Broadway Knights & Days Revue
For twenty-five years students at Performing Arts Summer Camp have asked, “What’s the play about this summer?” and the answer has remained the same, “How to get along with each other and be a good person,” says Paulette Arnold, co-founder with Laurel Near of SPACE. “From the beginning our focus has been to use the performing arts to help youth practice life skills. While our mission has remained the same, we’re constantly refining the practices and strategies that make SPACE unique.”
Each week during Camp parents receive a letter detailing what their children are learning. Besides performing arts skills, children are working on social skills: how to make new friends, how to accept disappointment, how to make decisions alone and in a group, how to recognize and accept boundaries, how to listen and appreciate. “The staff greets campers by name, notices and acknowledges positive behavior and interrupts teasing or bullying immediately,” Joel Shura, Camp Director said. At the closing circle each day students give each other “credits,” stating an appreciation for something they learned, for someone who was kind or shared food, or worked hard in rehearsal.
Campers make lifelong friends during the four weeks of intense work and fun. Even though they may not go to the same school when they’re younger, as they grow up, they find each other in high school or other extra curricular activities, creating a community of SPACE cadets! Many come back to SPACE each summer to volunteer or work at one, or more, of the three summer camps. It’s a Mendocino County tradition and for the first time, this year, the child of a former camper is attending camp!
To celebrate the anniversary, Performing Arts Summer Camp is presenting Broadway Knights & Days Revue featuring scenes & songs from Spamalot, Oliver, Shrek and more featuring 45 youth ages 8-14. This one-act musical is great entertainment for the entire family. Joel Shura directs assisted by Janice Hawthorne Timm, music director; Kira Gibson, choreographer; and a staff of seven assistants and interns ranging in age from early teens to young adults.
Performances are Friday, August 1 at 7 pm, and Saturday, August 2, at 2 pm, at the SPACE Theater, 508 W. Perkins St., Ukiah CA. General admission tickets are $12 Adults, $6 Youth 18 & Under and are available at Mendocino Book Company & at the SPACE box office.
The School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education would like to thank Lucinda May Segar and Russ Hardy & Joan McDowell for underwriting the production. For information call (707) 462-9370.