Lake Superior Theatre teaches kids behind the scenes

Summer camp is usually synonymous with bug bites and campfires, but the Lake Superior Youth Theatre is giving kids a chance to have some fun behind the scenes instead.

This week, campers between the ages of 8 and 18 years old will work with directors, actors, and stage managers to learn the basics of putting on a show. Lake Superior Youth Theatre puts on dozens of productions throughout the year, but without an ample stable of stagehands, the show could not go on.

“We want them to have a really solid background of what happens beyond the acting because there’s so much more that goes on in theater. We want to give them a basic overview of the different areas of tech. Hopefully, we’ll help them figure out what they’re interested in, too, because it is going to be a lot of information about a lot of different things. That way, they can discover what they want to learn more about or what they might be interested in participating in, in the future,” explained Meghan Marquardt, a Theatre Major at NMU who will be co-leading the camp.

Lessons will span a variety of topics: from using proper safety techniques when using a ladder or hanging a light to developing innovative stage designs and costumes. The one-week camp will conclude this Friday with a Tech Olympics where students will demonstrate the abilities they learned to the public at 5 p.m.

If you want to sign your child up for this camp or any of their upcoming activities, you can find out more on their website