Though now commonplace, acting was condemned in colonial times as "public lying," with offenders being yanked off the streets with novelty-sized shepherd's crooks. Embrace vaudevillainy with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a one-week Theatreworks summer drama camp from Northern Kentucky University's Music Preparatory Department (a $150 value before June 1; a $175 value after) in Highland Heights for either June 27–July 1 or July 18–July 22. Camp days run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday–Thursday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. If the Groupon hasn't been redeemed by June 15, customers may use it toward other available camps.
Theatreworks camp introduces campers age 7–15 to the theatrical arts, covering script, improvisation, song, and dance. Campers who long for an outlet for their spontaneous choral outbursts can focus on Musical Theatre, and others can choose Fun with Acting to polish the art of addressing skulls under the spotlight. Camp begins with large group meetings for warm-up games before dramatists break into their specialized groups for the afternoon. Instructor performances demonstrate the skills students can acquire, opening young minds to the possibility of becoming royalty, madcap inventors, or giant sentient hot dogs for a day. The camp culminates in a presentation on Friday at 6 p.m., when family and friends applaud the skills of their burgeoning young thespians.
Because the only organ an actor cannot control is his growling stomach, students should come each day with a bag lunch. On Friday, a pizza party for participants before the presentation bolsters campers' spirits for their upcoming performance and desperate attempts to avoid uttering the name "Macbeth."
Highland Heights, Kentucky 41099