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Camille Playhouse offers summer workshops for children

June 24, 2014

By Ty Johnson, The Brownsville Herald, Texas

June 24--The stage is set this summer for Camille Playhouse's children's workshops -- essentially four-week acting camps that culminate with a live performance after intensive work.

Camille Director Eric Vera said children will begin next week working toward performing Cinderella and The Aristocats.

The workshops include a full week course learning about acting, blocking and singing, Vera said, with auditions and rehearsals leading up to a performance at the end of the session.

Camille is finishing intensive acting camps for older children this week, he said, during which the kids are writing and performing monologues and duets, adding that the goal of the summer workshops is to bring in new faces while also giving others the chance to hone their acting skills.

"We're excited for them to come," Vera said, pointing out that not being in school frees more children up to try acting for the first time.

Vera said the summer program is almost as old as Camille itself, which had its first season in 1964.

He credits the long-running tradition as being the reason for Camille's consistent talent on stage, pointing out that many parents who got their thespian careers started with the workshops now enroll their children in them.

Performances of Cinderella and The Aristocrats are scheduled for July 4, 5 and 6.

The second session of workshops is scheduled to run from July 14 until Aug. 8, with performances on Aug. 8, 9 and 10. The cost to participate is $200.

Children ages 7 to 12 will be working toward a performance of Dinosaurs Before Dark while the older kids aged 12 to 16 will be performing Guys and Dolls.

For more information about the workshops, call the Camille Playhouse at (956) 542-8900.


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