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Summer theatre workshops will challenge young actors

Prescott Center for the Arts Summer Youth Theatre Program 2013 will offer a full slate of programs for young people beginning in June.

For ages 6 and up, the workshops, which meet from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, are:

• June 17-July 5: "A Bagful of Aesop's Fables." It's Aesop with attitude, while he pulls scripts out of his messenger bag and assigns roles to actors. When the actors hold scripts up to their foreheads, they magically learn the lines. The instructor for this workshop is Mary Timpany.

• July 8-July 19: "Peggy the Pint-Sized Pirate." This workshop takes to the high seas with Peggy, a little pirate who wants to sail the oceans but is always picked last for the crew. But, when the other pirates are captured by a sea monster, it's up to Peggy to save the day. The instructor is Rebekah Antsis.

Summer Stock Jr. workshops for ages 11-14 meet Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in PCA's Stage Too. The schedule is:

• June 10-July 5: "Seven Brides for Dracula." This is the inaugural production for a brand new summer activity for tweens. Dracula takes up residence close to a sanitarium, "For the Disturbed," with Van Helsing in hot pursuit. The show includes a howling wolfman, dubious sweets and non-stop action. The director is Deb White.

The Teen Summer Stock Ensemble meets June 17 to July 21 Monday through Friday from 2 to 9 p.m., with a dinner break. For ages 15 to 22, the schedule is:

• "Footloose!" This intensive program is for older teens who will be fully immersed in the process of mounting a fully produced musical on the PCA stage. The experience is designed to give teens a taste of what it's like to work in a professional setting. Participants are included by audition only. The director is Jon Myer and the choreographer Amanda Woolsey.

All summer programs are fee-based. Complete information is posted online at or Teen Summer Stock Ensemble or contact Jon Myer, PCA executive director, at 541-0209, for more information.


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