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ART BEAR: Actor's Edge offers youth theater camps in 2 spots

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Aspiring young actors can use the summer to hone their theatrical skills at The Actor's Edge Summer Performing Arts Camps, which start Monday and run through July 30.

Specially designed for children ages 8 to 17, campers will learn a multitude of theater crafts during sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

One great aspect of the camps is that they are available at two locations, in Duluth and in Suwanee. The Duluth location is at Notre Dame Academy at 4635 River Green Parkway. Suwanee's location is at the Pulse PAC at 425 Buford Highway.

Three camps are offered each week during the eight-week camp schedule -- Musical Theatre Camp, Acting Camp and Improv Camp. Each camp costs $185 per week.

The Actor's Edge director Patricia Padrick said, "Now in its third year, The Actor's Edge Summer Performing Arts Camps offer children and teens the opportunity to grow as artists, make new friends and have lots of fun. Every Friday, students perform onstage with scenes, monologues, songs, choreographed routines and a spontaneous improv show using audience suggestions."

The camps offer many fun activities, such as learning a new foreign accent every week. Campers can learn how to portray fainting, falling, throwing fake punches on stage and combat. Dance is also offered stressing jazz, lyrical and hip-hop as it relates to musical theater choreography. Fun games will stretch the imagination and "tickle the funny bone" at Improv Camp. This camp will also teach campers to learn to think on their feet.

Storytelling, acting technique, audition skills, finding an agent and more are also offered.

The Actor's Edge was located in the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. However, with construction and other changes, the group sought a new home.

"We really miss Red Clay Theatre," Padrick said. "We miss the wonderful support from the city of Duluth. But at Notre Dame Academy we have found a very warm welcome, an exceptionally dedicated staff and a beautiful new facility with enough room to continue to grow and serve the children of Gwinnett, Fulton and Forsyth counties with our summer performing arts programs."

Summer will lead into an exciting fall for the blossoming theater school.

"We are growing our school-year programs," Padrick said. "We are identifying and hiring the perfect instructors for group and private voice lessons, a beginners acting class for children, and an intensive adult acting class."

Padrick is herself a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and a member of the Actors' Equity Association. She explains her love for teaching young people, saying, "Sharing that wonderful creative journey with children as they explore who they are and who they can become on stage is so incredibly rewarding. I am honored to be invited into this inspired process with my students."

To learn more about The Actor's Edge Summer Performing Arts Camps, and about plans for the fall sessions, call 770-846-6721 or visit the website at www.TheActorsEdge.com.