There will be drama all summer long for kids
For every child, there is a talent that lies within them waiting to be discovered. Whether it be a creative outlet or career about to bloom, art and acting has always been a natural way for children to express themselves. The Community Theatre of Greensboro, known as the oldest arts organization in Guilford County (founded in 1949), and Guilford County Schools are teaming up with Ragsdale High School this summer to provide Ignite Summer Camps. At these summer camps, kids can sing, dance, act, improvise, do arts and crafts and explore creative movement every day. Every Friday, the students get to show what they have learned in a performance at Ragsdale High School. These performances are free and open to the general public. Lunch and transportation to and from Ignite Summer Camps are provided Monday – Friday and camp hours are from 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. each day.
CTG’s “Summer 2019 Theatre and Acting Camps” take place at The Cultural Arts Center and are supported by the City of Greensboro. These camps are available to children ages 3-15 and are held on the fourth floor. There are also half-day camps in the morning and afternoons. The morning camps are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and afternoon camps are from 1:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m. starting June 10 with Olaf’s Frozen Fun, Disney Drama; Sing it Out, and Monologue Mania. Other summer camps include Beginning Acting, Telling Tales, Over the Rainbow, Harry Potter Week and more.
Online registration is still available for both camps at CTG’s website. Nikki Philbrick, CTG education program coordinator, said that any questions may be directed to her and Rozalynn Fulton, CTG’s education director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ignite Summer Camps cost $25 to register then $50 a week whereas the cultural center camps are $90 per weekly session with no registration fee.
Philbrick said she and two staff members also run The Experiential School of Greensboro’s (a free charter school) after-school drama program five days a week ($45) along with a three-day option ($35) with a one-time $20 registration fee to reserve a spot. They have students from grades K-6 in this program. She said that this school has an open-concept and an understanding that each student is different and that they need time to creatively express themselves even in their math and science classes so that creativity is not dictated. Philbrick said there are different themes and topics and a performance every semester with the next one coming up this fall. Philbrick said her work includes handling middle school camps, registration, meeting parents, writing the curriculum weekly and planning ahead as much as possible. She said that she and Fulton assign the staff the task of writing the curriculum with a basic format and some training, and then set them free to create a different theme each week.
Philbrick said that their inclusive program for patrons of special needs, “OnStage and Inclusive” is a unique two-week multi-age theatre program that engages special needs of varying abilities starting June 3. Wendy Wood is the contact person for this, and her email is email@example.com. This program will perform a showcase on June 15 at 7 p.m. and June 16 at 2 p.m.
TESG “End of Year Party” on June 10 will celebrate the year’s work with a cookout, slime, bubbles, ice cream and more with lunch pre-order online. There are no performances, just time to relax and enjoy all the creativity produced throughout the year.
Philbrick said the ticketed event “Rainbow Fish Musical” still has a couple of participation spots left for the two-week program for special needs students ages 6-18 in the Triad from June 17-28 with show dates on June 29 and 30. The participation spots for “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” is sold out, but tickets will be on sale soon for shows on August 10 and 11.
Philbrick was very excited to reveal that CTG had just announced their Season 70 line-up of shows to start September and run through June. They are already prepping for their 25th annual production of “The Wizard of Oz” at The Carolina Theatre on Nov. 15-24. They hold open auditions each year with a new cast and for those that return, they change the parts so it’s fresh each fall and the audience can see both new and old faces.
Philbrick’s theatre education major and North Carolina teacher license landed her role at CTG just two weeks after her graduation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She said that she was 10 years old when she fell in love with a theatre class in middle school.
“I hold on to the script from that class even though it’s starting to fall apart,” Philbrick said.
Her favorite thing is working alongside a lot of theatre-major students five days a week because of its school setting and is a lot of fun. She said that they hire college students with theatre and art majors from UNCG, AT&T, GTCC and others to teach the camps.
TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, former creative director, storyteller, poet, emerging singer-songwriter, wellness herbalist, flower essences practitioner for pets and owner of Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/house sitting.
OnStage and Inclusive showcase performance, June 15 at 7 p.m. and June 16 at 2 p.m., Rainbow Fish Musical, June 29 and 30, Ignite Summer Camps at Ragsdale High School, 1000 Lucy Ragsdale Dr., Jamestown, Summer 2019 Theatre and Acting Camps at The Cultural Arts Center, 200 N. Davie St, Greensboro, Contact for all camps, Community Theatre of Greensboro, 520 South Elm St., Greensboro. (336)333-7470