Art Beat: Lionheart Theatre offers spring break drama camps

There is just enough time left to sign up for some spring break fun, compliments of Lionheart Theatre. This Norcross group is always coming up with ways to bring children and teens into the world of drama, and another offering comes your way starting Monday.

"Spring Break Drama Camp" will run through April 10 at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, 10 College St. in Norcross. The camp will teach improv, fun theater games, acting technique, musical numbers, skits and more.

Attendees will be broken into two groups: teens and elementary school performers. Teaching the middle and high school thespians will be veteran drama teacher and area performer Janet Chadwick.

"This will be an opportunity for the campers to have some creative fun and also prepare for summer and fall auditions at school and in community theatres," Chadwick said. "We will work on specific scenes and musical numbers from some favorite shows. We will also work on character development and improv."

For the younger group, a special treat is in store.

"We're going to start with a favorite book, 'Where the Wild Things Are.' We'll make the entire set, create 'Wild Things' masks and have a 'wild rumpus' complete with bongos, dancing and drums. It will be 'wild' and the kids will learn a lot," said Sean Casey, who performs children's shows with Lionheart and around the country.

"I will also focus on teaching students about how to be an actor by taking care of props, being courteous and learning to have poise on stage."

Paige Kolb of Norcross, whose son Adam, 6, will attend his first drama camp over spring break at Lionheart, said, "We recognize the talent for drama in our son, and we know the program at Lionheart is solid. Adam will be in a safe and happy environment where he will learn different skills like staying focused and being a team player. We're excited to take advantage of the opportunity our community offers."

The cost is $125 per camper for the week. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 678-938-8518 or by going online at www.lionhearttheatre.org.

Lionheart has become an active member of the Norcross Community. It recently donated $300 to Norcross Elementary School media center. In addition, Lionheart is donating $1 of every admission from its Main Stage show "Our Town" to the local Relay for Life efforts.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. E-mail hcalmes@mindspring.com.