MARION — “Set the Stage” theatre camps offers area youth the opportunity to become involved in the arts as part of the Marion Palace Theatre’s summer program.
The registration deadline is one week before camp begins. Spaces fill quickly.
Youth who will participate are immersed in the production process and will learn lines and cues, prepare song and dance numbers and create stage props with art materials provided by the Marion Rotary Foundation and perform on the Palace stage. This camp teaches students acting skills, gives them performance experience, builds a sense of accomplishment and most of all, allows time to have fun.
Students are divided into age-appropriate camps. Children 6-8 will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday to explore the lost art of melodrama in a mini-musical entitled “Are You Serious?!” The storyline is the classic “damsel in distress” with an amusing modern twist.
Students 9-14 will meet from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday to collaborate on the mini-musical “The Best Little Theatre in Town” about a beloved little theater company struggling to makes ends meet. Melodrama returns with kids singing, dancing, acting and laughing their way through this Broadway-style show.
On Friday afternoon, all campers will come together for rehearsals at 3 p.m. and a final performance for friends and family at 5:30 p.m.
Students may choose between camp dates of July 23-27 and Aug. 6-10.
Johnny Steiner, professional singer, performer and voice instructor will direct these theatre camps. The morning camp fee is $65. The afternoon camp fee is $75 and includes healthy snacks.
For more information or to register for the camps, call The Palace Theatre box office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 740-383-2101.