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Great American Playhouse: A summer youth camp filled with drama

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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:00 am

For the young thespians looking to learn and be a part of a live play production, they can sign up for the Great American Playhouse’s summer camp.

From June 16 to July 13, Monday through Friday, kids ages 7 to 15 years old will learn everything from being up on stage, to the behind the scenes work that goes into building a set.

The camp will be led by the artistic director of the Great American Playhouse, Sean MacArthur, who says they plan to use the broad spectrum of the age range to put on a production of Charlotte’s Web. In addition to himself, MacArthur said he has put together a team of dance choreographers, along with a very talented musical director who has performed across the world. 

“What we wanted to do was bring in that age group and basically go through different areas of acting, vocal training, some dance, as well as integrate them into helping build the production,” MacArthur said. “They will help with some of the set production, some of the prop building, some of the costumes, and kind of give an all around look at what goes into not just direct instruction like acting and voice, but also into a lot of the efforts it takes to put on a production.”

MacArthur, who has been with the theatre since it opened in Oro Valley last year, brings his history and training to this camp.

He has acted in cities such as New York, Chicago, and Boston and has taught kids theater workshops in both Los Angeles and New York.

“I’m really excited about it,” MacArthur said. “It’s my first go in this town. The last time I taught was in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and it was just tremendous fun.”

A motivator for MacArthur to do the camp is seeing when a child comes out of their shell and gains confidence in themselves and the world around them with their communication skills.

“When you see a child recognize that they can do something, that they can create something, it’s one of those things that is fantastic to see,” he said.

The play, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday and culminate with performances at the end, is $400 per student. 

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