Seton Hall University offered its first ever Theatre Arts Camp this July. The program was created for middle school students who are interested in exploring theatre arts and developing self-confidence and communication skills. Deirdre Yates, professor of theatre and speech in the Department of Communication and The Arts, coordinated the program. Two Seton Hall Alumni, Joe Prussak and Laura Rondinella, were the instructors for the Camp.
The Theatre Arts Camp was held for four weeks in July. Students attended classes at the South Orange campus in Seton Hall’s unique Theatre-in-the-Round. The program was designed for middle school students, providing instruction and experience in creative drama activities, improvisational techniques, with an emphasis on building collaborative communication skills. The camp culminated in an open workshop performance with work created by the students. This year’s final performance included monologues, improvisation, a modern version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and songs from Rent, Mary Poppins, Cabaret and more.
The students also took part in a theatrical make-up workshop and multiple theatre games. At the cast party of pizza and cupcakes, parents commented on how their children “loved the camp” and “were so happy to spend the summer doing what they enjoy.” The professional instructors brought their expertise to the program developing a very specific curriculum tailored to the needs of each student. More theater programs are planned for middle school and high school students for summer, 2012.
The Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies at Seton Hall University offers credit and non-credit courses year-round that meet the life-long learning needs of the community and region.
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