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Sacramento Theatre Company Summer Camp 2010

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 Want to end your children going “I’m bored!” this summer? You can for at least two weeks by enrolling them in one of Sacramento Theatre Company School of the Arts Summer Camp programs.

STC Summer Camp Director Lynn Baker wants parents to know that kids spend a full day and are very busy being exposed to many aspects of live theater. It’s like “a full year of master classes in two weeks," she said.

What’s in it for the kids? First off, it is just plain fun. It is a great opportunity to make new friends. Kids also learn skills they can use all their lives, whether or not they continue in theater arts. Baker encourages kids to attend with their friends. Most importantly, no previous experience is needed. Many previous attendees have had so much fun that they return as interns to mentor the new kids.

Session 1 runs from July 12 to 23. For the younger children that will be in first through fourth grade this fall, there is Act, Dance, Sing. They do improvisations, dance and movement, yoga, puppetry, singing and more. Most importantly, they actually perform in a show.

For kids in fifth through ninth grade this fall, there is Create an Ensemble. Everything done in Act, Dance, Sing is taken to a higher level and more is added, such as stage combat, scene study and Shakespeare. This session can help this age group prepare for actually doing a Shakespeare play during the second session.

In the second session, July 26 through Aug. 6, Act, Dance, Sing is available again. Kids that attended the first session can continue. Kids that didn’t attend the first session can jump in at this point.

For kids in middle school and high school in the fall, there is Shakespeare Alive. This program adds things such as theater history, clowning and text analysis. They act in a Shakespeare play directed by well-know Sacramento actor and STC interim director Matt Miller. This is a great opportunity.

For some children, STC Summer Camp is a fun way to spend two weeks this summer. For others that are more serious, it is an opportunity to learn and prepare for auditioning for the Sacramento Theatre Company’s Young Professionals Conservatory.

The Young Professionals Conservatory is a program for those 12 to 18 years old. It is a 10-month rigorous theater training program with after-school and weekend classes. The conservatory members appear in four shows during the year and have an opportunity to audition for main stage productions.

“I work on this program because I wish I had something like this when I was these kids’ age,” Baker said.

She especially encouraged the younger boys who think this is just girl stuff to give it a try. They will be surprised at how much fun they will have.

For more information go to the School of Arts site at www.sactheatre.org or talk to Lynn Baker at (916) 446-7501 x116 or e-mail [email protected]

All photos from STC Summer Camp and Shakespeare Alive 2008  Courtesy of Sacramento Theatre Company

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