Once the novelty of lazy summer days wears off, many kids are
looking for some organized fun. Keep them entertained with summer theatre camps being offered at the Empress Theatre this July and August.
Full day and half-day camps are available to accommodate kids from ages 6-17. Camps take place at the theatre, and each session finishes with a performance for kids to demonstrate what they’ve learned that week.
New this year is a camp called Creativity in Motion, where children will tell a story through the exploration of different forms of movement and dance. Two previous instructors, Noema Fournier and Emily Eremenko, are returning to run the camps this summer, in addition to a new face, Michael McTighe.
This year’s sessions:
Stories with Character
Ages 8-14 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14
Students will spend mornings doing creative activities focusing on acting and storytelling. They will work together with instructors to create, rehearse and perform an original short play. Performance will be Friday at 4:00 p.m. $125
Ages 6-10 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21
Campers will find, build, make, invent their own puppet – find its voice and character and show it off! Kids will learn many new things in this half-day camp and have fun too. They will be able to take their puppet home and keep it forever. Performance will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. $65
Creativity in Motion
Ages 8-16 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28
Dance theatre. Participants will explore movement through dance. No previous dance experience
necessary. Performance will be Friday at 4:00 p.m. $125
Musical Theatre Triple Threat – Act, Sing, Dance
Ages 10-17 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 31 to Friday, Aug. 4
Triple Threat campers will explore a variety of disciplines and work on scenes that will appear in the performance at the end of the week. If you are interested in being in our community musicals, this one is not to be missed! Performance will be Friday at 4:00 p.m. $125
Ages 6-10 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 to Friday, Aug. 18
Bring your favourite storybook to camp and together we will put a scene from it on the stage. The acting out of dialogue helps participants improve their vocabulary, comprehension and retention in a safe, fun and collaborative setting. Performance will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. $50
Ages 10-17 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 to Friday, Aug. 25
Campers will spend their days learning the exciting ins and outs of performing and create short vignettes that will appear in our variety show on Friday evening. Campers will explore a variety of styles throughout the week. Performance will be Friday, TBD. $125
Register for summer theatre camps at www.macleodempress.com, by calling 403-553-4404 (toll-free at 1-800-540-9229), or at the Box Office on Main Street.