PRINCETON — For a dozen years, the young people of the Princeton area have had the opportunity to participate in the Prairie Arts Council’s Summer Drama Camps, run by camp director Rachel Gorenz.
For each camp session, approximately 12 campers spend a morning or an afternoon for two weeks at the Prairie Arts Center, memorizing lines, playing traditional camp games as well as theater games (designed to teach improvisational skills as well as character development and interaction skills), building and painting sets, learning how to apply stage makeup (including wounds, animals, aging, and other specific makeup art techniques), lighting, and art and design. The camps conclude with a performance of an original play written by Gorenz specifically for the Prairie Arts Council drama camps; roles are tailored to the individual talents, abilities and needs of the campers cast, so that each child is helped to achieve his or her full potential as an actor.
Each camp session votes on the name of the show. This group chose the name “Fins, Friends, and Foes: ‘Tails’ From the Sea.” The cast includes Bob: Alex Castaneda; Gil: Grace May; Aquamarine: Rachel Kirkpatrick; Ann: Nora Schneider; Coral: Anna Argubright; Shell: Lanie Hannon; Oceana: Sabrina Bickett; Seaweed: Anya Kauffman; Barnacle: Maddie Hannon; Octavia: Makayla Heller; Polly: Nora Kauffman; Captain No-Beard: Niklas Schneider; and Black-Eyed Sue: Kennedy Kloepping.
Their camp presentation of this year’s show will be at noon Friday. Admission free! Refreshments will be served.
The next PAC Drama Camp will run from July 14- 25. To register a child, call PAC at 815-875-2787.