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Kids-n-Co’s “Dolores” Adds Life to El Dia de los Muertos

El Dia de los Muertos takes on a life of its own as“Dolores” takes to the stage to bring the dead to life in El Paso KIDS-N-CO.’S next show.

KIDS-N-CO.’s bilingual production of “Dolores,” was written by local playwrights Lluvia Almanza & Orlando Rodriguez. Directed by Eurydice Saucedo, Dolores is a timeless story of family and hope during the Day of the Dead.

Jose Luis is a young boy who lost his sister, Dolores, at avery young age. Although he has had the support of his parents, he has not really been able to cope with losing someone he loved so much.

As his family prepares to honor her on Dia de los Muertos, he bumps into an old friend, Juan.

The thing is, Juan has been dead for quite some time now. With the help of Juan, Jose Luis embarks on an adventure to be able to see his sister again, but soon realizes that the world of the living and the world of the dead cannot exist together.

“Dolores” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28 and Nov. 3 & 4; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 29, and Nov. 4, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison.

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

 

Kids N Co’s Acting Classes Set to Start; Auditions for Next Production Begin Next Week

El Paso’s own KIDS-N-CO are gearing up for a busy Fall Season as registration for acting classes will continue September 16, and auditions for their upcoming show “Dolores” start September 17th.

Kids N Co. officials say, “Acting classes are a great way to get kids introduced to theater if they’re new, and if they already have acting experience, it’s a great way to hone and improve those skills.”

Taught by well-known theater director, actress and teacher Vanessa Keyser, classes are from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays through November 18, on the campus of First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Tuition is $180 and classes are geared toward kids ages 5-15.

Acting classes are taught based on experience and level, not age group. Through the use of monologues, duet scenes, and group scenes, teachers will work to build each student up to the next level based on their individual needs.

Each student will be required to memorize lines and participate in every class, so attendance is important.

At the end of the ten-week session, students will show what they learned during a showcase for parents and family with the pieces students learned.

As for their upcoming show, both adults and kids welcome to audition for KIDS-N-CO.’s bilingual production of “Dolores,” written by Lluvia Almanza & Orlando Rodriguez. Eurydice Saucedo directs the show.

Jose Luis is a young boy who lost his sister, Dolores, at a very young age. Although he has had the support of his parents, he has not really been able to cope with losing someone he loved so much.

As his family prepares to honor her on Dia de los Muertos, he bumps into an old friend, Juan. The thing is, Juan has been dead for quite some time now. With the help of Juan, Jose Luis embarks on an adventure to be able to see his sister again, but soon realizes that the world of the living and the world of the dead cannot exist together.

All ages encouraged to audition. Roles available range from 17-year-old Dolores, Mom, Dad, Security Guards, dead relatives and “La Catrina.”

Auditions will include cold readings from the script, and some improvisations.  Auditions are at 6:30 p.m., September 17 and 18, on the campus of First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison.

Performances are October 20 – November 5.

Kids-N-Co Newest Musical Takes to the Stage this Weekend

What happens when the kids are left to their own devices…kids find a “Time to Play!” But in KIDS-N-CO.’s Musical Production Camp Show, this only means time for a little song and dance.

“Time to Play” is a fun and energetic variety show that tells the story of what happens at summer camp when the grown ups are not around.

Featuring songs from musicals made famous by their child casts such as “School of Rock,” “The Sound of Music,” “Oliver,” “Annie,” “Billy Elliot,” “Into the Woods,” “Ruthless” and “Fame.”

Kids-n-Co officials say, “Come and see the drama that is in store when the kids take over the camp.”

“Time to Play” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 14 & 15, and 2:30 p.m. July 16, at First Presbyterian Church at 1340 Murchison. Tickets are $5 for children, students, military & senior citizens, and $7 for adults.

Shakespeare Meets Zombies in Kids-N-Co’s ‘Zombeo and Juliet’

Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers are having some very supernatural problems. Come see what they are in the KIDS-N-CO’s Camp Production of “Zombeo and Juliet.”

In this production, the Montgomerys are a family of zombies. Their sworn enemies, the Decapitates, are zombie hunters.  When Juliet’s cousin Ty kills Romeo, Romeo becomes a zombie, making the Montgomery family proud.

Soon after at the Decapitate’s costume party, Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love, but poor Juliet Decapitate doesn’t know her love is one of her undead adversaries.

