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Chicago Street Theatre’s summer programs for all ages

Updated: June 18, 2013 6:36AM



Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre is now accepting registrations for its summer camp programs.

Camps are available for kindergartners to seniors in high school and cover theater games and character development to a playwright program and a William Shakespeare workshop.

Several new camps will be offered including Introducing Stage Craft, Camp Improv and a clowning workshop.

An apprentice program is being reinstated along with Booth Camp and Be Backstage, all of which allow children and teens to learn about the technical aspects of theater.

Director of education Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano said popularity has grown exponentially since camps were first offered in 2009.

That year, three camps were available while this summer 10 will be offered.

“The response has been extremely favorable and, due to many comments I have added to and altered the curriculum,” she said.

“Last summer, we had over 80 enrollments and several of those were students who attended more than one camp.”

Along with Formosa-Parmigiano, the camp staff includes Peyton Daley, who also teaches at Chicago’s Second City.

Other camp staffers are Braden Cleary, who began as an intern while still in high school and has progressed to teaching the Shakespeare workshop on his own, and current intern Auriel Lark Felsecker.

Formosa-Parmigiano said many of the campers have returned to continue their theater education during camps throughout the year as well as coming back each summer.

“Research has shown that studying theater promotes individual growth and boosts self-confidence and self-esteem along with teaching professionalism and teamwork,” she said.

“It also encourages new friendships with like-minded peers, providing an opportunity to find a place they fit in.”

Camps will begin June 4 and run through July 27.

A full list of camps and their descriptions can be found at chicagostreet.org. Call 464-1636 for more information.

The Chicago Street Theatre is at 154 W. Chicago St.

‘Out of Order’

Beatniks on Conkey will present the comedy “Out of Order” from June 21-30.

Written by Ray Cooney, “Out of Order” is the farcical tale of a young minister who must lie his way out of an embarrassing situation.

As in any good farce, improbable tales are believed, identities are confused and the plot gets increasingly tangled and complicated until the eventual resolution.

Cooney is also the author of the comedy “Run for Your Wife” that ran for nine years in London’s West End.

Directed by C. Dale Kelley, the cast includes Rip Johnson, Jerry Golvidis, Earle Howe, Patricia Cooke, Amanda Maloney, Caitlyn Desjardins, John Wotkun, Charles Williams, Kali Rasala and Bonnie Johnson.

Beatniks on Conkey is at 418 Conkey St., Hammond. Call (219) 852-0848 for reservations or more information.

Bob Craig is a freelance writer.



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