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CCT seeking young actors and actresses for summer camp

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

CCT’s summer “Advanced Imagination Camp,” featuring a production of “Grease,” is seeking youth actors and actresses interested in being a part of a challenging summer theater experience.

Registration for the two-week camp is open, and registration forms can be downloaded at www.CCTOnstage.com.

Advanced Camp is open to students entering seventh grade through 12th grade in the fall. Those graduating this spring also can enroll in the camp.

The camp runs for two weeks, June 17 through 30, and will conclude with four performances of the musical to the public. A full, per-day schedule can be found on CCT’s website.

The stage version of “Grease” is similar to the motion picture of the same name. The story follows Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski throughout a school year in the 1950s.

Students who enroll in Advanced Imagination Camp will be tasked with creating the full production from start to finish in just two weeks. Everyone receives a role and is guaranteed participation in the show.

“Obviously some roles are bigger than others,” director Kris Pagoria said in a news release. “It’s literally impossible to find a production with 50 lead roles. We ensure that everyone has plenty of participation in the production on stage and is never left bored.”

“Imagination Camp” was created eight years ago after CCT recognized a need for a summer theater education offering in the area.

Cost of the two-week Advanced Camp is $125 and includes daily instruction, a “Grease” cast T-shirt, participation in four public performances and a dinner during a dress rehearsal.

“Our camp is one of the lowest priced summer opportunities,” Julie Breidenbach, coordinator of CCT’s Imagination Camp, said in the release. “When you divide it up, it comes out to less than $7 a day, which we think is very reasonable.”

She said daily instruction includes music, acting and choreography needed for the show, but also will expose students to other instruction such as stage combat, improvisational acting, character development, costume creation, make-up design, lighting and set design and more

“Ultimately, we focus on creating a production,” she said in the release. “But we do a lot of teaching during camp, too. It’s our hope that students come away learning a thing or two about putting on a musical.”

CCT also is accepting registrations for its Beginner’s Camp, which will follow the theme of “Wild Wild West” and run June 11 through 21.

Students will help in creating their very own skit, while being treated to daily breakout sessions that include art, music, dance, acting, theater games, basic stage combat and costume creation.

Beginner’s Imagination Camp is open to students who will be in kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall. Camp session runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day and concludes with a public performance at 7 p.m. June 21.

Cost of the two-week camp is $95 and includes daily instruction, as well as participation in the two public performances.

Both camps are held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 26555 Brickville Road, just north of Sycamore.

To register for CCT’s Imagination Camp, visit the organization’s website at www.CCTOnstage.com 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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