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Camp offers trail to Broadway

A scene from the production of “Grease’’ that capped the Reagle Music Theatre’s Broadway Summer Camp last year.
Allen Dines
A scene from the production of “Grease’’ that capped the Reagle Music Theatre’s Broadway Summer Camp last year.

Summer stock takes on a whole new meaning for young theater hopefuls with Reagle Music Theatre’s four-week Broadway Summer Camp starting Monday in Waltham.

Offered to ages 8 to 15, the camp runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through July 27 at the Kennedy Middle School, 655 Lexington St.

According to camp director Sheron Thorp Doucette, the experience provides training in acting, voice, dance, performance fundamentals, and techniques, with a large-scale group performance at the end of the session. Classes will cover not only the fine points of singing and acting but more general theatrical skills such as improvisation, teamwork, role playing, scene work, and character exploration.


“Our staff of 18 teachers, teaching assistants, counselors and counselors-in-training provides superb small-group instruction and support,” said Doucette, a theater professional and experienced drama teacher.

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“It’s truly remarkable to see how much skill and confidence these students develop in just four weeks. The energy, enthusiasm and camaraderie generated by 100-plus campers are also pretty amazing.”

The theme of this year’s summer camp is “the Broadway Journey.’’ Staff members include not only professional educators but also singers, actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, vocal instructors, music directors, and stage managers, assisted by college students majoring in theater arts or education as well as past Reagle youth participants.

Among the Broadway stars who will instruct students are Kenny Raskin, the original Lefou in Broadway’s “Beauty and the Beast” and a former lead clown in Cirque du Soleil; husband-and-wife team Rick Hilsabeck (of “Billy Elliot,” “Phantom of the Opera”) and Sarah Pfisterer (“Phantom of the Opera,” “Show Boat”); and Todd Olson, artistic director of American Stage Theatre Company.

Tuition for the four-week camp is $800, discounted to $700 for Waltham residents. For more information or to register, go to www.reaglemusictheatre.org, call 781-891-5600, or e-mail reagletheatrecamp@gmail.com.


ROCK HISTORY: Thursday at 8 p.m., the New England Art Rock Society presents British progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator, including three members of the original 1968 band, at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St. in Arlington.

Tickets for the exclusive New England performance by the band are $55 for preferred seating (rows A-G center orchestra), $45 for reserved seats (rest of orchestra and balcony). Doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 781-646-4849 or go to www.regenttheatre.com.

WOMEN IN CONCERT: On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Concord Women’s Chorus and Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont will join forces to present a benefit concert at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm St. in Concord.

Proceeds from the event will go to Emerson Hospital’s program offering integrative therapies to women undergoing cancer treatment. The suggested donation is $25, with all contributions tax deductible.

For more details, go online to www.concordwomens­chorus.org or call 978-852-4239.


FOCUS ON LEIBOVITZ: The Concord Museum is presenting an exhibition of images by world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Unlike her carefully staged and carefully lighted portraits made on assignment for magazines and advertising clients, the photographs in this show include landscapes both dramatic and quiet, interiors of living rooms and bedrooms, and objects that are talismans of past lives.

Entitled “Pilgrimage,” the exhibition features roughly 70 photos taken between April 2009 and May 2011, nine of them shot in Concord.

On view through Sept. 23 at the museum, 200 Lexington Road in Concord, the show is being presented in collaboration with Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, and is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Concord is the first stop, and the only New England venue, on the display’s national tour.

For hours, admission and more information, call 978-369-9763 or go to www.concordmuseum.org.

Nancy Shohet West can be reached at nancyswest@ gmail.com.