June 10, 2014

Theatre campers create own superheroes

By DUANE NOLLEN The Oskaloosa Herald
The Oskaloosa Herald

---- — OSKALOOSA — Young thespians get to create their own superheroes this week at the George Daily Auditorium’s Summer Theatre Camp.

The theater camp began Monday as kindergarten through eighth-graders participated in “Superheroes for Hire.”

The theatre campers have a busy week ahead as they create superhero groups today and then encounter some villains on Wednesday. On Thursday, campers get to put their superheroes and villains together in a story and on Friday they have a Showcase performance, Youth Theatre Director Andy McGuire said.

Monday morning, the theatre campers learned about a form of pantomime called, “Lazzi.”

“It’s a physical form of comedy like ‘The Three Stooges,’” McGuire said. “It’s from Italy.”

In Lazzi, there is no dialogue between characters, McGuire added.

McGuire and a camper demonstrated Lazzi for others by performing a skit where McGuire is a dentist who pulls his patient’s tooth.

Then, the students broke up into groups of two or three to develop their own Lazzi skit.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com.