By Nan Nawrocki
Tater Patch Member
The Tater Patch Players are hosting their 6th Annual Theater Camp. This summer’s camp program is for kids from rising third graders through high school. For two weeks, from June 20 through 24 and June 27 through July 1, there are opportunities to learn about all things theater and have a lot of fun in the new Tater Patch Players Theater. Campers can attend either one or two weeks of the camp. The morning session is for the older campers, from rising 6th graders through rising 12th graders. These campers will learn from Tater Patch’s qualified instructors about the many skills involved in “tech theater.” This covers everything that happens behind the scenes: designing and building scenery, doing lighting, costuming and makeup.
Adults who are interested in learning these skills are invited to contact Tater Patch at the theater number, 706-253-2800, and ask about how they may join and learn too. The older campers are welcome to stay for the afternoon sessions to help the younger campers and to work on sets, lights and costumes for the troupe’s upcoming production of Peter Pan. Those choosing to stay for both sessions should bring a sack lunch and enjoy lunch with the Taters where lively theater discussions will take place.
The afternoon sessions are for the younger actors. This is a great chance for your children, rising third through fifth graders, to participate in the vibrant world of theater. There will be plenty of fun and games, but as a Tater Patch camp staffer sai, “Our program helps the young stars develop poise and confidence when in the public eye. Tater Patch will provide wholesome theatre experiences while skill-building. We will help our students develop their team skills as they learn to be a part of a working theater troupe, developing character as well as talent.” All participants are eligible to be in this summer’s production of Peter Pan if they choose. Scholarships for campers who cannot afford the whole camp fee will be available because Tater Patch knows that every star should have a chance to shine! The camp enrollment form is in the “Downloadable Forms” section of the troupe’s Web site at www. taterpatchplayers.org. If you do not have Internet access or have questions, you can call the theater at 706-253-2800 and leave a message. You will be called back. Or if you’re in the neighborhood, drop by the theater. Chances are there will be someone there working. The theater is at 95 Philadelphia Lane, off Old Philadelphia Road near Wal-Mart.