Page & Stage camp aimed at building confidence

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By Jessica Hoover

From June 25 to July 28, Logan Street Sanctuary is hosting Page & Stage Summer Camp, a five-week drama-for-literacy camp that develops acting and reading skills and aims to build confidence in children of all reading levels.

Luna Meadows and Isaiah Keith read at a past Page & Stage camp. (Submitted photo)

Camp Director Paul “Spike” Wilson spent nearly two decades in Kokomo running one of the largest children’s summer drama camps in the Midwest and is now bringing a new camp to Noblesville.

Campers ages 4 to 18 will learn key aspects of reading and writing through playing theater games, acting in literacy plays and performing poetry written by local authors and the campers. Each camper will show off his or her new skills in a final performance at the end of July. This year’s camp theme is “Twisted Fairy Tales,” where authors take a classic fairy tale and put a fresh spin on it.

Wilson said he loves watching the children’s love of reading and confidence grow during their time at the camp.

“(One of my favorite memories involved) a little boy who was afraid to open his mouth,” Wilson said. “We just showed him love, and we listened to him and slowly but surely, his mouth opened up, and he was one of the loudest actors on the stage that year.”

Page & Stage Summer Camp offers three levels: Basic for ages 4 to 10, intermediate for ages 10 to 15 and advanced for ages 13 to 18. The basic and intermediate levels meet twice a week for three hours, and the advanced level meets four times each week for 3 1/2 hours. The price is $175 for basic and intermediate and $225 for advanced, with half-price tuition for siblings and need-based scholarships. The cost also includes bonus classes on Fridays, featuring subjects such as stage lighting and sound, makeup, improvisation and more. These classes also are open to the public for $25.

Learn more or register at PageAndStageCo.org or by contacting Wilson at paulspikewilson@gmail.com.

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