Opera Theatre for Youth Camp - July 31-August 17 (Monday-Thursday)

Opera Theatre is for students interested in expanding their stage skills by performing in the world of music theatre. Opera is the joining of all disciplines (music, visual art, theatre, movement, poetry) to forge a powerful collaborative and communicative experience. Roles will be cast for a production at the beginning of camp. 

Daily classes in learning music, voice production, and stage skills are led by skilled professionals. 

There will be a performance by the participants on the final day of the workshop.

Searching the Painted Sky

Story and Libretto: Janet Windeler Ryan
Music: Martha Hill Duncan

Searching the Painted Sky is the story of two sisters, Leda, an older teenager, and Lulu, a young girl, who have lost their mother to illness and are now living in poverty with their father.  Although their laid-back and gambling dad loves his kids, he is not always the greatest at providing them necessities. After a run-in with an exotic fortune teller, Leda's life takes a turn into fantasy, complete with strange, funny and fantastical characters. Searching the Painted Sky was written for and premiered by The Youth Opera of El Paso at the 2014 National Opera Association Convention in New York City with music director Kimberley Wolfenbarger-Nakamoto and stage director Dr. Christopher Meerdinck.


Open to students ages 11-18
Vocal Audition for role assignment

Areas of Study

  • Music preparation strategies
  • Healthy vocal production (singing)
  • Acting
  • Stage combat
  • Movement
  • Improvisation (as rehearsal technique)

Registration is open

  • Fee - $349

*Written cancellations received by June 1 will receive a refund, minus $75 deposit. No refunds after June 1.

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Camp Director

Copeland Woodruff, director of opera studies at Lawrence University


Dr. Kristine Bengston, music director
Christopher Carter, acting/stage combat

Camp Details

  • July 31-August 17
  • 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 17
2 p.m.

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The institution will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and DPI's Nondiscrimination Provision for all students.

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