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Campers taking part in a choreography class at Not So Common Kids Camp in Clifton Park. Photo Submitted.

Campers taking part in a choreography class at Not So Common Kids Camp in Clifton Park. Photo Submitted.

— “It helps tap into their creative side… If we didn’t have creativity in the world, where would we be? The arts are vital and the goal is to educate,” he said.

A typical day for campers includes a morning of how to go about the auditioning process. The skills learned in this portion are invaluable for kids who audition with other venues. Afternoons are set up for learning a specific activity like singing, makeup or dancing. For these lessons, the camp brings in professional choreographers.

Not only are the performing arts explored at the camp, but behind-the-scenes aspects of theater including lighting and sound make it into the lesson plans. Both Ross and Rossi agree that giving kids the chance to participate in any of these aspects is important in making a full experience in theater.

The camp operates in part with some help from the Town of Clifton Park, such as camper registration.

“We’re very fortunate…our group is expanding and without the help of the town we’d have a hard time pulling it all together,” said Rossi.

To help a couple of campers on the financial end, the camp has been awarded a grant from Stewart’s Holiday Match. The grant makes possible two scholarships of $125 each to be applied to the camp fee. Applications are available at the Clifton Park Town Clerk’s Office, or online at notsocommonplayers.org, the deadline for submission is Friday June 8.

For more information on the Not So Common Players or Not So Common Kids Camp, visit notsocommonplayers.org

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