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for ages 9 and up, LNT has just the thing for Winter-break: an acting & dance camp with Taryn Noelle to create an original stage presentation of the great tale, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.

January 17, 2016

Velveteen Rabbit Production Camp poster describing program and featuring a stuffed rabbit toy

Perfect Winter-Break Activity and Learning Opportunity
for ages 9 and up

physical storytelling: Acting & Dance
create an original movement-based presentation of
"The Velveteen Rabbit"

led by Taryn Noelle
Camp:  9am-4pm, Mon-Fri, Feb 22-26, 2016
Public Performance:  Friday, February 26 at 5:30pm – at Lost Nation Theater


No audition is necessary for this fun, physical, imaginative camp which fully engages participants and challenges them to use and develop all the skills a performer needs to tell a great story and mount a great show. And in just one week!

Noted "Quadruple Threat" Taryn Noelle leads the production camp. An actor-singer-choreographer-dancer, Taryn is comfortable on any stage, and is an experienced teacher. A graduate of the prestigious Circle in the Square in NYC, who's performed across Vermont, New England and Montreal, Taryn brings her irrepressible joy of performance and sharing to all she does. The Velveteen Rabbit, is one of her all-time favorite stories, and it is why she chose it for this project - a production camp incorporating all of her favorite things: acting, movement/dance, and music. (Taryn's most recent projects with LNT include Pippin, As You LIke It, STONE, Our Town, and Annie Jr.)

Joining Taryn will be LNT's producing artistic director and resident composer Kathleen Keenan.  Not only a performer, Kathleen is a teaching artist with the Vermont Arts Council. Previous youth musicals she's created include Charlotte's Web, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, and Winnie the Pooh, among others. Kathleen will be working with participants in the camp to create, incorporate & perform original songs into their stage adaptation.

"When choosing a title for the Winter Break camp, The Velveteen Rabbit was an instant portal back to my own youth/childhood, and filled me with so many memories of growing up.  For me, it is a beautiful story about love, friendship and learning how to accept ourselves, just as we are.  I so look forward to working with your students, on making our version of this wonderful story!" - Taryn Noelle

Assisting Taryn will be Annamaria Dipietropaulo. Annamaria is a skilled dancer and singer. She is excited to continue her collaboration with Taryn and LNT which started summer 2015 with STONE and her performance in Pippin.

aerial look at Pippin jr dancing scene warming up before a show with musical teacher Dan boomhower

One of the things that set LNT camps apart from others, is that the entire company is involved in its production camps. LNT's artistic director Kim Bent will "drop in" for specialty training sessions and dramaturgical work. Students are supported by LNT stage managers providing prop and costume assistance as well as guidance. And resident lighting designer Wendy Stephens will create a design just for the show. The student-teacher ratio is extraordinary. 

This Winter Camp, is designed especially for returning students age 9-16, but is welcoming and accessible to new students. There is no audition for the camp, but the ability to stay focused, work in a group, and stamina are required. Previous performance experience is helpful, but not necessary. (Slightly younger students may be accepted to the camp through an interview/audition process. Email us if interested.) 

The focus: skills & creativity & movement.

Camp objectives also include character development, expressive potential, physical conditioning, Ensemble, Storytelling Tools (improv, dramatic arc, plot-line) dynamics, dynamics,  - and of course, rehearsal prep & performance !

The Camp also touches on creating and employing technical elements, such as props, scene shifts and backstage protocols. 

The Velveteen Rabbit is one of the best loved classic stories of all time. It features many fun and magical characters; tackling issues of insecurity, bullying, and the power of love.

Join us! 

Registration deadline is Feb 15, 2016
Fee: $350
(some scholarship assistance may be available. here's the scholarship form)

Enroll Now Here!

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