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Summer theater camps gear up

CCT of DeKalb County will offer students with an interest in theater a trip to the West, where cacti grow and tumbleweeds drift, at its Beginner’s Imagination Camp, scheduled for June 11 to 21.

In its eighth year, Beginner’s Imagination Camp is open to students who will be in kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall of 2013. Camp is from 9 a.m. to noon each day at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Brickville Road in Sycamore, and ends with a performance for family and friends at a local theater.

“With the O’Connell Theatre officially under renovation, we were faced with finding a new location for camp,” Julie Breidenbach, coordinator of the summer camp, said in a news release. “We are confident that St. John’s offers us the space needed to provide an amazing opportunity for students interested in theater.”

Cost of the two-week camp is $95. Children will learn all aspects of beginner’s theater, including music, dance, art, stage combat, auditioning, performing and more.

CCT’s Advanced Imagination Camp, designed for students entering seventh through 12th grades in fall 2013 and 2013 spring graduates, returns for its seventh edition.

Advanced Camp also runs for two weeks, June 17 to 30, and will culminate with four performances of the popular 1950s genre musical “Grease.”

Students will audition for, create, rehearse and stage a full-length musical in just two weeks. They will learn the skills needed to ace an audition, the tips and secrets to onstage performance and the songs, dialogue and choreography of the musical.

“Advanced Camp is much more intense,” Breidenbach said in the release. “We literally put on a full-scale musical in just two weeks, and students are treated to every aspect of onstage performance.”

Every student will receive an onstage role in the production. While other aspects of musical theater instruction will be included, much of the emphasis of the Advanced Camp is placed in performance.

Cost of the camp is $125 and includes a “Grease” cast T-shirt and a dinner during dress rehearsal.

To register or to see a full summer camp schedule, visit or find CCT of DeKalb on Facebook. Enrollment for both camps is limited and tends to fill up quickly. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

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