It isn’t until Romeo kills Ty and gets banned from the mall — tragically cutting off his Orange Julius supply — that Juliet learns the truth about her love.

She is faced with a difficult decision:  does she abandon her family for her true love or does she perform her family duties and send Romeo to his grave for good?  Finally, a version of “Romeo and Juliet” where the audience won’t know the ending!

Under the direction of camp director Vanessa Keyser, this show promises laughter, sword play and some zombierificdance moves.

KIDS-N-CO.’s next production camp starts July 17, culminating in three production on the final weekend of camp. During the four weeks, kids will learn about everything theater with an awesome team of teachers led by Keyser.

Performances are start this Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. , and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, at First Presbyterian Church at 1340 Murchison. Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for children, students, military and senior citizens.

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

Registration for Kids-N-Co’s Summer Theater Camp Now Open

Starting Monday, June 12th, a different kind of summer camp takes the stage, as Kids-n-Co (KNC) again hosts their annual Theater Camp.

All camps are on the campus of First Presbyterian Church at 1340 Murchison. Tuition is $300 for Production Camp, Musical Theater Camp & Film Camp, and $200 for Kinder Camp.

Discounts are available for people attending multiple camps, or for families with siblings attending camp.

Registration is open now, by phone or in person. KNC hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday, at First Presbyterian Church. For more information, call (915) 274-8797.

The KIDS-N-CO. Theater Camp schedule is as follows:

  • Production Camp 1 – June 12-July 9, 12:30-4:30 p.m.; performances are July 7, 8 & 9
    • Production Camp 2 – July 17-Aug 13 12:30-4:30 p.m.; performances are Aug 11, 12 & 13
    • Musical Theater Camp – June 19-July 16 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; performances are July 14, 15 & 16
    • Film Camp  – July 17-Aug 13 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Films will be showcased Aug. 13
    • Kinder Camp 1 – June 19-June 30, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., with a performance on June 30
    • Kinder Camp 2 – July 17-July 28, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., with a performance on July 28
    • Kinder Camp 3 – July 31-Aug 11, 9:30-11:30 a.m., with a performance on Aug. 11
  • Costume Design & Sewing – throughout the Summer

Production Camps 1 & 2 are for students ages 8-15. Taught by El Paso director, actress and theater adviser, Vanessa Keyser, camp teaches students all aspects of theater including acting, building, costume design, sewing and make-up.

The students will put all this into play – costumes, make-up and acting – with a full production showcased at the end of camp. Public performances will be presented on the final weekend of each camp.

Musical Theater Camp is targeted for ages 8-15. Younger kids may be considered, but a short interview/audition may be required. Taught by Sally Perez, who recently played the coveted role of The Witch in the EPCC production “Into the Woods,” musical theater camp teaches students all aspects of musical theater including acting, singing, dancing, choreography, costumes and make-up. The students will work towards being in a full musical production.

Public performances of the Musical Theater Camp production will be presented the final weekend of camp.

Kinder Camp is for kids ages 5-7. The young thespians learn how to feel comfortable on stage by learning theater games, through which they begin to get an understanding of improvisation. During the process, they will work towards putting on a short play, written specifically for the students and performed at the end of the session.

Film Camp is aimed for kids 12-16, and will be lead by Skyler Carreon and Brandon Abeyta: Two local filmmakers who over the summer will be filming a mini-series that our students will be able to participate in! Camp begins with an analysis of movies and storytelling by watching some classic films, and breaking them down for the students in fun and surprising ways.

There will be lessons on conceiving ideas, writing, filming, and editing. The course will conclude with conceiving, writing, filming, editing and acting in their own project to be premiered for friends and family at the end of the camp.

 

Gallery+Story: Kids-n-Co New Production of ‘Disney’s Mulan Jr.’ Opens Saturday

Not all Disney heroes are royalty. Fa Mulan is a girl worried about her ailing father, and takes his place as a warrior in the army, saving not only her father, but China as well.

Disney’s Mulan Jr. features music and lyrics by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel, Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine Tesori and Alexa Junge; music adapted and arranged and additional music and lyrics by Bryan Louiselle; book adapted and additional lyrics by Patricia Cotter. Disney’s Mulan Jr. is based on the 1998 Oscar-nominated Disney film “Mulan” and the story “Fa Mulan” by Robert D. San Souci.

