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10th annual summer drama camp

PRINCETON — The Prairie Arts Council is pleased to announce registration for the 10th annual Children’s Summer Drama Camp for children entering second through ninth grades.

Camp runs for three hours, Monday through Friday, for two weeks. Two camp sessions will run June 11-22 — one in the morning from 9 a.m. to noon and one in the afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. There will also be a morning camp running July 9-20 if there is sufficient interest. The camp cost is $85 with special rates for siblings. Need-based scholarships are also available upon request for those who meet the criteria.

Each camp session culminates in the performance of an original play written specifically for the campers and, to a large extent, tailored to the needs and abilities of the campers. Performances have been set for noon and 5 p.m. on June 22, and noon on July 20.

Previous camp productions include “Cinderella,” “The Perfect Princess” (also known as “A Mixed-Up Fairy Tale” and “The Prince and the Pen Pal”), “The Evil of the Atkins Diet,” “The Best-est Summer Ever” (also known as “Picture This” and “Going Through the Frame: The Journey to Enilef”), “Fish Out of Water: A Nautical Story (also known as “A Mermaid’s Tale”), and “There is No Normal” (also known as “The Not-So-Normal Fairy Tale” and “What Happens after Happily Ever After?”), “Trouble in Nurseryville (also known as “Fork’s Revenge” and “Over the Moon”), and “Farouk’s Not So Brilliant Plan” (also known as “The Bizarre Bazaar” and “The Princess, the Thieves, and the Necklace”). Campers in each session of camp name their own production. Children get the hands on experience of creating a show, from set and light work to costuming to performing.

Past guest speakers have included Dave Roden, who has shared his knowledge of theatrical accents, sets and Shakespeare; Angela Winger, costuming; Jan Seeds, stage make-up; Norm Engstrom of IVCC for mime, members of the IVCC comedy improv team; Stephen Kwiatek, choreography for the stage; Matt Boehm, stage lighting and design; Dane Suarez, musical theater and opera; and Nick Umbdenstock and Steve Brown, who teach safe stage combat (always a crowd favorite). Camp activities also include theater and improvisational games like you might see on the television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and good, old fashioned “camp” games like Telephone. Snacks are served daily.

Children’s theater programming at PAC has always been about more than just theater skills. We strive to offer a safe, wholesome environment in which children can learn, grow, and have fun. Over the many years that we have run the summer drama camps as well as other children’s drama programming, we have been privileged to witness the transformation of many of our children from ducklings to beautiful, talented swans. Fostering the growth of our community’s children is the greatest benefit of PAC children’s theater programming.

To register, contact camp director Rachel Gorenz at 815-875-1267 or email hildigard@hotmail.com. Payment is expected by June 1. Checks should be made payable to the Prairie Arts Council. Checks and registration forms can be returned to Rachel Gorenz at 1009 S. Main St., Princeton, IL 61356.

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