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Campers show dramatic flair at Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma Children's Theatre at Oklahoma City University gets children involved in drama.
BY ERICA SMITH, For The Oklahoman Published: July 29, 2013
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Victoria Le, 7, also is a camp veteran. “The games are my favorite part. I love learning new stuff,” she said.

Camp instructors are well-versed in their fields. They are pulled from two main areas — OCU performance disciplines or children's theater majors, and professionals who are working in the field.

“We have several teachers who are high school theater teachers during the school year,” said Grigsby. “Our filmmaking teacher is a professor in the OCU Moving Image Arts program, and Dr. Vic, who teaches the computer-based classes, is a professor at OU. We also have several teachers and assistants who have graduated from camper to volunteer to staff person, which is a legacy we love to see.”

In addition to instructors, volunteers are also integral to the running of camp classes. These volunteers are teens who have “graduated” from being a camper.

“One of the great things about (Oklahoma Children's Theatre) is the fact that it becomes a summer home for many kids, and even when they age out of the programming they still want to be here,” said Grigsby. “Volunteering is a great opportunity for them to use all their previous camp experience in a leadership role.”

The OCU campus itself also plays an important role to the camp's success. It has been home to Oklahoma Children's Theatre's since 2005. OCU provides space for all the theater's programs and in return, the theater works with students as performers, administrative support, assistants and in other capacities. The Children's Center for the Arts is the building where most camp activities take place.

Children's Theatre also offers fall, winter and spring break camps, before- and aftercare, and homeschool programs. There are also eight in-house and two statewide touring performances each year. Estimated annual attendance is approximately 42,500 for all activities.

For more information about the theater's programs, call 606-7003 or go to oklahomachildrenstheatre.org.