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Camden Community Theater launches new season
Local actor Zach Gurley improvised the role of a cigarette-smoking Frenchman for an exercise at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County during an event launching the new season of the Camden Community Theater on Thursday. - photo by Gary Phillips

The Camden Community Theater (CCT) at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County kicked off its 2015-2016 season Thursday with a special event at the center. FAC Education Director Jami Steele said the CCT needs volunteers to help with upcoming productions.. 

“We need people to do the backstage stuff as well as performing. If you want to help out the theater you can sign up right here. The main stage shows are ‘A Raisin in the Sun;’ the youth showcase will be on the main stage, which is “Rebel With a Clue;’ ‘Little Shop of Horrors;’ and Disney’s ‘Winnie the Pooh,’ which is a kids show,” Steele said. “We also want to do improve, we’re going to have a kid’s movie night, we could possibly do a mystery dinner theater.”

Steele said stage managers, lighting and sound technicians, costume helpers set builders and other volunteers are needed for every production.

“These are things that you either have experience with before, or you can be trained,” she said. 

CCT Production Assistant Bryant Herring said workshops on the various backstage positions are being planned.

“Some of these things will require some instruction and we are going to offer workshops, depending on the interest, so let us know,” Herring said. “We are in desperate need of costumers and it is something that is totally a lot of fun. We have some shows that are really small and would be great stepping stones for this.”

Auditions for “A Raisin in the Sun” began Tuesday night and will continue tonight at 6 p.m. The show will be performed Oct. 22-25.

Auditions for the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” will be Nov. 18 and 19, with the production on stage in the Wood Auditorium on Jan. 28-31, 2016.

After the announcements about volunteer opportunities, the more than 20 attendees at the launch party joined in some improve exercises Steele said train people to think quickly on their feet, without overthinking their words and actions.

“You learn, the more you do this, to kind of disconnect your brain from your body and just let it flow. That’s what improv really is all about. If you think too much about it, it really gets bogged down,” Steele said. 

Participants played several fast-paced games where they assumed different characters or personalities, often with humorous results. Steele provided a variety of props and costume items to add to the experience.

The CCT is still seeking performers and volunteers to help with upcoming productions. For more information, call Steele at 425-7676, extension 310.