Grand Rapids players prepare for children’s summer theater camp | New

What could be better than a chance to perform on stage with a group of other kids, around your age, in front of a live audience three times? Grand Rapids Players has exactly what you need! Join us for our 15th Children’s Summer Camp, June 14 – July 10, in their home at the Reif Performing Arts Center.

Registration is open for all children of grade 2 and over. The camp offers two options. The Morning Session features Oliver, Jr., an hour-long youth adaptation of the Broadway musical Oliver. The afternoon session features 10 ways to survive the zombie apocalypse.

For those who enjoy singing and simple choreography, you’ll return to Oliver in 19th century England, where hungry and hardworking Oliver Twist and other orphan children live in the work house. When he decides to run away, Oliver joins a group of kid pickpockets led by the infamous Fagan. Some of the most famous songs are “Food, Glorious Food”, “Consider Yourself One of the Family” and “It’s a Fine Life”.

According to Sharon Marty, program coordinator, “The kids in this cast are going to be surprised as they get to meet cast members who played a role in the Broadway version of Oliver performed by Grand Rapids Players in 1989.”

The afternoon session features 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse where all the kids will have two roles: one as a zombie and one as a ‘regular’ character. On top of that, all participants of this session will be able to design their own zombie costume with guest artist Ali Hansen.

Marty added, “We have literally hit the floor as the 3 week intensive goes from script to stage in about 40 hours. Everyone has an important role on stage as well as additional roles behind the scenes, learning set construction, costume design, stage makeup, as well as stage direction, character development, screening. voice and stage presence, while gaining confidence, cooperating and forming friendships. . For kids who just want to learn how to work behind the scenes, this option is also available. This is an all inclusive program and everything you need is included in the registration fee. “

As part of the COVID regulations, the group size will be limited to 13 for each of the three directors: Sharon Marty, Jean Goad and Amy Stovall. Sarah Mason, a Grand Rapids High School graduate and musical director for Ely, returns to camp as musical director for Oliver, Jr. Groups will train separately, for most of the day, with social distance theater plays and community development opportunities on the main stage. The committee is considering creative ways to design the package that will conform to state mandates. It is likely that audience sizes will be limited, so a third performance has been added.

Registration is $ 120 per session and includes a commemorative t-shirt. Oliver, Jr., the morning session will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Zombie Apocalypse, the afternoon session, runs from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Scholarship information is available on request and underwritten by Lake States Tree Service and Lake States Construction. For more information, including registration forms, see

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