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Awesome Camp for Awesome Kids

by Donna Rhodes

Highlands Playhouse’s Theater Summer Camp is an irresistible casting call to all children interested in the dramatic arts.

Come on, kids, it’s time to take a chance and do something dramatic. And Highlands has the perfect setting to do just that. Dive into theater games, acting, singing, dance, costuming, stage direction, theater basics, and so much more.

Highlands Playhouse Managing Director Lance Matzke says, “We’re very excited to bring our Theater Summer Camp back this year and help the next generation of Highlands Playhouse actors begin their journey into the world of theater.

What will theater arts camp do for your child?

“Our camp provides more than just acting and stagecraft; it creates a sense of belonging as each camper brings their own personality and talent to the group and then everyone works toward a common goal,” says Matzke. “Both Artistic Director Bill Patti and I have worked as educators – Bill still does – and both of us have kids. The energy that young people bring… the look on their faces and how their body language and energy changes when they climb up on that stage… there’s a magic in it, and there really is no substitute for it.”

Patti says it’s all about engaging the creative spirit.

“Our goal is to break kids out of their personal boxes, and to help them remember (middle school kids, particularly) that it’s cool to play,” he says.

Drama camp doesn’t mean your kids are being pressed into an acting career. It’s more about learning how to present themselves, to speak and be heard, to carry themselves confidently, to overcome timidity, to fake it ‘til you make it (an important life skill), to relax under pressure, and to tap into their creative souls. Still, it can’t hurt to remind them that Millie Bobby Brown and Nick Robinson got their starts as kids in workshops and camps… and look at them now.

The camp’s grand finale is a production conceived, designed, written, staged, and acted by the kids. It’s a heart-warming crowd-pleaser. Parents get to see the results of this amazing creative and educational process. It’s an awesome showcase that families will treasure and remember fondly as a cherished summer experience in their child’s life.

For more information contact Highlands Playhouse, (828) 526-2695.

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