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Outdoor theater summer camp features mix of creative activities

After the success of last year’s combined Spotlight Summer Camp and Youth Production of “Footloose,” Genesius Theatre presents a youth production of the popular TV series, “Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.” which will run the last two-days of camp on July 28 and 29.

This is the 11th season of the Genesius theatrical kids and teens summer camp program, and the third year that Genesius will partner with the Reading Liederkranz Club to offer the kids and teens, ages 6 to 15, the opportunity to be in the great outdoors while participating in a fun theater summer camp experience. This program features a mix of creative and fun activities ranging from movement, singing, visual arts and theatre games.

For the first three weeks of camp, every Friday, the kids and teens present a Cabaret Show, free of charge to family and friends, spotlighting what they learned that week. On the fourth week the theatrical campers will present “Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.”, on July 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reading Liederkranz Club. There is no obligation for kids to take part in the end-of-camp production, but all campers are welcome whether they attended camp for one week or all four.

“Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.” is based on the popular, award-winning 1970s cartoons, this fast-paced 60-minute musical teaches lessons with clever, catchy tunes. This high-energy musical follows Tom, a young schoolteacher, who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music.

Memorable songs as “Just a Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction” bring his lesson plans to life, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall, Tom Yohe, Music by Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall, Tom Yohe, Book by Lynn Ahrens, Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall.

The camp runs daily, Monday through Friday, for four weeks in the month of July. Campers can attend one or all weeks. There are discounts for additional weeks attended, and for the number of children in one family attending. Pricing, information, applications, camp dates and times, and payment options, all can be accomplished on the Genesius website. Parents must provide snacks, beverages, and lunch each day for their child, and they must drop them off and pick them up each day as well. Sign up at

Those experiencing financial hardship and interested in full or partial scholarships, contact artistic director Larry Fecho at Some restrictions apply and scholarships are given out on a first come, first serve basis. There is limited space.

For tickets and additional information, visit Genesius is a 501-C-3 Non-profit organization. The Reading Liederkranz Club is located at 143 Spook Lane, Reading, PA 19606. Do not reach out to Reading Liederkranz for information.

Source: Berkshire mont

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