New for summer 2018, RiverStage Community Theatre is pleased to announce the launch of “RiverStage Summer Theatre Academy,” offering four theatre camp experiences for kids from grades 2-10!
“Let’s Play!” Theatre Games
Grades 2 & 3 | $125
One-week session: 9am-12pm on July 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27
Directed by Barbara Ross & Glenn Wilson
Students entering 2nd and 3rd grades will get on their feet and get active in this fun introduction to the games that actors and actresses play! Using a wide range of techniques to exercise the mind, body and voice, your kids will have a blast making friends, getting comfortable on the stage, getting their creative juices flowing, and learning how professional actors work together to begin creating great characters, scenes and stories! Family and friends will be invited to a sharing demonstration of our skills during the last hour of the final session.
“It’s a Jungle Out There!”
Grades 4 & 5 | $195
Two-week session: 9am-12pm on July 9-13 and 16-20
Directed by Jacqueline Engel
Students entering 4th and 5th grade will learn the basics of acting, music theatre, set and costume construction as they prepare to present the charming musical, “It’s a Jungle Out There!” King Leo is a victim of the corporate jungle! He has money, power, and fame, but he still has not found happiness. His trusty servants, Spot and Stripes, ever loyal to the King, begin a quest for the key to happiness. Do the monkeys have the answer? Or maybe the hyenas? Perhaps the secret lies with the elephants. Who knows? This heart-warming musical play will help your students see that the true meaning of happiness is not money, power and fame, but treasured friendships and life’s simple pleasures. Family and friends will be invited to a performance of the musical on the final day of camp.
“The Jungle Book” Musical!
Grades 6 thru 8 | $195
Two-week session: 1pm-4pm on July 9-13, 16-20 (public performances July 21-22)
Directed by Jacqueline Engel
Middle-school students who are interested in musicals will expand their theatrical knowledge while preparing for two performances of Disney’s “The Jungle Book KIDS!” This show has many featured roles for students of all experience levels, giving loads of opportunities to shine. A human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run from the ferocious Shere Khan. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle. With familiar songs, loads of choreography, and a host of colorful characters, this camp will be the musical highlight of your summer! Two performances will be open to the public on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22.
“I Hate Shakespeare” Comedy!
Grades 6 thru 10 | $195
Two-week session: 1pm-4pm on July 23-27, July 30-Aug 3 (public performances Aug 3-4)
Directed by Roberta Pickering
“We hate Shakespeare?” At least that’s what an audience might think until they get a rip-roaring rundown of Shakespeare’s classics in this hilarious and fast-paced introduction to famous playwright, with a modern twist! Students in this two-week camp will expand their comedic and dramatic skills as they learn more about blocking, physicality, creating character, and infusing the love of telling a story to the audience. As they rehearse the large ensemble comedy I Hate Shakespeare by Steph DeFerie, designed for a camp just like this with a large number of roles, students will sharpen their technique and explore what they can bring to the stage, their power as a performer, and their passion for theatre. Plus, a lineup of RiverStage guest artists will visit for special sessions on costuming, props, technical direction and more. A great opportunity for young actors and actresses! Two performances will be open to the public on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4.
• All camps are located at the Greenspace Center Auditorium (a.k.a. Old Lewisburg High School), 815 Market St, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
• Students must be entering the indicated grade level in Fall 2018 to participate in a camp.
• Each session will include a snack break.
• Camps are held Monday thru Friday, with some camps giving final performances on Sat or Sun (see descriptions for details).
• One-Week Camp (Let’s Play!): $125
• Two-Week Camps (It’s a Jungle Out There, The Jungle Book, I Hate Shakespeare): $195
• Siblings/family members receive a discount when you enroll in the same camp! Each additional family member in a one-week camp receives $10 off, and each additional family member in a two-week camp receives $20 off!
• Partial scholarships may be available on an as-needed basis. For financial aid information, please email Maggie Able at firstname.lastname@example.org.