Disney’s Mulan Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and the fighting spirit. With hit songs and a story packed with action, humor and heart, Disney’s Mulan Jr. brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility.

The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor. Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army.

As the great battle with the Huns approaches, Mulan must choose between revealing her true identity as a girl or saving all of China with her clever plan.

The show is directed by Skyler Carreon, with musical direction by Laura Sambrano.

KIDS-N-CO.’S production of Disney’s Mulan Jr. opens Saturday, May 27 and continues weekends through June 11 at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for children, students, senior citizens and military.

 

Kids-N-Co’s ‘A Seussified Christmas Carol’ Premieres this Weekend; Next Show Auditions Scheduled

Kids-N-Co is set to celebrate the Christmas season with their newest production “A Seussified Christmas Carol.”  The new play, directed by Mia Francesca Carreon, is a whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets.

With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with — if he ever had his way with the story.

Performances of this quirky take on a Christmas favorite are at 7:30 p.m. December 3, 9 & 10, and 2:30 p.m. December 4 & 11, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison.

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

In addition to the Christmas show, Kids-N-Co will also be hosting auditions for their next show, “Alice in Wonderland”

This adaptation was written by UTEP student John Robledo III from the “Alice” books by Lewis Carroll.

Directed by Robledo, the play follows Alice as she falls down a rabbit hole to the fantastical world of wonderland where she meets various talking animals and the evil Queen of Hearts. Ultimately, Alice’s adventure teaches her about growing up.

Auditions are open to young people and adults, 10 to adult. Auditions will consist of cold readings and some improvisations.

Roles to be filled include Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, and all the favorite characters from Carroll’s beloved story. The role of the Cheshire Cat has been pre-cast.

There is no cost to perform in a KIDS-N-CO. production. Show dates will be Fridays-Sundays Feb. 3-19 2017.

Kids-N-Co’s Education Program for Aspiring Actors, Writers and Designers Starts Saturday

Parents, if your kids have the acting bug, or just want to find out what it takes to write, act or design for a movie or play, Kids-N-Co has several treats for you.

El Paso KIDS-N-CO.’s Education Program starts October 8 and continues weekly through December 10. Registration is Oct. 8 & 15. Tuition is $200, with discounts available for siblings.

Class ends with an afternoon performance for the Acting Classes and the Screenwriting & Acting for Film will show their final film.

► Acting for Tykes (ages 5-7) – Saturdays, Oct. 8-Dec. 10, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

This class introduces youngsters to theater. Through theater games and play-acting, children learn the fundamentals of acting. Children learn to be comfortable on the stage.

► Acting from Beginning to Advanced (ages 8-15) – Saturdays, Oct. 8-Dec. 10, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Students will be assigned to groups according to skill level after the initial class.

  • Beginning/Intermediate Acting uses acting & improvisation exercises to hone skills. The class will be assigned a play, and they will work on memorization, stage direction and acting during the rehearsal process.
  • Advanced Acting class brings a higher understanding of acting through script & character analysis. Students will learn audition techniques, and work on monologues, suitable to include in an audition repertoire.

► Screenwriting & Acting for Film (ages 10-16) – Saturdays, Oct. 8-Dec. 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1p.m.

Border Theater Artistic Director and film actor Austin Savage will lead a this class in writing an original short film, which will then be rehearsed and shot during the class. All aspects of film will be covered including auditioning, acting, storyboarding, shot lists, camera technique, etc.
► Costume and Fashion Design (ages 8 through adult) – Individually Scheduled Costumer Sharon Moore teaches the basics of designing and sewing anything you might wear on or off the stage. Students will gain hands-on experience in a series of 10, 90-minute personalized classes with times arranged to suit your schedule. Girls, Boys and Grownups are encouraged to take this class! Call Sharon at (915) 408-4401.

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Kids-N-Co takes on an Interesting SciFi/Classic Story Mashup: The Doctor In Wonderland

A Time Lord, his sidekick and Alice walk into a hole…what comes next is the subject of  Kids-N-Co’s newest production.

In this story darkly comedic, sci-fi/fantasy adventure. the mysterious Doctor – a time-and-space-travelling alien adventurer – and his companion, Cara, crash-land their Tardis in Lewis Carroll’s mad world of Wonderland.

