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Registration begins for Summer Theatre and Dance Camps

April 2, 2008

The Department of Theatre and Dance is now accepting registrations for its day camps for children in grades 3 through 12.

These courses offer training in creative arts, theatre, movement, production, performance and dance. The skilled and experienced instructors have theatre and education degrees and/or are state certified to teach grades 3-12. They provide a supportive atmosphere in which talents and creativity are encouraged.

Primary Drama Camp • Entering Grades 3-5 - $145/$245

July 7-11 • 8:30 a.m. to noon or 4:30 p.m.

Through story drama, puppets, and music, students will showcase their natural acting impulses. Story drama is enhanced by musical theatre and puppets to create an original telling of a popular children’s story. Students will design and craft a puppet and will learn how to use it for performance.

Students will also explore musical theatre through singing, movement and basic choreography, and drama through speaking, characters and scenes. Individuals of all levels of experience are encouraged to enroll.

An original showcase will be performed for families and friends on Friday, July 11 at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre. Free tickets for the final performance will be available with the number of guests per student subject to enrollment size. Enrollment: 12-25. Register by June16.

Junior Acting & Playwriting Camp • Entering Grades 6-8 - $250

July 7-11 • 8:30am-4:30pm

Students will learn the basic steps for playwriting by authoring monologues and dialogues that will then be used to create a group piece for the final showcase, and will also be guided through acting techniques for characterization, movement, and interaction with other characters.

Students will create an original ensemble performance using theatre, music, art or any other special skills they bring to the experience. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to enroll.

A performance showcase will be presented for families and friends on July 11 at 6:00pm in the Hennessy Theatre. Free tickets for the final performance will be available with the number of guests per student subject to enrollment size. Enrollment: 13-32 students. Register by June16.

Junior Musical Theatre Camp • Entering Grades 6-8 - $375

August 4-15 • two-week series • 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

During this two-week series, students will receive musical theatre training in performance and production concluding with a performance of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Junior.” Focus will be placed on training in music, acting and choreography. Musical theatre classes will incorporate character development, vocalization, acting technique, movement, choreography, scene study, creative drama and singing. Students will design and craft scenery, costumes and/or props to be used in their musical.

On day one, students will audition. Everyone will have a place either as a singer, dancer and/or actor. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to enroll. The musical theatre performance will be presented for families and friends on August 15 at 4 p.m. in the Hennessy Theatre. Free tickets for the final performance will be available with the number of guests per student subject to enrollment size Enrollment: 18-32. Register by July 15.

Advanced Musical Theatre Camp • Entering Grades 9-12 - $395

August 4-15 • two-week series • 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

In this intensive two-week series, students will focus on acting, singing and choreography in preparation for the performance showcase of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (revised).

This rigorous camp weaves musical theatre with movement and choreography to create a professional, inspiring performance. Students will be auditioned and cast the first day. Everyone will have a place either as a singer, dancer and/or actor. Bring your enthusiasm and talent, and let’s get down to work. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to enroll. The musical theatre performance will be presented free of charge for family and friends on August 15 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre. Enrollment: 15-32. Register by July 15.

Design and Theatre Technology Camp • Entering Grades 9-12 - $350

August 4-15 • two-week series • 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Learn the art of stagecraft, lighting design and costuming from industry professionals during this two-week camp focusing on the back stage elements that support both the junior and advanced musical theatre camps. Crew both August 15 camp performances and gain hands-on experience with light, sound and fly systems in both the Hennessy and Johnson Theatres. Enrollment: 12. Register by July 15.

Junior Dance Intensive • Entering Grades 5-8 $300

Senior Dance Intensive • Entering Grades 9-12 $300

July 14-25 • two-week series • 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dancers in grades 5-12 are invited to participate in the dance intensive summer series to be held at the UNH dance studios. This unique program, offering an array of dance disciplines and styles, will be taught by skilled dance professionals. During the two weeks, students will study 11 different dance forms and receive 45 hours of inspiring classes.

Improve your technique in all genres: ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz and hip-hop. Try new classes in circus dance, funk, musical theatre, contemporary, partnering, and stretch and conditioning. Junior prerequisite: Formal dance training for 3-5 consecutive years is recommended; beginners with at least one year of dance will also be welcomed. Senior prerequisite: Formal dance training for 5-8 consecutive years is recommended; more advance dancers and those experienced in stage performance and/or dance competition will also be welcomed.

Attire: Dance clothing and dance shoes (ballet, jazz and tap) will be required. A dance showcase is scheduled for July 25 at 12:00 pm in the Hamel Dance Studio. Enrollment: 12-25 students. Registration is due by June 23

Junior Aerial Dance Intensive • Entering Grades 5-8 $125

Senior Aerial Dance Intensive • Entering Grades 9-12 $125

July 28-Aug. 1 • 1-Week Series • 8:30am-11:30am

For students who wish to explore the aerial arts in depth, this week-long mornings only intensive focuses on the technique, vocabulary, safety and the unique structure of aerial dance. Enrollment: 15. Registration is due by June 23.

To register or to request a brochure, call 2-0093 or email c.peabody@unh.edu



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