School’s out for school-related summer theater camp.
Just weeks after the young cast of Backdoor Theatre ended its successful run of “School of Rock,” campers at the sister theater down the street have high school on their minds.
The Wichita Theatre is in the midst of its summer camp centered around a popular Disney Channel franchise, “High School Musical.” Campers, who started the process on Monday, will be exposed to a variety of theater experiences.
“We have 32 kids in the camp,” said camp director Bryson Petersen, who serves as assistant arts education director for The Wichita Theatre. “Throughout these two weeks, they’re being guided through theatrical learning experiences, as well as designing parts of the show that opens Sept. 7.”
Campers are ensured a spot in the September production, which has several shows through Sept. 22, but not necessarily a lead role. Auditions will also be held for those who did not attend the camp. Roles are limited to children ages 10-18.
Petersen fashioned the camp after skills he learned last summer attending the 10-day Lincoln Center Education Teaching Artist Development Lab in New York City. The “High School Musical” camp promises to bring the same level of quality produced from “The Lion King” camp two years ago, Petersen said.
“We have a lot of familiar faces,” said Petersen, “plus a few kids who have never been on our stage before. Each one of these kids is so creative — they all have something to contribute. We’re excited to make each unique voice heard, whether it’s by a design element, a set piece, some blocking or being actually heard singing.”
Joining Petersen in organizing the camp, Adrian Cargal serves as music director and Caitlyn Minuto as choreographer. The theater’s director of arts education, Chance Harmon, is supervising the camp and production.
The production is put on by 4 Kidz Sake of Wichita Falls, the kid-focused nonprofit that operates out of the Wichita Theatre.
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