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Lionheart Theatre offers summer camps

Lionheart Theatre's summer camps for kids promises to teach young artists all about theatre while promising them a roaring good time as well. Summer camps will be held in two sessions, June 22 to 26 and July 20 to 24.

Young actors are divided into two age appropriate groups. There will be a group for the 5- to 10-year-olds and a group for 11- to 17-year-olds. Each age group has different themes for their camps and start each day at different times. The younger group has camp from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The older group will enjoy camp from 1 to 5 p.m.

The camps will be held in the College Street Playhouse, a part of the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center located at 10 College St. in Norcross.

Starting off the summer on June 22 will be a camp for the younger ones called "Under the Sea." Youngsters will create an octopus' garden and learn songs from "The Little Mermaid" among many other activities. Each camper is $125 with additional children from the same household only $75. This camp will be taught by Sean Casey who has created many children's productions for Lionheart.

Also from June 22 to 26 will be an exciting time for the older kids. Young aspiring thespians ages 11 to 17 can have an experience called "Murder Mystery and Musical Theatre Camp." During this time, campers will be able to develop "a hysterical and fun Murder Mystery play." They will also learn song and dance numbers. This camp costs $150 per camper. (The price difference between this camp and the younger kids' camp is an additional hour is given the older campers.) Additional children from the same household can attend for $90.

The Murder Mystery and Musical Theatre Camp will be taught by Janet and Grayson Chadwick.

After a few weeks off, campers have more opportunities to hone their stage crafts. For the younger set, the camp for July 20 to 24 is titled "Musical Favorites." During this camp, children will learn scenes from "High School Musical," "Annie" and "Peter Pan," plus they will work on their improv skills and join in painting sets. The same pricing applies to this camp as to the earlier camp for this age group. Sean Casey is again the instructor.

For the older set, afternoons will be spent with an "Actor's Workshop." During this time, campers will study musical theatre skills, scene work, improv and will develop skits. One advantage to this camp will be to get campers ready for their auditions when they go back to their own school theatre programs in the fall. This camp is also taught by Janet and Grayson Chadwick and the price is only $125 with $75 for additional campers from the same family.

For more information about these camps, visit the Web site at www.

lionhearttheatre.org. Reservations for these camps are required, and parents can arrange for their children to participate by calling 678-938-8518. There are also registration forms on the Web site.

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