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First Stage summer camp exposes kids to theater basics

Jun. 18, 2013 @ 06:48 AM

Kids are getting a "fast and furious" introduction to theater this week in the First Stage Theatre Summer Camp, said camp Director Mary Smirl.

Taking place at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church, this week's camp is geared toward children in kindergarten through fifth grade and covers auditioning, rehearsing, costumes and set building.

"We're having a blast," said Smirl, a board member for First Stage Theatre Company. "We're doing everything from puppetry to theater games. Then we're doing a production on Friday."

She's thrilled with the enthusiasm of the campers and the older students who have come back to serve as counselors.

Twenty-nine kids are participating in the camp, which has the theme of "Alice in 'Wonder What It's Like to Be in a Show' Land." Their public performance will be a mash-up of "Alice in Wonderland" scenes, and is planned for 2 p.m. Friday at the church, located at 5747 E. Pea Ridge Road.

First Stage's camp for middle- and high-schoolers is coming up July 15-19. "Wicked Auditioning Skills" is for kids in grades 6-12 and will cover preparing for an audition, monologues, vocal assessment, dance and what to wear.

To learn more, call 304-525-2557.



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