes from 2013-2017, and she established the Directing Workshop in 2016.  Her local acting credits include Belinda in Noises Off, Miss Andrew/Swing in Mary Poppins, Joan in The Guys, Melissa in Love Letters, Innogen in Much Ado About Nothing, Inga in Young Frankenstein, Georgeanne in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, the title role in Medea, and Cinderella’s Stepmother in Into the Woods.  Directing credits for KMC Onstage include The Woman in Black,  The Lost Language of Wifflesplatch, Greater Tuna, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Frozen Jr, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical.  Notable awards include the AACT/Fest Merit Award for Excellence in Acting (1997), Irene Ryan Scholarship Nominee from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (2000), Best Monologue in the AACT One-Act Festival (2019), TOPPERs for Best Musical and Best Ensemble in a Musical (2022) and Best Ensemble in a Play (2020), and the Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere William Lloyd Garrison Ally Award (2020).  She is the mother of four sons, and her husband is the medical director of the Traumatic Brain Injury center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, and a Colonel in the Army Reserve.

Naythen B. Rinehart

Screen Shot 2023-07-11 at 2.05.40 PM.png

Naythen B. Rinehart has been a beloved part of the KMC Onstage community since 2019, as both a volunteer and as staff.  Naythen hails from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and is an accomplished performer, director, and theatre educator.  After graduating from Lees-McRae College, NC (2017) receiving a BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in Technical Theatre, Naythen has worked extensively in community and professional theatre.  He moved to Germany in 2018 wanting to pursue some new dreams!  He began as a Childcare Technician at the Ramstein School Age Program and helped in creating a new classroom and lesson plan curriculum for the “Shakespeare Studio”, which focused on arts education for children wanting to learn about the performing arts, music, and self-expression.  In October of 2019, he was offered a role as a staff member at KMC Onstage where he would work as the Director of Educational Programming.  Naythen is involved with teaching youth & adult theater classes, summer camps, outreach programs, and the new stage manager workshop that coincides with the annual 10 Minute Plays.  Naythen has been involved with over 100 events, workshops, and performances at KMC Onstage.  During the COVID-19 shutdown, he single-handedly developed virtual programing for volunteers to participate in; ranging from acting workshops and interviews led by professionals in the performing arts, Zoom script readings, online variety shows, and even rehearsed and performed a virtual production.   His experience at KMC Onstage in the past as Interim Artistic Director and his current role as Director of Operations have ignited a new passion that led him to pursue his MS in Performing Arts Management and Leadership at Shenandoah University (VA, exp graduation 2025)

His most notable technical theatre credits include:

Directing- Stellaluna and Other Tales (The Lost Colony Theatre for Youth Production), Vanities (Lees-McRae College), Character Development*, 10 Ways To Survive Life in a Quarantine, Disaster!, 9 to 5, Forbidden Broadway, Newsies Jr*, and later this season The Spongebob Musical (KMC Onstage).

Production Crew- My Fair Lady, Lion King Jr (Stage Manager, High Point Community Theater), and at KMC Onstage: Prelude to a Kiss (Stage Manager), The Yellow Boat (Stage Manager/Light Designer)*, Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged (Light Designer), Into the Woods (Choreographer)*, and later this season The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Sound of Music, and She Kills Monsters (Light Designer).

His most notable performance credits include:

Professional- Land of Oz Tour, Scarecrow (Land of Oz), The Lost Colony, Dancer Swing/Ensemble (The Lost Colony), Tom Benn & Blackbeard the Pirate, Puppeteer #3 (NC Marionette Theatre), La Traviata, Ensemble (Elizabeth R & Company), Suburban Zombie, Dave the Zombie (Starr Productions, commercial).

KMC Onstage- Into the Woods (Baker), Young Frankenstein (Frederick Frankenstein), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfee), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick)*, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Male Swing).

Academic- The Addams Family Musical (Gomez Addams), As You Like It (Duke Frederick), Sondheim on Sondheim (Lead Vocalist),  James and the Giant Peach (Aunt Sponge/Earthworm), Brunch the Musical (Jake), Plain and Fancy (Peter Reber), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Bazzard).

Awards and Recognitions: (*)

BFA Musical Theatre Award- Lees-McRae College (2017)

Nominated Best Actor in a Play (Much Ado About Nothing, 2019)- 59th TOPPER Awards

Best Directed Showcase- US Army Entertainment One Page Play Festival (Character Development, 2019)

Best Choreography for a Play or Musical (Into the Woods, 2022)- 61st TOPPER Awards

3rd Place Best One Act (Yellow Boat, 2022)- US Army Entertainment One Act Play Festival

Phillip Vannoorbeeck

Screen Shot 2023-07-12 at 11.07.35 AM.png

Phillip Vannoorbeeck is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist from Baltimore MD/Washington DC. He graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a BA in Theatre and Ancient Studies.  After leaving university, he began to train under some of the area’s best theatres including dramaturgy with the Folger Theatre, stage management from the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Shakespeare text work through the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory.  Most recently, he achieved the status of actor combatant in the Society of American Fight Directors through Round House Theatre.  His credits in the Baltimore/DC area include directing a large range of styles including Measure for Measure, Miracle on 34th Street, and Twelfth Night for Cohesion Theatres Trans* Voices Festival. He has also been seen on stage as Brad Majors in the Rocky Horror Show, Touchstone in As You Like It, and Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night.

