Surry Arts Council kicks off kids summer programming

First Posted: 6/11/2009

Parents dont have to fret while their kids are out of school this summer, the Surry Arts Council has several childrens programs, some which are free, lined up for the summer for the kids who are theater junkies to those who love arts and craft.
– From June 15-18 and June 22-25, the Surry Arts Council presents Arts Alive!, a four-day kids art camp at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. This years Arts Alive! theme is Reach for the Stars and the camp will include drama, crafts and music. Peter and Christina Holland will teach the star constellations and the myths behind them through creative activities. Kids ages 3-5 can participate June 15-18 from 9:30 a.m. until noon and kids ages 6-11 will meet June 22-25 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The program ends with the Arts Alive! Parade and Festival on June 25 at 6 p.m. The cost is $35 for Surry Arts Council members and $45 for non-members. Spaces are still available for both age groups.
– From July 6-11, the Missoula Childrens Theatre is returning to Mount Airy for the production of Jack and the Beanstalk. The MCT is the nations largest touring childrens theatre, and it has been touring extensively for 35 years from Montana to Japan. This year, Mount Airy will be one of more than 1,200 communities visited with 45 teams of tour actor/directors. The tour team arrives in a town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play except the cast. Kids ages 5-18 will work with Missoulas directors to learn auditioning and drama skills on July 6-11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. The show is rehearsed daily and will be performed for the public on July 11. This years MCT instructors are Kyra Koelling and Liz Pascoe. The cost is $150 and includes lunch and additional workshops. Scholarships are available from the Kester Sink Scholarship Endowment. For more information, visit the Missoula Childrens Theatre Web site at
– From June 9 to Aug. 4, every Tuesday at 7 p.m., the SAC will present the fifth anniversary season of Living Storybook, a free childrens theater series that runs all summer at the Blackmon Amphitheatre (across from Andy Griffith Playhouse). Peter Holland and his cast of familiar storybook characters will present The Living Storybook. This years performances include The Brementown Musicians (June 9 and Aug. 4), Snow White (June 16 and July 14), The Wind in the Willows (June 23 and July 7), Tom Sawyer (June 30 and July 21), and a Surprise Mystery Show on July 28. In the event of rain, The Living Storybook will be held at the Downtown Cinema on 142 N. Main St. This free program is supported in part by the Cindi and Andy Griffith Endowment.
For more information about the programs, call the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998 or visit

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