Wanting to pass on their love of the performing arts, Carson Valley Community Theatre is starting a children’s group called The Young Thespians.
To introduce the community to the program, CVCT is having a Young Thespians summer theater camp June 10-14 at the Dangberg Home Ranch in Minden.
“We didn’t have an actual program for kids with our theater group, so the idea was to not only have something where they can participate in a show, but where they can learn all about theater,” Program Director Tammy Hurson said. “The goal of this program is to introduce theatre and the performing arts to the children of our great community and give them a place locally where they can develop their interests in theatre, whether that interest is in acting, directing or lighting and sound. We want to give participants the opportunity to try their hand in all areas of theatre, and to one day become the next generation to run CVCT’s great organization.”
Young Thespians is for children in second through 12th grade. In its first year, participants will create a float for the Carson Valley Days parade, and produce a Christmas program.
“We want to get to the point where our older kids become apprentices,” Hurson said. “We’re hoping to incorporate a full-scale children’s program once a year.”
The summer camp is for students in grades second through eighth as of fall 2013. Registration is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Minden Park.
“We are very excited to announce our first summer theatre camp. This summer camp will be focusing on the basics of theater,” Hurson said. “Our Young Thespians will learn about stage design, direction, acting, costuming and so much more. We have an incredible staff of talented teachers, artists and entertainers who will teach the kids everything they need to know about the ins and outs of theater.”
Cost for the camp is $45 and includes snacks, T-shirt, and a one-year membership in Carson Valley Community Theatre. Space is limited.
“The arts are incredibly important. Theater is not just acting,” Hurson said. “I want to open it up to all different sort of kids, with all different sorts of interests.”
For more information, call Hurson at (925) 922-0114.