Stage life: Young campers produce ‘Sleeping Beauty Kids’

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To pull together all of the acting, dancing, singing, spotlights and music cues for a play simply takes work, work and more work.

That is the side of theater that the participants in the ACT! for Youth Performing Arts Camp discovered when they got into the rehearsals for Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty Kids.”

“They have grasped onto it,” said play director Jordan Warren. “They love the theater as much as I did when I was a kid. It is really fun to see the light in them.”

Warren was one of a handful of high school students who took care of the more technical aspects of the production.

The rest of the 33 cast members are children from kindergarten to eighth grade.

For two weeks, the children worked on and around the Boykin Center stage to perfect the play.

“It is so cool to see it all come together,” said Jordan, a senior at Wilson Early College Academy.

Karyna Parrish has been a costumer for the ACT! for Youth productions for the last two seasons.

“It is very intense. This is all day every day. The children are here every day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.” Parrish said earlier this week. “The cast is in its second week of rehearsals. “It is two weeks of a lot of hard week to put on a show at the end of two weeks.”

Bigger shows take three or more months to put together.

The kids’ version of “Sleeping Beauty” is about 45 minutes long, much shorter than the full-length production.

“The costumes are not quite as elaborate, and some of the choreography is not as complicated,” Parrish said.

“They love it. It’s hard work, and sometimes it’s frustrating, but at the end of the day when they put on the show and Mommy and Daddy are clapping in the audience, then they kind of forget that it was hard work.”

There was a participation fee for the Arts Council of Wilson camp that was directed by Caleb Skinner.

The show is today at 2 p.m. The public is welcome. Admission is $5. The Boykin Center is located at 108 Nash St.