No slow­ing down

Newly re­tired teacher start­ing per­for­mance camp for East Prince youth

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN

De­spite hav­ing re­cently re­tired from a long and ful­fill­ing ca­reer as an ed­u­ca­tor, Lynne Provance is not ready to hang up her les­son plans and go lay on a beach some­where.

Provance is in the midst of set­ting up a six-week per­form­ing arts sum­mer camp for kids, based at the Lot 16 Com­mu­nity Hall.

But why not take some time away from the class­room in­stead of jump­ing right back into it?

“Be­cause I like do­ing it. I just sim­ply re­ally re­ally en­joy it and our young peo­ple are our fu­ture.

“And the lit­tle that I can of­fer to help make our fu­ture a lit­tle more cre­ative, a lit­tle more en­light­ened, that’s what I want to do.

“Plus I love theatre,” she said, with a smile.

The long-time sum­mer res­i­dent of the Is­land is orig­i­nally from West Farm­ing­ton, Ohio. She and her hus­band, Robert, have been com­ing to P.E.I. ev­ery sum­mer for the past 15 years, camp­ing out at a small prop­erty they own in Cen­tral Lot 16.

Over the years, they’ve used that sum­mer oa­sis as a base to ex­plore the Is­land, the Mar­itimes and to let their cre­ative juices flow, writ­ing plays, mu­sic and more.

Provance spent her ca­reer teach­ing per­form­ing arts to all school lev­els, usu­ally in schools fed by neigh­bour­hoods with so­ci­etal and eco­nomic chal­lenges.

She’s of­ten thought over the years that chil­dren from this part of the Is­land should have an in­ex­pen­sive op­tion if they want some di­rec­tion in pur­su­ing the per­form­ing arts. With her re­tire­ment, she thought this would be a good op­por­tu­nity to set some­thing up.

“This is here be­cause I be­lieve our chil­dren at this end of the Is­land need some­thing, es­pe­cially for fam­i­lies who can­not af­ford to send their kids to classes that cost a lot,” she said.

“Part of the prob­lem in our so­ci­eties now is that with all these lit­tle gad­gets, it’s pulling away (our kids’) cre­ative juices. Their imag­i­na­tions are not be­ing stretched any­more.”

Provance is charg­ing $125 per child in the pro­gram, which will cover her costs and rental of the fa­cil­ity.

She has space for about 12 kids, and she’s set­ting the age lim­its at seven to 14.

Classes will run for four hours a week, for six weeks and the chil­dren will ex­plore var­i­ous as­pects of their own unique per­form­ing tal­ents, work­ing to­wards some type of show at the end of the pro­gram. Provance wants the kids them­selves to take own­er­ship of their pro­ject, so she’s leav­ing the ex­act struc­ture of that show up to them.

Classes will be start­ing within the next two weeks, pos­si­bly sooner, so any­one in­ter­ested in hav­ing a child par­tic­i­pate should con­tact her as soon as pos­si­ble.

Provance can be reached at 902-436-0684 or via email at lyn­neprovance@aol.com.

“This is here be­cause I be­lieve our chil­dren at this end of the Is­land need some­thing, es­pe­cially for fam­i­lies who can­not af­ford to send their kids to classes that cost a lot.”

Lynne Provance

COLIN MA­CLEAN/TC MEDIA

Lynne Provance is a re­cently re­tired per­form­ing arts teacher from Ohio who has been spend­ing her sum­mers on P.E.I. for 15 years. This year she’s de­cided put her skills to use by run­ning a six-week per­form­ing arts pro­gram for youth, based at the Lot 16 Com­mu­nity Hall.

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