By Chet Greason, Staff reporter
The St. Marys Community Players (SMCP) will be offering their summer drama camp, Theatricks, for the second year. After a successful launch last year, Theatricks is back with a new theme, new crafts and activities, and all the fun and camaraderie the theatre has to offer.
“St. Marys is a sports town. There are lots of activities to do with sports here, but not a lot for the arts,” explains organizer Gretchen Rozek. “There are things to do in Stratford, but if you don’t have a car, you can’t do them.
“It’s discouraging for families with kids interested in the arts,” she says, adding that Theatricks was an initiative the SMCP started in hopes of filling an void in the community.
Rozek promises this year’s program will be exciting, filled with fun crafts and run by qualified instructors. The theme this year will be the history of drama. Largely organized by recent Queens University graduate Adeline Van Galen, the program will focus on things like ancient Greece, Shakespearean insults, and puppetry, from the Punch and Judy shows of Medieval Europe to The Muppets of today.
The day camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from July 16-20 at St. Marys United Church. Theatricks is for ages 8-13. Anyone interested in attending is asked to call Rozek at 519-284-2823 or email garozek@gmail. com. You can also check out the SMCP’s website at www.stmaryscommunityplayers.ca. Just follow the links to find online registration forms.
“If you are interested in finding an exciting and creative outlet for your child’s talents, you’ll definitely find that Theatricks fits the bill,” says Rozek, adding that registration is limited to the first 20 applicants.