During the two-week production camp, children will find their inner voice to shine on stage, learning valuable stage skills and acting techniques while building confidence, making friends and having fun. All skill levels are encouraged to attend. The class will culminate with a full stage production for family and friends.
“Warning: we will be silly, we will work with props and costumes, and we will laugh A LOT!” says the program’s syllabus. “No previous theater experience required, just a willingness to try anything!”
Co-directors of the class will be Stacy Meheen and Nicole Ann Bryant Stephens. Cost is $375. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 16-27, 2018, at the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) at Mission Street and Eighth Avenue in Carmel.
Dance Kids vocal and drama instructor Meheen has worked as a performer, choreographer, director, writer, and stage manager in a variety of groups and theaters throughout California for over 25 years.
She studied classical singing and opera, although she now spends most days singing show tunes and Disney favorites with her young vocal students. Meheen has served as the President of Forest Theatre Guild, the Executive Director of Wharf Theatre, and as a board member for the Monterey County Theatre Alliance. She has also taught dramatic arts and directed shows through the YMCA of Monterey and taught camps and directed shows through Wharf Theatre.
Meheen teaches both individual voice instruction and dramatic arts at Carmel River School through their after-school enrichment program. Her passion is finding and cultivating the light that shines in every child.
Stephens is the founder of architectural, set, stage and production design company, Bottega Design. She received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Goodman School at De Paul University in Chicago.
Stephens has designed and worked on hundreds of productions, including sets for the outdoor Forest Theatre in Carmel and a variety of television specials, live musical events, theme parks and casinos.
After graduating, Stephens moved to Las Vegas and worked for entertainment and event producers Production Resource Group (PRG), where she creating ongoing staging for Penn and Teller’s three-year run of Sin City Spectacular.
Currently her passion for teaching offers students innovative techniques in directing, art design and the intricacies of live theater performances.