Deadline June 6 for Children’s Theatre Camp

Pec Playhouse Theatre, the community theater based in Pecatonica and in its 15th season, will again conduct its annual Summer Children’s Theatre Camp for youngsters going into grades 1-8.

The camp, started in 1999, allows area youth to get a taste of participating in live theater in a variety of ways—including acting, set painting, costume selection and theater games. Emphasis is placed on instilling a positive and fun experience while learning some theater basics and being part of a cast in a production.

The one-week camps will be June 12-16 and June 19-23 at Pec Playhouse Theatre, 314 Main St., Pecatonica. Two sessions will be offered both weeks: mornings from 9 a.m. to noon for grades 1-4, and afternoons from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for grades 5-8.

The instructors for this year’s camps are Winnebago resident Amy Kennedy and Pecatonica resident Laura Endres.

Kennedy moved to Winnebago with her husband in 2000, and has since written and directed most of the plays used throughout the year at New Life Bible Church, including the annual Christmas play, a musical she also wrote and directed. Kennedy is also an editor for Rock Valley Publishing newspapers.

Endres is a mother of two and a former Pecatonica Elementary School teacher, and now part of the home-schooling program. She also appeared recently in the Pec Playhouse Theatre production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in February, and is active in Pec Playhouse Theatre committees. Both instructors bring a variety of talent and experience to this year’s youth experience.

Cost of the week-long camp is $50 per child per week, and is open to children from Pecatonica, Rockford and surrounding communities. Enrolling in both weeks is optional and not a requirement.

Registration deadline is June 6.

Entrants can register by mail; by using registration forms available on; by phone to Pamela Barkdoll, Youth Committee chairman, at 239-2650; or by e-mail to

From the May 31-June 6, 2006, issue

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