Summer camp program a hit at Scottdale's Geyer center
The summer camp at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale grew significantly this year.
With three weeks of camp, the last one being a fairy-tale camp for ages 4 to 8, theater organizers are happy with how Camp Curtain Call has grown in popularity.
“The kids are why we're here,” said Kat Post, education director “I feel like these camps are helping to change people's lives.”
Mandy Onder, theater education manager, said there was a Willy Wonka-themed camp in June, which lasted two weeks, for kids ages 9-18. The camp finished up with a performance of “Willy Wonka Jr.”
Just this past week, fairy tale camp — geared for children ages 4-8 — took place.
Onder said this was the first year for the younger age group, and 35 children participated.
But she added that it is uncertain if there will be a camp for that specific age group next year or if there will be a move to more of a 4- and 5-year old “Mommy and Me”-style class with the older children bumping up into the next camp.
“The lack of following directions and basic interaction was a huge challenge for us, but it was fun,” Onder said. “It took me back to being a teacher and my classroom procedures.”
The goal of Camp Curtain Call, as well as the Geyer After School Program that starts in mid-September, is to teach children confidence and how to interact with others.
“We want children to be confident, to bring their personalities to the surface,” Onder said.
Post added theater teaches literacy and creativity as well, which helps children develop and thrive in the classroom.
She encouraged parents to continue reading and acting with their children at home.
“You can exponentially multiply the benefits of camp if you continue to read and act with your children at home,” Post said. “Be a pig or be the big bad wolf when you're reading about it.”
Onder said the theater received a grant through the Private Industry Council, which helped to pay two interns to help with Camp Curtain Call.
“We have plans for the future,” she said. “We want to keep growing and expanding our children's programs. We want to develop a sense of community.
“On average, we have about 30 kids in our after-school program and we're hoping to double that this upcoming school year.”
Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Southmoreland High School homecoming court named
- Pets get chance to show off in Scottdale
- Antique cars, dogs to be displayed at Scottdale Fall Festival
- ‘Honest Abe’ to appear for Scottdale senior program
- East Huntingdon family houses hockey hopefuls