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Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm

It’s that time of year again at the Louisa Arts Center for the annual arts education camps where students have an opportunity to participate in theater, vocal and art training.

The first camp, led by Peggy Sadler, the former theater director at Louisa County High School, coaches the performing arts camps.

“The best part of coaching Camp Curtain Call is seeing the students from start to end with a better understanding of theater,” Sadler said. “The sessions instill self confidence, helps with retension and becomes a good social outlet.”

Camp Curtain Call is a two-week, high energy theatre camp filled with theater exercises, games and rehearsals for their own show. On the last day, attendees will perform in the Cooke-Haley Theatre.

Sessions are held from June 17 to 28 with two different age classes. The morning classes are for students age 6 to 11, and students age 12 through 18 will be taught in the afternoon.

Following Camp Curtain Call, the Louisa Arts Center offers two more camps: Camp Encore and Camp Imagination.

Camp Encore is a one-week vocal music camp that will teach good singing, sight singing, part singing and vocal performance. Vocalists will perform their own concert at the Cooke-Haley Theatre.

Camp Imagination is a one-week session offering a variety of art classes in which students’ creations will be displayed during an art show and reception at Purcell Gallery.

The camps are coached by experienced instructors, alongside former participants of the camps and Louisa County High School theatrical students.

“Some former students of previous camps, or from the high school, become camp counselors, which works well because the new students identify with them,” Sadler said. “They build companionship and trust with each other.”

The art center provides two spacious classrooms and has partnered with Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond to bring many fine art teachers to Louisa. For the camps, the classes offer a wide variety of topics such as performing arts, photography, fabric art, painting and drawing.

The director, Michael Bollinger, sees the camps for children of Louisa as a great opportunity to educate and build confidence

“Louisa Arts Center provides an education through art. The students can be creative, have fun while building confidence,” Bollinger said. “Every county should provide programs like these to provide spectacular exercises of performing art and talents.”

Contact Louisa Arts Center at (540) 967-2200, or visit to register for the camps.