Peas and Harmony

Peas and Harmony will be performed by first through eighth grade students Jan. 20, at 2 and 7 p.m., at Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre, 219 N. Spring St. Tickets are available at the door for $7 each.

From auditions to performances all within a week, Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre is offering a unique opportunity for the younger set of thespians.

BDACT, along with Compass Creative Dramatics, is hosting a weeklong theater camp for students in first through eighth grade, beginning Monday.

The children will audition Monday, rehearse each night for three hours, and present “Peas and Harmony” Saturday, Jan. 20, at 2 and 7 p.m. at Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre, 219 N. Spring St., Beaver Dam.

“Peas and Harmony” is a quirky retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea,” in which showing respect might just pave the road to happily ever after. The cast will include swashbuckling jesters, dancing peas, a pompous royal entourage, and a zany collection of other delightful kingdom characters. Everyone’s at odds when the time comes for the comic-book-loving prince to find the right girl amongst a gaggle of silly princesses.

BDACT coordinator Mark Lefeber said Compass Creative Dramatics provides two professional actors/educators from Chicago to perform directorial duties throughout the week.

“Andrew Clancey and Cassandra Quinn will work alongside the kids on stage and help them throughout the show,” he said. “They will produce a 45-minute musical with sets, costumes and props.”

Compass Creative Dramatics encourages students to have fun and explore the dramatic arts. During the theater camp, kids will be part of a collaborative artistic process that promotes teamwork while still inspiring them to take ownership of and pride in their individual ideas and capabilities.

Students are grouped by age for activities, allowing age-appropriate lesson planning. They are integrated during rehearsals, to learn how to collaborate with students of all ages.

Compass Creative Dramatics assists children to expand their horizons by stretching their creativity muscles. The programming cultivates imagination and critical thinking, providing a safe environment in which kids can take healthy risks and explore their strengths and weaknesses. Throughout the week, students learn about themselves and discover how to turn their limitations into assets.

Lefeber said the camp is a great way to supplement previous theater experience, or to introduce students to theater for the first time.

“The experience will be exciting and challenging,” he said. “It provides another local acting opportunity for those who have participated in BDACT’s summer Tell-A-Tale productions and for those who want to give drama a try.”

Registration is $30 per child. There are 75 spots available, which will be filled as registrations are received (45 spots are already reserved). To sign up, call 885-6891 or email info@bdact.org. If spots are still available, registration may take place at auditions Monday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets for “Peas and Harmony” will be available at the door Jan. 20, for $7 each.