Summer Theatre Camp gives kids the spotlight

Jul 24, 2018 by Caleb Huntoon (, The Bradford Era

A group of young performers are shown rehearsing for their upcoming performances. From left are: Levi Stiles, Vincenzo Vigliotta, Aggie Collins, Kalie O’Neil, Penelope Papinchak and Elleina Smith.

Bradford Little Theatre’s Summer Theatre Camp has given children a unique opportunity to perform several plays this summer and gain valuable experience and knowledge.

Board Member of BLT and show director Jessica Ann Coder said that the children have a lot of input in the production of the shows.

“They design the sets, the costumes; they even designed the lights this year.”

Children who attend the camp learn about the different aspects of theatre and have fun while doing so. The camp has allowed the children to network and make new friends with fellow young performers. The camp also helps them establish more confidence. Coder said that she had noticed a growth within children who were shy within a few weeks.

Coder also noted the fact that the older children serve as role models for the younger performers and that they have formed a bond.

After joking that her favorite part of the camp is lunch, Aggie Collins, one of the attending children, described acrobatic scenes as her favorite part of performing in plays.

“I get to do gymnastics, which is something that I really enjoy doing.”

Collins suggests that shows with children in it have more moving around because children have a lot of energy.

The children of BLT’s Summer Theatre Camp will be performing on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 if purchased in advance or $7 at the door. Tickets are available at Togi’s, Graham’s Greenhouse or from Coder –– who can be reached at (814) 331-9903.

Originally posted in The Bradford Era