Summer Drama and Musical Theatre Program offers classes for ages 5 to adult

JAMESTOWN – The Drama Enrichment Pro-gram has announced its summer schedule offering classes for young people from 5 to adults. Classes for Summer 2014 include: Kids’ Camp with six week-long sessions for children in grades one through eight, a three-week drama session for students in middle school through college and a three-week singers’ intensive session for students in high school through college. Adults are also welcome to attend the Drama and Musical Theatre sessions. Workshops are held at the Renaissance Center in Jamestown.

Kids’ Camp students learn theater terms and theater games, improvisation, costuming, set construction and create their own play which they produce on the Friday of their session for family and friends. Children can participate in one or all six of the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. sessions. The cost is $100 per week.

Early dropoff at 8:30 a.m. and late pickup at 5:30 p.m. is available for working parents. Sibling discounts are available.

More serious theatrical training is provided in the drama session for elementary through adults. Students in this session learn acting techniques and produce an original screenplay written by program director, Michele Constantino, “They Speak in Numbers,” a thriller about partisans and spies in wartime Berlin and their efforts to save Jews from the fury of Adolf Hitler.

Singers’ Intensive (formerly Musical Theater) students learn proper vocal techniques and performance skills in this three-week course running from July 28th through August 16th. Entrance into this program is by audition only. There is housing available for out-of-town students. Singers’ Intensive features staging by Constantino and critique and diagnostics from Broadway stars, Keith Buterbaugh and Jan Horvath, who will be in residence for two of the three weeks. They will work with students individually in private sessions in the evening and group sessions during the afternoons.

Buterbaugh’s credentials include the title role of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom” on Broadway, leading roles in National touring shows and White House appearances, performances throughout the U.S and Europe with world-renowned symphonies and recent runs in Tony Award winning “Company” and “Sweeney Todd.” Horvath has played roles of such as Christine and Carlotta in “The Phantom of the Opera.” Other Broadway credits include “The Threepenny Opera” starring Sting, “Sweet Charity” directed by Bob Fosse, “Oliver!” and “Stardust.” In the National Touring Company of “Cats,” she played the leading role of Grizabella.

New York musician Barton Keubler will be the accompanist and musical director with a professional band. The band will accompany the two Broadway performers, Constantino, and the musical theater students in a main stage production at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

The Drama Enrichment Program is in its thirteenth year. The program has grown from a core of 18 young high school actors in one summer session to almost 100 students from the ages of 6 to 25 in workshop situations from summer through the Christmas Season.

All programs are under the supervision of Constantino, who achieved her regional reputation for the excellence of her production and direction skills with the Jamestown High School Musical at the Reg Lenna Civic Center.

All Drama Enrichment Program classes are tuition-based and have a limited enrollment. Information on the Drama Enrichment Program can be found on the website at www.depjamestown.com or by contacting Constantino at 763-2034. Anyone wishing to become a patron or a program advertiser should also contact Ms. Constantino. The Drama Enrichment Program is sponsored by the Community Music Project and supported in part by grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.