Bottle Works and playhouse offering youth theater camps
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
This summer, Bottle Works—Arts on Third Avenue and Cresson Lake Playhouse will be partnering for the first time in order to offer two youth theater camps.
Both “Center Stage” workshops are to take place from June 25 to 29 at Bottle Works, located on Third Avenue in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood. The first workshop, titled “Early Stage,” is for students currently in grades second through fifth, and the second, “Teen Stage,” is for students currently in grades sixth through 11th.
The workshops will be led by Cresson Lake Playhouse’s professional instructors.
In both workshops, students will be taught musical theater techniques and dance steps, plus receive vocal instruction. Working together, the students will also create musical numbers and scenes.
Both workshop groups will present a free public performance beginning at 11 a.m. June 29 at Bottle Works.
“The students will present vignettes of what they have learned,” Argenbright said. “It will not be a full-on production, but rather a showcase of their newfound talents.”
Cresson Lake Playhouse is a community theater located in Loretto. Artistic director Paul Seymour said this could be the beginning of many unique collaborations between the two non-profit venues.
“We are thrilled to begin this partnership with the Bottle Works,” Seymour said. “We have a strong theater and educational program, and we are excited to bring it to other individuals in the surrounding areas.”
Argenbright said that working with Cresson Lake Playhouse benefits Bottle Works and its patrons as well.
“We are always trying to find ways to enhance our arts education programming,” she said. “Adding performing arts to the mix is really important in giving our students a well-rounded cultural experience.”
Those interested are encourage to register early, as space is limited. For more information or to register, call Cresson Lake Playhouse at 814-472-4333.
“Participating in the performing arts gives students a sense of self-confidence and teaches them vital skills such as public speaking, movement and self-awareness, creative thinking as well as memorization, teamwork and acceptance of constructive criticism,” Argenbright said.
“It sounds really intense, but all of these things happen organically through performance and while everyone is having fun. I would encourage parents to take advantage of this opportunity to introduce their children to theater in a very comfortable, fun and welcoming environment. Getting the right start can lead to a lifelong interest, passion or career.”
These theater workshops mark the first of nearly a dozen summer art camps that Bottle Works is offering at their venue this summer. This year’s youth summer camps include “Adventures in Art,” “Mini Masters Art” and “African Drum, Dance and Celebration,” just to name a few.
Visit www.bottleworks.org or call a Bottle Works staff member at 814-535-2020 for more information, including registration information.