BANGOR – Instead of going to grandma’s or a daycare for February school vacation, a group of local kids got first-hand theater experience.
Students at the Penobscot Theatre‘s February school vacation camp are learning all about putting on a show.
“We made a play and I just turn really hairy,” said Spencer Sylvester, a student from Bangor. “She has superpowers. And at the end we become friends.”
“We’ve been exploring a different piece of what it takes to be an actor and all the various things it takes for building a stage production,” said Ben Layman, Penobscot Theatre Company education director.
On Monday, they learned about body language. Tuesday was all about music. It was sword fighting on Wednesday and Thursday the students learned about designing the stage and outfits.
“Yesterday we focused on makeup and sound effects so today we’re doing a little bit of a character building lab,” Layman said.
“We label it as fractured fairy tales day,” he added. “So the kids are exploring creating their own fairy tale characters and where fairy tale characters come from. They’re writing their own little scripts today and then will perform them at the end of the day.”
The next youth program through Penobscot Theatre is the Dramatic Academy, which starts on March 22.’
“We’re doing a production of ‘Treasure Island,’” Layman said. “So the kids come twice a week, ages 4 to 14, they learn the same kind of skill set and get to perform on our main stage and we’re going to go with pirates this time.”