Both a Theatre Camp and the return of the Professional Development Workshop Series are on tap beginning in June, beginning with the June 11 kickoff of a three-week camp for young aspiring actors.
For young actors
Kids ages 9 to 13 are invited to learn from arts center staff, local teachers and professionals in the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. sessions that last to June 29. The focus, according to the Grand’s theater supervisor, Jeffrey Haskett, will be on basic acting skills, artistic interpretation and character development. Singing, dancing and movement on stage will also be addressed.
In the session’s final week, the campers will create an invitational showcase for family and friends to be presented June 29.
A four-week Teen Camp from July 9 through Aug. 3 for those ages 14 to 18 promises a more intensive curriculum, according to Haskett. The Teen Camp offers electives in dance, acting, musical theater, directing and technical theater, as well as lighting, sound and stage crew training.
The teen campers will go on a field trip to San Francisco to see a midweek matinee performance of “Les Miserables. Teen campers will also put on two performances — one Friday evening show halfway through the camp, and one on the final day that will showcase their theatrical projects.
The two camps cost about $25 a day.
For information: www.atthegrand.org or 831-6858.
For emerging professionals
Returning for a second year is the Professional Development Workshop Series, which will bring local and regional presenters to the Grand.
Nine workshop classes will be taught in dance, drama, musical and visual arts.
The series provides training, knowledge and networking for working artists, arts educators and administrators. Some of the workshop sessions are also suitable for students in high school and college, according to the Grand’s cultural arts manager, William Wilson
The nine workshop sessions are:
Saturday, June 16
Dance: The Art of Tai Chi, 2 to 4 p.m. $5
Visual Arts: Fused Glass: Strip Construction, 1 to 4 p.m. $35
Saturday, June 23
Drama: Playwriting, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10
Music: Voice Technique — Anyone Can Sing, Really!, noon to 2 p.m. $25
Visual Arts: Legal Issues and Rights for California Artists, noon to 2 p.m. Free
Saturday June 30
Dance: Ballet Choreography, noon to 2 p.m. $15
Drama: Makeup Techniques for Performance, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. #30
Visual Arts: Ceramics — Sculpting the Human Head, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $20
Cross Discipline: Performing Arts for Educators Working with Special Needs Students, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10
All workshops require registration, which is available online at www.atthegrand.org. Fees are required for all but one of the workshops.