Sign-Ups Underway For Blowing Rock Kids’ Summer Theater Camp

Sign-Ups Underway For Blowing Rock Kids’ Summer Theater Camp
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By David Rogers. May 26, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — For the kids, it is a lot of fun. For the parents, it is about nurturing a combination of their child’s mental, emotional, social, academic and physical development that few activities can match. Both objectives will be matched in Blowing Rock this summer thanks to Ensemble Stage’s “Hats Off Theatre” kids summer theatre camps, June 27th through July 1st for students ages 6-11.

Summer theater camp has been a staple of Blowing Rock’s Ensemble Stage offerings since the professional theater company launched in 2009. Judging by the reviews and accomplishments of the students, they have satisfied the objectives of the students to have fun while the parents have gotten to see their children grow in ways perhaps never imagined.

Natasha Braswell

The 2016 summer theater camp features a special instructor, Natasha Braswell, who graduated from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre.  She completed an internship at Seattle Children’s Theatre, working with summer youth programs, then after graduation worked as a theatre administrator for the Granbury Opera House (Granbury, TX, near Ft. Worth), directing the kids theatre school. She first was drawn to the High Country as a high-kicking “can-can” performer at Tweetsie Railroad.

“We are truly blessed to have Natasha available to us for the kids’ summer theater camps,” noted Ensemble Stage Board of Directors member, Suzanne Miller. “She brings so much energy and fun, as well as insight to the instructional activities.”

On a social level, almost any summer camp for children help the kids make new and lasting friendships, challenge themselves to try new things, get to be more creative, and they get to have good ol’ fashioned, healthy fun away from cell phone texting and video games.

But beyond the recreational and social benefits, Ensemble Stage artistic director Gary Smith lists a potpourri of other academic and personal development benefits.

“Think about what the benefits are to kids’ exploring their creative side through theatre-focused activities,” Smith explained to The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock recently. He listed:

  • Increased focus on concentration
  • Increased confidence
  • Recognizing and communicating emotions
  • Expressing emotions in a healthy way
  • Increased discipline and work ethic
  • Increased memory
  • Improved speech and diction
  • Ability to speak in front of an audience
  • Ability to speak loudly, clearly and confidently
  • Conflict management
  • Learning respect for others
  • Learning how to listen and respond appropriately
  • Learn the importance of teamwork

For more information about Hats Off Theatre Kids Summer Theater Camps, CLICK HERE or call 828-414-1844.

For a registration form, CLICK HERE.

The camp is limited to only 12 participants, so each student receives a lot of personalized attention. The cost of the camp is $200.

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  1. Lee Ryan

    The photo is from the Anti-Bullying plays performed at Blowing Rock School and directed by Gary Smith a couple of years ago. The quality of those three plays, the kids’ performances and the direction by Gary Smith was outstanding! These summer camps under Gary’s guidance are first class opportunities for kids.


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