Nevada County People: Rudolph pushing for character development |

Nevada County People: Rudolph pushing for character development

Paulette Rudolph loves children. And she shows her love by teaching them how to act, sing and become young performers.

For the past 12 years, Rudolph has been directing three children’s plays each year with the Nevada County Performing Arts Guild, a local nonprofit “that helps teach children and the community about performing arts,” she said.

“Watching children develop the characters (in the plays) and grow as performers” is one of the greatest rewards of her job, said Rudolph, 60.

“The children work so hard during rehearsals, and it culminates into a wonderful opening night,” she said. “The parents come and are all so appreciative of what the Performing Arts Guild has done for their children.”

Rudolph now is preparing a group of 31 children, ages 6 through 16, for the Thursday opening night of a musical based on “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

“It’s very artistic and you get better at it as you go,” Rudolph said, about her role as the director. “It’s so nice to teach these children. It’s something I really love.”

Rudolph has the daunting task of getting the plays ready for performance within six to eight weeks.

“We give the children intense training in music, dance and singing,” she said. “We only rehearse eight weeks when school is open. In summer, we have only six weeks to prepare.”

Dearth of time and limited resources are the two biggest challenges she contends with, Rudolph said.

“It’s a big job, but I get to use my own talents while training these children,” she said.

Rudolph lives in Penn Valley with her husband, Thomas Rudolph, 61, a plumbing business owner. She moved to Nevada County from Los Angeles in 1981, she said.

“We just wanted to get out of the city and live in the country, buy land and raise our family,” she added.

Paulette and Thomas Rudolph have four children – Beth Rudolph, 40, Shauna Sharples, 38, Steven Rudolph, 31 and Veronica Rudolph, 28.

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