Youth Theater Camp Explores ‘A Night in the Jungle’

NORFOLK — Putting on a theatre production in under a week is a challenge Norfolk youth are taking on this week.

The Norfolk Community Theatre and Norfolk Art Center are hosting the Norfolk Youth Theater Camp this week with showtime slated for Saturday. Camp Director Libby McKay explains that the kids spend the week learning the ins and outs of a theater production.

“They’ll be cast in a show, they’ll get to do acting workshops, and they’ll also have tech workshops that they’re involved in. So their little hands will be involved in every aspect of the production that people will come to see on Saturday—set builds and costume making, and they’ll even help with makeup and hair for the show.”

McKay explains three short plays make up the entire production titled “A Night in the Jungle.”

“This year we adapted a children’s book for one of the shows, so we took the book and wrote a script based off of it, and I think that’s going to be an interesting thing to communicate with the kids. How the words on paper really can pop out and become something new and whole and different, but it’s all from this one written word.”

McKay says is incredible to see how much the kids grow as individuals and teams throughout the week.

“You really can see some of them who maybe were more reserved in the beginning by the end just sort of fully embrace whatever that role is. Even if off stage they might be still reserved, you see that, I think it’s always great and impressive to see what the kids are capable of accomplishing.”

The public performances are on Saturday afternoon at 3 and 6 p.m. at the Cox Activities Center on the Northeast Community College campus.

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