Pamplin Media Group – Chapel Theater Offers Children’s Summer Camps in Milwaukie
Young people with all levels of experience will learn acting and dance skills from professionals
It’s time to think about activities to keep the kids busy during the summer, and Chapel Theater in Milwaukie has a few options. Experienced dance and theater professionals will offer summer camps July 11-15 for children ages 5-10 and August 1-5 and 8-12 for children 11-17.
“Milwaukie is such a family-centric city that we want to provide opportunities for young people to engage in the arts where they live,” said Corinn deTorres, director of Chapel Theater.
“We are also preparing to launch after-school youth programs in the fall, and this is a good introduction to that, both for the youth and for us to help grow our program,” she said. added.
“Summer is also a dead zone for indoor theater, so we’d like to continue to engage community members in our space during the summer months, and this seems like the perfect way to do that,” said from Torres.
Amanda Healy will lead the majority of the camp; she has years of acting experience, has been a teacher for years, and is the lead stage manager at the Chapel Theatre.
DeTorres will teach the dance portion of camp; she has been dancing since the age of 3 and has experience developing curriculum, teaching young people and running her own dance company for 12 years.
Activities, games, sketches
DeTorres noted that camps for younger students will focus more on activities, games and shorter skits, while older students can immerse themselves in scenes and monologues. The dance style will also be a bit different; younger students will focus more on movement and older students will have more choreography, she said.
The content will be accessible to different levels of students. Those with more experience can deepen their work, while those with less or no experience can learn a variety of new skills, DeTorres said.
“Nobody is supposed to be an expert, but students who are more serious about acting will be able to do it even while others are learning for the first time,” she said.
On the last day of the camps, parents will be invited to a showcase show which will be a combination of all the skills learned by the students.
Younger students will learn a performance piece with dance, improvisation and skits. Older students will perform their monologues or dramatizations.
“It’s meant to be a fun way to show parents what they’ve learned while giving them performance experience,” DeTorres said.
She added that parents should keep an eye out for the Chapel Theatre’s new fall schedule for young people.
She added: “We will be adding dance and acting classes after school and on Saturday mornings. And don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s a class you’d like to see at the Chapel Theatre; we’re always responding. to the needs of our community.”
Chapel Theater Summer Camps
When: July 11 to 15 for ages 5 to 10 and August 1 to 5 and August 8 to 12 for ages 11 to 17
Where: Chapel Theater, 4107 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie
Details: Cost is $180 for one week, $320 for two weeks
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