The days of summer are winding down. When children go back to school, many of them will spend most of the first month or so, just catching up, retraining their brains to study, to think critically.
Tim McGhee, Artistic Director of Theater of the Republic and Camp Director notes Theatre teaches confidence, teamwork, memorization, independence, dependability, trust, humiliation, public speaking, self-awareness, acceptance, rejection and how to deal, and most of all achievement and self-gratification this is what theatre can teach you and so much more.”
Keeping a child’s learning level up during summer has sometimes been very difficult. If you have a child who is interested in the arts or theatre then it seems they are like a sponge; those students who are being introduced to the theatre, may miss the swimming pool and or other activities at first but, that is where the challenge is for those of us who are teaching.”
McGhee says, “We have always had a children’s program during the spring fall and winter, so we decided to try our summer programs. Our children’s program, for ages 8-16, has been a part of our theatre for 15 years or so.”
He adds that the camp is serious work. “Parents should ask their children if they like it or not, and not make their child go through the classes. “
The Camp’s musical teacher is Lunda Cornelius, who has performed professionally and has been teaching children’s theatre for over 40yrs, She is also a classically trained singer, and she teaches voice. Our Choreographer is different per class. Bradlees Gorrea, the second teacher is a performer and teaches middle school classes in Pennsylvania.
There is one camp left, a Variety Show Production, and four scholarships available for it.
The one-week session is $275.00 All classes run Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. CYT is giving away 4 Scholarships for our Currently Scheduled Classes. Winners will be drawn on 8/3 randomly from all names entered in our CYT Newsletter Mailing List.
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See photo below for the information on the upcoming, August summer camp. Check the Facebook page, Coastal Youth Theater Arts School, for more details.
If you miss this camp, stay tuned for fall and winter camp opportunities.
—Joan Leotta for TheArtsGrandStrand.org