“It’s really adorable to see how hard the [campers] can work in a week’s time,” said YGP Program Manager Julie Zender. “It’s just a whole new level of summer camp.”
While YGP offers many different “theme weeks” throughout the organization’s nine-week summer camp program — including “Take a Walk on the Wild Side,” “Creatures of Canyon Country,” and “Garden Gurus” — Zender said many kids look forward to the “YGP on Broadway” camp all summer.
“There are kids that sign up only for theater week,” she said. “Or it’s what they talk about from the first week of summer camp. [They will ask] ‘what’s the play this year?’”
During the week, Zender and the YGP staff help the participants create costumes and learn staging, while the campers spend much of their time rehearsing for the performance. As the play has come together, Zender said it’s evident that the audience will be entertained by the performance.
“You can expect to laugh and you can expect some good one-liners from the narrators,” Zender said. “And let’s just say — stay tuned for the giant.”
The YGP on Broadway summer camp participants will perform “Jack and the Beanstalk” on Friday, July 15 at 3:45 p.m. at Star Hall, 159 E. Center St.