 

While at KMC Onstage, Phillip initially worked as a volunteer for two years helping reestablish theatre in the area during the COVID-19 pandemic.  His first production in the area was opening the 2021/2022 with a one-act cut of A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller and closing out the season with an all active duty version of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).  During that same season, he was nominated for a TOPPER award for Best Featured Actor for his role as the Narrator in Into the Woods.  Into the Woods would go on to win 16 TOPPER Awards including Best Musical.  Phillip established himself as the lead Technical Directing for the 2022/2023 season leading the set construction/light and sound design teams before officially hired in December 2022.   He finished the season with directing the 2023 TOPPER entry Arcadia and staring in the final musical of the year Jekyll & Hyde as the murderous Hyde.  He is currently slated to direct the 2023 winter production of The Sound of Music.

Tickets and Reservations

Mainstage tickets: $18 Adults/$16 Discount
Studio tickets: $15 Adult/$13 Discount
$2 Surcharge applied to all tickets purchased at the door day of show
Ticket pricing policies: Discount rate applies to children ages 2-18, senior citizens 65+, and any student enrolled in an educational program. 
Babies in laps under age 2 do not require a ticket.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting KMC Onstage:

Via WEBTRAC Theatre Tickets

DSN: (314)541-9129
Commercial: +49 (0)611-143-541-9129

Email: amy.e.smolinski.naf@army.mil or naythen.b.rinehart.naf@army.mil

Tickets may be available at the door, depending on show pre-sales.  A $2 surcharge will be applied to all tickets purchased at the door the day of the performance.

Please note: payment must be made at the time of reservation.  KMC Onstage accepts credit or debit cards ONLY!

No refunds.
Tickets may be exchanged for any other performance in the same season.

Season Tickets
2023-24 Season tickets on sale July 15!  $118 Regular/$104 Discount
Call the KMC Onstage box office at 0611-143-541-9129

Become a Season Ticket holder and enjoy various shows for a discounted rate! Sign up today and start reaping the benefits!

Season Ticket holders qualify for...

  • Up to 20% Discount on All Shows

  • Priority seating

  • VIP Events

KMC Onstage Policies
  • Payment is due at the time of ticket reservation
  • Reserved seats released 10 minutes before the show begins
  • No refunds
  • Tickets may be exchanged for any future performance during the same season
  • Payment by American credit or debit cards ONLY
  • Parents decide what content is appropriate for their children.  We support parents making informed decisions by offering suggested ratings to inform parents which shows are family friendly and which shows are geared toward adults.

 

Facility Rental

Both our Mainstage and Studio spaces are available to rent for special events!  Rentals are on a space-available basis, depending on the needs of our season productions.  Rentals are subject to approval, and we recommend submitting your request at least 4 weeks in advance.  Both KMC Onstage and the KCAC on Daenner Kaserne are wonderful venues for:
Recitals
Concerts
Change of Command Ceremonies
Promotion Ceremonies
Conferences and trainings

To request a rental for either space, please fill out our Rental Request and return to phillip.s.vannoorbeeck.naf@army.mil

Entertainment Mission

KMC Onstage is part of the US Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Family & Morale, Welfare & Recreation Program and US Army Entertainment.  KMC Onstage is the IMCOM-Europe “Center of Excellence” for Entertainment and a member of the American Association of Community Theatres.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When does casting start for productions?

Auditions are held throughout the season from August through May.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for notices about upcoming auditions, shows, classes, and special events.

2. What can I do for the theater if I don’t want to act?

Join the KMC Theater Guild!  Registration is free, and the Guild can match your volunteer skills (or desire to learn) with current and future theatre needs.  Some examples are set and costume construction, lights, sound, props, run crew, and ushering.  We have something for everyone!

3. When are the seasonal productions and scripts announced?
The KMC Onstage season is announced each year at our Volunteer Gala following the final performance of the season.  Auditions start in August and are held throughout the season.

4. How do I get involved?

DSN: (314)541-9129
Commercial: +49 (0)611-143-541-9129">+49 (0)611-143-541-9129

Email: amy.e.smolinski.naf@army.mil, naythen.b.rinehart.naf@army.mil, phillip.s.vannoorbeeck.naf@army.mil

5. Who is eligible to participate/volunteer?

Anyone with base access is welcome to join us!  Contact us if you need assistance.

6. What kinds of classes are offered?

KMC Onstage offers a broad variety of classes for both youth and adults!  We partner with SKIES Unlimited to offer summer camps and performance classes for ages 6-18; our Youth Performance Classes are audition-entry for kids to perform in our youth season shows; we offer Adult Technical Theatre classes for ages 14+; and we offer a variety of workshops throughout the season. 

7. Click the following links to find out and download more information regarding:
KMC Onstage Life Cycle of a Production

KMC Onstage Production Roles per Show

KMC Onstage Youth Performance Classes Information

8. What is the age requirement for classes?

Each class has its own age restrictions.  Please view each event for specific details.

9. What is the age requirement for productions?

KMC Onstage generally will not cast younger than 6 years old, though exceptions are possible. KMC Onstage casts based upon the age of the role.

10. Can I participate at theaters in other communities outside of my own?

Of course! We encourage it!

11. How do I make a show reservation?

Reservations can be made online through WEBTRAC (link), or by calling KMC Onstage or sending an email.  Box office hours are M-F 12-4pm.  Reservations for seats are not guaranteed until payment is made. Unclaimed reservations are released 10 minutes prior to the show’s performance.

12. How do I cancel a show reservation?

Simply call, email, or visit KMC Onstage.

13. Is your theater facility handicap accessible?

Yes. KMC Onstage has a handicap accessible ramp into the building, a restroom, and seating accommodations.

14. Can I rent theater space or equipment for personal use?

Yes, production schedule permitting. Please fill out our Rental Reservation Request form.

More Theater

thumbnail

She Kills Monsters Theatre Performance

The Award-Winning KMC Onstage presents a new play by Qui Nguyen

Mar 1 7 pm
thumbnail

SKIES & KMC Onstage Youth Theater Classes

Registration is now ongoing for ages 5 to 18.

Apr 8