After introducing theater classes for the first time this year in eastern Wake County, Raleigh Little Theatre is expanding their instruction by offering summer camps in Wendell for budding thespians.
From July 7-11, Raleigh Little Theatre will offer “Stories for the Stage” and “Stage Door” during the day. The first class is offered for children ages 6-8 and the second class is for children 9-12.
It will be the first time the organization offers the camps in Wendell. There are already classes offered in Apex.
“I’m really excited about exploring new grounds over in Wendell,” said co-instructor of the camps Barbette Hunter.
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Hunter will be working with Judy Dove to lead both camps.
“Stories for the Stage” is a class aimed at allowing students to create and act out their own short plays. Part of the camp is dedicated to coming up with original stories and the rest of camp will be dedicated to developing acting skills.
The other camp, “Stage Door,” teaches more advanced acting skills while also integrating instruction about more technical aspects of theater.
Both of the camps, though, put an emphasis of working in groups, Hunter said.
“No matter what the class is, everyone has a story to tell and you can define that story as being an idea or a concept or literally a story,” she said. “(Students) need to tell that sort for whatever reason and we need to hear that story and allow that person to tell that story.”
That is put into practice in “Stage Door,” which includes improvisation exercises that emphasize group problem-solving.
In addition to those skills, Hunter said the camps can help participants build confidence, public speaking skills, better listening skills and can help participants learn how to handle criticism.
Classes will be held at the Wendell Community Center and both cost $175. More information and enrollment forms can be found online at raleighlittletheatre.org.