OFC Creations announces summer theater camps
OFC Creations announced the 2021 lineup for ROC Summer Theatre Experience, set to run from July 5 to Aug. 27.
Campers ages 4-18 will participate in 14 musical theater productions across two venues with 25 directors. Most camps run two weeks from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with options for before- and after-care hours. Each camp concludes with performances open to family, friends and the public.
“Little Red Riding Hood,” “Ugly Duckling,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “The Princess and the Pea,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Oliver,” “Elf,” “Rent: School Edition,” “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Newsies” will be staged at The Kodak Center, 200 W. Ridge Road, Rochester.
“Cinderella,” “Seussical,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Tinker Bell” will be staged at the OFC Creations Theatre Center, 3450 Winton Plance, Brighton.
Eric Vaughn Johnson, executive director, expanded ROC Summer Theatre Experience in 2019 with over 500 campers performing several musical productions.
Johnson designed and spearheaded the Summer Stock program at RAPA from 2013 to 2018, leading to an upward of 400 campers throughout the summer. He was artistic director of SNAP Musical Theater for four summers with casts of 80 kids performing shows including “Hairspray” and “The Little Mermaid.”
In 2020, OFC welcomed over 500 campers in person, all wearing masks and social distancing, to present 17 summer musicals that were filmed instead of having live audiences.
"Our fingers and toes are crossed that life is back to normal by summer 2021 for camps," Johnson said. "But, we proved in 2020 that there is a safe way to hold theater camps and we are confident camps in 2021 will happen one way or another."
The ROC Summer Theatre Experience team features area actors and school teachers with training from New York City, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Orlando, Florida.
Emily Beseau, of Greece, is a frequent teaching artist for OFC Creations. Beseau graduated with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Ithaca College.
Monique Franz, of Greece, was the head performing arts mentor of the former International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong. She also held children’s enrichment workshops in Egypt, India and Ethiopia.
Hunter Ekberg, of Brighton, frequents the Rochester stage as a performer in children's touring theater productions and is an American Sign Language interpreter.
Rebecca Kemp, of Pittsford, is the general music teacher for Park Road Elementary School and will be the vocal director for several youth shows this summer.
Courtney Larkin, of Greece, joins the team after working with Johnson for four years at SNAP Musical Theatre. Larkin is a teacher at Greece Athena High School and a choreographer for many Greece school musical productions.
Registration is open for 2021 summer programs. Call 585-667-0954 or visit rocsummertheatre.com for information.