Children rehearse a dance number during a Spotlight ...
July 20, 2012
A performing arts camp is not a typical summer camp, said Emily Norris, children's minister for The Village Presbyterian Church in Northbrook.
"Theater camps really attract a unique group of children," she said.
In an effort to reach some of those children and other members of the community that the church might not normally reach, Village Presbyterian teamed up with Spotlight Youth Theater to host a theater camp from July 16-20.
Camp coordinator Roger Lance said Spotlight hosts camps at churches throughout the state over the course of the summer.
"We're not a church organization," he said, "but we do encourage Christian values and behavior and ethics."
Norris said Village Presbyterian's camp had about 60 participants ranging in age from preschool to fifth grade. The younger children met for half-day sessions, while the older campers attended a full day.
Each day began with classes in voice, drama and dance, Lance said, and the latter part of each day was spent in rehearsals for the end-of-the-week performance, "Disney Movie Magic." He said each day also included games, snacks and quiet time.
In addition to developing and exploring theater skills, he said, camp participants also had fun and learned about teamwork.
"They get that camaraderie in here with other kids," he said.
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