By now many readers of this blog have experienced – I hope! – at least one performance at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center at 245 E. High Street in downtown Pottstown. If not, don’t worry – they just keep comin’. Having just put on a widely-acclaimed production of Ragtime, The Musical, they recently announced their Summer Concert Series, which will feature the Jen Chapin Trio on July 16, the Travis Wetzel Trio on July 30 and Maggie and Mark Moliterno and Friends on August 20.
Also on tap is Tri-PAC’s 7th annual Performing Arts Summer Camp for children. There are 3 sessions to choose from, beginning on July 5th, July 18th and August 2nd. Each session lasts two weeks. There are some spaces still available, so email or call today! (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610.970.1199)
The summer camp offers students entering grades 1-12 a chance to explore drama, voice and dance with professional instructors. A new format for middle and high school students allows beginners and more experienced performers to try out one of these areas of concentration or advance their skills, whatever suits their interests or needs.
Students in grades 1-4 will take part in an interdisciplinary curriculum, giving them broad exposure to improvisation, theater movement, vocal expression, writing/drawing and making instruments. They can attend for half- or full-day with short breaks in the morning and afternoon, along with lunch (which is “bring your own.”)
For students in grades 5-12, it’s a full-day program from 9am-4pm. This year Tri-PAC has added concentrations in acting, voice, and dance, so that these older kids can work intensively in one of these areas. A student can still be a beginner and sign up for one of the concentrations and really immerse themselves in it. Half the day is spent in their area of concentration and the other half is spent working to put together an ensemble performance, which will be presented on the last day of each two-week session.
For students in 11th and 12th grades (and recent high school graduates) there is also a Counselor-In-Training program.
Tri-PAC’s summer camp options continue to evolve to encourage participation in the performing arts by newcomers and experienced students alike. If you’ve got a budding performer in your family, check it out! There is a Student Referral Incentive program and need-based financial aid available. Full information and registration forms are available at http://www.tripac.org.