Missoula Children’s Theatre free theater camp returns

LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts announces the return of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s free summer camp and workshops.

Open auditions for “The Pied Piper” will be held on Monday, July 28 at 9:30 a.m. sharp. The theater will open at 9 a.m. The LPCA invites all children who have completed kindergarten up to grade 12 to audition. Due to the nature of these auditions, children arriving late will not be able to participate. The auditions will last approximately two hours, and children must be present for the full audition process. Casting and rehearsals will begin immediately. Missoula Children’s Theatre will cast 50 to 60 area students to join in an intensive week-long production process.

The only requirements for the auditions are comfortable clothes and a smile. Rehearsals will last for approximately four hours a day, depending on the child’s role.

This program is being offered free to all involved and will culminate in two performances on Saturday, Aug. 2 at noon and 3 p.m.

Assistant directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.

Free workshops

While in residence, Missoula Children’s Theatre will also hold three free one-day workshops, no auditions necessary.

Registration is required for the workshops, and sign-up is on a first-come, firstserved basis.

All workshops will be held at the LPCA from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Call 518-523-2512 to register. Workshops will consist of the following:

– “Acting 1-2-3,” for grades 1 and 2, Tuesday, July 29 – Using basic math skills and terms, students will embark on a mathematical journey of theatrical proportions.

– “Behind the Scenes,” for grades 3 to 5, Wednesday, July 30 – This workshop explains how the process of role-play helps to increase communication skills and teaches constructive group dynamics.

-“Let’s Make-Up,” for grades 1 through 12, Thursday, July 31 – Make-up is a foundation and the most basic visual image for all performers. This workshop teaches students of all ages by demonstrating (on a few participants) corrective, old age and fantasy make-up for the theatre. Note, this workshop is specific to theater make-up techniques and is not a “face painting” experience.