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For students interested in polishing their theater acumen before next school year’s first play, or perhaps students trying theater for the first time, the Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive, plans a series of weeklong camps throughout summer as part of its inaugural Summer Youth Theatre Academy.

There are six sessions planned; session one was set for June 17-21 and covered improvisation. The remaining lineup includes:

n Session two, “Theater 101: There’s No Business Like Show Business,” is scheduled June 24-28.

n Session three, “Musical Theater: Triple Threat Theater,” is scheduled July 8-12.

n Session four, “Make ‘Em Laugh!”, is scheduled July 15-19.

n Session five, “Drama: Why the Long Face?”, is scheduled July 22-26.

n Session six, “Mystery: Who Done It!”, is scheduled July 29 to Aug. 2.

Camps, which run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., cost $250 per week, and kids can receive a discount if signing up for multiple camps. The camps are open to kids 7 to 13, and no experience is necessary.

A special three-day Audition Workshop is scheduled July 1-3 and is open to students 7 to 18. The camp is $150, plus $30 for an audition head shot. The workshop is to teach students the audition process, including choosing and rehearsing a monologue and cold-reading scenes.

For more information or to register, visit, call 702-362-7996 or visit the LVLT box office.

During each week — excluding the Audition Workshop — students will write and produce their own show to be performed at 4 p.m. Friday.

Students must be registered by the Friday before the session begins. If a minimum of five students is not met, the session will be canceled.

The classes will be taught by Emily Fagan, a theater, speech and English teacher at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, 1201 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Fagan, who formerly taught youth theater in Austin, Texas, is the Summer Youth Theatre Academy director and a member of the Las Vegas Little Theatre’s board of directors.

“It’s very much a formula that also allows them to be completely creative,” Fagan said of the camps. “You’re guiding them through the process of writing an entire show themselves.”

The most important thing Fagan said she hopes students take away from any camp is confidence. She also expects students to learn more than theater during the workshops. Students also will build reading, writing and critical thinking skills, she said.

“Being a teacher, I really try to focus on this being something that continues their education,” Fagan said. “I want them to come and have a great time and enjoy themselves, but I want them to walk out and be better in all aspects of academia as well.”

Rashelle Roberts, a southwest-area resident, went to one of LVLT’s three open-house events featuring the Summer Youth Theatre Academy. After meeting Fagan, Roberts signed up her 10-year-old son, Seth Wescott, for every camp.

“I could tell (Seth) was very comfortable and interactive with her,” Roberts said. “... To have an outlet where somebody got him and understood him was a breath of fresh air.”

Fagan said she hopes to build the program and get more young people interested in theater. Most of the LVLT’s audience is adults, she said.

“I don’t care if you even want to be an actor for the rest of your life,” she said. “I want you to somehow appreciate (theater) and want to come see it or be involved in some aspect.”

Roberts said she hopes Fagan’s program and others like it can garner support from the community, which she said is slowly learning to support the arts.

“I think it’s essential for our community to support this,” she said. “The only way it can grow is through us.”

Contact View education reporter Jeff Mosier at or 702-224-5524.