Theatre — Spending the summer on stage

Spending the summer on stage

By Michelle Saturley

Local thespian groups offer summer theater camps for children and teens 

Summer is traditionally a slower time for community theater, unless you’re lucky enough to be a kid. Child actors have it made this season, since there are so many options from local theater groups.

The Palace Youth Theatre (80 Hanover St., 668-5588) Resident director at the Palace Youth Theater Darcy Baluvelt will lead a series of workshops for child actors of all ages. The Palace Youth Players will also perform in a summer series of plays for children: The Amazing Magic of Steve Thomas, July 5 and 6; Snow White, July 12 and 13, Rumplestilskin, July 19 and 20, Cinderella, July 26 and 27, Raggedy Ann & Andy, August 2 and 3, Rapunzel, August 9 and 10, Alexander, August 16 and 17, Fabulous Fifties Fairytale, August 23 and 24. All shows start at 10 a.m.

Bedford Youth Performing Company (155 Route 101, Bedford, 472-3894) The summer program offers fun but intensive classes in television and stage acting, movement and dance, voice and instrumental instruction for children as young as three years old. A musical theatre program for high school students is scheduled for July 11-22, culminating in a performance of the musical Footloose.

The Acting Loft (153 Concord St., 666-5999) The Acting Loft offers summer classes for kids and teens in movement, musical theater and basic acting techniques.

Majestic Theatre (281 Cartier St. 644-8155, ) The summer session for kids, “Broadway Lights at the Majestic,” runs weekdays, July 11-22. Guest instructors will lead workshops in improv, acting, voice, diction and movement, culminating in a group performance.

Peacock Players (14 Court St., Nashua, 889-2330) This award-winning children’s troupe will offer two summer camp sessions, July 11-29 and August 1-19. Camps will be held at St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, 500 West Hollis St. (off Exit 5W) in Nashua.

Yellow Taxi Productions (yellowtaxiproductions.org) NH’s “Theater on the edge” will team up with the Nashua Parks and Rec. department to host a summer series of workshops for children. “Comedy/Improv” runs July 11-15, and “Exploring the Scottish Play” runs August 1-12. Classes are held at the 14 Court Street Theater in Nashua. To register, call 589-3370.

Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St., 644-4548). Though primarily a music school, MCMS will host a “Triple Treat” session for kids ages 3-5. The multi-faceted program will introduce preschoolers to music, art and movement. Session runs June 28-July 21, two days per week.

-Michelle Saturley

 
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