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Nettle Creek Players offer summer workshops, camp

HAGERSTOWN — Nettle Creek Players will offer the Young Actors Workshop as part of its 2018 Summer Stock Theatre Season. The day camp program will be held from Tuesday-Saturday, July 24-Aug.4 on the Opera House Stage in the Hagerstown History Museum, 96 ½ E. Main St. and in the Nettle Creek Players Tent on Main Street in Hagerstown.

Tuesday through Friday classes are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students aged 10-17 will participate in performances of “Master Cat: The Story of Puss in Boots” at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28 and Aug. 4. Registration is limited and first-come, first-served to students ages 10 to 17. Tuition is $100 per student and is payable with registration. Some scholarships are available. Registration is  online at www.nettlecreekplayers.com or in person at the Hagerstown Library. Information is available at 765-312-2722.

The Young Actors Workshop gives students hands-on experience working side-by-side with professional actors, teachers and directors as both students and professionals work toward the shared goal of producing a play. The goals and outcomes include improvement in communications skills, self-confidence, vocabulary, teamwork and leadership abilities as well as the joy of participating in a live public performance.

During the workshop, students spend half of each daily session learning basic theatre skills including theater games & warm-up exercises, character development, scene study, memorization, music and voice, dancing and movement, set and costume design and more.

The second half of each class is spent rehearsing the musical “Master Cat: The Story of Puss in Boots.” At the end of each week of classes, students and teachers join to perform a fully staged and costumed version of “Master Cat: The Story of Puss in Boots” as part of the Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season in a giant circus tent on Main Street. Showcase performances are ticketed events open to the public.

Teachers include visiting artists who will live in Hagerstown for the summer as they produce and perform the theatre season. Leading the program are NCP Artistic Director, former Muncie Civic Executive Director and Monroe Central High School Drama Director Darrin Murrell and his wife, Western Kentucky University theatre professor Dr. Julie Lyn Barber. Other company members and teachers include Ball State University theatre program graduates Katie Jones and Olivia Schaperjohn.

Information is available at www.nettlecreekplayers.com, Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers, info@nettlecreekplayers.com or 765-312-2722.

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