Youth theater returns to the stage | To select
Young people from the region will soon be on stage as part of an immersive theater camp.
The Norfolk Youth Theater is a collaborative program between the Norfolk Arts Center and the Norfolk Community Theater. Young people between the ages of 10 and 18 participate in a week-long immersive camp that includes drama workshops, technical workshops and live performances.
The Youth Theater was a staple summer offering for young people in the area, but had to be canceled last year due to COVID concerns. Norfolk Community Theater President Libby McKay says she can’t express “how excited they are” enough that the show is back this year.
THIS YEAR’S production is titled “Among the Immortals: A Trio of Greek Tragedies”. Camp and performances take place at the Cox Theater on the Northeast Community College campus. McKay says there are places for up to 48 young Thespians.
What sets the Norfolk Youth Theater apart from other traveling theater camps is the level of involvement. Campers participate in all aspects of the theatrical production, from costumes, props and set design, lighting and, ultimately, acting.
This approach gives campers an in-depth understanding of the work behind stage productions. It also gives participants interested in fields other than theater the opportunity to get involved in theater.
If your student has stage fright but enjoys art, for example, they can indicate their preferences at the start of camp. This allows camp directors to know where to highlight your child’s experience. A student who is more interested in setting design than acting, for example, will be given a smaller speaking role in order to spend less time rehearsing and more time producing sets.
McKAY SAYS that production had to be altered this year to meet the health needs of the Northeast. This meant finding and modifying material so that no more than 12 students were on stage at a time. In addition to the limit of actors on stage, Northeast also requires masks to be worn at all times. Students can wear their own masks during the camp, but they will use special clear shield masks during the live performances.
The Norfolk Youth Theater runs June 21-25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Two performances will take place on Saturday June 26.
Due to limited capacity requirements, tickets will not be sold at the door this year. Instead, attendees can purchase tickets online before the shows.
Tickets will be available for purchase during camp week on the Norfolk Community Theater website. Register your youngster soon – at the time of writing the camp was already half full.
While the camp is aimed at tweens and teens, young children will also have the chance to shine on stage. The Norfolk Youth Theater Jr. caters to ages 5-9 and will take place in early August.
Please see the Norfolk Arts Center website for details.