A key component of the department’s offerings are the many different opportunities for local youth to participate in some form of arts recreation.
By KAHRA BUSS
The definition of recreation is “activity done for enjoyment when one is not working.” Recreation comes in many forms, and this summer, the Department of Parks and Recreation will showcase its ongoing commitment to the arts through community events, camps and activities. A key component of the department’s offerings are the many different opportunities for local youth to participate in some form of arts recreation.
Beginning with the summer concerts, the Department of Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with the Community House, Perkins Center for the Arts and MoorArts, will present community concerts every Monday evening beginning June 19 and running through July 31. Children’s shows start at 6:30 p.m. with acts including Brian Richards Magic Show, Ernie and Neal, the Puss and Boots Show and the Perkins Flute Ensemble. Following are a full array of performances featuring upcoming local plays and a variety of local performers on the Main Stage at 7:30 p.m.
A variety of theatrical opportunities are available to children, teens and young adults alike. This year, the Children’s Theater program will perform Beauty and the Beast, Jr. for children ages 7 to 13. Practices will begin on June 26 and will end with performances August 2 through August 5. Teen to Young Adult Theater will perform Little Shop of Horrors with a cast of performers ages 13 to 23. Performances will be held July 27–29.
In addition to the performing arts, the department is filling the summer with multiple artistic opportunities in the visual and culinary arts. There are five separate culinary and baking camps with a multitude of different time slots. From soul food to scones and breads to breakfast foods, even the newest cook in the kitchen will leave camp with a whole new set of skills to share with those at home.
This summer, regardless of your activity schedule, there is always time to take advantage of the Moorestown Department of Parks and Recreation offerings. The department always has something for everyone and this summer will bring youth, families and individuals a variety of arts opportunities to choose from.
For more information, please visit the recreation website at www.moorestownrec.com to see a full list of activities available to Moorestown residents.