Friday, August 4, 2017

Schoolhouse Arts Center prepares for summer education program shows

Schoolhouse Arts Education Program is gearing up for its much-anticipated summer youth Dinosaurs Before Dark Kids” performs Friday August, 4 through Sunday August, 6 followed by “Once on this Island Jr.” performing August Friday, 18 to Sunday, August 20.

During each two-week session, campers pull together an entire show while focusing on stage presence, character development, vocal technique, performing a story and working with their fellow performers. Preparing the next generation of performers is not something Mr. Bates takes lightly.  “It’s important to instill solid technique and theater etiquette while maintaining a fun learning environment. It’s never too early to learn good habits.”

Talking to campers, his philosophy seems to be working.  “I always have fun, no matter what.  I love working with Dillon and my talented peers, “said Nicole Adler, age 9 of Falmouth.

“I get to be someone new.  It’s fun!” – Spencer Pahigan, age 6 of Saco.

 “Working with Dillon is an adventure,” said Montana Leslie, age 11 of Gorham. “ He is the perfect amount of learning and fun. I’ve been coming to camp for 3 years, and I always learn something new.”

Want to check out their hard work for yourself? Tickets for these fun filled shows are available on the schoolhouse arts website at

productions. Under the guidance of Dillon Bates, Education Director and director of summer programs, the young thespians are preparing for 2 exciting shows. “

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