MARQUETTE - When it comes to summer day camps available in Marquette for youth, they have options from sports to science to theatre. Lake Superior Youth Theatre's youth camps begin this week.
LSYT offers six camps giving all ages to learn different aspects of the theatre. The camps are offered to give youth a chance to experience theatre for the first time and improve the skills of veterans, said Nikke Nason, executive and artistic director of Lake Superior Youth Theatre.
"It offers youth who don't have the time to commit to a larger show, which requires months of practice, the opportunity to participate in theatre in a shorter time setting," she said.
Youth in the Preschool and Elementary School Acting camp before their performance of Goldilocks and the Many Bears in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Nikke Nasson)
Beau Belkowski learns how to hang a lighting instrument in the 2013 Technical Theatre Camp. (Photo courtesy of Nikke Nasson)
Camps are offered for youth as young as preschool and as old at 18 years old. The camps last one week and focus on learning theatre or elements of theatre. Participants of LSYT and Lake Superior Theatre help out at the camps.
"I enjoy that we use member of Lake Superior Youth Theatre and Lake Superior Theatre to assist as counselors because they offer the youth a varied group of actors and technicians to learn from," Nason said. "It's amazing to see how much the youth learn and put together in one week for their culminating performance."
Camps offer by LSYT include:
Technical Theatre where each day youth will be able to learn a variety of backstage jobs and training from design to costuming to stage make-up and stage painting;
Acting and Dance where each day youth will have an opportunity to be introduced or expand their skills in acting, music, technical theatre and dance;
The sixth annual Drama and Dreams Playscape camp where children work on socialization and communication skills as they learn about theatre, costume and set design, stage make-up, facial expression, voice projection, team building and leadership. Children with special need are encouraged to enroll in this camp.
"We've expanded our camps to include camps for older youth and more times for the younger youth due to the high demand last summer," Nason said.
LSYT puts on a musical during the school year every year featuring all ages of youth up to 18 years old. Some of those youth end up at the summer camps, but there are always new faces who sometimes end up participating during the school year, Nason said.
"Last year's feedback was very positive," she said. "Several youth became involved in the program and others said that they would be back for another camp."
To register and see a list of camps offered this summer visit www.lsyt.org, print out a registration form, fill it out and then mail it in or call 906-362-6453 to register.
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.