Surry Arts Council offers summer programs

Staff report

May 24, 2014

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the traditional, more carefree dayfor kids on summer break.

The Surry Arts Council has something for those youths, hosting a number of summer youth programs this year including live children’s theatre, arts, crafts, dance, drama, and family movies.

Beginning on June 12 at 6 p.m., the free “Storybook Adventures” will be hosted by area artists every Thursday, through July 31, in the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre. Families of all ages are invited to watch as well-known stories are brought to life right before their eyes. This free program is supported in part by the Cindi and Andy Griffith Endowment.

Arts Alive

The annual Arts Alive camp will kick-off on June 16 and will run through June 26, with one week for younger children and one week for older children. Arts Alive has brought the magic of the arts to children in Surry County each summer for 35 years.

The first week of Arts Alive, June 16 through June 19, is intended for children ages 3 to 5. The second Arts Alive week, June 23 through June 26, is intended for ages 6 to 11.

Arts Alive takes place at the Andy Griffith Playhouse from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. The Arts Alive Parade, Festival, and Magic Show, for all ages, will be June 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Family members are invited to watch as their children perform the acts they have been working on all week, followed by a magic show with Magic Ray Hardee. The cost is $35 for members of the arts council and $45 for non-members.

Missoula Children’s Theatre

Missoula Children’s Theatre will bring “The Pied Piper” to the Andy Griffith Playhouse stage this summer. Children ages 5 (who have completed kindergarten) through age 18 are invited to this week-long drama experience that ends with a full production of “The Pied Piper.” The camp is July 14 through July 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lunch is provided during Missoula Children’s Theatre and the cost is $150 per participant. Partial scholarships are available for Arts Alive and Missoula Children’s Theatre from the Kester Sink Birthday Endowment.

The final Missoula Children’s Theatre performance of “The Pied Piper” will be held on July 19 2 p.m. Lunch is provided during this camp.

Princess Camp

Young princesses and princes are invited to the annual Princess Camp hosted by Surry Arts Council Dance Instructor Will Shover, and his staff, on July 22 through July 25. Participants can choose to attend either the morning session from 9 a.m. to noon or the afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m.

The participants in the Princess Camp, ages 3 and up, will dance, sing songs, make a craft, dress up, and have a snack. There will be a Princess/Prince Theme for each day. The cost is $65 per Princess or Prince in training. The camp will be held in the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre.

Visual Arts Camp and Ongoing Events

Kayla Ellis will lead a Visual Arts Camp for children ages 6 and up, July 28 through Aug. 1. Art Smart Five includes five days of classic art instruction, surveying and making art in the styles of renowned artists. The cost is $50 per participant, and class size is limited.

Family movies will continue on the third Thursday of the month throughout the summer at the Historic Earle Theatre on N. Main Street in downtown Mount Airy, with a free showing at 10 a.m. The showing at 4 p.m. is $2 per person. The line-up includes “Toy Story” (rated G) on June 19; “Mulan” (rated G) on July 17, “Despicable Me” (rated PG) on August 21. For group registration contact the Surry Arts Council at 336-786-7998.

Weekly free youth fiddle and guitar classes are held each Thursday evening at 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. in the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Historic Earle Theatre in downtown Mount Airy, under the direction of Jim Vipperman. No reservations are needed and instruments are provided for the youth.

For information on summer programs, please call the Surry Arts Council at 336-786-7998 or visit