More Than Movies: Children’s camps galore offered this summer at the Dietrich Theater

More Than Movies - Erica Rogler | May 16th, 2016 12:18 pm

Can you believe that Memorial Day is almost upon us? I can’t. It came too quickly! Before we know it the end of the school year will be here, which means summer vacation for the kiddos. If you are looking for camps to capture your children’s imaginations while they learn, the Dietrich has a great variety to choose from.

We will start the summer out with All Star Players, a new camp for aspiring actors between the ages of 13 and 18. Running from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, June 13-24, the camp will help students learn all about theatre arts from instructor and theatre professional Brenda Fager. Students will discover acting techniques and learn about costuming, set and prop design. The class will culminate with a rousing performance at 11 a.m. June 24. Admission is free, thanks to sponsors Toni Hockman and Sarah Sidorek.

The Dietrich will also host camps that mix technology and the arts. Rand Whipple, of Box of Light Studios will be back with LEGO Maniacs. From June 20 through June 24, students ages 7 to 14 will make LEGO animated films. The sets and actors are built from LEGO and students learn about stop-action animation as they shoot, edit, score and add all important sound effects to their movies. Classes will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and admission is $60 for the week.

Whipple will also teach a Zombie Film Camp from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 that week for the same age group, and for students ages 5 to 7 he will be offering the Best New Picture Book. During this class, Rand will help students invent, illustrate and even perform a brand new picture book. Parents will get a PDF version for home and an audio version playable on their computer or smartphone. The Best New Picture Book class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. that same week.

Our artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley will also be teaching many visual arts camps including the ever popular Pottery and Sculpture Camp, Drawing and Painting Camp and Mixed Media Mask Making for children ages 5 to 12.

There will also be Acting and Theatre Creation camps for children ages 6 to 12 with Michaela Moore of All About Theatre. In these series, participants will use their imaginations to learn all about acting through theatre games, improvisation, play making, character creation and more. Students will create their own characters and script and will perform their original work for family and friends at the end of each camp.

And for those interested in music, David Driskell and Timothy Walker will be offering Jammin’ in a Jugband classes this summer. During this series children between 6 and 12 years old will learn about jugband music from playing instruments, to making instruments and learning how to play as a band. It’s a week of glorious fun and at its end all students are encouraged to perform with Driskell and Walkerat Tunkhannock’s River Day.

For more information about summer camps and classes at the Dietrich, visit or call 570-996-1500 for a brochure or to register.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

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