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Theatre gets kids on stage with Vernon musical

5-day summer camp produces full show starring youth

Calling all theatre kids for a daring adventure on the high seas.

The Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre hosts Missoula Children’s Theatre for their annual musical theatre summer camp and this year’s production of Blackbeard the Pirate July 3 to 8.

What starts as a lazy day at the beach quickly turns into mystery and adventure when the search for Blackbeard’s treasure begins. Tales both past and present lead us on a search for untold riches. Just where has Blackbeard and his crew hidden their legendary treasure?

For more than 40 years, the Missoula Children’s Theatre has visited communities from Montana to Japan. Their summer camps have been an annual traditional in Vernon for over a decade. The tour team arrives in town with all the sets, lights, costumes, props and make up to bring classic children’s stories to life. Over five days, students participate in a fun audition, receive their roles and rehearse the production before performing in front of friends and family.

“Days of action-packed fun, laughter, music and expression are what Missoula Children’s Theatre camps are all about,” said local artistic director Eric Kennedy. “Get ready to feel the excitement of developing theatre skills, meeting new friends who share your passion for theatre and the thrill of performing in front of friends and family.”

Everyone gets a role and there are parts suitable for students from grades 1 to 12 with all levels of experience. Among the roles to be cast are the infamous Blackbeard and his crew of pirates, sailors of the high seas, cranky crabs and crocodiles, magical mermaids and seaweed creatures, parrots and even a group of beach bums.

“There are only a few spaces left, so act fast,” said Kennedy.

Performances take place July 8 at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Registration is $130 per student and includes two performance tickets. Additional performance tickets are $12.

To learn more and register call 250-549-SHOW (7469) or visit

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Jennifer Smith

About the Author: Jennifer Smith

Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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