Currently in his sophomore year at Willits High School, drama teacher Tim Fischer is excited to take over as director of Willits Community Theater’s fourth annual Youth Drama Summer Camp. The children at the camp will enjoy six weeks of learning all aspects of stage production, culminating with their presentation of “Oz!” a musical fantasy. âIt must be fun,â says Fischer. “I do theater because I love it so much.”
The camp will take place in the high school auditorium from June 28 to August 8. Registrations remain open until May 15th. Anyone interested in submitting an application can visit: www.wctperformingartscenter.org.
Fischer says he wants to promote a local program where he can make a real difference. The high school fits the bill for its size and is a dream come true for him in terms of his auditorium as an “absolutely amazing” space, for its elevated stage and all the extras.
During his ten years of teaching in Lake County at Konocti Medical Magnate School, Fischer helped direct the musicals “Annie” and “Music Man”. He was ready early last year to open at WHS with “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” when the Covid pandemic halted production.
He’s always looking forward to getting back on stage with the kids at the camp and producing âOZ!â musical fantasy, which runs from June 30 to August 8 âI love the collaborative nature of theater,â says Fischer. âI always want each person to do their part, bringing their own skills to the table. Something amazing ended up happening that wouldn’t be there except for all the parts. “
Her students’ enjoyment of engaging in the live theater process is truly paramount in her work, says Fischer. âPart of my role as a manager is to make sure the kids are active and engaged. Nobody waits their turn. We’re all in a learning experience, a collaborative effort, with a product at the end. “
About the “Oz!” A fantastic musical production itself, Fischer points out that Bill Francoeur’s piece is based on the original L. Frank Baum classic, and will have the familiar characters, but it is catching on well. âWe’re creating a version of Oz with a new twist,â he says. âIt should be very exciting for the kids and the audience.â
In its commitment to maintaining the health and safety of all actors, teams and bosses, the camp will follow all applicable COVID-19 protocols. For more information visit: www.wctperformingartscenter.org.