Have you ever told your daughter she’s a drama queen?
Does your son have a flair for telling jokes?
Does your grandchild like to act out roles from his favorite storybooks? If so, here’s the perfect creative outlet: The Lakeside Players’ 13th annual free theater camp.
The camp is open to all children, ages 9 to 13, including those who’ve never set foot on a stage.
This year, camp will be extended for an extra half-hour. It will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from July 17 to 21 and July 24 to 28 at Lakeville Community Hall, Route 590, Lakeville (between the firehouse and the United Methodist Church).
At the end of camp, the children will show off what they’ve learned at a free performance for family and friends on Saturday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Every child will have a part in the play.
Instructors for the camp are veteran Lakeside actresses Roxan Schwartz and Veronica Deisler, who have appeared in numerous Lakeside productions.
At camp, children will play theater games, rehearse scenes and learn the basics of acting on Lakeside’s friendly stage.
Kids interested in working behind the scenes on lights, sound or costumes are welcome, too. There are no auditions, because Lakeside believes every child has a talent to show off.
This year’s camp play, written by Deisler, is called “A Voyage through Space and Time.” Some people believe other worlds exist side by side with ours. What would life be like if we lived in one of these worlds? Would we look the same? Dress the same? Have cell phones? Join us this summer as we travel through space and time. Who knows what strange and silly worlds we may explore?
Why hold a free camp? “It’s Lakeside’s gift to the community for all its support,” said Tony Schwartz, co-founder of the 18-year-old theater company.
“We’re also grateful to Lakeville United Methodist Church for giving us use of the hall for free for 2 weeks every summer,” he added.
Founded in 1999, The Lakeside Players is an award-winning community theater company specializing in full-length comedies and mysteries, many of them originals. The group performs every spring and fall at Lakeville Community Hall.
Tonylou Productions, Lakeside’s sister company, is a professional production company specializing in motorcoach day trips.
They currently perform from March through November at The Waterfront Banquet Center at Silver Birches (formerly Ehrhardt’s).
For more information about the free theater camp, call 570-947-3349.