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Youths can shine at Chandler Center musical camp

August 7th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Youths can shine at Chandler Center musical camp

By Colleen Sparks, Managing Editor


Young songbirds, kids with dancing feet and children who have caught the acting bug can learn new skills and hit the stage during a camp at Chandler Center for the Arts this fall.

Parents already are signing up their young children and teens for the center’s Fall Mini-Musical Camp Oct. 8-12 at the center, 250 N. Arizona Ave.

The camp is for youths ages 7-14 and goes from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students will deliver “informal showings” to their parents at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12.

Participants will learn about the audition process, as well as singing, dancing and acting at the day camp.

“Besides memorizing lines and learning song and dance routines, more importantly, campers experience the process involved in putting on a musical production, from auditioning, stage blocking and character analysis to the small and large group dynamics of being a cast member,” said Kristen Drathman, camp director.

“CCA’s fall camp also encourages creativity and helps develop the camper’s self-confidence and other life skills that they can utilize in their day-to-day activities.”

No experience is necessary to sign up for the camp. Students will get personal coaching as the camp has a student-to-staff ratio of 8 to 1.

Drathman, a Phoenix-based actor, singer, concert performer and teacher, will oversee all aspects of the camp, while other choreographers, directors and interns will also instruct students.

“I love having a long fall break,” Drathman said. “I think our theater camp helps the kids decompress from school and introduces them to a different type of learning that they may not be exposed to during their normal school day. It also helps break up the break.”

She said the lessons taught in the musical theater camp will help children in other areas of their lives.

“It helps in so many aspects of life,” Drathman said. “From being comfortable with public speaking to confidence.”

She has sung in venues around the world, including at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and at the Brooklyn Conservatory Summer Opera Festival.

Drathman has been teaching acting and voice for 13 years and has a studio with more than 50 students ages 7 to 40. Many have gone on to perform on “American Idol” tours, as well as on Broadway.

Drathman has taught summer theater camps for 15 years and has performed with Childsplay and Greasepaint Youtheatre, Valley Youth Theatre and with her own Summer Music Camp through Chandler Center for the Arts.

She has a bachelor’s degree in musical theater from ASU and a history of helping her students prepare for and audition for admittance and scholarships to elite colleges, universities and conservatories.

The Chandler Center for the Arts’ Fall Mini-Musical Camp costs $205 for the week.


Photo courtesy Chandler Center for the Arts

Students perform in a production as part of Chandler Center for the Arts’ Fall Mini-Musical Camp last year.