For the last ten years the first two weeks of June have always been an exciting time for children and adults in Wickenburg- it’s Camp Imagination time!
Camp Imagination is a two-week summer arts camp for 1st – 12th graders, produced by the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts. Students participate in classes covering all genres of the arts as well as play a role in a full production of a musical.
“Last year we had 120 students in Camp, and we still had to turn children away,” stated Cathy Weiss, Executive Director at the Center. “This year we had to find a way to include more children and heighten the experience for the kids. So we have decided to hold two separate session of Camp.”
Doubling Camp Imagination is a way of accommodating more kids in two smaller camps. Each session will be designed for 80 students with a total reach of 160 children. Making the individual camps a bit smaller will allow the teaching artists more one-on-one-time with every student.
Each session of Camp Imagination will be two weeks long with the musical being performed on the last night. The first session of Camp Imagination will run June 3 – 14, with the final performance on June 14; the second session will run June 17 – 28, with the final performance on June 28.
A timeless classic “The Wizard of Oz” has been selected as the musical for both sessions. Specially adapted from the beloved film, it includes all the memorable songs, such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” and your favorite characters like Dorothy, the Tin Man, and Toto too!
With challenging roles for the lead characters, the musical is an entertaining show that’s appealing for all ages.
The key to a successful Camp Imagination always depends on volunteers. Registration will be designed this year to first allow volunteers to get their children/grandchildren into their favorite classes, and then registration will be opened to the general public. Adults must volunteer a minimum of 8 hours per week or 16 hours total to qualify for early registration. Volunteers may register their children on Friday, April 26.
“We still anticipate that the camp will fill quickly,” stated Weiss. “Registration will open to the general public on Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 am in the Webb Center Box Office.”
Stay tuned for more details registration and auditions. To learn more about Camp Imagination, contact the Webb Center Box Office at (928)684-6624 or visit www.dewpac.org.