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Empress theatre camps rev up kids’ creativity

Every kid needs a creative outlet.
Let your kids’ creativity loose at one of the day camps offered at the Empress Theatre this summer.
Full day and half-day camps are available to accommodate kids from ages six to 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 Prop ’til You Drop, where participants will learn about props and costume creation.
Two of our camps’ previous instructors, Michael McTighe and Emily Eremenko, are returning to run theatre camps this summer, in addition to a new face, Brooke Pansky.
This year’s sessions:

  • Stories with Character, Ages 8-14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13

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 p.m.

  • Puppet Adventures, Ages 6-10, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20

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 p.m.

  • Prop ‘Til You Drop, Ages 8-16, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27

Campers will get to experience the performance aspect of theatre while also learning about props and costume creation.
Campers will create their own props and costumes and act out an original play.
Performance will be Friday at 4 p.m.

  • Musical Theatre Triple Threat — Act, Sing, Dance, Ages 10-17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday, July 30 to Friday, Aug. 3

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 community musicals, this one is not to be missed.
Performance will be Friday at 4 p.m.

    • Reader Theatre, Ages 6-10, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13 to Friday, Aug. 17

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 p.m.

  • Vaudevillian Variety, Ages 10-17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20 to Friday, Aug. 24

Campers will spend their days learning the exciting ins and outs of performing and create short vignettes that will appear in a variety show on Friday evening.
Campers will explore a variety of styles throughout the week.
Performance to be determined.
Register for summer theatre camps at or by calling 403-553-4404 or 1-800-540-9229.

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