New Summer Camp Fostering Love of the Arts

Published 07/22 2014 05:21PM

Updated 07/22 2014 07:05PM

A brand new summer camp in Lackawanna County is giving kids a taste of the performing arts.

The Scranton Cultural Center is opening its doors to kids this summer, giving them a chance to perform just like the professionals.

The staff at the Scranton Cultural Center say they decided to host the summer camps for the first time this year because they didn't like how quiet their building was during the summer months.

They are offering five different camp sessions this summer. The one that is currently underway allows kids to perform a show on the main stage of the Scranton Cultural Center.

"It's a really, really great experience," Nicole Lavalva of Nazareth said. "I'm having so much fun and so is everyone else here."

In just six days, kids have put together a production of Seussical Jr.

It is the first time that 16-year-old Roger Sparks of Archbald will have ever had a main role.

"Everybody's learning and learning their parts and it's all kind of going together like that so it's just kind of a good experience to learn how to act," Sparks said.

The camp has helped to break 13-year-old Erika Aguilar of Scranton out of her shell.

She admits she was nervous going into camp, thinking that people would judge her but she says that hasn't happened.

"I like to read out loud but not really act or dance much," Aguilar said. "I like to sing but not in front of people, but when I'm in the shower I'm like 'oh yeah!'"

Like other kids, Aguilar says the camp has fostered her creativity.

"It's really hard work, especially with the scenary and memorization and learning the dance moves and then putting it together all in two weeks, it's like, oh my God, pressure!" Aguilar said.

The kids will put on two performances of Seussical Jr. on Friday at 1:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Admission is $5 and tickets are available at the door.

Cultural Center staff members say there are two other camp sessions left this summer: July 28-August 8 and August 11 -August 22.

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