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Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Hosts Youth Theatre Camp

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Vanguard University's Department of Theatre Arts Hosts Youth Theatre CampFor some kids, summer vacation is all about play. For others, summer vacation is the perfect time to act in a play.

On Monday, July 8, a group of artistically-inclined 4th through 8th graders made their way to the Lyceum Theater to start an intensive, week-long youth theatre camp hosted by Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts.

During the week, the young students trained with Vanguard University interns at American Coast Theatre Company (ACTC) to learn the art of acting, improvisation, dance, singing, and stage combat.

“The most rewarding part of the week for me was when the girls would come in every day and immediately want to perform their dances and show us how they had practiced at home,” says Bretlyn Schmitt, assistant director and choreographer.  “It was a joy to get to see the pride and excitement they had for everything they had learned.  It was [also]so wonderful working with my peers on this workshop, it allowed us to become a unit and gave us a chance to really use each of our creative talents to pour into the kids.

The camp took place each day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and the curtains closed on Saturday, July 13. Students had plenty of time to practice their new skills just in time for two final performances at the end of the week.

“We hope that this will be the beginning of a whole new Christian generation of theatre artists we hope to inspire every summer,” says Sue Berkompas, Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts. “We couldn’t have asked for a better first summer camp.”

ACTC expects the camp to triple in size in the coming year.  For more information on the Vanguard University Department of Theatre Arts, visit theatre.vanguard.edu.

Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Hosts Youth Theatre Camp

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