EMERALD COAST  THEATRE COMPANY EXPANDS  2015 SUMMER  THEATER CAMP SERIES TO BAY COUNTY Theater company offers summer camps at Gulf Coast State College

Miramar Beach, Fla. (June 11, 2015) — Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC), a not-for-profit professional theater company based in Miramar Beach, Florida, is partnering with Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla. for two exciting summer theater camps designed for kids who love to perform and want to discover the world of theater. lionecct “We are thrilled to partner with Gulf Coast State College to bring our summer theater series to children in Bay County,” stated producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “The expansion of our educational program truly helps us fulfill our mission to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast.” The Visual and Performing Arts Division of Gulf Coast State College helped facilitate the partnership with ECTC. “The ECTC summer theater series introduces professional theater to the youth in our area in an approachable way,” stated Gulf Coast State College associate professor Josh Hedden. “And, by providing these experiences at a young age, we hope to develop a lifelong love of the arts and theater.” Dates and camp themes for ECTC’s summer theater series at Gulf Coast State College are as follows: Camp Broadway One week Monday through Friday Camp Let the Broadway rhythm get you! Come act, sing and dance your heart out to popular Broadway tunes as we learn songs and simple choreography to some of the musical numbers from Broadway. We’ll play improvisation and theater games too. Watch out parents, we’ll wow you with a performance the last day of camp. Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Grades 2 through 8. $135 tuition per child. June 15 – 19 and July 20 – 24 The Wizard of Oz One week Monday through Saturday Theater Camp Lions and tigers and bears oh my! Join us as we produce on stage the tale of Dorothy and her friends. Students will experience auditions and casting (everyone gets a role), acting and theater games in a positive team building environment. Family and friends will enjoy a final grand performance on Saturday morning at 11:30am ($5 donation per adult). Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Grades 2 through 8. $165 tuition per child. June 22 – 27 A discount of 10 percent will be applied to ECTC-produced programs to families enrolling a second child, and military families with proper ID at the time of registration. Each camp does have limited space so early enrollment is encouraged. Parents had the chance to share their thoughts in a an ECTC survey and some of the comments about their experience with ECTC’s 2014 children’s theater program follow: “By far, one of the best things we did all summer long. Can’t wait to do it again!” Michelle, Santa Rosa Beach “My daughter loved her first experience with musical theater. She learned to memorize lines, perform on stage, and to cooperate with a group. She can’t wait to do it again!” Jen, Santa Rosa Beach “Fun for all acting skill levels!” Charlene, Niceville “My son, Darby, had a wonderful experience. Great group. The directors did a great job pulling everything together for a great production for all to watch.” Ted, Navarre “Our daughter has Aspergers, does not socialize well, this really brought her out of her shell!” Tina, Santa Rosa Beach For more information on Emerald Coast Theatre Company, call (850) 687-1637 email info@emeraldcoasttheatre.org or visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org. Find ECTC on Facebook at ECTheatreCompany. ##

ABOUT EMERALD COAST THEATRE COMPANY Emerald Coast Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2012 by Nathanael Fisher, MFA, and his wife, Anna Fisher. Based in Miramar Beach, Florida, ECTC’s mission is to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater. ECTC operates year-round with a two-fold mission to provide both educational and professional offerings to the Northwest Florida community. Educational outreach includes after school and home-school programs, touring and staged productions, summer camps, workshops and classes. The professional theater efforts are focused on family-oriented productions, festivals and collaborations as well as acting and improv workshops and classes for adults.



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