Theater camp to feature 'Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr.'

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2013-03-22
2013 Theatre Summer Camp AdHUNTINGTON, Ind. — The Huntington University Theatre Department is thrilled to host the 2013 Summer Theatre Youth Camp. This year’s summer show will be “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.”

Join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game. Roles are plentiful, both for boys and girls, including three Cheshire Cats and dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters. “Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr.” is a fast-paced stage adaptation, featuring updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as "I'm Late," "The Un-birthday Song" and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."

Children and youth entering grades 1-12 next fall are eligible to register for the camp. The camp will begin June 24 and run through July 12. Campers will meet 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Camp will not meet on July 4. At the end of the session, campers will present two performances of the musical at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on July 13.

Camp tuition is $195 ($220 if paid after June 7). Checks can be made payable to Huntington University Summer Theatre Camp. To register, simply complete the application in the brochure and mail it to Jay Duffer at 2303 College Ave. Huntington, IN 46750 or drop the application off at the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office.

During their time at camp, campers will learn acting, singing and dancing skills. Children also are learning valuable skills, developing language and communication abilities, creativity, social awareness, a positive self-concept and empathy as well as gaining an understanding of the art of theater.

Joni Killian and Courtney Swenson will be stepping in as camp directors for the 2013 summer session. Prior to 2012, Killian directed the concert choir of the Children’s Choirs of Huntington County for many years. She currently coaches soloists for Huntington North High School’s choral program, and teaches voice in the HU Music Department. Swenson is a 2011 HU theater alum. She has served twice as a camp mentor and is currently living and working in Chicago as an actress.

“I am thrilled to have both Joni and Courtney take the lead this year,” said Jay Duffer, assistant professor of theatre and former camp director. “Their combined skill and enthusiasm for music and theatre will create a wonderful experience for the campers.”

For more information, contact the Huntington University Theatre Company Theatre Office at 260 359-4257 or send an email to jduffer@huntington.edu. The registration form is available online at www.huntington.edu/Theatre/Summer-Theatre-Youth-Camp.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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