Summer Stage 2017 was a great week!
Summer Stage is a one-week songwriting and art camp for youth ages 6-14. Campers will be divided into two age groups. Each group will attend two classes daily, one in songwriting, one in visual arts. There will be a snack and exercise break daily. On Friday evening, June 30, campers will host a performance in the beautiful Main Stage Theatre at Second Stage to share what they’ve learned.
Summer Stage offers children experiences in both music/songwriting and visual arts. Led by professionals in the areas of songwriting and youth art, the campers will explore the world of painting, photography and sculpture, and respond by creating original songs in a group process. The songs then become the inspiration for their own works of art in the visual arts segment of the camp.
Monday through Friday, June 26-30, 9 am - noon
Friday evening performance at 7 pm, June 30
Second Stage is in downtown Amherst, at 194 Second Street.
$100 per camper, due by June 15
Call Amherst County Recreation and Parks Department before June 15 for information and to register. (434.946.9371)
Registration is limited to 40 students.
Summer Stage reserves the right to cancel the program if registration does not meet the minimum number.
Paul Reisler, Songwriting Instructor | Paul has been composing, performing, recording, and teaching songwriting for 40 years as the leader of Trapezoid, and Kid Pan Alley, as well as his current bands, Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions featuring Howard Levy, and Three Good Reasons. He has performed in over 3,000 concerts, recorded close to three-dozen albums, written Aesop’s Fables for Orchestra and Narrator, as well as the script and songs for a new musical entitled Bouncin’. He has written more songs than the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Stephen Foster combined—somewhere north of 3,500 compositions. He has been helped along a bit by all of his co-writers including some Grammy winning songwriters as well as the over 40,000 children he’s written with in his Kid Pan Alley program. Kid Pan Alley songs have been recorded by artists including Amy Grant, Sissy Spacek, Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Kix Brooks, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Corey Harris, Suzy Bogguss and many others.
Maryellen Barron, Art Instructor | Maryellen is an Art instructor at Amherst County High School. She moved here in 2011 from Toledo, Ohio, to experience a climate with much natural beauty and less winter. A graduate of the University of Toledo in Art Education, Ms. Barron enjoys working with a variety of media, especially acrylic painting, graphite portrait drawing and mixed media projects involving textiles. Together with her high school students, Ms. Barron helped to create the murals in the town of Amherst, the historical window portraits of famous local folk, and the 1920s painting on the side of Traveler’s Restaurant at the traffic light. Her student organization, the National Art Honor Society, looks forward to another public art project in the future. In addition to full-time teaching, Ms. Barron offers small group classes to both children and adults in her studio, Studio Eight, at Second Stage | Amherst. Instruction offered is in several media, including drawing, painting, sewing and sculpture. Ms. Barron works with students to give them the skills and techniques for bringing their own artistic vision to life.
Paul Reisler will be offering a July 8, Saturday morning workshop for teenagers and adults: