Children learn importance of imagination through acting camp

MARQUETTE — Children between the ages of 3 and 8 are able to explore their imagination this week through Superior Arts Youth Theatre’s Preschool and Elementary School Acting Camp.

For over ten years, these acting camps have been held and this year, over 20 children are participating. Acting games, diction exercises, and nursery rhythms are just some of the activities the children participate in, getting them prepared for the final performance at the end of the week.

Other than getting an introduction to theatre as a whole, the children learn a variety of skills from public speaking to making friends.

“How to express themselves through art is really what we’re going for here because there’s so many things now where kids don’t get to play pretend or act out what they want to be. This really gives them the opportunity to become something that they are not and gain confidence through performance,” said Superior Arts Youth Theatre Manager, Jalina McClain.

Using their imaginations is something many of the children look forward to. The participants also recently found out their roles for the upcoming show.

“I’m looking forward to the performance. I have two parts, a bird and a deer,” said 5-year old camp participant, Annika Neuschwander.

“I’ve done two plays before. My favorite part is being the characters,” said 4-year old camp participant, Anna Thomsen.

Auditions are coming up for an 8th grade and under production of Shrek Junior, anyone from the camp or the community is invited to audition.