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MRT’S YOUNG COMPANY
SUMMER THEATRE PROGRAM
AN EXCITING SUMMER
OF FUN AND MEMORABLE
FOR GRADES 1-12
Lowell, MA– Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) has announced the schedule for the 16th season of its summer theatre education program, Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s Young Company. Formerly known as Young Artists At Play (YAAP), MRT’s Young Company is a successful summer theatre camp that offers programs for students entering grades 1-12. Along with a new name, MRT’s Young Company has a new, updated schedule. With the exception of Musical Theatre week, each Theatre Camp will run for two weeks. Each group will create an original theatre piece, rehearse it, and then perform it for family and friends! Theatre Camps will run July 8- August 9. No auditions are required for any MRT Young Company programs. All programs are age appropriate and are led by professionals in the theater with strong education backgrounds. Tuition ranges from $295-$650, and registration is limited to 20 students per class. For additional enrollment information, please visit MRT.org/YoungCompany.html or call Michael LaChance, MRT’s Young Company Registration Coordinator at 978-654-7550.
About MRT’s Young Company: Begun in 1998, the mission of MRT’s Young Company is to utilize theatre to teach and reinforce the life skills of teamwork, problem solving, creativity, analysis, and critical thinking while promoting an understanding and appreciation of the theatrical art form. Age-appropriate programs are designed to spark the child’s imagination, encourage their social and listening skills, and build self-confidence. Theatre professionals and guest artists teach the collaborative process of theatre that requires these diverse and important skills. Children broaden their knowledge of theatre through a number of assignments, including reading and analyzing scripts (including content and character development), and working with fellow actors, directors, and designers to produce a cohesive final project. A final presentation for invited guests culminates each workshop.
MRT’s Young Company Scholarship Fund: The progressive rise in tuition cost over the years led to the development of MRT’s Young Company Scholarship Fund for children from low- to moderate-income families in the Greater Boston, Southern New Hampshire and Merrimack Valley area. The MRT Young Company Scholarship Fund encourages families who would otherwise be unable to afford to participate to enroll their children in these workshops. Scholarship award criteria include financial need, a demonstrable intent to participate and artistic potential. Individuals or businesses may donate to the scholarship fund by contacting Jeff Prescott at 978-654-7552.
2013 MRT YOUNG COMPANY SCHEDULE
Theatre Camp for Grades 1-3
July 8-19 9:00am-3:00pm
Let your rising star discover the magic of the theatre! Your child will experience the exciting world of theatre through games, arts and crafts, acting and other fun activities. We will create our very own short play, based on a story or a completely original idea, and perform it for family and friends on Friday July 19th.
Theatre Camp for Grades 4-5
July 15-July 26 9:00am-3:00pm
Experience it all in two weeks! Activities and workshops will help build the skills needed to create a production from the ground up.
Theatre Camp for Grades 6-8
July 22-August 2 9:00am-4:00pm
This program is designed to emphasize all-things theatre! MRT’s Young Company staff and participants will work to create an original play.
Theatre Camp for Grades 9-12
July 29-August 9 9:00am-5:00pm
A learning experience your die-hard theatre enthusiast will never forget! Daily classes and workshops will encourage participants to hone their strengths, explore new skills, and work as a team in the realm of all aspects of theatre. The ensemble will create an original piece of amazing theater and perform it on Friday, August 9th!
One-Week Musical Theatre Camp for Grades 6-12
July 8-12 9:00am-4:00pm
This week long workshop led by our professional musical director and choreographer will focus solely on musical theatre. Skills that will be covered include: warm-ups, cool-downs, audition technique, and group musical numbers. A great opportunity to learn all about musical theatre!
MRT’s Young Company is sponsored by Eastern Bank.
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