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Theater workshop keeps kids involved in summerSubmitted: 07/26/2013

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com


MINOCQUA - "Just run wild. Let your imagination fly," says 13-year-old Jared Martin.

Nearly 30 kids from the Lakeland area turn up their imagination every day for three weeks in the summer.

"I go home at the end of the day and I'm exhausted. You can ask my kids. They're in the show. I just go home and I need a nap. These guys are like little vampires, they suck all the energy out of me," says Gail Petersen, Children's Summer Theater Workshop Director.

The Campanile Center in Minocqua hosts the Children's Summer Theater Workshop for kids of all ages.

"I was born a really loud child, so I love expressing myself and I love being on stage and the feeling that I don't have to be myself, I can be whoever I want to be when I'm on that stage," says 12-year-old Molly Larson.

Petersen is a music instructor in the Minocqua area. But in the summer, this is how she spends time with kids.

"We have the morning portion which I call workshop. They come in they're learning improv skills, and they're learning how to project their voice, learning how to use those skills," says Petersen.

There's one thing Petersen makes sure they learn to do well.

"Be loud," says Larson.

"Gail reminds us that we need to speak louder, over and over again," says Larson.

Besides improv and basic theater skills, the group is putting together a full play to show off.

"I'm Aladdin," says Marton.

"I'm Genie," says Larson.

"It's going great. We have a lot of kids, and a lot to learn in three weeks. We have an incredible group of people. Some are newbies, some have been doing it I few years. I feel like it's going to be really good," says Petersen.

Aladdin debuts this weekend in Minocqua.

You can be sure one thing is the end goal for everyone.

"It's just fun," says Martin.



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