Summer Theater Camps Debut At Open House

POTTSTOWN PA – The Vagabond Performing Arts Academy will hold a summer camp open house Saturday (June 24, 2017) from noon to 2 p.m. at Steel River Playhouse, 245 E High St, as part of the theater’s free Family Day Open House, it reported.

Those attending the event can meet camp counselors; take mini camps in improv, acting and special skills, tour the theater, and register for summer camps, which begin during the second week of July.

Camp directors Phil Ballantine and Chelsea Burnett return for their second year as co-leaders. Joining them are a team of theater practitioners from the West Chester University theater program. Students attending the event will receive a $30 discount if they register for camp on the day of the open house.

The academy’s first session summer camp runs July 10-21. This Variety Show camp combines drama, music and special skills so that both singers and non-singers can follow a path they will enjoy. Creation of an original Variety show will culminate in comedic- and music-filled performances at the end of camp.

Its second session runs July 24 to Aug. 4. The original Musical Theater Production Camp will focus on cultural themes exploring the world’s fairy and folk tales. A musical theater camp (singing, dancing, acting) ends with a bright, colorful, original theatrical presentation.

Session three runs August 10-17, and features all Original One-Acts. During this drama day camp, students work on writing original one-act plays which they then produce and perform during the evening of the last day of camp. The camp focuses on various theatrical skills that will enhance stories created by the students. It intends to enhance improvisation skills, stage combat, on-camera and on-stage acting techniques, and more. A one-act play festival will be presented at the end of camp.

“We love presenting our final shows to other community camps and groups,” says Education Director Aileen McCulloch about the summer program. “Community organizations interested in attending the Friday show as part of our educational outreach program are encouraged to reach out to our education department.” Seats will be provided to community groups on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents are also invited to come for the Friday show, though a special family night is held each final Thursday of camp.

Saturday’s open house guests also will meet Russell Ferrara, who will share his love of ukulele with students and encourage them to begin a life-long habit: playing an instrument. Group Guitar and Ukulele begins a 10-week summer class series June 28, and will run from 6 to 7 p.m. weekly. Students will be taught to play the ukulele, the guitar, or both based on their preference.

Ferrara’s “It’s SUMMER – You’ve got time now to learn the guitar or ukulele!” workshop will run Wednesday evenings for ten weeks starting June 28 and running through the end of August. Ferrara works at the level of each student in a fun, group atmosphere and is happy to work around summer vacations. Students will end the summer playing tunes around the campfire at your end-of-summer parties! Cost for the workshop is $110 for the full summer. Class culminates with an in-class recital during its last session.

For more information about camps, summer workshops, or the theater’s ongoing array of private lessons, send an e-mail to The Vagabond Performing Arts Academy at Steel River Playhouse, here.