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OSTC Theater Camp Expands to School Vacations

Ocean State Theatre on Jefferson Boulevard.
Ocean State Theatre on Jefferson Boulevard.

Warwick, RI — Ocean State Theatre Company has expanded to offer February and April school vacation theater camps this year, led by their new educational and outreach director.

“We are so excited to be able to expand our offerings once again,” said Producing Artistic Director, Amiee Turner. “Now that we have the classroom space, we are trying to ‘give the people what they want.’ ”

Camp OSTC, Jr., launched this past summer, was in direct response to numerous inquiries the theater received for a camp focused on younger children, Turner said. Since adding Jason Loete asthe company’s new Director of Educational Programming & Community Outreach at the beginning of the season, the company now has the personnel to offer school vacation camps.

Loete served as the head of theatre arts at Cypress Lake Center for the Arts in Fort Myers, Florida for the past ten years and served on the board of directors for the Florida State Thespians for four years. He holds a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa and has begun certification coursework in Lecoq technique through BrooklynCollege. A professional actor and director, Mr. Loete has appeared in more than 50 productions, including three with OSTC and directed a total of 64 productions, both professional and educational, during his career.

Loete will be the Camp Director for both sessions of the new Camp OSTC Vacation Camps, offered for two separate one-week sessions – the first from Feb. 15 – 19 and the second from April 18 – 22.

Campers may attend either or both sessions. The first session, entitled Auditioning Made Easy: Mastering the Musical Audition, will include song and monologue selection assistance, one on one song and monologue coaching, tips for essential audition techniques, introduction/“slating,” poise and composure, headshot and resume basics. The second session, entitled Creative Playmaking: The Art of Devising Theatre, takes ideas built from collaborative creation, teaches and reinforces the enduring understanding of ensemble, and builds a show from scratch based on a chosen theme.

Vacation Camps,for children ages 9-14, will be held at OSTC’s Educational Annex located at One Echo Drive in Warwick (adjacent to the theatre) from Feb. 15 – 19 and April 18 – 22. Spots for both camps will be filled on a first come/first served basis. Space is limited.

Applications are available online by visiting For registration information call (401) 921-6800, stop by the box office Tuesday through Friday from noon – 6 p.m. or Saturday from 12 noon – 4 p.m., or visit


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