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The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem announces its 2021 summer camps and classes

After a year of dark stages, The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem is excited to present “Lights Up!”, its 2021 line-up of summer camps and classes. This summer, LTWS is offering four theatre camps for kids: “Aesop’s Fables,” “Through the Stage Door,” “Costuming 101” (also open to adults), and Disney’s “Moana JR.”  Additionally, it will offer a summer acting class for adults, “The Comedy of Carol Burnett.” All camps and classes are open to the community and previous acting experience is not required. Information and registration forms are available online at www.LTofWS.org or by calling 336-725-4001.

“Aesop’s Fables” is a one-week, non-musical theatre camp for kids ages 6-12. In this camp, young actors will discover the lessons learned and the joy within some of Aesop’s most popular fables, such as “The Tortoise and The Hare,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” and “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.” Character movement will be a large focus, as well as planning and acting out scenes and making simple character masks and costume pieces. This camp will run June 21-25 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the LTWS rehearsal hall (Arts Council Extension Building), 419 N. Spruce St. The camp will end with a performance for family and friends. Camp Director: Chad Edwards. Tuition: $225

“Through the Stage Door” is a one-week introduction to theatre for kids ages 6-12. Through games, improvisation, silliness and fun, campers will be exposed to a wide range of theater styles without the added pressure of a production. Students will work together (but safely distanced) to build characters, scenes and imaginary worlds by learning to support and encourage each other’s creativity. The camp will focus on a variety of performance and theatre game styles meant to encourage teamwork, confidence, and imagination and give an overview of the delightfully wacky world of theater. This camp will run June 28-July 2 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the LTWS rehearsal hall (Arts Council Extension Building), 419 N. Spruce St. The camp will end with an informal skills demonstration for family and friends. Camp Director: Kate Carson-Groner. Tuition: $225

“Costuming 101” is a one-week sewing and design camp for kids 12+ and adults. This camp is split into two sections: Intro to Sewing, which will meet from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day, and Intro to Costume Design, which is an optional add-on session, and will meet from 1:15-4:15 p.m. Intro to Sewing will teach basic sewing skills, including hand and machine sewing, as participants work on a garment or craft. Techniques will include how to sew on buttons/snaps, how to sew simple hem stitches, and how to use straight stitch, reverse and zigzag stitches on a machine. Each student will have a finished product by Friday. Intro to Costume Design will give participants hands-on training and experience in costume designing for the theater, with more than 10,000 costumes, fabrics, and accessories to utilize. Class time will consist of a brief overview of theatrical costume design basics, as well as the history of clothing, timed team and individual “challenges.” This part of the course will culminate in a costume parade at the end of the week. Costuming 101 will run June 28-July 2 at the LTWS workshop (former Hanes School campus), 2900 Indiana Avenue. Camp Directors: RoseLynne Bowman (Intro to Sewing) and Tara Raczenski (Intro to Costume Design). Tuition: Intro to Sewing $125; add on Intro to Costume Design (optional) $75.

“Disney’s Moana JR.” is a two-week, fully-staged musical theatre camp for kids 8-17.  Based on the 2016 animated movie, this thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana JR. features all the beloved songs from the film, written by Tony-, Grammy-, Emmy-, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, including “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.” This camp runs July 12-16 and 19-23, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, and culminates in four public performances (July 23 at 7 p.m., July 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and July 25 at 2 p.m.). Both the camp and the performances will be held at the Mountcastle Forum Theatre in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Camp Director: Justin Bulla. Tuition: $360.

“The Comedy of Carol Burnett” is an eight-session class for adults (18+) that will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 22-July 15. One of the most memorable and innovative female comedians of the 20th century, Carol Burnett has a long-standing tradition of making people laugh with her acting and comedy. In this class, acting, character work, comedy, and comedic styles will be taught, using original scripts from “The Carol Burnett Show.” Beginner improv and the basic rehearsal process will also be covered as the class puts together a showcase production using the sketches rehearsed throughout the camp. This class will be held in the LTWS classroom (Arts Council Extension Building), 419 N. Spruce St.  Class Instructor: Britt Stone. Tuition: $200.

All LTWS camps and classes are open to the community and no previous experience is required. There is a discount for siblings and household members who take the same class or camp; payment plans are also available. Those enrolling in summer camps have the option to purchase a LTWS Summer Camps 2021 T-shirt for $10 (available at checkout).

All LTWS camps and classes will follow cleaning and safety protocols designated by the State of North Carolina and the CDC.

For further information, go to www.LTofWS.org or call 336-725-4001.