THREE CAT EXPANDS SUMMER THEATER CAMP TO THREE NEW LOCATIONS

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(CAPTION:   Emma Robertson, Three Cat Education Summer Camp Director, works with the campers for  Three Cat Education’s “Summer of Adventure” Theater Summer Camps.)

April 12, 2012, Chicago, IL – Three Cat Education, an education program of Three Cat Productions, now in its third year, is expanding its summer theatre camps for children and teens to three locations in the Chicago area running June 11-August 20.

Themed “A Summer of Adventure,” the week-long, daytime camps will be held in the Chicago neighborhoods of Rogers Park and Lincoln Park and the suburb of Glenview.  Previously, camps were held in Skokie.  Cost for a one-week session, running Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is $275.  An early-bird discount price of $225 is available through April 30 for the Glenview and Rogers Park locations.  Special pricing for the Menomonee Club members is available at the Lincoln Park location.

Most sessions in all three locations are targeted to grades 2 through 5, but two special teen camps for middle and high school students will be held July 30-August 3 in Glenview and August 13-17 in Rogers Park.  Each weekly session focuses on a different aspect of an actor’s most important tools–body, voice and imagination.

Sessions for grades 2-5 include:  “Choose Your Own Fairytale,” “Acting Out–Storybook Villains,” “Acting Out—Scallywag Stories,” “Acting Out—Storybook Villains and Scallywag Stories,” “Puppet Masters and Storytelling,” and “Lights, Camera, Improv!”  The two teen sessions are “Poetry, the Beats and Improv” and “Shakespeare: Characters through the Canon.”

“Under the instruction of our professional teaching staff lead by Emma Robertson (summer camp director), campers will be challenged to discover, explore and develop every aspect of theatre—acting, singing and dancing,” said Jason Paul Smith, artistic director of Three Cat Productions.  “Campers this summer will be able to strengthen their skills and building friendships that will last a lifetime.”

The program will run in Glenview at Virtuoso Performing Arts, 3 Waukegan Rd., from June 11 to August 3; in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood at the Menomonee Club, 1535 N. Dayton, June 25-29 and July 16-20, and in Chicago’s Rogers Park at The Side Project Theatre, 1439 N. Jarvis, August 6-20.

Registration and more information about individual classes are available at the web site, www.threecatproductions.com, or by calling 312-725-6859 or sending an email to jlueken@threecatproductions.com.

The camp schedule and session course descriptions for Grades 2-5 are:

Choose Your Own Fairytale Adventure, June 11-15, Glenview:

Have you ever sat with an audience in a theater and wished that you could control what happened to the characters during a performance? Theatre camp actors will work with the professional staff to combine acting and improvisation, resulting in a final showcase at Virtuoso Performing Arts where the audience will vote during the performance to decide what will happen next!

Acting Out–Storybook Villains, June 18-22, Glenview:

Do you find yourself working on your maniacal laugh whenever you have a spare minute? Wondering why everyone always wants to be royalty while you can’t wait to transform into a dragon and breathe fire or poison an apple or two? You’ll create a pirate’s tale that takes you on a storytelling journey and find the fun hidden within all that evil–with a showcase on stage the final day at Virtuoso Performing Arts.

Choose Your Own Fairytale Adventure, June 25-29, Lincoln Park/Chicago:

(Please note special pricing: $230 Menomonee Club Members/$275 Non-Members)

Have you ever sat with an audience in a theater and wished that you could control what happened to the characters during a performance? Theatre camp actors will work with the professional staff to combine acting and improvisation, resulting in a final showcase at The Menomonee Club Theater where the audience will vote during the performance to decide what will happen next!

Puppet Masters and Storytelling, July 9-13, Glenview:

Are you fascinated with the puppets? Have you ever wondered how they create and build some of those classic puppet characters?  This session lets you build your own puppet and bring it to life with your own story! Have fun creating new characters who will greet the public together for an end-of-week showcase at Virtuoso Performing Arts!

Lights, Camera, Improv!, July 16-20 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Lincoln Park/Chicago:

(Special pricing for half-day classes: $160 Menomonee Club Members/$205 Non-Members)

Are you the class clown? Always cracking jokes with your friends? Do you liven up even the dullest of parties? Try out this session to see if you have what it takes to bring down the house in hysterics!  A final performance will be on the last day of camp at the Menomonee Club Theater.

Acting Out–Scallywag Stories, July 23-27, Glenview:

Are you fascinated with tales of treasure and adventure?   Work with our experienced staff to create a pirate’s tale that will take you on a storytelling journey and find the fun hidden within all that evil–with a showcase on stage the final day at Virtuoso Performing Arts.

Puppet Masters and Storytelling, August 6-10, Rogers Park/Glenview:

Are you fascinated with the puppets? Have you ever wondered how they create and build some of those classic puppet characters?  This session lets you build your own puppet and bring it to life with your own story! Have fun creating new characters who will greet the public together for an end-of-week showcase at The Side Project Theatre.

Acting Out–Storybook Villains and Scallywag Stories, August 13-17, Rogers Park/Chicago:

Do you find yourself working on your maniacal laugh whenever you have a spare minute? Wondering why everyone always wants to be royalty while you can’t wait to transform into a dragon and breathe fire or poison an apple or two? Are you fascinated with tales of treasure and adventure?   Work with our experienced staff to create a pirate’s tale that will take you on a storytelling journey and find the fun hidden within all that evil–with a showcase on stage the final day at The Side Project Theatre.

Lights, Camera, Improv!, August 20-24, Rogers Park/Chicago

Are you the class clown? Always cracking jokes with your friends? Do you liven up even the dullest of parties? Try out this session to see if you have what it takes to bring down the house in hysterics!  A final performance will be on the last day of camp at The Side Project Theatre.

 

The two special teen camps are:

Poetry, The Beats and Improv, August 13-17, Rogers Park/Chicago

Do you love a good song lyric? Do you love writing poetry? Is there one poet that speaks to you? Join this special camp for middle and high school students as we explore the creation and performance of poetry, including the great poets from classics like Emily Dickenson to The Beat poets of the 1950’s to modern day poets like Jay Z. Through improv tools and writing explorations, students will go on a journey from creation to performance with a final showcase on the last day of camp at The Side Project Theatre.

Shakespeare: Characters Through the Canon, July 30-August 3), Glenview

Ever notice how Shakespeare makes more sense when you hear his words? Build a repertoire of Shakespeare pieces as you work with our staff on finding character from the text and building scenes that flow conversationally in Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter. A final performance will be on the last day of camp at Virtuoso Performing Arts.

 

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About Three Cat Productions:

Three Cat Productions was founded in 2007 with a mission to create connections between theater, music, audience and artists through the production of cabaret concerts, contemporary musicals and plays, the re-invention of classic work, the development of new works and new artists, and by creating educational and outreach opportunities for the Chicagoland community.

 

About Three Cat Education:

Three Cat Education offers children and teens an opportunity to experience the world of theater and cabaret in a safe nurturing environment. Exploring musicals, plays, cabaret and show choir, our educational offerings teach kids the fundamentals of performance with potential opportunities to appear in one of Three Cat Productions’ Cabaret Concert as well as in venues in the Chicago area.

 

 

Emma Robertson, Three Cat Education Summer Camp Director, works with the campers.