Theater & Library Camp in Guilford Center

Guilford Free Library and Guilford Center Stage are collaborating on Stage & Stream, a new, weeklong theater and library camp this August 15-19.  The session will be open to 5th-8th graders, and will be FREE to Guilford kids.  Those from other towns may attend for a fee of $50 for the week.

The camp day will run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at a pair of adjacent 1890’s venues in the village of Guilford Center.

Mornings will take place at Guilford Center Stage in the Broad Brook Grange, with theater workshops, games, improv, and sketches.  Morning snacks will be provided.

Campers and teachers then take the 2 minute walk to the Library for brown-bag lunch and an afternoon of literature, writing, journaling, and outdoor time in the woods, stream, the new play-space and Weeks Trail.  Healthy snacks will be provided throughout the session.

The instructors will be New England Youth Theatre “alumni,” home from college for the summer, who will have taught similar classes at NEYT. (This program is not affiliated with NEYT.) Library staff and parent volunteers will also be part of the team.  On one or more afternoons, guest practitioners will join the group for indoor and outdoor activities.

Guilford Center Stage is a new theater project at the Grange, which had its first production — of the Vermont comedy Tourists Accommodated — last fall, and is now preparing for the premiere of one-act plays by Guilford’s Michael Nethercott in June, and a fall production by Guilford-born Charles Henry (1850-1918.)

The Town’s library is regularly open several days a week, and will be staffed on camp days. Guilford Free Library has a history of providing activities for the children of Guilford, including storytime and other workshops for older children and programs for adults.  For a number of summers it has provided two morning-session Library Camps — the summer reading program — free to Guilford children.  These camps, for younger children,  will continue this July.

Transportation will be arranged for any camper who requires it in order to attend.

For further information contact Cathi Wilken, Librarian of Guilford Free Library, 257-4603  wilken@sover.net.

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