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Summer drama camp in Gwinn

Elementary-age kids the focus of effort

July 20, 2011
By CHRISTOPHER DIEM - Journal Staff Writer (cdiem@miningjournal.net) , The Mining Journal

GWINN - No nursery rhyme crime will be left unexamined in Gwinn this summer.

The Superior Arts Council is offering a free summer drama camp for kids from third through seventh grade in August that will culminate in a performance of the comedic play "Law and Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit."

"It's kind of a spoof on nursery rhymes and giving it a little twist like the kids are trying to solve so-called crimes that occurred during the nursery rhymes - like someone pushed Humpty Dumpty off that wall," said Mike Prokopowicz, who's helping to organize the camp.

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A Superior Arts Council recent performance of Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. is seen above. (Mike Prokopowicz photo)

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 1-5 and Aug. 8-11 at the Gwinn Clubhouse. The camp will be led by Emily Strazzinski and will include games, activities and rehearsals leading up to the performance of the play on Aug. 12 at Nordeen Park in Gwinn.

Prokopowicz said the park has become an ideal gathering place for the community.

"The whole park has been kind of redone as far as the landscaping and so forth. So it's really a neat setting," he said. "It's right alongside the Escanaba River and right next to a covered bridge. The setting is very nice and ideal and I think it's just making use of something that the community has done, put together and both showcasing it and enjoying the use of it."

Admission to the play is free, though Prokopowicz said donations are appreciated.

He said the camp can accommodate 20 to 40 kids. Participants don't have to attend every camp in order to be part of the production; however, preference for larger roles will be given to those who attend most or all sessions. They can act and/or help with backstage duties.

Prokopowicz said the camp gives participants the opportunity to learn the techniques of theater and acting.

"We're trying to expose the elementary kids to doing some drama work, doing acting and plays and so forth. We also use high school aged youth to help mentor them and work with them in groups. In the process of putting this play together we give them different activities to do with the kids so they're having fun while they're trying to learn their parts," he said.

Registrations will be accepted July 23 at Gwinn Fun Daze and from 9- 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 1 at the Gwinn Clubhouse. For more information call Prokopowicz at 346-3909.

Christopher Diem can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.

 
 

 

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