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Performing Arts Camp July 30 - August 10th, 2012 Grades 1-6 (for older siblings)

Performing Arts Camp

Our Team of Theater Professionals Soprano JANE CHEN, actor, singer, voice teacher, and

In two short weeks your child will have the performing experience of a lifetime. Whether he or she is cast in a supporting role or a lead, they’ll never forget this wonderful experience of total immersion in theater with professional instruction.

Find out more about Jane at

physical comedian, is a graduate of Yale University and the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. She currently resides in Los Angeles and is represented by Pantheon Talent Group. During her nine years living in the Bay Area, Jane performed with Kearny Street Workshop, UC Berkeley, Mugwumpin, Temescal Labs, Opera Piccola, Stagebridge, and PuppetLOVE. She is also the founder and co-creator (along with her real-life mother Tair) of the Chinese Clown Cabaret (www. and has toured with Clowns Without Borders in Chiapas, Mexico. Commercially, she has worked with companies such as Intel, Kodak, Honda, Safeway, Microsoft, Pottery Barn, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Director & Choreographer

GLM PARENTS OF 5 YEAR OLDS, PLEASE NOTE: Because we have hired a team of theater professionals specifically to work with the children, the Performing Arts Camp requires a supplemental payment of $100. Performing Arts Camp straddles Sessions three and four and requires a full ten-day commitment for all participants.

Don’t miss the Performing Arts Camp meeting for parents on April 5, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm where we can answer all your questions.

WILLIAM BOKHOUT, Operatic baritone, has been the resident Baritone with Opera Grand Rapids for 25 seasons, performing as many as 35 different roles. In 2003, Mr. Bokhout founded The 2nd Act opera company, a professional touring group dedicated to promoting Opera as an art form to young people, performing in many of the schools in the area as well as touring with his wife Hollis presenting Children’s Opera Workshops in elementary schools across the country. HOLLIS BOKHOUT received her undergraduate degree in Theater

from Bowling Green State University and her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Marshall University. Mrs. Bokhout has been a frequent featured performer displaying her versatility in opera, musical theater, and jazz, she is also a classically trained dancer having performed with the Toledo Ballet Company, and maintains an active teaching studio in the Grand Rapids area.

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Week One is held entirely on the Grand Lake Montessori Campus (GLM) 466 Chetwood. Week Two is held at the theater at 27th & Broadway (behind the First Presbyterian Church). Childcare available 3:30-6:00, Monday, July 30th to Thursday, August 9th at the GLM Campus.



JUL 30

JUL 31






Casting, learn choruses, tell the opera story, new games, work on sets, props and costumes.

Work in groups: Rotating dance, art, movement, singing games, team-building, work on choruses, outdoor play.

Finish learning of choruses, movement and dance games, team-building.


Meet director and choreographer.












AUG 11

AUG 12

Root Beer Floats 3:00-5:00pm.




AUG 10





Rehearsals move to church theater. Full time attendance mandatory!

Warm-ups, staging, acting classes, choreography classes, costume fittings.

Vocal warm-ups, staging complete, acting classes, choreography classes. Costume fittings.

Start runthroughs sceneby-scene, singing games, art, final costume fittings.

10:00 DRESS REHEARSAL 7:00 PERFORMANCE - BOTH ARE MANDATORY Kids need to rest between performances. Camp ends at 3:30pm.

9:00 am12:00noon Brunch, strike sets, put opera costumes into storage.

The Story of:

“Harlequin” A Children’s Opera Based on an Italian Folktale “Harlequin” takes place in the little town of Bergamo, Italy, during the period of the Renaissance (14th to 16th centuries.) It is the day before “Carnival” or “Fat Tuesday”, which marks the last day before lent. Harlequin is coaxed by his friends to participate in the carnival, but Harlequin has no costume to wear, and being the son of a poor widow, sees no possibility of obtaining one. Each of his friends decides to give him a small piece of cloth with which to make a costume. While Harlequin sleeps, he dreams of a “Dream Seller” and the grandeur of being “Ruler of the World” and demands entertainment. But in his dream he sees himself as a poor shabby boy whose friends ridicule him. When he awakens, he finds his mother has sewn him a beautiful costume from the fabric scraps and when he is admired at the carnival, his friends soon conclude that the person in the best costume is their friend, Harlequin.

Scenes from last year’s production of Burning Rice Fields.

Performing Arts Program - Harlequin 2012  
Performing Arts Program - Harlequin 2012  

Part of the Summer Fun in the Sun program at Grand Lake Montessori in Oakland, California.