YouTheatre offers new summer camps
When the Egyptian Theatre’s YouTheatre production of "Junie B. Jones: The Musical" wraps on Saturday, there will be only one month left before YouTheatre starts up its summer camps.
And while some of the students enrolled may not go into performing, the classes will help them develop life skills, according to director Jamie Wilcox.
"These programs help them with public speaking, job interviews and other social skills," Wilcox told The Park Record. "These opportunities give them the training to work and collaborate in groups, which, as we know as adults, is so important in many professions."
Classes begin on June 6, and will feature pre-teen and teen intensive, as well as classes which focus on performance, but also audition workshops and film camps.
New this year are the Drama Dogs, Page to Stage Scriptwriting, Ocean Camp and Jungle Adventure camps.
Drama Dogs is a half-day workshop that will be held on Saturday, June 11.
"I have a wonderful friend from the University of Utah’s YouTheatre program, Stephanie Peters," Wilcox said. "We taught together and we were really interested in theatre education." Peters, formerly Stephanie Stoker, also loves dogs and started her own dog-training business.
"She is so compassionate with dogs and is so involved in helping damaged dogs become whole again," Wilcox said. "So, she is doing the workshop with her dogs for ages 6 to 12." During Drama Dogs, the students will learn how to interact with and take care of animals, whether they come across these animals out in the community or in their own homes.
"It will all be done through song, art and drama activities," Wilcox said.
The class will benefit Paws for Life, a nonprofit that helps homeless dogs and cats. "Any profit we make from the class will be donated to them," Wilcox said.
The Page to Stage workshop is offered for teens ages 13 to 18 from June 27 to June 30.
"I am having a playwright from San Francisco come in and teach this four-day workshop," Wilcox said. "The students will write a five-minute play and at the end of the session, they will give a stage greeting and hear their work come alive with professional actors."
The third new offering is Ocean Camp, which will be held from July 11 through July 15 for ages 10 to 13 and is part of the STEM to STEAM education movement.
STEM to STEAM is a movement to integrate Art into STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
"Last year we did Space Camp, and it worked so well," Wilcox said. "We had kids rapping about the universe and I was literally crying, because this is what theatre can be." This year, the camp will be about oceans.
"We will do hands-on science activities with an art specialist from Coalville and Soldier Hollow," Wilcox said. "The students will make some original art and then we’ll also bring a drama/music teacher who will teach about the ocean through song and movement."
Wrapping up the new classes is Jungle Adventure, which will he held July 18 to July 22, and is designed for ages 6 to 8.
"This is a new direction that I want to take because there is always a need for the younger kids," Wilcox explained. "Jungle Adventure will meet with the instructors and explore environments through imaginative play, music, art and drama games.
"These ages have such a great imagination anyway, so why not transport them to these worlds they can create?" she said.
Of course, YouTheatre will offer old-favorite summer camps — Theatre Bugs, pre-teen and teen intensives, musical theatre, audition workshops and puppetry.
"We also added more film workshops," Wilcox said. "I’m really excited about this."
Wilcox is also excited about the growth in the YouTheatre program.
"When I first started, it was spring of 2012 and everything was already in place," she said. "There were six classes we offered during the school year, but it has expanded since then, every fall and every spring, and summer is just like a snowball rolling down a mountain. It’s my intention to keep that growth going."
Registration for the YouTheatre summer camps will run until the camps are full, according to Wilcox.
"What I love about it now is that we don’t turn anyone away," she said. "I can point kids to the classes that will help them grow, because not all of them are going to be able land roles and act on stage.
"We also want to help kids who don’t want to be on stage, but who want to be part of a production," she said. "There is more to theatre than acting."
Scholarships are also available.
"We have never had to turn anyone away and we’re pretty proud of that," Wilcox said.
For more information or to register for the Egyptian Theatre’s YouTheatre summer camps, visit ParkCityShows.com.
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