Young people with an interest in the stage can explore the world of theater this summer during a weeklong camp hosted by Western Carolina University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts.
The WCU Theatre Summer Camp is for children from 8 years (and who have completed the second grade) to 17 years old and is limited to 30 students. The camp will run from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 16-20, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the WCU campus. An end-of-camp Friday Showcase performance is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 20.
The camp will include games, improvisation, stage direction, basic directing, character work, discussion, tours and more. Students will work in small groups to create characters and situations that will evolve into short scenes for the Friday Showcase. Two professional actors with Bright Star Children’s Theatre, an Asheville theater company, will run the camp.
No previous theater experience is required for participation, but children with a theater background are welcome, said Paul Lormand, director of the Bardo Arts Center. “The camp is an opportunity for children to develop an interest in theater and to develop an appreciation for live theater,” Lormand said. “It’s really about creativity and using your imagination.”
The cost of the camp is $110 per child, with additional children from the same family able to register for $100 each. Campers must provide their own snacks and beverages. Registration is under way through Friday, July 13, with payment (cash and check only) due the first day of camp.
To register or for more information, contact Lormand at 828-227-2505 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If registering through email, include the camper’s name, name of parent or legal guardian, telephone number and address.