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Mar022013

Youth Theatre Program Returning to Prescott Park Arts Festival 

Portsmouth, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival has announced that it plans to revive its acclaimed youth theatre academy program as part of its 2013 summer offerings. As a special partnership with Camp CenterStage, this unique opportunity for young, aspiring actors will offer a three-week, full day camp, from July 15 to August 4, culminating in two performances of Seussical, Jr. on the FairPoint Communications MainStage.

 

The youth theatre program, Camp ENCORE!, will offer sessions in music, singing, dancing, acting, visual arts and technical theater while rehearsing the fully produced show, Seussical, Jr. The three-week session will also include guest artist teachers, specialized focused workshops and community outreach experiences.

 

"Each camper will have to opportunity to grow, learn, explore, have fun and perform on the Festival's stage," said Camp Director, Lisa Forsley. The collaboration with Camp CenterStage brings with it a well-developed camp program, and a full staff of professional teachers and artists to lead the summer session.

 

"We had to place this camp on hiatus five years while we reorganized in order to put the festival on the wonderful path it has enjoyed over these last few years," explained Prescott Park Arts Festival Executive Director, Ben Anderson. "Still, we were inundated with requests to revive the program each year, so we're proud to finally have that opportunity. It is an experience that kids will treasure for their entire lives."

 

Offered during most of the Festival's thirty eight year history, the youth academy once reached between 70 and 85 children and was held over the full eight weeks of summer.

 

"Getting the next generation of creative types involved and developing their talents at a young age is something that the Festival is very proud to offer again to the community," explained Prescott Park Arts Festival Executive Director, Ben Anderson, of his decision to go forward with the camp. The camp is open to aspiring youth performers, artists, and technicians ages 8 to 17. Campers will receive a total of 120 hours of learning, rehearsing and creative fun. 

 

All classes and rehearsals will be held at Prescott Park Arts Festival, providing a beautiful outdoor setting with full artistic and technical support for the final show.

 

Camp ENCORE! will be held July 15 to August 4 with performances of the final cumulating production of Seussical Jr. The camp will be Monday - Friday from 9:00 - 5:00 with an early drop off program available. More information about Camp ENCORE! can be found on the Festival website, www.prescottpark.org/camp.cfm or by contacting the Festival office at 603-436-2848.

 

 

About Camp CenterStage:

Camp CenterStage (CCS) was started by a core group of experienced arts educators who have a shared vision of creating a top-notch camp experience. Camp CenterStage promotes a judgment free environment where youth are encouraged to explore and share their talents, and provides a camp experience that combines the performing arts and traditional camp experiences as a way to teach positive life and leadership skills.

 

Prescott Park Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Seacoast's premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music -- no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting.

 

For more information, contact Ben Anderson, Executive Director, at 603-436-2848 or at ben@prescottpark.org .                 

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