Inland Valley Repertory Theater to Resume In-Person Musical Theater Summer Camps

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June 07, 2021

Take the stage with Camp IVRT! Inner Valley Repertory Theater (IVRT) is proud to announce in-person musical theater summer camps and the return of its successful online interactive theater program. Students aged 7 to 13 will have fun creating an original play with songs from hit Broadway musicals, making new friends and working together in a positive, creative and uplifting atmosphere.

“I am more than delighted to announce, in addition to our talented team of teaching artists, the virtual addition this summer of Spencer Weitzel who will teach ‘Act for the Camera’,” said Donna Marie Minano, Executive Director of the ‘IVRT. “In this new era of theater reinvention, knowing how to translate stage performance to screen has become a very important skill and I am delighted that our students are able to work with Spencer.”

Professional teaching artists and energetic high school assistants work with students in person and through Zoom classes, helping them find their voices and express their feelings through music, drama and movement. Camp IVRT activities and games help students learn patience, tolerance, discipline and focus.

Online students will also work with a professional filmmaker to learn how to act for the camera, and each child can begin to create an acting “reel” that they can keep to themselves. Our goal is to engage our students with creativity and pleasure, while developing a love of performance with confidence to express themselves.

“We have seen children ‘come out of their shell’, have more self-confidence and achieve great things! Said Minano.

Class sessions:
Intensive Saturday in-person classes will be held at the beautiful Foothill Country Day School campus on June 26 and July 10, 17, 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The in-person camp will follow Covid safety guidelines .

Virtual sessions one (June 21-25) and two (June 28-July 2) are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students will learn the basics of acting, singing, and movement in a positive, creative, and supportive way. atmosphere.

Games and improvisation exercises, in addition to song and movement, are at the heart of this camp. Students will also acquire equipment and skills to be able to audition in local theaters. A final demonstration recital takes place on the last day of the camp.

The virtual “performance camp” lasts three weeks, July 12-30.

Click on here for course prices and to register, or call (909) 720-7324. Camp IVRT is designed to be inclusive, so that every child can have the opportunity to find their voice and express themselves. Thanks to a grant from the California Arts Council, we have several full and partial scholarships available.

About Camp IVRT:
Camp IVRT is an educational outreach program of the Inland Valley Repertory Theater (IVRT) company. Camp IVRT was started by IVRT co-founder Donna Marie Minano, a faculty member at the Claremont Community School of Music and a music teacher at Claremont. The goal of Camp IVRT is to provide theater, song, and dance / movement training to students who wish to get involved in live theater and the stage. Students come out of the program with the skills to be able to audition for one of the many theater organizations in our region.

About the Inland Valley Repertory Theater:
Founded in 1990 by Claremont High School alumnus Frank Minano and his wife Donna Marie, IVRT made its home at the Candlelight Pavilion in 2008. IVRT’s unique midweek arrangement incorporates a feature known as “modification ensemble “, that is, recycling sets that the Candlelight Pavilion uses for its weekend dinner theater. Critically acclaimed regional theater company, winning numerous honors for its theatrical works, the IVRT receives funding from the California Arts Council, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the City of Claremont and from the Claremont Educational Foundation, as well as private and corporate donors. More information can be found here.


This press release was produced by La Verne Chamber of Commerce. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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