They find it a much more dangerous place than they could have ever imagined – a land of two-faced Queens, cannibal tea parties, drug-addicted Caterpillars, and bad-tempered White Rabbits, among other bizarre horrors. Can they fix their ship and escape alive, or will they forever be lost in a world ruled by madness?

Don’t be late for these very important dates in the community theater premiere by El Paso KIDS-N-CO. of Don Zolidis’ “The Doctor In Wonderland.”

Directed by Raul Chavez, the show runs Oct. 7-23, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison.

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

Kids-n-Co ends Season with Rock Musical “Razia’s Shadow”

“Razia’s Shadow,” a rock musical written & conceived by Indie-rock band Forgive Durden, is KIDS-N-CO.’s last show of the 2016 season. Directed by Xandra Quarm, “Razia’s Shadow” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 17, 23 & 24; and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18 & 25.

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

A harmonious land created by O the Doctor, the world of Razia is disrupted by an act of hate against two young lovers, Ahrima and Nidria.

Ahrima_OThis monstrous act – the world’s first murder – divides Razia by a massive mountain range in to two cursed halves – The Dark and The Light – both bound for demise.

Nearly a century later, Adakias from The Dark and Princess Anhura from The Light, meet and fall in love. They must journey to find one another and fulfill true love’s sacrifice, undoing the curse and reuniting the divided halves.

“Razia’s Shadow” explores themes of tolerance, redemption, hope and strength of the human spirit.

“Razia’s Shadow” was originally a conceptual rock musical album released by the indie-rock band Forgive Durden in 2008 on Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records.

It featured performances from bands such as Panic! At the Disco, Say Anything, Portugal, The Man Saves the Day, mewithoutYou, The Hush Sound, The Dear Hunter and others.

Drawing on a love for Broadway musicals and a childhood filled with Disney VHS tapes, writers (andAhrima_Barayas brothers) Thomas & Paul Dutton brought to life a story of star-crossed lovers fighting for their love in a divided world, featuring soaring orchestrations backed by thundering rock drums.

After a year of touring and performing “Razia’s Shadow,” Thomas wanted to bring the album to its next level – the stage.

With librettist Lonnie Angle on board, the trio continued developing the piece with the prestigious Public Theater of New York, exploring themes of tolerance, redemption, and the strength of the human spirit.

With the creative team now living in New York, the show was a finalist for the 2012 Yale Institute for Music Theatre, as well as NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals.

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COMING UP in 2016-2017

Oct. 7-23

“The Doctor in Wonderland,” by Don Zolidis
Directed by Raul Chavez

Nov. 25-Dec. 11

“A Seussified Christmas Carol,” by Peter Bloedel

Directed by Mia Carreon

Feb. 3-12

“Alice in Wonderland”
An original adaptation by John Robledo from a book by Lewis Carroll
Directed by John Robledo

March 24-April 9
“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Jr.,” the Musical
Directed by Anthony Michael Stokes

May 12-28
“Mulan Jr.,” the Musical
Directed by Skyler Carreon

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Kids-n-Co RAD! TV Brings Television to the Stage on Saturday

You don’t need to watch Saturday night TV for entertainment when you can head out and watch “RAD! TV” performed by kids at El Paso KIDS-N-CO.

Kids from KNC’s Production Camp 2 will perform 12 original, five-minute skits, featuring video “commercial breaks” between skits. The videos shown advertise fictional products such as Rotten Meat Town, Werewolf Repellent, Robot Servant, and Rainbow Wizard, the TV Show.

The skits and videos were written and developed by the campers, and the campers shot the videos as well. Larry Emerson from Results Video lent KNC his expertise and came and shot the camp’s movie preview of “Sweatshop, the Musical,” which parodies all musicals about orphaned children such as “Annie” and “Oliver,” with characters like Ollie Krank, a.k.a. the Phantom, Natilda, Dannie, and Peggy Peggington III.

The camp is lead by Austin Savage, artistic director at Border Theater, with the assistance of Emily James, Emma Shackelford and Anthony Muñoz.

“RAD! TV” starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Tickets are $7 adults, and $5 for children, students, senior citizens and military.

Kids-n-Co Production of “Spark of Creation” set to Open Friday Night

There’s nothing to do at Uncle Stephen’s house. But when three kids find Uncle Stephen’s old play room, a new world comes to life where they find playmates in Raggedy Ann, an old Rocking Horse, a Jack-in-the-Box, and many other toys that Uncle Stephen played with when he was young. And then they start to sing and dance.

