Modified to facilitate social distancing and help prevent against the spread of COVID-19, First City Players announced that it is moving forward with a plan to hold an annual summer theater camp.
ArtsCool, a camp that focuses on building theater skills with youth, will be the first in-person FCP event scheduled since COVID-19 first shut down the theater in March.
The modifications to the camp's model were developed after FCP coordinated with the Ketchikan School District, FCP Executive Director Elizabeth Nelson told the Daily News on Friday.
According to a FCP statement, smaller group sizes and shorter sessions are among a variety of changes instituted by the organization to comply with current pandemic safety guidelines.
"It'll be a different camp this year than years before," Nelson commented.
Unlike years past, the camp will be divided into two sessions, as opposed to a single session that runs for eight hours a day. One group of campers will have their session in the morning, while the second group is scheduled for an afternoon session.
Both sessions — each limited to 20 attendees — will begin July 27 and end Aug. 13, and will be held at the Ketchikan High School.
The morning session of the camp will be dedicated to participants aged between 8 and 12. The sessions will last from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
The afternoon ArtsCool group is for youth between 13 and 17 years old. These classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Activities will be held outside whenever possible as an act of social distancing, stated FCP.
Parents, guardians or siblings of those enrolled in the camp will not be allowed in Kayhi, and camp staff will monitor when campers enter or leave the facility.
A typical ArtsCool camp is capped with a youth-led theater production. This year, there will be two shows that each run for one matinee.
Both shows will be conducted in a "concert-like" fashion, according to the statement.
By doing the show similar to a concert, there will not be elaborate dancing or costumes.
The final product of the morning sessions for younger campers will be a performance of "A Year With Frog and Toad," according to FCP.
"Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, 'A Year With Frog and Toad' tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons," stated the production information.
The performance is slated for Aug. 15.
The final performance for the afternoon session will be a production of "Into the Woods Jr."
The show will feature "all of your favorite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch — in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables," FCP stated.
"Into the Woods Jr." will debut Aug. 16.
Different from other productions, campers will not be provided with costumes for the shows. A list of suggested items will be provided for the campers. A camp T-shirt will still be distributed to participants.
The performances also have guidelines in place to keep theater-goers safe.
During the final shows, the audience will be limited to 150 attendees, with "preference given to immediate family and tickets grouped by household/social circle," according to FCP.
If possible, the show will be streamed or recorded for those unable to attend.
The statement noted that the goal of the camp continues to be "to give the kids a great theater experience and let them learn more about theater, music, singing, acting, dancing and of course, have fun."
Registration opens Monday, and will be conducted on a "first come, first serve basis," FCP stated. There is a wait list option.