College to host summer theatre camp for middle school students

Hesston College theatre director Laura Kraybill leads an acting class through a warmup exercise.

Aspiring young actors can learn new skills and techniques as well as challenge their creativity during Hesston College’s first summer theatre camp June 2 to 7 on the Hesston College campus. Hesston College theatre director Laura Kraybill will lead the workshop-style camp along with recent Hesston College theatre graduates.

Students ages 11 to 14 are invited to participate in the week-long workshop. The week’s theme will be “Fairy Tales: Re-spun,” and will feature original adaptations of classic tales set to poular songs. Participants will create their own musical and perform the show Saturday, June 7, following the last day of camp.

The workshops will give the young performers opportunities to work in every aspect of staging a performance from creating the script to painting the set and performing the show.

The Hesston Community Foundation graciously provided a grant to help with costs for the theatre camp.

“This camp allows Hesston College to partner with the community to promote the arts and continued education during the summer,” said Kraybill. “Middle school-aged students will have a chance to experience college level instruction and learn the elements that go into producing a show.”

The daily workshops will be from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Northlawn Studio Theatre on the Hesston College campus. All workshops, supplies, snacks and expert training will be covered with a $30 registration fee. Financial assistance is available upon request.

Those interested should register by May 1 by contacting Laura Kraybill at 620-327-8142 or