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Theater for one, theater for all

By Staff | Aug 3, 2018

Submitted photo Children of all ages were able to take part in a week of theater practices, workshops, and final performances from July 30 through Aug. 4. Special guests from the Missoula Children's Theater came to help put on the camp.

Village Arts, Inc. in Rugby held a Children’s Theater Camp from Aug. 30 through July 4. The non-profit paired with Montana-based theater non-profit, the Missoula Children’s Theater, Inc. Kids of all ages met at the Rugby High School for daily practices as well as for free workshops.

The goal of Village Arts is to “stimulate interest and involvement in the fine arts in Rugby.” To accomplish this and give a new, unique opprotunity to the youth, Jill Roberts said they paired with the Missoula Children’s Theater for the expertise they offer.

“I did Missoula Children’s Theater and I remember it being really fun,” she said.

The usual Children’s Theater camp offered in Rugby is normally two to three weeks long, but with the help from the Missoula Children’s Theater, they are able to do it all in less time. This helps towards Village Arts’ goal of promoting more interest and participation in the event.

“They can pull off more in a week than we can,” Roberts said. “Youth are busy and have a lot to do, so it can be hard for them to commit to a long theater schedule. This shorter time frame makes it easier.”

Those involved with the camp spent their days practicing their roles for their final performance. The play chosen was “Peter and Wendy.” Along with the play, they and any other youth, could participate in three separate workshops.

These workshops each had a different focus. One focused on acting while another was geared toward improv. The third, which was meant for the younger ages of the Rugby youth involved, was called Drama Quest.

Belzer is a staff writer for the Minot Daily News.

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