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Camp Curtain Call aims to create young thespians with confidence

| Friday, June 15, 2012, 12:57 p.m.

If you have ever wondered if your child could be the next Dakota Fanning, the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale may have the answer.

Camp Curtain Call, a summer theater camp for children, is returning for its third year at Geyer, with a new theme and techniques.

Returning as education director and head of the camp, Kat Post has chosen the theme "Dr. Seuss: Quite a Character!" and will work with various stories of the children's and director's choosing.

From the first year in 2007 until last summer, the number of children signed up for the camp quadrupled, and Post hopes to see even more students this year.

There are two age groups for the camp, and each attends a different week of workshops.

Week one, July 13-17, is for ages 5 through 11, and week two, July 20-24, is for children ages 12 and up. Each camp day is from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Registration is $100.

Last year, the older children participated in a mini-"Grease," in which they performed a scene and two songs from the show, which was the summer musical at the Geyer. The younger children did a version of "Charlotte's Web."

Post hopes to make this year's camp more like a workshop, and have the children about everything from theater history to prop making. The children also will work on "Seussifying" themselves, and turning the beloved stories into scenes for a mini-performance.

"I want the children to realize the good about themselves and magnify it, which is what theater does," Post said.

The children also will spend their time with theater games and relaxation experiences, which Post says will help them in daily life as well.

Helping her in the past years and this year will be Mandy Onder.

Onder will help with acting games, warm-ups and the singing techniques and will play a part in the performance.

Post is not the only member of her family involved with the camp.

Eight-year-old Vicky has attended the camp every year and plans to again this year. The younger Post has done a half-dozen shows at Geyer, and was recently seen as Nellie in "Annie Get Your Gun." Vicky said she loves to attemd the camps and make new friends every year, and participate in the games.

"I really like the relaxing exercise," she said. "She plays rain forest music and it really calms me."

As a mother, Post said she loves what the theater does for her own child, as well as others. She says participants can build confidence and further self-esteem by being on stage.

Another portion of the camp will deal with bullying.Post hopes to help children to cope with bullying, and learn to have pride in themselves by playing a character.

At the end of both weeks, an open house will be held for parents.

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