Kidshop Theatre, a summer theater day camp put on by Foothills Arts Council, taught two local kids the importance of speaking loud and projecting their voices.
Under the direction of Morgan Harrison with Christie Harrison, producer, and Julie Shaw, assistant director, kids spent three weeks this summer in camp participating in a from-the-ground-up theater learning experience.
Bethany Roberts, 11, who portrays housekeeper Helen in this year’s performance, has participated three years in Kidshop Theatre and said she has discovered that she likes to act.
She said, “I learned to talk louder.”
She defined Helen’s part as being rude and said this year’s costume is black and white. She said they sung a lot this time and will find a new experience performing this year in the Dixon Auditorium. Roberts said she expects lots of people to show up for the performance.
Roberts added, “My favorite part is to sing” and called her favorite tune as “What Is So Special About This Girl.” She said she especially likes to sing by herself and her favorite theater was last year’s “C-rhyme and Pun-ishment.” Perhaps that is fitting since Roberts said she wants to be an author some day, with her favorite genre being mystery.
During the performance last year, she said, “I was the beautiful swan.” She said she got to wear a white costume with white feathers.
She is nervous and excited about the upcoming performance but like a veteran said it comes with the territory. Afterward, Roberts said she is looking forward to going to beach. “Definitely.”
Zoey Hawks, 12, said her first experience in Kidshop Theatre so far has been really fun. She is the clock in “Beauty and the Beast.”
Hawks said, “The clock kinda acts smart and bossy, sometimes.” However, Hawks said she believes she can pull it off pretty good. She added that though there are other parts that would have been nice, the clock proved good for her.
Hawks added, “I learned to speak and sing louder and project my voice. It will help me in speaking and be louder since I don’t usually speak loud. It has been fun.”
One of her favorite parts is where the cast chases Grasto around stage. He gets a painting smashed over his head, and it is really fun, said Hawks.
Hawks said she is a little nervous because she is afraid she will forget her lines, but added she only has 19 to remember, if push comes to shove she can adapt, she said.
Overall she added, “I am very excited.”
Hawks said they helped to make costumes also, and it was “really fun and messy.”
Zoey’s mother, Bonnie Hawks, said, “I am very excited because I believe it will bring out hidden talent. So far, I am enjoying watching them, speak up more and try to be louder.”
Vicki Roberts, Bethany’s mother, said, “It has been so much fun.”
Executive Directive of Foothills Arts Council, and longtime member of Foothills Theatre, Leighanne Martin Wright said, “From the early days of Kidshop, we built the program to be a complete theatrical experience for the kids — painting and prop making in addition to learning lines, songs and dances.
“Drama helps kids break out of their shells, gives them confidence, strengthens their ability to communicate, not to mention express imagination, all while having fun with new friends,” Wright said. “The play will surely delight everyone who comes out to see it. We hope the friends and classmates of the actors will come out to see it and will want to be a part of it next summer.”