Theater Camp Teaches Kids the Basics of Performing

By Jonathan Cooper |

Published 07/01 2014 05:22PM

Updated 07/01 2014 10:56PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Whether it's singing, dancing, or reciting lines, some kids in Wathena are learning basic performing arts skills.

Riverside High School is offering a two week theater camp for area children ages 5 to 12.

"I think its important for them to be introduced to theater at a young age primarily because they open up more," said Shawna Gilbert, theater director for Riverside High School.

The camp is designed to introduce the kids to the basics of theater and to help them build some confidence in front of an audience.

And for some campers, that confidence is already building.

"After the performances and everything's over it just gives you like a lot of confidence to do other things like either if it's with school or anything else in the community," said Elizabeth Libel, a sixth grader at the camp.

Music Director Natalie Vierya said the kids have caught on quickly.

"These kids come in really fresh and excited to sing and it doesn't take much time at all to get them integrated in the music and to get them singing and working hard," she said.

At the end of two weeks, the kids get to show off their new found skills by performing for the public, a kids version of Disney's Cinderella.

And despite a little inexperience,
"I mean I'm sure you'll like it after you see it," said Libel.

It has campers and volunteers alike, excited.

"If you want to be impressed by theater I would suggest you come out and see Cinderella," Gilbert said.

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