BLT making preparations for summer drama camp

Published 5:00 am Monday, July 16, 2007

The registration deadline for the Brookhaven Little Theater’sannual Children’s Summer Drama Camp at The Haven is approachingfast, camp officials said.

Participants are urged to register for the camp by Friday.Registration forms are available at the Brookhaven RecreationDepartment, Lincoln County Public Library and theBrookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce.

“We always accept registrations at the door, but it helps getthe morning going faster if they preregister,” said EmilyHenderson, a camp founder and sponsor. “Also, we need to know howmany we have quickly so we can order the T-shirts.”

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Camp tuition this year has risen slightly to $125, but alsoincludes a camp T-shirt, cast photo and cast party, which werepreviously separate fees, said JoAnna Sproles, president of the BLTboard.

Camp begins Monday and runs through July 27 with sessions from 9a.m. to noon each day. Children entering grades one through six mayattend.

Participants will perform “Wild Pecos Bill” on The Haven’s stageJuly 26 and July 27. Theater doors will open 6 p.m. Tickets willnot be sold in advance.

The camp will be directed by veteran director Jana Russell, aBLT member who has participated in each of the theater’s threeearlier camps.

During the camp, children learn methods of acting and the use ofbody language and facial expressions to convey emotion whilepreparing for the final performance.

Camp counselors, volunteers from 14-20 years of age, lead thechildren through play exercises that teach them more than theyrealize. Though play, the children learn the lines, the basics ofacting and how to use facial expressions and body language toconvey emotion.

“We have a lot counselors coming back from last year, but we’relooking for more,” Henderson said. “We can always use more handsand fresh ideas. You don’t have to commit to coming every day. Wecan schedule them in for only a few days.”

Prospective counselors are encouraged to attend a meeting at 3p.m. Sunday at The Haven.

All proceeds from the camp benefit the “Save The Haven” campaignto restore the building to its former glory.