OFC Creations Summer Camps

By on January 24, 2019
roc-summer-2

OFC Creations announces ROC Summer Theatre Experience – the largest theatre summer camp program in Upstate New York

OFC Creations (Opportunities For Creativity) recently announced a new program, ROC Summer Theatre Experience, the largest theater summer camp program in Upstate New York.

From July 8 through August 24 2019, campers ages 4 to 18 will participate in 15 musical theater productions across three venues with 25 directors. Most camps run two weeks from 9 AM to 3 PM with options for before care and after care hours. Each camp concludes with performances open to family, friends, and the public.

Summer 2019 camps include productions at the following locations.

The Lyric Theater, Downtown Campus: 

Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Annie Jr, High School Musical Jr, The Wizard of Oz Young Performers Edition, and Dogfight.

The Kodak Center, West Side Campus:

Beauty and the Beast Jr, Once on this Island Jr, Shrek Jr, Les Misérables School Edition, Grease School Edition, and Newsies

Seton Catholic School, East Side Campus:

Rapunzel, and Winnie-the-Pooh Kids

OFC Creations executive director, Eric Vaughn Johnson, is no stranger to summer camp programming. Since 2013 Johnson had designed and spearheaded the Summer Stock program at RAPA, leading an upwards of 400-450 campers throughout the summer. Johnson also served as the artistic director of SNAP Musical Theater for four summers with casts of 80 kids performing shows including Hairspray and The Little Mermaid.

“We wanted to bring a one-of-a-kind theater opportunity for youth in Rochester during the summer months,” said Johnson. “The professional arts are rich for Rochester audiences, we aim to bring that same quality in theatrical education components.”

Johnson has established a robust team for ROC Summer Theatre Experience, many of whom are well-know area actors and school teachers with training from New York City, Los Angeles, and Orlando Florida.

Emily Beseau, Greece NY, is a frequent teaching artist for OFC Creations. Beseau graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. Currently, Beseau is choreographing OFC’s Produce: An Original Rochester Musical.

Hunter Ekberg, Rochester NY, originally from Minneapolis Minnesota, Ekberg frequents the Rochester stage as a performer in children’s theater productions. Ekberg is currently directing OFC’s winter teen production of RENT: School Edition.

Rebecca Kemp, Pittsford NY, is the general music teacher for Park Road Elementary School and will be vocal directing several of the youth shows for summer. Kemp currently is vocal directing Barker Road Middle School’s production of Grease.

Courtney Larkin, Greece NY, joins the team after originally working with Johnson for four years at SNAP Musical Theatre. Larkin is a teacher at Greece Athena High School and is a well known choreographer for many Greece school musical productions.

Elizabeth Lind, Greece NY, is a well known area private voice teacher. Lind earned her Master’s of Music from Penn State in Voice Performance and Pedagogy and received her Bachelor’s of Music in Voice Performance from Houghton College.

Hector Manuel Ortiz, Penfield NY, returns to OFC Creations after living in New York City pursuing musical theater. Ortiz most recently directed OFC Creations’ fall production of The Wiz.

Jason Rugg, Irondequoit NY, is a theater teacher for Irondequoit High School and will be directing several summer camps. Rugg serves on the board of Pittsford Musicals, performs in community productions, and directed The Frog Prince at the Kodak Center in summer 2018.

Additional directors and staff members include: Angie Bemus (Canandaigua, NY), Casey Jones Costello (Brighton, NY), Zachary Frazee (Brighton, NY), Lexi Gleichauf (Greece, NY), Mandi Gurell (Penfield, NY), Meghan Halley (Fairport, NY), Amanda Hartmann (SUNY Brockport), Kendra Hacker (University of Kansas School of the Arts), Jane Huffer (University of Rochester), Misty Irwin (Spencerport, NY), Kristina Jewell (Greece, NY), Brianna Ross (SUNY Fredonia), Vincent Salvadge (Brighton, NY), Eric Schutt (Greece, NY), Sable Stewart (Greece, NY), Courtney Weather (Rochester, NY), and Jamie Wisset (Brighton, NY).

Registration is now open for 2019 summer programs. Discounts are available for campers signing up for more than one camp. Registration information and details are available at www.ROCSummerTheatre.com and at www.OFCCreations.com or call 585-667-0954.

ABOUT OFC CREATIONS

Entering into its 13th year, OFC Creations (Opportunities For Creativity) continues to enhance the arts throughout the Rochester area for all ages. Through shows, events, and workshops OFC is committed to giving back to the next generation. OFC Creations offers classes and educational programs for ages 4 to 94 in the performing arts throughout the school year and summer. OFC also hosts world-wide entertainers and mounts professional adult productions throughout the season. OFC’s 2019 season includes two world premiere musicals, The Sound of Music at the Rochester Century Club, RENT: The Musical, and the regional premiere of The Golden Girls Musical.

Provided Information and Photo