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May 19, 2013

Theater camp set for June

Eufaula Area Arts Council is hosting a week of Summer Theater Camp for children ages 6-12, June 3-7.

During theater camp students will have four classes per day. Classes will be separated into age related groups. Eufaula Public School will furnish lunch for the students.

Classes will be at Eufaula Elementary/Middle School Complex and run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students do not need to be from Eufaula to enroll.

The camp will end with a public performance June 7 at the school complex.

Sue Ellen Reiman is one of the Teaching Artists during this Summer Theater Camp. She has been performing and teaching improv since 1994. She holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma. Glenna McBride is the on-site coordinator and is a Teaching Artist with the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Arkansas Arts Council. Reiman and McBride have worked together as Teaching Artists during Summer Art Camps in Woodward.

Reiman is an instructor at the University of Central Oklahoma teaching improv and acting. She has also taught improv for Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department and OKC Improv.

Reiman performs with “Everybody and their Dog,” “The MiDolls” and “Fortune’s Fools,” all improv troupes based in Oklahoma City.

Reiman worked with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park as Managing Director for 23 years and has performed with many OKC area theatres.

J. Shane McClure will be working has worked as an actor, director, designer, stage combat choreographer, and various other capacities for theatres in Oklahoma City and the region.

McClure has 20 years of teaching experience in Shakespeare as theatre, and has toured extensively with hour-long Shakespeare Off-the-Shelf productions. He has spent five years as an adjunct teacher in theatre at U.C.O. teaching classes in improvisation and stage combat.

Shane has studied under and worked for many different fight choreographers in Houston, Omaha, Neb., and Las Vegas.

Another Teaching Artist is Susan Riley from Oklahoma City. Her acting credits include Christine in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Cathy in “The Last Five Years,” Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” and Annabel in “Lucky Stiff” (Pollard Theatre).

Kansas City native Jeff Burleson also will teach and has called Oklahoma his home for more than a decade. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Burleson will appear this year in feature films “August: Osage County,” “The Jogger,” and “Army of Frankensteins,” and has many commercial credits. He performs with improv troupes “Everybody and their Dog” and “Fortune’s Fools.” He has taught dozens of young improvisers at Oklahoma Christian University.

Applications for Summer Theater Camp are at Eufaula Main Street Studio at 105 South Main St. The studio is open noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Applications will also be available at businesses in and near Eufaula supporting the educational outreach goals of Eufaula Area Arts.

The classes are created with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Information: Glenna McBride (918) 617-1689, (918) 689-5362 or news@eufaulaareaarts.org.

If you go

WHAT: Eufaula Summer Theater Camp

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 3-7.

WHERE: Eufaula Elementary/Middle School Complex on Oklahoma 9 west of Eufaula.

INFORMATION: Glenna McBride (918) 617-1689 or (918) 689-5362.

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