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Joe Mehrlich, 7, works on his auditioning skills during the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s Summer Drama Camp at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver.

Joe Mehrlich, 7, works on his auditioning skills during the Lincoln Theatre Guild’s Summer Drama Camp at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver.

Lincoln Theatre Guild’s summer program walks future actors through all phases of a stage production

Staff Writer

The Lincoln Theatre Guild kicked off its 22nd Annual Summer Drama Camp on July 14, opening registration to students from first grade through senior year of high school.
A Day in the World of Drama began with a week in Denver, held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The Lincolnton Drama Camp began Monday at the Lincoln Cultural Center, and both locations provided ample opportunity for campers to learn all of the ins and outs of a theatre production, from stage make-up to auditioning skills to combat.
Glorianne Gatza is a first time camp director, but her passion for teaching led the Lincoln Theatre Guild to offer her the position. Gatza, as well as co-directors Myra Sain and Gena Miller and teachers Linda Hunsucker and Bethany Hilmu, started the first day of camp with educating the campers on the rules of theatre etiquette. Every crucial lesson is presented to the campers in the form of a play, complete with a director and cast. Over 60 children are enrolled in the program, raging in ages from 6-16, and the theatre immersion even went so far as to have campers draw a cover for this year’s show, one of which will be selected to be on the front of the program for the end-of-camp showcase, held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center.
It isn’t just art that the campers are taking away from the experience, but a sense of how things operate in daily life. Cooperation is a key focus in all of the camps activities and, according to Gatza, a crucial life skill that the children are learning through different activities like learning theatre etiquette, stage direction, improvisation, voice projection and character development.
“I feel like it’s really important because we want to help them express themselves in one way or another,” Gatza said. “Our goal was to work together to make sure everyone understood the basics of drama through hands-on experiences while having a good time.”
Camp will conclude with a Friday night showcase, beginning at 7 p.m. in which the campers will present everything that they’ve learned in five mini-plays that emphasize a certain topic covered in camp. Every camper will have multiple roles, both back stage and center stage.
“We feel that every child can take this experience and build on it in their bright futures,” Gatza said.
For more information on future drama camps of the Lincoln Theatre Guild, call (704) 452-7830.

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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