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 ( 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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