New Theatre Camp for Middle School Students to be held at Illinois Wesleyan

June 2, 2015 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— “Young Artists in Theatre,” a new camp for students entering sixth, seventh and eighth grades, will be held June 22-July 2 on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.

Students interested in both performance and technical aspects of theatre will work on Disney’s Jungle Book Kids. Students will present the show for their families and friends on July 2 at 2:15 p.m. in the McPherson Lab Theatre. In addition to rehearsing for the show, students will have sessions in scene design, lighting, acting, stage combat and other elements, along with helping design the printed program for the July 2 performance. The camp is limited to 16 participants.

Heartland Theatre Company’s Artistic Director and Illinois Wesleyan alumnus Rhys Lovell ’87 is directing the summer camp, assisted by two current IWU students LeeAnna Studt ’17 and Dana Clouser ’18. Illinois Wesleyan theatre faculty Curtis Trout, Tom Quinn, Jean Kerr and Lyudmila Kizer will lead some of the camp sessions.

Cost is $305 for the two-week camp, which runs Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The fee includes lunch in the Dining Commons and all materials, including a professional-grade theatrical makeup kit. More information is available at or at 556-3004. Registration is available online or at