For many children, being theatrical comes as second nature. Translating those theatrical gifts into acting, however, takes some practice.
This summer, military children will get the chance to hone and develop those gifts during an in-depth, twoweek acting academy.
Raqi Barnett, instructor from Fayetteville’s Gilbert Theater, is bringing the second annual Shining Stars Acting Academy to Fort Bragg. The academy is aimed at children aged 7 to 14 who are looking to express themselves through acting.
For aspiring young actors who want to build self-confidence, the camp provides a well-rounded theater experience to those with big dreams. Campers will get a crash course on production techniques and learn about theater traditions and etiquette. Additionally, children will learn backstage management, costumes, music and dance routines.
“We have a lot of military Families that cannot get involved in theater,” said Barnett. “I wanted to make a theater camp available . . . to our troops’ Families.”
Last year, the camp was a huge success. The academy was able to put on two musical productions. The first was “Belinda and the Beast,” a western comedy take on “Beauty and the Beast.” The second production was “Circus 4 US Kids,” which included circus acts such as dancing, tumbling, magic, pantomiming and animal acts.
“The kids had a blast with it,” said Barnett. “I’ll definitely be doing that act again in the future.”
The camp also gave teenage actors the chance to explore their theatrical potential and work as Barnett’s assistants.
“I wanted to give teenagers a chance to have a job for the summer,” she said. “They also get to participate in the camp productions as characters to gain more theater experience for themselves.”
Barnett hopes to build on last year’s success with this year’s camp. “This year, I want to give insight to campers so they will have some experience in theater. That way they can act wherever they are,” she said.
The upcoming camp session will feature a play called “Hairum Scarum,” a comedy about Disney princesses who are having a bad hair day. There will be parts for both girls and boys and multiple dance numbers. Campers will play theater games/exercises, do crafts to take home or be showcased in the production and rehearse.
The grand finale is a musical production at the end of the two-week session that the children will perform for Family members and friends.
The camp will be at the M
aholic Child Development Center, Monday to Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Open to CYSS cardholders grades 1-8, the cost is $150 per child. For more information, call 643-6039 or 908-0048, or visit http:/
SS cardholders can also sign up at Tolsen Youth Center on the corner of Normandy and Riley roads.