What do all these concepts have in common? They are all skills explored during theatre camps held at the State Theatre. Executive Director Steven Barker has launched a series of education programs to further expand the reach of the theatre as a community venue on many levels. The StateTheatre Education Program’s (STEP) mission is to provide a nurturing, inspiring, creative, and engaging environment for learners of all ages to grow. To put it lovingly, participants are encouraged to play nice and learn to get along as any set of cast members will tell you is essential for a successful performance and at life.
“This is an opportunity for young people to get instruction from a theatre professional…and actually get to be on the stage,” says Barker who doesn’t believe in any final scoring process or earning points. “It’s about showing off skills and learning to get along…I’m keen on collaboration.”
To that end, the State Theatre will offer a series of theatre camps during the upcoming spring break.
“They are jam-packed full days,” laughs Barker who has lined up a group of instructors, many in the community, who are willing to share their theatre expertise. There are also half day programs.
For grades 2-5 and grades 6-8, choices include a full or half day program running Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon and/or 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Their Theatre Sampler week is broken into sections that develop skills in a variety of theatre genres spanning work on and off the stage. Topics range from musical theatre and improv to visual art and production including a backstage tour.
Create a Story encourages students to use popular stories as a springboard to discover their own creativity in creating characters through voice, body, mind and imagination. At week’s end, there will be a small ‘shareformance’ to show off new and improved skills.
The cost for each camp is $150. If you attend both camps, the price is $250.
You can go online (www.culpepertheatre.org) to get registration forms or stop by the State Theatre where forms are available in the lobby. Before and after camp care is available. Also, payment plans are available as well as discounts for multiple enrollments.
Barker was pleased to report that their box office hours have been extended. They are now open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“I’m also looking for a full time marketing person,” said Barker.
Coming soon to a theatre near you, Barker is launching in April Sunday Funday Family Films.
“They’re old classics that can now be shared their their millennial children,” chuckles Barker. First up will be Gene Wilder’s classic “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Barker thinks they are a bargain at $5 a ticket and if you buy a ticket you’ll be entered to win a golden ticket which will get you into the entire series.
Anita Sherman may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org