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home : news : local   October 25, 2016

6/7/2012 12:32:00 PM
Theater camp opens soon in Princeton

Goldie Currie
Princeton Bureau Chief

PRINCETON — Registration for Camp 56 continues through Friday this week.
Camp 56 teaches campers the ins and outs of theater including acting, auditioning, improvisation, make-up, wardrobe, stage design, lighting and sound.

The camp also provides hands-on opportunities with set construction, painting, props and performing in the Festival 56 season.

Illinois Wesleyan acting graduate Kirsten Andersen and educator Lisa Gadomski direct the camp.

Andersen, a volunteer through AmeriCorps, said her favorite aspect of acting is stage combat. She plans to attend an international stunt school in Washington at the end of the summer.

“I have hopes to teach (campers) some basic unarmed combat, including non-contact slaps, punches and kicks. I would also like to teach the basics of stage falls and rolls,” she said.

Andersen said other activities in store for the camp include lots of theater games.
“We’re planning activities that include learning about sets, props, costumes and makeup, as well as some movement and vocal exercises,” she said. “There will be activities that we all do together, but there will also be things we’ll split up into groups for, so that the kids get more individualized attention while they’re learning some of these things.”

Andersen said this will be her first time directing a program like Camp 56.

“I’m very excited and I know I’ve got my work cut our for me,” she said.
Amber Harper, board member of the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education, said the campers also will spend time with the director, actors and choreographer of Festival 56’s production of “Carousel.”

“Whether working with a make-up artist, visiting the scene shop or costume shop, each experience is new and unique to the shows and artist,” Harper said.

The camp is open to youth ages 8-18 and will meet 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday- Friday with additional dates and times tied to tech and dress rehearsals preceding and including Festival 56 performances of Carousel July 6-14.

There is a $75 nonrefundable fee for the program, which will include costs of insurance, supplies and healthy snacks.

Registration forms are available at the Festival 56 box office, by e-mailing or through the Illinois Theatre Conservatory Facebook Page.

Camp 56 is partially funded by area individuals and organizations, Illinois Theatre Conservatory, Illinois Alliance for Arts Education, Sun Foundation of Advancement in the Environmental Sciences and Arts, Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust, Illinois Arts Council, an agency of the state.

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