“Make it a GO-FAME Summer!” Through Camps and Performances at GO-FAME Youth Theatre

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School’s out! Sure the beach, going to the movies, and having fun anyway you can without homework on your mind can make for a fun summer. But Long Beach’s GO-FAME Youth Theatre has a slew of offerings to engage kids, ages 8-18, in the arts either as a performer or a spectator. Opportunities range from monthly “4th Friday Open Mic” nights to “GO-Shakespeare Summer Camp”.

An acting class prepares youth for the future by building confidence. “GO-Shakespeare Summer Camp”, a collaboration between GO-FAME and the Long Beach Shakespeare Company, will be offered in two sessions. Session 1, July 23-August 2, will conclude with a performance of “The Taming of the Shrew,” and Session 2, August 6-August 17, will present “A Comedy of Errors.” Camp meets Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the GO-FAME Studio in the Long Beach Towne Center. The fee is $295 per session.

If the 1800s are more your speed, the studio is holding auditions for “Zorro Rides Again—or Meanwhile Back at the Rancho.” This fun play incorporates local Rancho Los Alamitos history, with heroes, heroines and villains. Auditions are open to all levels of experience, July 23 at 4:00 p.m. at the GO-FAME Studio. Performances take place August 25 and 26.

Opportunities abound for introducing your children to live performances as an audience member. Upcoming GO-FAME events include “4th Friday Open Mic” (June 22 and July 27) at the GO-FAME Studio, “High Button Shoes,” GO-FAME’s fully-staged production of this lively musical comedy set in 1913 at the University Theatre on the CSULB campus, July 7-14, and GO-FAME will offer art-related free activities as part of The Long Beach Towne Center Kids Party in the Courtyard most summertime Wednesdays, 12noon till 2PM.

For more information on any of these events, visit the GO-FAME Youth Theater Company website: www.GO-FAME.org or call (562) 884-7077.

GO-FAME, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatrical producing and training program for ages 8-18, has a 2,500 square foot studio in the Long Beach Towne Center. Its goal is to work with the area’s diverse youth population to bring them together through a collaborative art form where they can develop the confidence, camaraderie and focus necessary for theatre and beyond. The staff includes professional artists in theatre and entertainment.

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