The 2019 Young Peoples' Summer Theatre Intensive lasts two weeks and covers literature from "Oedipus Rex" to "The Wizard of Oz," with "Pride and Prejudice," "Frankenstein," and a few other classics thrown in the middle.
Fifteen students (going into grades 5 to 12) are working to perform "The Distracted Scholar's Guide to Literature and Drama" at the Hobgoblin barn.
The camp began Monday, July 22, and runs for six hours a day, Monday through Friday until Aug. 2. During the 10 days of the intensive theater, local students learn, prepare for and perform the play. While Julie Martin and Helene Olson-Reed are directing, the students participate in every aspect of the show.
Kylie Roth explained that there are a variety of committees that the students are on: costumes, sets, props, sound and lights, and publicity.
Dan Rolen is going into his senior year and has participated in the YPSTI since 2016. He explained that this year he is able to be a part of the sound and light team, something that he has never done before.
Cecelia Ostendorf, who has participated in the YPSTI for five years, told the Republican Eagle:
"I like how we get to do everything. We get to experience things we don't usually do. Like, I do theater but, you know, I don't usually do set or props, or publicity and stuff. You get to really see first hand how everything comes together."
Along with designing costumes, creating sets and making props, the students all have numerous roles within the play. Since "The Distracted Scholar's Guide to Literature and Drama" covers so much time and so many works of literature, students play a variety of characters. Roth is playing seven characters in the 35-40-minute show.
"And somehow I only have four lines!" Roth declared with a laugh.
Roth and Ostendorf explained that every morning the cast runs through the play and then after lunch the committees work to accomplish their designated tasks.
"It always feels like there's not enough time but at the last minute everything falls into place," said Ostendorf.
On Monday, the Hobgoblin loft/stage felt part theatre, part arts and crafts space as students painted scenery, planned costumes and began hanging black cloth over windows to give the space more of a theater-feel.
The YPSTI will culminate with two shows: one at 4 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m. Friday. The shows are open to the public.
"We always have parents and grandparents and all that stuff but we have a lot of people just from the community that come, which I think is really nice, to have that community support," said Ostendorf.