Weeklong youth theater camp set for Feb. vacation weeks

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ROCHESTER - The Rochester Performance & Arts Center will be hosting a Theatre Camp during February school vacation week.

Theater Camp is open to any student interested in performing arts - regardless of age or experience. The program hosts daily classes in acting, music, and dance, taught by professional artists. The mission is for aspiring actors to become comfortable in public speaking, learn how to sing solo and in an ensemble, and build on their movement and dance skills.

The February Camp is for ages 7-17. The theme will be "Heroes, Villains & Sidekicks!" (Maine Students: 2/18-22. New Hampshire Students 2/25-3/1).

This weeklong day camp welcomes young artists to hone their talents and skills in creating an original production based on heroes, villains, the sidekicks who help them out (and usually do most of the work!), and saving the city dearest to them.

Led by professional artists through class time, music rehearsal, workshops, and team building games, you'll be ready to take the stage with confidence when you perform at the end of the week for your friends and family.

Jennifer Towle, the newly appointed camp director, is a welcomed addition to the staff at RPAC bringing years of experience as an education director, mainstage director, and professional actor. She's worked previously with The Hampstead Stage Company (Center Barnstead, NH), Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN), and most recently with Patrick Dorow Productions (Kittery, ME/Portsmouth, NH).

"We're hitting the ground running to develop a more conservatory-based Feb/April Vacation Camp and Summer Camp experience - not only will students be learning fundamentals in acting, singing, and dance, but they will be creating their own productions as well, honing vocabulary, expression, and confidence that you can't find in a "big box" script," Towle said. "As we continue to grow and develop the education program at RPAC, we look forward to adding year-long programming - extending our theater classes for both youth and adults, as well as adding a few really innovative programs to be as community-inclusive as we can be."

Theater Camp is held at the Rochester Performance & Arts Center (32 North Main Street) in downtown Rochester.

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