Each July and August, the Kamloops Arts Council presents accessible, FREE family-friendly theatre at Riverside Park, 5 days a week. The Children's Summer Theatre Program offers an educational entertainment experience for young audiences, creates a vibrant community, and improves quality of life in Kamloops. It also provides excellent experience and opportunity for local amateur and emerging young actors and directors. Many of the actors have a talent for improv, music, dancing and theatrical games, sharing with the audience an experience beyond what they would expect.
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About the 2012 Children's Summer Theatre Program...
We bid adieu to this year's troupe! From the KAC's Kathy Sinclair...
"Thank you Dianna Springford, Shelyse Cameron, and Taran Waterous for your amazing children's theatre performances at Riverside Park all summer, as well as your historical theatre performances with the Kamloops Heritage Railway! You did a fabulous job and we know you will all have many successes ahead."
FREE Children’s Summer Theatre in Riverside Park
July and August 2012, Tuesday to Saturday, 1pm
Plus Historical Theatre Performances, with the Kamloops Heritage Railway
In conjunction with Kamloops Museum & Archives
Funded by Canada Summer Jobs & the City of Kamloops
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Meet the The Rivertown Players!
Dianna Springford as Ali Babba!
Dianna just finished her 4th year of theatre at Thompson Rivers University. This is her second year as a member of The Rivertown Players...and boy o' boy is she excited to be here! In her spare time she enjoys fiddling around on the guitar and singing at the top of her lungs. Dianna plans to fly off to Victoria once the summer is over and try her hand at being a hippie...until starting her own "sketch theatre company thing"! Her favourite bird is Big Bird (naturally!), she loves mint chocolate chip ice cream and why do gorillas have big fingers? Because they have big nostrils! Hardy, har, har!
This past year you may have seen Dianna as Titania in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at TRU's Actors Workshop Theatre, but she also directed Mexico City for AWT's Director's Fest and stage managed the Christmas show - Christmas Unwrapped. Busy...and multi-talented lady!
Taran Waterous as Aladdin!
Taran is about to enter his second year of theatre at Thompson Rivers University but this is his first as a member of The Rivertown Players! During his first year at TRU he didn't even intend on taking any theatre courses - it wasn't until a math course didn't tickle his fancy, and acting was the only class that fit his schedule that he stumbled into the wonderful world of theatre ...and got bit by the acting bug! In his spare time, Taran likes to play instruments (he plays every woodwind and saxophone!) and in the future he would like to have a career in theatre. Taran's favourite bird is the raven and you may catch him enjoying some plain frozen yogourt down at the park!
This year you may have seen Taran in AWT's Correct Address during the annual Director's Festival and stay tuned for his appearance in TRU's upcoming show, Village of Idiots!
Shelyse Cameron as Princess Jasmine!
This is Shelyse's first year with The Rivertown Players but she's had a long history with theatre and performing! Her first performance was Annie when she was 9 years old, and she's been dancing since she was 3, her favourite styles being jazz and musical theatre! She is currently entering her third year of the Police & Justice program at TRU, but that's just a back-up plan; once she's completed her program, she's going to try her hand at Vancouver Film School. Shelyse enjoys the transformational aspect of theatre, and getting the opportunity to become someone new! She's not a big fan of birds...maybe owls if she had to choose, but she loves cotton candy ice cream! And fun fact! She can do the worm with her tongue!
You may have seen Shelyse at TRU's Actors Workshop Theatre as Polynices in Antigone, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Alice in Mexico City, which was directed by The Rivertown Player's own Dianna Springford!