School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean area youth have nothing to do. More than 20 kids are participating in this year’s Kidshop Theatre, a day-camp-style program offered by Foothills Theatre.
The group will stage a musical production entitled “There’s a Monster in my Closet” on July 1 at 7 p.m. and July 2 at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Elkin First Baptist Church. There is no charge for the tickets, but donations are accepted.
Kidshop began last Monday and in the next three weeks leading up to the performance, the children will not only learn lines, songs and dance routines, but also will help to create the set and costumes as well.
The program began in 1999, under the direction of Leighanne Martin Wright, and after a several year hiatus, restarted in 2011.
This year’s production features 23 children from Elkin, State Road, Mount Airy, Jonesville, Boonville and East Bend. The show is directed by Morgan Harrison with assistance from Wright as well as Christie Harrison and Claire Grider.
Christie Harrison said the kids like all the different aspects of the program, which is both fun and educational.
“I think they enjoy being on stage and acting silly and they enjoy making everything and they really enjoy just hanging out with each other because they’re just silly and they have fun,” she said.
The kids, though having fun, are still learning, she said.
“I think they learn actually a great deal because they see all aspects of it,” she said. “They get to see the theatrical part by being in it, how the play works, the entrances and the exits, learning lines, and the music and the dancing, but they also see behind-the-scenes stuff. They get to look at the sets and how to build the sets and props and costumes.”
Featured in this year’s production are Grace Harrison, Raven Poindexter, Morgan Orta, Charlotte Whitman, Caroline Sowers, Cameron Shaw, Leah Shaw, Jaron Nunnemaker, Elijah Jeroslow, June White, Ally Vestal, Cama Ball, Ada Blackwelder, Kristie Brown, Matthew Brown, Lyelie Klatt, Shaelyn Reynolds, Carly Mullins, Eli Seipel-Park, Nora Sizemore Lucas Berrier and Ellie Wooten.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.