Cape Fear Regional Theatre offers summer theatre camps for youth ages six to 19.
According to the theatre’s website, the camps will be as follows:
Kids Theatre for ages six to nine. Lasts one week and campers will experience an introduction to musical theatre through a musical-styled review. Camp fee includes student show book, rehearsal CD, daily snack and camp T-shirt. No experience is necessary. Youth will perform “The Aristocats KIDS.” Session I takes place June 26 to July 1 and Session II takes place July 10 to 15. Both sessions are currently sold out, but there is a waiting list available for parents who want to add their child’s name, said Leslie Flom, marketing director, CFRT.
Musical Theatre for ages nine to 14. It will last two weeks, and cover material that includes basic theatre technique and skills needed for performance. Campers will receive instruction in acting, singing and dancing, as well as take part in theatre games to build self-confidence and teamwork. Camp fee includes student show book, rehearsal CD, daily snack and camp T-shirt. No experience is necessary. Youth will perform “Madagascar — A Musical Adventure Jr.” Session I, June 12 to 24 and Session II, July 17 to 29.
Teen Theatre Intensive for ages 14 to 19. Campers work to produce a selection of classical theatre. Campers will rehearse for two weeks, and will be instructed in higher-level theatre techniques and skills needed for performance. Session takes place July 24 to Aug. 5. Camp fee includes script, daily snack and camp T-shirt. Some theatre experience recommended. Auditions (to be scheduled at the time of registration) will take place in early July to place campers in appropriate roles. Will culminate in the performance of a Shakespearean-intensive show.
The theatre camps are a long-standing tradition.
“Camp Fear Regional Theatre started as a community theatre in 1962. From the very beginning, classes and camps were offered for the children in our community,” Flom said.
The idea of camp seemed to appeal to Malissa Borden, a military spouse who enrolled her son Huck last year.
“It’s something different for the kids to do other than your traditional summer camps,” said Borden, who added that Huck learned theatre techniques, as well as how to work well with others.
Attending camp gave Huck, 10, the courage to audition for other shows, he said.
Military Families who want to enroll their children may apply for a 10 percent discount, Malone said. Also, a panel meets to determine who may be awarded a scholarship based on financial need.
Current registration fees are $230 for Kids Theatre Camp and $350 for Musical Theatre or for Teen Theatre Intensive camps.
Molly Malone, CFRT’s director of education and outreach, encourages parents to enroll their children.
The camps provide both an opportunity to enrich a child’s life and a safe place where a parent can leave a child, she explained.
Performances vary, so visit the CFRT website at www.cfrt.org/education/ for more information or contact Malone at mmalone@cfrt.org or at 323-4234, extension 244.