Pawling Recreationâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Summer Theater is at it again! Join this group of talented, enthusiastic kids at 7 p.m. August 11th at Lakeside Park to see what theyâ€™ve been working so hard on all summer long. Â They will perform a new and improved version of â€śWelcome to Camp Koolataâ€ť â€“ an original play written and directed by Camille Ludington.
You may remember Ludington from our 2011 Voices of Pawling awards, in which she was recognized for her outstanding service to the community. Between being a mom, a teacher at Christâ€™s Church Nursery School, and a long-time director for Childrenâ€™s Summer Theater, she is well-equipped to work with the 22 children in the cast, aged 5 â€“ 12. Luckily, she also has four hard-working teens helping her out. Having relied on local talent such as this, Pawling Recreation Childrenâ€™s Summer Theater is 30 years strong and counting!
Although Ludington clearly has a gift for theater, she was not always involved with drama. It was only when her son auditioned for â€śThe Little Mermaidâ€ť that she found herself interested in what went down on the other side of the curtain. â€śThatâ€™s how I got sucked in!â€ť she remembers fondly.Â In the ensuing years, she transitioned from a parent helping out backstage to the seasoned director she is today.
The production promises to be tons of fun. The play revolves around summer camp shenanigans, a theme that probably hits home for a lot of the kids. Ludington observes that itâ€™s gratifying for the children â€śto put something together, from start to finish.â€ť Indeed, the entire production is delightfully home-grown â€“ from the original script, to a cast and crew drawn from this community and surrounding areas, to the Lathrop Center as a performance venue right in the heart of Pawling.
If youâ€™re up for another take on summer fun, hop over to the Lakeside pavilion at 8:30 p.m. on the same night to see Strange Bedfellows perform Shakespeareâ€™s â€śA Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dreamâ€ť. H. G. Fairfield Arts Center is hosting this unforgettable Midsummer Mayhem, and is thrilled to be sharing this night of drama with the Childrenâ€™s Summer Theater.
For more information, call the Recreation Office at 855-1131.