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Camp Madhatter seeks campers for 22nd event

This year's performance is titled "One Voice " and is inspired by the lyrics of a song by Ruth Moody of the Wailin’ Jennys.

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The cast of a previous Camp Madhatter performance in Wadena.
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WADENA — Camp Madhatter 2022 is titled "One Voice" and is inspired by the lyrics of a song by Ruth Moody of the Wailin’ Jennys.
Camp Madhatter will weave together songs from the musical theater genre that reflect the theme of being unique, being one of a kind, and being part of the whole of humanity. The campers will experience the music of five time Grammy award winner, Jon Batista using dance and vocal selections will include excerpts from the musicals: Shrek The Musical, Matilda, Seussical The Musical, Frozen II and Book of Mormon. Most of the vocal selections will be songs the campers can relate to on a personal level. Dancing will include basic partnering and learning the basic dance steps that are used in musical theatre.
Drama will also focus on the basic skills of an actor. How to use focus, gesture and use your voice to create a character.
Characters will be age appropriate and easily accessible to the camper. Each camper will receive a scene to work on. The scenes will be chosen from well-known young people's works and contemporary scenes used in the drama classroom.
Dramatic improvisation and ensemble work will include drama games that teach ensemble awareness and activities that stretch their creative minds. Lots of work with words as well as physical play will be explored.
Because of our generous sponsors and community members, no camper is ever turned away for lack of funds. Many campers return every year, and a few campers have been to drama camp for more than 10 consecutive years. The camp has become a key part of their theatrical training!
2019 summer marked the 20th consecutive summer of Camp Madhatter since 1999, and Camp Madhatter has 21 years of camp under its belt! Ages 8-12 meet from 9-12:30. Ages 13-18 meet from 1:30-5 p.m. Campers meet at Memorial Auditorium Monday-Friday. All campers are required to attend the entire day of August 5. Showcase performance will be at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5.
Camp tuition is $100 with some partial sponsorships available. Sponsorships are a first-come/first-serve basis.
Contact Deb Fitzsimmons, Executive Director, at 218-371-1703 debfitzsimmons6@gmail.com. Forms are available in the school offices and at www.madhattersinc.org

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