Registration open for Whatchamawhozits Summer Theatre Camp for Kids

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Photo courtesy Thingamajig Theatre Company
Registration is now open for the Whatchamawhozits Children’s Theatre Summer Camp, set to run July 5-15. The camp will conclude with public performances of “The Music Man Kids.”

By Amy Wolfe | Thingamajig Theatre Company

The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is a lively place in the summers, this year with three major musicals running in repertory: “Bright Star,” “Guys and Dolls” and “The SpongeBob Musical” with over 40 professional artists, designers and performers rehearsing and performing — dancing, singing, acting — for four months straight.

And right in the middle of it all is the Whatchamawhozits Children’s Theatre Summer Camp. This super fun and wildly popular summer camp is in its 11th summer at the Center for the Arts.

The camp works with 7- to 12-year-olds (you can inquire about special requests for 6- or 13-year-olds) and is taught by the professional performers that come in for Thingamajig’s main stage shows. From singing to costume design, from dancing to character development and storytelling, from painting with lights to aerial silks — theater is the place where all the art forms come together and create collaborative masterpieces. Theater teaches students the valuable skills of teamwork, collaboration, public speaking, articulation, critical thinking, self-confidence, physical fitness and, above all, empathy.

This summer the two-week camp runs from July 5-15, Monday through Friday (Tuesday through Friday the first week) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with public performances of “The Music Man Kids” on July 16 and 17.

Camper’s registration includes an invitation to see the main stage production of “The SpongeBob Musical” Wednesday, July 13, at 2 p.m., which features all the camp counselors.

To register, please visit www.pagosacenter.org. The cost is $375 for the camp and spaces are extremely limited.

For additional questions on the best summer activity in southwest Colorado, please contact Educational Director Laura Moore at laura@pagosacenter.org. Watch for information about ThingamaWHO’s Teen Program coming in April.

What parents say 

“Thank you for your awesome work with the kids during the improv class. It was great fun to watch their growth.”

“Many thanks for your invaluable instruction and encouragement to all the kids in the Whatchamawhozits program. [My son] had a blast and it was a fun program to watch.”