Theater-loving local kids are getting the chance to hone their performing skills this summer thanks to two camps at Phoenix Performing Arts Centre in Duryea. And, over the next two weekends, the young thespians will have the chance to show off what they’ve learned.
Phoenix Kids Summer Intensive Campers will present “Charlie Brown Musical Camp Production” Friday through Sunday, July 13-15, while Phoenix’s Teen Summer Intensive Campers will present the acclaimed Broadway musical “Avenue Q” on Friday through Sunday, July 20-22.
Showtimes for “Charlie Brown” are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10; $5 for kids 5 and younger.
“Avenue Q,” will have show times at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, tickets are $12.
For reservations for either or both shows, call 570-457-3589.
At the family-friendly “Charlie Brown” show, campers ages 7 to 13 will portray all of the iconic Peanuts characters in a number of song and dance routines. The kids spent three weeks immersed in the intricacies of acting, dancing, singing and learning about character.
Phoenix artistic director Lee LaChette said the show is “a mixture” of Charlie Brown comic strips and television and theatrical productions, including musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
“There’s the psychiatry stand, Snoopy and the Red Baron, the food bowl,” LaChette said. “There’s 12 different songs and dances. And there’s 14 kids in the show, all of the campers. We have all the popular characters, and even some of the older characters, like Franklin, Frieda, Peggy Jean and Violet.”
The show’s director/choreographer is Jade Casella.
“She’s been with me for many, many productions,” LaChette said.
The next weekend, the teen campers will present “Avenue Q,” which is centered around a group of raunchy, hilarious puppets. The language and themes run on the adult side, so parents should take that into consideration before bringing the kids along.
For the show, the campers, ages 14 to 18, have been studying singing, dancing, acting, character and the art of puppetry to perform the show in its full length, according to LaChette.
“You have to put the adult advisory on that one. It’s not family friendly; it’s adult-themed,” said LaChette, noting this is the second time Phoenix has produced “Avenue Q.”
Overall, there’s 10 teens in the show, with several playing double roles. They’ve been having fun with the puppets, even taking them home to perfect their movements.
“They’re getting the art of puppetry and getting their characters to come out. They’re really working hard,” LaChette said. “I said to them, ‘Make them like your new buddy.’”
“It’s a very upbeat show,” she continued. “You’re guaranteed to laugh through the whole thing.”
If you go
What: “Charlie Brown Musical Camp Production,” presented by Phoenix Kids Summer Intensive Campers
When: Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 15, 2 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea
Details: Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for kids 5 and under. For reservations, call 570-457-3589.
What: “Avenue Q,” presented by Phoenix Teen Summer Intensive Campers
When: Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 22, 2 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Performing Arts Centre
Details: Tickets to the show, which comes with an adult advisory, are $12. For reservations, call 570-457-3589.