‘Summer On Stage’ theater camp planned



BAR HARBOR — The 1932 Criterion Theatre is offering two free, week-long theater camps for youth aged 6-12 years old this summer, July 22-26 and July 29-Aug. 2. The half-day camp meets from 1-5 p.m.

The camp weeks will feature daily instruction from professional teaching artists on all aspects of theatre, from onstage to behind the scenes work. The two sessions will feature different instruction; students may sign up for one or both weeks.

“The Criterion is delighted to be able to offer high quality theatre education to local children for free,” said Amy Roeder, the Criterion’s executive director. “It’s perfect for young people who want to give theater a try in a safe and supportive environment.”

Instructor John Siedenberg is the lead teaching artist. He has worked as an actor, designer, director and teaching artist with companies across the country including the famed youth educational and performing company Missoula Children’s Theatre. In Maine, he served as a teaching artist and designer for Penobscot Theatre Company’s summer education programs.

Siedenberg will be joined by additional local teaching artists who specialize in teaching in various theatrical disciplines. All instructors are actively working in their fields, making this a unique opportunity for students to get professional-quality instruction, feedback and fun.

Camp days begin at 1 p.m. with structured activities until 5 p.m. The daily instruction will include acting, set design, stage makeup, stage combat, improvisation and more.

Each day will end with an overview of the work for students’ families at 4:45 p.m. All activities will be held at the Criterion Theatre and at the YWCA.

The program is being funded in part by the Mimi Foundation and the Leonard C. and Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation.

Contact 288-0829 or education@criteriontheatre.org.

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