Our Opinion: Camp combines theatrical skills and devotion

The Stained Glass Theatre is reaching out.

The local theater group — which produces shows with spiritual themes — held its first theater camp for youngsters this summer.

A range of theater disciplines — both on-stage and backstage — were combined with devotions at CAMP: Creative Arts Ministry Program.

Amy McFarland, a theater veteran and camp instructor, characterized the venture as a “ huge success.”

During the week-long camp, six instructors taught set design and construction, blocking, directing, costuming, acting and other theatrical skills.

The camp also included a spiritual component. McFarland pointed out each session began and ended with worship.

The 28 students, ages 8-13, ended the camp by staging a 45-minute musical production.

“It was amazing,” McFarland said. “We couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

The program for youth is the latest initiative for a busy theater group. Stained Glass Theatre participates in partnership programs with Concord Christian School, Calvary Lutheran High School and Lighthouse Preparatory Academy.

The theater group, located at 830 E. High St., typically stages nine productions annually with nine performances each, for a total of 81 shows a year.

Stained Glass Theatre, McFarland said, caters to families and children. and attempts to include a large number of children in at least one production each year.

The youth camp, she explained, was requested by members and seemed to be a natural outreach. She said the group plans to make it an annual event.

The camp is beneficial on three levels. It helps young people hone their artistic talents; it grooms the next generation to perpetuate community theater, including the Stained Glass Theatre; and it instills and inspires qualities of faith and compassion.

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