Dramatic summer

CHARLES TOWN – Want your offspring to experience more drama this summer than what they see on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”? Programs on the lineup at the Charles Town Old Opera House may fit the bill.

Theater officials will hold auditions this week for the Old Opera House’s Summer Youth Production, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the theater at 204 N. George St., Charles Town.
Afternoon rehearsals for the non-musical version of Victor Hugo’s work will start in mid-June and the play will be performed July 26, 27, 28 and 29. Young performers ages 8 to 18 may try out, according to the OOH.
The play, written by Craig W. Stump, will be directed by Andy Kiser, who most recently directed “Scheherazade, Legend of the Arabian Nights” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” for the Charles Town theater.
Steven Brewer, the OOH’s managing/artistic director, said roles are available for about 25 young performers. He adds that no prior experience is necessary to audition.
Another opportunity for drama comes from the theatre company’s annual summer theater camp, which kicks off next week.
Theater experts will offer three weeks of classes for young people covering elements of theater such as improv, makeup, dancing, costuming, special effects, stagecraft and more.
The camps happen at the theater at 204 N. George St., with the opening week geared toward children ages 5 to 7; a June 18 to 22 camp is designed for young people ages 8 to 12; a camp for teenagers is set for June 25 to 29.
The camp that starts on Monday and runs through June 15 begins at 10 a.m. and ends at noon while the other two weeks include three-hour sessions that begin at 9 a.m.
The cost for the youngest children’s camp is $65 while the camps for children ages 8 to 18 cost $75 per child per week.
To sign up or get more information, go online to www.oldoperahouse.org or call 304-725-4420.


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