Local theatre group reaches for the “Sky”
The Sky is the Limit Community Theatre has been hosting a children’s summer camp for upwards of two-and-a-half decades, and this year, a group of more than 30 campers ranging in age from 5 to 13 years old will be putting on the childthemed musical, “Giants in the Sky.”
Each year, the campers who attend this five-week program work together to put on a musical, doing all of the costuming, prop and set work for the show, which is performed free for the public in the final week of the camp.
This year the shows will take place on Thursday, July 27, at 11 a.m. and Friday, July 28, at 7 p.m. at the North Point Government Center at Wise Avenue and Merritt Boulevard.
Shows are free and open to the public. There are 600 available seats for each performance. Snacks and concessions will be sold for $1 a piece at the back of the theatre before the show and during the brief intermission. “Giants in the Sky” has a runtime of ap- proximately 45 minutes to an hour.
The camp runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday of the five-week duration. Before lunch, the campers attend classes on a variety of topics, from voice coaching, acting, tech basics and dance. After the children eat, they spend the afternoon rehearsing in preparation for their performances.
Campers of all needs and skill levels come together during these weeks to produce a musical that they worked hard to complete.
“These shows are very col- laborative, and they all have a say in what gets done,” said Tammy Kaskel, director of the summer program. “Kids always come back.”
Julia Peterson, a 13-yearold camper who has been participating in the camp since she was six, says that her favorite part about camp is the annual talent show, in which she has sung every year. “We got to experience her voice maturing,” said Kaskel.
Kaskel said the camp is “the full experience,” and enrolled kids learn how to audition, sew on buttons, sing three-part harmonies and much more.
“We take them from whatever level they come in at and push them to work on something that makes them really proud,” Kaskel said. “My daughter was six when she started doing this, and she was very shy, but now she is so outgoing and she does all of the shows with the theatre.”
Gracie Kaskel, Tammy’s daughter, says her favorite thing about camp is now performing in the shows. “But really, I like every- thing about camp,” nowten-year-old Gracie said.
During the camp, various entertainment acts such as magicians, clowns and choirs come to perform for the campers. Additionally, the involved children are given the opportunity to attend exclusive and informative field trips. This year, the students were even able to take a workshop and perform at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore.
The community theatre is supported by the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks to incorporate programs for children with all needs. Other than the summer camps, The Sky is the Limit Community Theatre also hosts two larger shows during the fall and winter months, as well as a show choir on Fridays.
Auditions for the fall production will be held in late September. More details will be printed as they are announced.
The Sky is the Limit Community Theatre camp performed “Giants in the Sky” from hit movie musical Into the Woods at the North Point Public Library on Monday, July 24.
The oldest and most advanced group, the blue group, performed “Can’t Stop the Beat,” from popular musical Hairspray.