“Spark of Creation, A Celebration of the Works of Stephen Schwartz” revolves around three kids who are bored and stuck at their Uncle Stephen’s country house for the summer with no technology and nothing to do.

While exploring the house they find an old box of toys and decide to play them. As they begin to play, the old toys seem to come to life in front of their very eyes, not only sparking creation and imagination, but emotions they didn’t know they had.

It’s a colorful trip of nostalgia and whimsy using Stephen Schwartz’s catalog of varied music, including songs from “Godspell,” “Wicked,” “Enchanted,” “Pippin” and “Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Under the direction of Anthony Michael Stokes, with musical direction by Ajith Kumar, and a team comprised of Arazelia Perez, Rachel Robins, Emily Shackelford and Isabella Alex Candelaria, the students have been guided in singing, dancing and acting as well as the etiquette and challenges that go into creating new musical show with live music.

With a major focus on character development and the physicality of becoming a role, come see the wonderful students transform before your eyes.

Kids-N-Co’s 2016 Summer Musical Theatre Camp production “Spark of Creation – A Celebration of the Works of Stephen Schwartz,” starts at 7 p.m. FridaySaturday, July 29-30, and at 7p.m. Sunday, July 31, at First Presbyterian Church of El Paso, 1340 Murchison.

Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for children, students, military and senior citizens, available at the door.

For more information visit the KIDS-N-CO. Facebook Page, or call (915) 274-8797

Kids-N-Co set to Debut 2016 Summer Camp Production: What the Moon Saw

After weeks of rehearsals, Kids-N-Co. will debut their 2016 Summer Theatre Camp production: What the Moon Saw this weekend. 

The classic stories of Hans Christian Andersen come to life in this production, created and performed by the KNC campers. Stories include The Fir Tree, What the Moon Saw and the The Snow Queen, which was the basis for the Disney film Frozen.

What_The_Moon_Saw-2During the KNC production camp, students learn all aspects of theater, acting, costume and behind-the-scenes work with tech. Young adults serve as interns to lead the students during rehearsals and help write the show.

Student director/intern Anthony Muñoz, currently a high school student at DaVinci School for Science and the Arts, said about his experience, “It really has been fun working with this talented group of kids.”

UTEP student Emily James agreed, “The kids have been working really hard to put this show together.”

Camp Director Austin Savage is impressed by the efforts of all involved, “In a transitional period and facing some adversity, the kids have responded with great joy and passion and I could not be more impressed by the patience, care, and talent that the interns have demonstrated. The show is going to be beautiful because it is a reflection of them and the care they have for theatre and the campers.”

The shows begin at 7 p.m. July 8 & 9, and at 2:30 p.m. July 10, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Tickets are $5-$7, available at the door.

For information, call (915) 274-8797.

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What: What the Moon SawWhat_The_Moon_Saw-1
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison
When: 7 p.m., July 8 and 9 and 2:30 p.m. July 10
Cost: Tickets available at the door: $7 for adults, and $5 for children, students, senior citizens and military

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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.

El Paso’s Kids-n-Co Looking for New Home

El Paso KIDS-N-CO. will no longer be at their location on 1301 Texas Street, near Downtown El Paso.

According to officials with the children’s theater company, the owners of the building have decided to go in a different direction, so KIDS-N-CO. will be searching for a new home.

The time and expense of moving more than 10 years of accumulation with costumes, building materials, furniture, arts & crafts supplies, sewing supplies, lumber, chairs, stage lights, and everything it takes to make a continuously running theater, is quite expensive and overwhelming.

Arrangements had to be made for storage, coordination for current and upcoming performances & auditions, rearranging Saturday Acting Class schedules, and planning Summer camp, which left very little time to actively raise funds, leaving the coffers low.

In addition to paying the lease of the building that’s being evacuated, KIDS-N-CO. has had to pay fees in the facilities being used, as well as rent for storage.

Auditions for “Cinderella,” the musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, April 3 & 4, at Bethel Temple Ministries at 6301 Alabama.

Officials say, “With a little help from their friends, KIDS-N-CO. is looking forward to this new stage in their theater careers.”

KIDS-N-CO. needs the community’s help in looking for a new home, and help in funding the youth programs. Donations will be eagerly accepted. They can be mailed to El Paso KIDS-N-CO., P.O. Box 971333, El Paso, TX 79997.

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