Monday, April 22, 2013

Summer theater camp, acting workshop to inspire creativity

Numerous studies have shown that participating in theater activities enhances everything from academic performance to reading comprehension to self-esteem in young people, according to the American Alliance for Theatre & Education.

This summer, the Ephrata Performing Arts Center will give students in the area the opportunity to get all of these benefits, and so much more, from participation in the arts.

The Center Stage Theater Camp, for students entering grades 1-7, will inspire campers’ creativity, stretch their imaginations and teach them new ways of telling stories – through theater.

Young people can attend one, two, three or four weeks of the camp (fees range from $150 for one week to $525 for all four weeks), which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 8-Aug. 2. The camp experience culminates with a showcase performance of “Guys & Dolls Jr.,” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3!

For older students, entering grades 8-12, EPAC’s Artistic Director Edward R. Fernandez will teach a two-week Intensive Acting Workshop from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 17-28.

During those two weeks, students will participate in college-level acting and scene-study classes, and will present scenes at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30. The workshop costs $325 for two weeks.

Space is limited for both the camp and the acting workshop, so sign up today. Go to the online signup page, or call (717) 733-7966, ext. 3.