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ORCA Kids Camp Starts Monday
Thursday, 16 July 2009
July 16--The Ohoopee Regional Council for the Arts will host a children's drama camp beginning Monday.

New ORCA Director, Kathy Cheek, says the camp will be structured into two sessions, and Atlanta actor, Barry Stewart Mann, will direct campers on the basics of acting and the performing arts.

"Our drama camp, which is sponsored by ORCA this year, will be held on Monday, July 20th-24th downtown at the Vidalia Ballet Studio. We will run two sessions--one in the morning from 8am-11am for 6 to 9 year olds; the one in the afternoon is held from 12-3pm and that is for 10 to 12 year olds. Barry Stewart Mann will be directing our camp. He is from Atlanta and is a very talented gentleman who has a lot of experience with theater arts and directing young children. At the end of the week, they [the campers] will even do a little performance for their parents," says Cheek.

Mann is a professional actor and storyteller who has worked with Georgia Council for the Arts, The Alliance Theater, and the Atlanta Partnership of Arts and Learning. This will be the third drama camp Mann has directed in Vidalia, but this year, he has decided to have campers write their own scripts.
"We're going to be doing a camp that focuses on basic theater skills like concentration, cooperation, and creativity. We're going to be working with theater games, which I have done there when I come to do camps in the past. This will give kids to develop those skills by having a lot of fun. It will be my third year in Vidalia, but this year I am going to try to develop scripts with the kids. This year we are going to be working on Native American folklore. And I am going to bring in some Native American tales, but then, working with the kids that we have determining who will do what part, what parts are necessary for it, and coming up with their own dialogue, sometimes even having fun adding humor and irony to stories. And finding some meaning to the stories as well," explains Mann.

The cost of the camp is $90, and for information on the camp call ORCA at 537-8459.
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