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Youth invited to summer Broadway at Bethel Theater Camp

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- If singing and acting during a week of summer camp is your idea of fun, take a close look at one of the Bethel College summer camp options. Broadway at Bethel Music Theater Camp is a residential camp that brings youth to the campus in North Newton for one week during June. The camp gives young people the opportunity to "try their wings in musical theater and compete for roles with others their own age," according to the camp’s director, Kathryn Kasper. "It’s really challenging to learn a complete show in seven days. We all work very hard, but we also have a great deal of fun."

This year’s Broadway at Bethel Music Theater Camp June 20 to 27 will rehearse and present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical "State Fair" with its memorable tunes like "It Might as Well Be Spring" and "It’s a Grand Night for Singing."

Students receive drama training from theater professionals, as well as individualized instruction in dance and voice, and they are kept busy, according to Kasper. "But there is always time for activities like a talent show or dance during the evenings," she says.

"It’s a great experience for these young people to learn to know and work with performers from other schools," she says. "We also get quite a number of applicants from out of state."

The Broadway at Bethel camp is open to students ages 13 to 18. Campers try out for parts the first day of camp, receive assignments that evening and spend the rest of the week preparing for the performance the last day. The final performance is open to the public.

"It’s amazing how quickly young brains learn material. By Wednesday evening we have the whole show staged and then it’s a matter of fine-tuning the production," Kasper says.

To receive more information, contact Kathryn Kasper at (316) 284-5282.

"The camp often fills up fast so I would recommend that anyone interested register early," Kasper says.

Other residential camps at Bethel College during 2004 include the Science Institute from June 6 to 11 and Music Camp from June 13 to 18. Sports camps for commuters will be offered for boys basketball, girls basketball, football, soccer and volleyball.

Summer leagues for soccer and volleyball are being scheduled for high school students. Camps at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum are available for ages four to 12.

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