After five summers of original productions featuring neighborhood kids, the girls will be seniors at
The play features 18 children, from 7 to 13 years old and all from the
"A lot of the families in the neighborhood are connected, and they wanted to put on a play five years ago," said Corrie, who launched the first show from her back yard when she was in seventh grade. "Now it's become this huge endeavor for all of us. We'll have block parties, and a lot of the kids already know each other through this play."
What started as two middle-school girls hosting a one-off production has evolved into a nightly summer camp and a business. For the past three summers, kids have paid
Older teens volunteer to serve as mentors and stage crew in the final week before the performance. Parents help build props.
Lifelong friends and immediate neighbors
"They're just really kind and really nice people and we've known them forever," Frankie said of the two directors.
"They make it fun, instead of kind of scary and stuff. They say 'You're going to do great.' "
Acting games break the ice, and five nights of rehearsal each week boost confidence. "At first, the lines are kind of hard, but after you go over it a lot, it's really easy to memorize them," Amalie said.
This year's musical, written by fellow
In September, Schroeder will be attending
The show also features original music composed by Corrie.
For more information, go to iperformtheatre.com
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