Now playing: Drama camp

Gallery 7 Theatre & Performing Arts, a full-time theatre based in Abbotsford, will be offering children and teens the unique opportunity to explore all things dramatic at the theatre’s eight annual Summer Drama Blast program this July.

Among the instructors this year, will be Langley’s Robyn Roukema, who will lead six- and seven-year-old students in a class titled Creative Explosions.

“Summer Drama Blast is an opportunity for children and teens to explore theatre with trained and experienced theatre artists,” says Gallery 7 Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt.

“It’s a great opportunity for young people to explore their creative sides in a life-affirming environment while exploring important life-skills such as team-work, cooperation, self-confidence and a healthy self-image.”

For children ages 6 – 12, Summer Drama Blast offers generalized performance camps that allow children to explore their artistic abilities and to learn about basic and intermediate theatre skills such as blocking, line memorization and characterization.

Each camp ends with a short performance where campers can showcase what they’ve learned throughout the week for family and friends.

In addition to Roukema’s classes, other age specific camps led by trained and experienced theatre practitioners will be: Dramatic Rumblings for ages 8 and 9, Stage Eruptions for ages 10 and 11 and Dynamite Playmakers for ages 12 and 13.

Young people ages 14 to 18 who are looking to enhance their high-school theatre experience, or are preparing for college and professional theatre training or deeper involvement in community theatre, will benefit from specialized theatre camps such as performance intensive, acting for the camera or musical theatre.

These topic-specific camps offer youth the opportunity to explore performance at a more advanced level while rubbing shoulders with theatre professionals who live and breathe theatre.

Summer Drama Blast 2012 is well suited for both the aspiring actor and for young people looking to get out of their shell a bit more.

“The core idea is to help young people grow into well-rounded individuals with a healthy appreciation of how theatre can entertain and communicate.  No matter what the experience or talent, young people will have a great time,” explains Hildebrandt.

Summer Drama Blast 2012 runs July 9 to 27 at the MEI Schools Campus, 4081 Clearbrook Rd.

Registration will be open throughout the camps and there will be special discount packages for teens wishing to take more than one topic-specific camp.

For complete information on instructors, available camps, pricing, or registration, please call 604-504-5940 or visit the Gallery 7 Theatre website at www.gallery7theatre.

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