A final high five between Bob McAtamney and his cast of Box Theatre players. Lower Similkameen Community Services and the Cawston Players collaborated to present the 12th annual Kids Theatre Camp. (Contributed)

A final high five between Bob McAtamney and his cast of Box Theatre players. Lower Similkameen Community Services and the Cawston Players collaborated to present the 12th annual Kids Theatre Camp. (Contributed)

Young performers put on a show in Keremeos

Annual theatre camp took place from Aug. 19 to 23

Rainy weather on Friday didn’t stop young thespians from performing at The Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos.

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As part of Kids Theatre Camp, sixteen youngsters, ages seven to 12, were the playwrights, costume designers and stagehands in several entertaining, five-minute productions. They presented their box theatre creations to small audiences who were perched at one end of the giant box while the players performed at the other.

Audiences, some under umbrellas, enjoyed the tour from stage to stage where the young players performed four and five times before different spectators.

“It’s a joy to see youngsters developing their talents and gaining confidence in expressing themselves through performance art,” said producer Dave Cursons. “Teamwork was evident as everyone brought their creative efforts into focus for their audiences.”

The Grist Mill and Gardens hosted the camp for the eighth year. Hometown Furnishings and Penticton Appliance Centre provided the stage works in huge boxes, with cedar sticks from P and E Lumber, according to a media release.

Lower Similkameen Community Services Society (LSCSS) provided organizers through Similkameen Family Literacy and the PEACE Activity Program with volunteers from The Cawston Players providing artistic leadership, according to their press release.

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Camp artistic director Bob McAtamney helped Cursons. Camp coaches were PEACE Activity worker Petra Ruscher from LSCSS, local artist Rachel Gurevich and Melissa Marr from The Cawston Players.

Kids Theatre Camp first appeared at The Cawston Community Hall in 2007 with a production of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Since then the camp, which takes place in late August, has produced Jack in The Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, among other classics.

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This audience ducked in out of the rain to peer into one of the five Box Theatre plays. (Contributed)

This audience ducked in out of the rain to peer into one of the five Box Theatre plays. (Contributed)

3 Super Siamese was the play presented in person and with stuffies by Summer Joe, left, Haylie Glada, Anne-Marie Molachyk, lower right, and Ida Ashsael, upper right. (Contributed)

3 Super Siamese was the play presented in person and with stuffies by Summer Joe, left, Haylie Glada, Anne-Marie Molachyk, lower right, and Ida Ashsael, upper right. (Contributed)