A.R.T. and Ed Portal’s theater camp is a hit with kids

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 19:40 in Psychology & Sociology

By mid-summer, many younger children had had enough of Zoom. But in the last week of July, first-grader Gabriella Cedrone couldn’t wait to log on to the computer every day for Creative Drama — Space Explorers, a free, weeklong summer camp put on by the American Repertory Theater and Harvard Ed Portal. Local first-and second-grade students spent the week learning about theater techniques and the actor’s toolkit, rehearsing, and then performing the children’s story “The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot.” To help set the scene, each camper received a free Space Explorers kit filled with supplies for the performance. “Her favorite part was putting the arts and crafts together and, as a parent, my favorite part was seeing how confident she was in sharing what she made and learned,” said Gabriella’s mother, Brighton resident Erika Cedrone. “Just opening the bag that corresponded to the daily lesson was like opening...

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