PENDLETON - Curious young people 7-14 years old can spend next week in the theater creating their own plays.

The camp will explore stories from around the world as it builds performance skills, confidence, and teaches campers express themselves in new, exciting ways. Days are divided between rehearsals and workshops that include: theater games, African drumming, Shakespearean scenes, acting with masks, stand up comedy throughcharacter development, movement theater and juggling.

Rehearsals culminate in a performance that is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Pioneer Theater.

The College Community Theater has invited Toad City Productions, a professional theater company based in Portland to lead and direct.

Teachers will include Adrienne Flagg, a New York trained actor and director and artistic director of Toad City; Sean Miller, playwright and actor whose work was recently featured in 24-hour play festivals at three Chicago theaters; Joelle Anthony, writer and actor from Chicago's Second City Training Program; and intern Jon Woelfer a member of Portland's Theater Brigade.

Toad City has been teaching summer theater workshops for several years. It provides students with mature, professional training in a fun and nurturing atmosphere.

Toad City is process-oriented and creates a sense of ownership in the students about their work.

Toad City personnel help youth explore team building and ensemble skills and learn to balance them with individual strengths and self-discovery. Games and exercises are based on the work that the professional company practices in Portland.

Toad City uses Spolin Theater Games (the oldest form of American improvised theater) to perform spontaneous scenes and plays based on audience suggestions. It also works with playwrights to develop new plays, which are produced throughout the Portland area.

The theater camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25, at the Pendleton Blue Mountain Community College campus. Cost for the week-long camp is $50.

The College Community Theater will provide a daily snack. Students must bring a packed lunch and are encouraged to bring a bottle of water. Call Chris Ferguson at 276-0772, to register.

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