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Youth theater group plans summer classes

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Rosemount’s Backyard Bunch Children’s Theater will finish its spring productions in the coming weeks. Director Amy Kamarainen said she’s happy with how things started for the fledgling theater company and excited to move forward.

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The Backyard Bunch started offering programs last winter. An arm of the Rosemount Area Arts Council, the BBTC strives to offer unique programs within the theatrical arts.

With that in mind, Kamarainen and staff have created a full schedule of summer classes and productions for children kindergarten to eighth grade.

Kamarainen said summer is a good time for kids to try something new and she said there are a number of benefits for kids to participate in theater.

Specifically, drama helps kids think creatively, it encourages kids to work together, develops communications skills and teaches empathy.

The summer programming focuses on skills. When choosing the classes, Kamarainen wanted to offer skills that would be useful to actors but also in life in general.

“I want to make sure they’re learning and getting something out of it. I want to give them a good bag of tricks,” said Kamarainen.

Classes offered through Backyard Bunch this summer will include practical theater classes such as Stage Combat, Develop an Accent and Preparing for Auditions. However, Backyard Bunch will also offer instruction on topics such as juggling and balloon artistry.

While juggling might seem an odd choice, Kamarainen said it can be a really useful skill in the acting world and beyond. She said juggling engages problem solving skills and helps develop concentration.

Backyard Bunch Children’s Theater offers opportunities for kids ages 5 to 18. Most of the classes are limited to 10 participants so Kamarainen suggested parents sign their students up early.

Classes will be offered throughout the summer. To learn more, visit www.bbctmn.com.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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