Mayor’s Message: Voorhees Theatre Camp

“All the world is a stage.”

William Shakespeare

The Voorhees Theatre Company (VTC) is a non-profit community theatre based at the Voorhees Middle School Theater. The mission of the VTC is to offer performance and educational opportunities to artists on stage and behind the scenes and to bring audiences professional-caliber performances within and beyond the walls of the theater. VTC is well known for educating and nurturing young performers and for offering performance and theatre opportunities to local artists of all ages. VTC offers a safe harbor to all participants who want to explore the arts.

Since forming in 2002, the VTC has staged a wide array of productions, including South Pacific, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Grease, West Side Story, Peter Pan, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Wizard of Oz, Cabaret, Bye Bye Birdie, Godspell, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast,Seussical , Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray and Oliver.

One of the most successful programs of the VTC has been the six-week Summer Theatre Camp held at the Voorhees Middle School. The camp provides a complete theatrical experience. The performance camp provides instruction in all aspects of performing and offers a chance for participants to perform in a musical production at the end of camp. The performance camp is open to children entering 3rd Grade through 8th Grade as of Sept. This year’s Summer Theatre Camp is from June 24 through Aug. 1.

The camp will be bringing the holidays to the summer with this year’s show, Elf Jr. The Musical. Performances are Wednesday, July 31 at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 3 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

The Summer Young Adult Show will be Footloosewith performances on Aug. 8, 9 and 10.

The all-age fall production of the VTC will be Peter Pan with performances on Oct. 25, 26 and 27.

To learn more about the VTC, including information about upcoming shows, the Summer Theatre Camp and available scholarships, visitwww.voorheestheatre.orgor call (856) 206-3556.

Voorhees is proud to have such wonderful and talented groups providing a stage for the stars and future stars of our community.

**On Tuesday, June 18, the Voorhees Arts Center is conducting an Art Party for our community youth, ages 8 and up. Parents can drop off children to experience many different art activities including painting, sketching, photography and beading. The Art Party is at the Voorhees Art Center located in the Voorhees Town Center Mall behind the Food Court and continues from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. The cost is $10. For more information and to pre-register, contact Marianne at (609) 315-6218. These sessions are led by experienced art teachers. Thanks to Columbia Bank Foundation and Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission for aiding in funding this event.

**The first show in the Voorhees Summer Concert Series is Thursday, June 20, and will feature Asbury Fever Band,recreating the popular Jersey Shore sounds of the 70’s and 80’s. The band includes a three-piece horn section and covers such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Bon Jovi and Little Steven. Asbury Fever Bandcaptures the intensity of these legendary Jersey artists.ThefreeshowisatConnollyPark and begins at 7:30 p.m. The “Beer Garden” and food trucks open at 6:30p.m.

** Voorhees Township is offering discounted tickets to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. Tickets are available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office at Voorhees Town Hall. Prices vary according to the type of ticket and several options are available to residents and non-residents.