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Southern Rep and Loyola join forces to host summer theatre camps

May 10, 2013

The Department of Theatre Arts at Loyola University New Orleans will team up for the first time with New Orleans’ only year-round professional theatre, Southern Rep, to host three new theatre camps this summer for children ages 9 to 18. Each camp will concentrate on a specific production for a designated age group and conclude with staged performances.

This new alliance between Southern Rep and Loyola provides the opportunity for students to learn about auditions, acting technique, musicality and dance. Every child who participates is also automatically cast in a play. Tuition for each camp is $300, and parents are responsible for providing costumes and make-up. Loyola faculty and staff will receive a $25 discount per child.

The three camps will take place in the Lower Depths Theater, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus.

“Guys and Dolls, Jr.” (Registration deadline: May 27)

  • For ages 9 through 12
  • Camp dates: June 3-15, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Performance dates: June 14, 7 p.m. and June 15, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Guys and Dolls, Jr.” is set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City and introduces the audience to a variety of colorful characters: Sarah Brown, an upright but uptight “mission doll;” Sky Masterson, a high-rolling gambler who woos Sarah on a bet before falling in love with her; Adelaide, a nightclub performer whose chronic flu is brought on by her 14-year engagement to the same man; and Nathan Detroit, Adelaide’s devoted fiancé who is renowned for his floating dice game.

“Sweeney Todd, School Edition” (Registration deadline: June 17)

  • For ages 13 through 18
  • Camp dates: June 24-July 6, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Performance dates: July 5, 7 p.m. and July 6, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Masterfully adapted with a few lyric and key changes to facilitate high school productions, “Sweeney Todd, School Edition” is sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising. The play mixes intense drama with dark humor to keep audiences on their toes.

“Pirates of Penzance, Jr.” (Registration deadline: July 15)

  • For ages 9 through 18
  • Camp dates: July 22-Aug. 3, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Performance dates: Aug. 2, 7 p.m. and Aug. 3, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Wacky and irreverent, this farce tells of sentimental pirates, bumbling police officers, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major General, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty.

More information is available online or by contacting education@southernrep.com.

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