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Youth with all levels of experience will learn acting, dance skills from professionals

It's time to think about activities to keep the kids busy during the summer, and Chapel Theatre in Milwaukie has some options. Professionals with experience in dance and theater will offer summer camps on July 11-15 for children ages 5-10 and on Aug. 1-5 and 8-12 for children ages 11-17.COURTESY PHOTO: DEA PIRATEDA - A Chapel Theatre summer camp student shows off her talent.

"Milwaukie is such a family-centered town that we want to offer opportunities for youth to engage in the arts right here where they live," said Corinn deTorres, Chapel Theatre director.

"We also are getting ready to start some after-school programming for youth in the fall, and this is a good intro to that, both for the youth and for us to help develop our curriculum," she added.

"Summer is also a dead zone for indoor theater, so we'd like to continue to engage community members with our space through the summer months, and this seems like the perfect way to do that," deTorres said.

Amanda Healy will be running the majority of the camp; she has years of experience as an actor, has been a teacher for years and is the main stage manager for Chapel Theatre.

DeTorres will teach the dance portion of the camp; she has been dancing since she was 3 and has experience in developing curriculum, teaching youth and running her own dance company for 12 years.

Activities, games, skits

DeTorres noted that camps for the younger students will focus more on activities, games and shorter skits, whereas the older students will get to dive into some scene work and monologues. The style of dance will also differ a bit; the younger kids will focus more on movement and the older students will have more choreography, she said.

Content will be accessible for various levels of students. Those with more experience can dig deeper into their work, whereas those with less or no experience can learn various new skills, DeTorres said.

"No one is expected to be an expert, but students who are more serious about pursuing theater will be able to do that even while others are learning for the first time," she said.

On the last day of the camps, parents will be invited to a showcase performance that will be a combination of all the skills students have learned.

Younger students will learn a performance piece with dance, improv and skits. Older students will perform their monologues or scene work.

"It's meant to be a fun way to show parents what they learned while also giving them some performance experience," DeTorres said.

She added that parents should keep an eye out for Chapel Theatre's new schedule in the fall for youth.

She added, "We will add dance and acting classes both after school and on Saturday mornings. And feel free to reach out to us if there is a class you'd like to see at Chapel Theatre; we are constantly responding to the needs of our community."

Chapel Theatre summer camps

When: July 11-15, for ages 5-10, and Aug. 1-5 and 8-12 for ages 11-17

Where: Chapel Theatre, 4107 S.E. Harrison St., Milwaukie

Details: Cost is $180 for one week, $320 for two weeks

Register: chapeltheatremilwaukie.com/2022/01/10/2022-summer-camps


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