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Kids-N-Co finds Summer Home; Troupe to Perform ‘Cinderella’

El Paso KIDS-N-CO. found a Summer home with the First Presbyterian Church (FPC). Their next production of “Cinderella” and Summer Camp will be at FPC (1340 Murchison.)

“We’re grateful to First Presbyterian Church,” said KNC Board President Stella Gutiérrez. “It gives us the opportunity to continue to grow our programs and to provide great productions to the families of El Paso.”

Performances will be in the sanctuary, and classes will be in the available classroom space of the campus.

_Mom&Stepdaughers_Cinderella2“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to welcome Kids N Co to our campus,” said FPC Pastor Neal Locke. “Like them, First Presbyterian Church has a long history of support for the performing arts and for programs that benefit the children of our community, so we think this is a match made (perhaps literally) in heaven!  We look forward to helping Kids N Co in any way possible, and to many wonderful productions yet to come.”

See the Rodger’s & Hammerstein classic come to life in El Paso KIDS-N-CO.’s production of “Cinderella.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. May 20, 21, 27, 28, June 4, 10 & 11; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, May 22, 30, June 5 & 12.

Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for kids, students, senior citizens & military.

Founded in 1988, KIDS-N-CO.’s mission of “providing a quality theater experience and hands-on theatrical training to the children of the El Paso area, regardless of their economic, ethnic or educational background” fits in perfectly with FPC’s work with El Paso youth.

FPC currently hosts several non-denominational community youth organizations including a home-school program, the boys & girls scouts, and, now, El Paso KIDS-N-CO.

With a Summer home at First Presbyterian Church, El Paso KIDS-N-CO. can make the summer dramatic with theater camp! The schedule is as follows:

  • Production Camp 1 – June 13-July 10, 12:30-4:30 p.m.; July 8, 9, 10 performances
    • Musical Theater Camp – July 5-July 31 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; July 29, 30 & 31 performances
    • Production Camp 2 – July 18-Aug 14 12:30-4:30 p.m.; Aug 12, 13 & 14 performances
    • Kinder Camp 1 – June 13-June 25, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    • Kinder Camp 2 – Aug. 1-Aug 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Costume Design & Sewing – throughout the Summer

Production camp is $300, Kinder Camp is $$200, with discounts if the student enrolls for more than one camp, and/or if siblings also attend.

• Production Camp 1 & 2 is taught by Austin Savage, the Artistic Director for Border Theater and a UT El Paso graduate. Austin has starred in shows and independent films throughout the United States, focusing on the Southwest. He was also a playwriting fellow at the Lincoln Center. Austin leads the Rio Grande Writing Room, as well as writing, directing, and producing shows for Border Theater. Austin just finished a successful run of Border Theater’s yearly production, “Exhibitions in Dis/Connection,” at Glasbox.

Production Camp is targeted for ages 8-14. During camp, Students learn all aspects of theater including acting, building, sewing and makeup. Public performances will be presented on the final weekend of each camp.

• Musical Theater Camp is taught by Anthony Michael Stokes. Anthony is a graduate of UTEP, where he received a double B.F.A. in Music Theatre and Dance Performance. Now based out of NYC, he is a UTEP Dinner theatre veteran, he worked in South Korea as a teaching performing artist and served as a choreographer and head costume designer. He has trained as a puppeteer with the Sesame Street Puppeteer workshop and has also appeared as a puppet performer at the Metropolitan Room. Recent credits also include the dual roles of Hondo (puppet)/Walt (human) in the new musical Aisle Six (NY Fringe) and the First national tour of Clifford where he originated the roles of Charley/Mr. Partland. Other credits include; Alcestis (American Thymele Theatre)/Admetus’ Servant, Line (13th Street Rep)/ Arnall, Romeo and Bernadette/Romeo, among others. Michael is a proud member of AEA.

Musical Theater Camp is targeted for ages 8-14, but younger kids may be considered but a short interview may be required. In Musical Theater Camp, students learn all aspects of musical theater including acting, singing, dancing and make-up. Public performances of the Musical Theater Camp production will be presented the final weekend of camp.

  • Kinder Camp is taught by UTEP students Mia Carreon and Rachel Robins. Both young adults have grown up with KIDS-N-CO. Mia is a Creative Writing Major and Rachel is a Music Theater Major.

Kinder camp is for kids ages 5-7, and camp teaches youngsters how to feel comfortable on stage by learning theater games, through which they begin to get an understanding of improvisation.

An original show is written for the students, which will be performed at the end of the session.

For more information, call (915) 274-8797.

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