Despite challenges that have arisen as a result of COVID-19, UW-Superior theatre professor Cathy Fank says the show must go on. Fank has conducted the UWS Summer Theatre Camp for middle and high school students for years and thanks to Fank’s tenacity and creativity, this year will be no different, although this year the camp will be online.
“I am so pleased to present students with a creative experience at a time when there really is nothing happening out there in terms of performances and group experiences,” said Fank. “It’s still acting and theatre, just done in a different way. It will be a more choreographed experience, similar to film production.”
Camp participants will come together in a virtual online classroom format, not unlike what Fank used when UWS students transitioned to remote learning amidst pandemic concerns this spring. She has written a comedy murder mystery play for the camp based on the game, Clue, with students playing the roles of Mr. Green, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, and others. Campers will have the opportunity to work with UWS theatre and communicating arts faculty and staff, virtually visiting the scene shop, costume shop, Manion and Black Box theatres, and more.
“I am grateful to have a team of my colleagues helping me with the technology needed for this camp,” said Fank. “This is definitely a team effort to provide a quality experience for our participants.”
At the completion of the camp, the youth will perform the play online, complete with ‘commercial breaks,’ sound effects, custom backdrops, and more.
The camp is designed for students in grades 6-12 and appropriate for all levels of acting experience. Participation is capped at 20 students, and registrations will be accepted up until the start of camp while there is still capacity.
The UWS Summer Theatre Camp takes place June 15- 26, Monday through Friday afternoons. Camp will conclude with a virtual performance the night of June 26. Registration is $100 and participants will need access to high-speed internet and an internet-capable device.
For more information and to register, contact Cathy Fank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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